Faculty Mentored Undergraduate Research Award Program (FURAP) scholarships are granted by The Research Council of Oman (TRC) through higher education institutes, colleges and universities in Oman. The FURAP scholarships are designed for undergraduate students studying at local colleges and universities who wish to conduct research either on campus or at other research sites within the Sultanate of Oman during their undergraduate education. FURAP funded projects may or may not be part of academic credits.
The FURAP experience will enable students to explore in-depth into their topics of interest and relevance, to prepare for advanced work in their field of research, and to develop links within the local and international research community through a close academic and professional affiliation with their faculty mentor. Students will develop over their current foundation of knowledge in their respective fields of studies, and learn more about various approaches towards problem solving, theories, research methodologies, and techniques. FURAP will prepare students for advanced research or creative work.
The project ideas can essentially be independent student-team works developed by them under guidance from the faculty mentor. However, it is also possible that these projects form critical parts of other major projects. Creating incentives for involving a whole new generation of researchers in relevant and critical research activities will positively impact the magnitude of creativity in research produced, its quality and quantity.
In order to be considered for a FURAP scholarship, an undergraduate research team (from 2-7 students) must first approach a faculty and get her/his approval to be their faculty mentor.
The Team may then apply to receive a FURAP grant using FURAP Electronic System through The Research Council website (www.trc.gov.om). Proposal evaluation of FURAP applications will be done at the institution level by an evaluation committee called Institutional Proposal Evaluation (IPE) committee.