American University of Beirut

Functions and Composition


  • Promote quality research in the University through URB research funding programs.
  • Consider and recommend to the senate policies for the allocation of URB research funds.
  • Advise the provost on the implementation of policies pertaining to research funding.
  • Act on matters related to scientific research referred to it by the senate or the provost.
  • Develop and revise University-wide guidelines for the submission and review process of URB-funded research grants.
  • Recommend to the provost the allocation of URB research funds in accordance with URB funding guidelines.
  • Contribute to arbitration and recommendation of action to the provost on any disputes or differences on intellectual property and authorship issues related to proposals, deliverables, publications, or other research products.
  • Advise the provost on matters related to ethical research conduct.
  • Prepare, edit and publish the annual research report of the University.


  • Two representatives from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (one from the Humanities/Social Sciences and one from the Sciences), one from the Hariri School of Nursing, and one from each of the other faculties/schools elected by their respective faculties for a term of three years.
  • The provost, ex-officio member.
  • The director of the Office of Grants and Contracts, ex-officio member non-voting.
  • The director of the Human Research Protection Program, ex-officio member non-voting.
  • The chairperson shall be appointed by the president.

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