University Research Center Policies and Guidelines


Far Eastern University aspires to create and advance a community of researchers “at the forefront of sustainable and responsive research for national and global development.” To help achieve this vision, FEU, through the University Research Center implements programs, grants, and incentives that encourage the community to actively engage in research. The following are the grant and some programs and incentives from the university:

A. University Research Assistance Grant (URAG)

The URAG is a financial assistance provided to qualified researchers whose research proposal is duly-vetted and recommended by the designated review committee and approved by administration. The grant aims to partially defray the expenses necessary in the conduct of research subject to University policies.

  •  Regular full-time (RFT) faculty members, lecturer full-time under tenure track, and academic managers are qualified to apply for the University Research Assistance Grant as the main proponent. Main proponent should possess adequate capability to do research. For high budget-complex research projects, a considerable research and publication track record is required to be main proponent.
  • Lecturer full-time (LFT) and/or lecturer part-time (LPT) faculty may be considered as co-proponent of any of the qualified main proponents. LFT faculty may also serve as main proponent if he/she has previously successfully completed and published a research project as co-proponent. 
  • There are three deadlines for the submission of research proposals: April 30, August 30, and February 30 for projects starting in the first, second, and summer semesters, respectively. Deadlines will be strictly followed, since approved research projects have a bearing on faculty academic loading. Research proposals submitted beyond the prescribed deadline shall be considered for deliberation in the following semester.
  • Proponents are only allowed one (1) University-funded research project at a time except when given permission by the University Research Council.
  • Proponents and co-proponents with previous research projects under URAG can only apply after completion of required outputs and submission of research article to a reputable journal for publication.
  • The research proposal shall cover a period of one (1) semester or a maximum of two (2) consecutive semesters, unless otherwise approved by the University Research Council.
  • Proposals for research projects, which require more than two consecutive semesters to complete must be prepared and submitted by phases – eg. Phase 1 covers first and second semester of current school year, Phase 2 covers first semester of the succeeding school year. Achieved results for Phase 1 should justify application for phase 2.
  • Approval of such continuing research projects under shall be done by phase for proper budgeting purposes since budget is allocated per school year. 
  • Provision of support/ budget for the succeeding school year is contingent upon the availability of funds and progress of research for Phase 1.
  • Requests for extension of research projects may only be granted, upon approval of the Institute Research Review Committee (IRRC), if:
    1. the reasons for the delay in the completion of research project are justified and valid,
    2. progress of research justifies further extension and support,
    3. no additional expense is necessary to complete the research project during the extension, or
    4. a supplementary or carry over budget is available to cover the previously-approved grant.
  • Incentives and benefits are not extended to a research project if not completed within the stipulated time frame. No expenditures can be charged against the URAG beyond the set completion date, unless extension is duly-approved by the (IRRC).
  • Research projects under URAG, which are co-funded by another agency (DOST-PCHRD, CHED, partner HEI or partner industry, professional organizations etc.), shall be subjected to the policies of FEU and the said co-funding agency.
  • Any significant revision to the approved proposal shall be considered as a new research proposal and therefore must be reviewed and approved by the Institute Research Review Committee subject to the deadlines set for submission of proposals.
  • Deferment of implementation of an approved research project is subject to approval of the respective Institute Dean, URC Director and VPAD and SVPAA. Otherwise, inaction on the project is grounds for cancellation of the study and will mean the barring of the researcher(s) from participating in any future FEU-sponsored research projects and disqualifies the researcher(s) from availing of FEU conference-subsidy grants, unless extenuating circumstances are deemed justifiable according to Dean, URC Director, VPAD and SVPAA.
  • The URAG includes a budget for research expenses. A Line Item Budget in the research proposal must be reviewed and endorsed by the Research Review Committee, the Dean, URC Director, VPAD and approved by the SVPAA/ President. Use of the allocated budget is subject to University policies. Guidelines are in 1.3 Guidelines for formulation and disbursement of URAG budget as provided below.
  • Non-compliance to the signed Research Agreement will result in a deduction from the proponent’s salary (and benefits, when necessary) amounting to the approved grant.

B. Thesis and Dissertation Incentive

The University awards thesis and dissertation incentives to full-time (RFT and LFT) faculty members and regular University non-teaching personnel who have successfully defended their thesis/dissertation. The incentive for a master’s thesis is P15,000 and for doctoral dissertation is P25,000.

The applicant must contribute an article based on the thesis/dissertation for publication in an FEU Research Journal or present a paper in a Research Conference or Faculty Colloquium.

C. Publication Incentive

Far Eastern University gives incentives to its faculty, staff, and academic managers who publish in journals, anthologies, collections, and books published by respected scholarly publishers, according to the guidelines stated below or as otherwise determined by the URC Director, VPAD, and SVPAA.

  • A faculty member on full-time or part-time appointment (RFT, LFT, LPT), academic managers, administrative officials, and staff may avail themselves of the research publication incentive.
  • The author/s must indicate Far Eastern University – Manila as his/her institutional affiliation in the publication.

The amount of incentive is as follows:

  • Ten thousand pesos (Php 10,000 – gross) for:
    • Reviews published in a reputable journal
  • Twenty thousand pesos (Php 20,000 – gross) for:
    • An article published in a respected, refereed journal indexed in Philippine scholarly journal indexes such as PhilJOL or the CHED index;
  • Thirty thousand pesos (Php 30,000 – gross) for:
    • An anthology, reader, or collection considered as scholarly work, containing a substantial introduction, published by one of the respected university or scholarly presses (Ateneo de Manila University Press, UP Press, etc.)
    • A chapter(s) in a book published by one of the respected university or scholarly presses (Ateneo de Manila University Press, UP Press, etc.)
  • Fifty thousand pesos (Php 50,000 – gross) for:
    • An article published in a respected refereed journal indexed in international scholarly journal indexes such as Arts and Humanities Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index, Science Citation Index Expanded, Emerging Sources Citation Index, Scopus, Science Citation Index Expanded, MLA International Bibliography, Thomas-Reuter Web of Knowledge or by respected scholarly publication houses such as Routledge, Verso, Zed, or one of the respected university publication presses;
    • A whole book of scholarly research, creative work or translation published by one of the respected university presses or scholarly presses (Ateneo de Manila University Press, UP Press, etc.)

Publications that do not qualify for the Publication Incentive:

  • Textbooks, as it is understood that they carry with them their own monetary rewards;
  • Newspaper or magazine articles;
  • Published poems, personal essays, and short stories in newspapers and magazines.

 In the case of shared authorship, the publication incentive amount is split equally between/among all co-authors, but only FEU-affiliated co-authors will receive the incentive.

Author/s may apply for the publication incentive within one year of its publication.

D. Aid-in-Writing Program (AIWP)

The Aid-in-Writing Program is specifically for researchers with existing research articles/ papers but need time to write a publishable manuscript.

  • The program is open to faculty members (RFT, LFT, LPT), staff, and academic managers.
  • The researcher must present evidence of existing research article/ paper to be used in the drafting of a publishable manuscript. The peer-reviewed journal (preferably ISI/Scopus/WOS-indexed) to which the manuscript is to be submitted must also be identified.
  • Application to the AIWP must be evaluated by the Institute Research Review Committee (IRRC), which shall make necessary recommendations to the Dean.
  • The URC will review the application and process the application for approval of SVPAA/ President.
  • This program is for a single semester where the researcher will be assigned a maximum of six (6) research units.
  • Final publishable manuscript and proof of submission to the identified journal is the required output for this program.
  • The researcher must sign a Memorandum of Research Undertaking. Failure to comply with the terms specified will mean the barring of the researcher from participating in any future FEU-sponsored research projects and disqualifies the researcher from availing of FEU conference-subsidy grants, unless extenuating circumstances are deemed justifiable according to the Dean, URC Director, VPAD and SVPAA.

E. Research Capability-building Programs (RCBP)

Research Mentoring Program (RMP)

This is a one-semester research training and writing workshop which will include:

  • (a) seminars on writing coherent, organized and critical research article following the IMRAD format and proper referencing/ citation with the target journal/s in mind, and, as application of what the participants learn from the seminars,
  • (b) writeshops wherein participants will go through the entire process of writing a research article. 

The program will involve a maximum of 25 participants composed of faculty with zero to little experience in writing publishable research articles. The participants shall come from the different Institutes.

Interested faculty should apply for the program by submitting an accomplished application form with the necessary attachments. Facilitators-mentors will select mentees based on the concept paper submitted by applicants. Each facilitator-mentor can handle up to two mentees or pair of mentees.

Writeshop with Senior Faculty Researcher (WS)

This is a one-semester program of one-on-one paper advising and finetuning sessions between a senior researcher or seasoned faculty researcher and a faculty participant. The goal of the program is to help faculty members, with the guidance of senior researchers or seasoned faculty researchers, develop their existing research papers into publishable articles and submit said articles for publication. In effect, the senior researchers or seasoned faculty researchers will serve as internal referees before the papers are submitted to journals.

Senior researchers will also help faculty participants to identify the target journal. Advising may also cover revisions required by the journal if in case the article is accepted within the duration of the program.

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