Research Policies

Excellence in research is achieved through a collective process energised by the faculty and students of a university. The AKU faculty and students are committed to pursue their task by working within a framework based on high sets of ethical principles. 

The research activities are steered and regulated through guidelines which ensure protection against violations of human rights and misrepresentations of data whether intentionally or unintentionally. All research work should maintain high standards in terms of integrity, responsibility and without prejudice to any ethnic or religious group.

In order to preserve the university's reputation for high standards of scholarly integrity, the University has laid down policies to define offenses like fabrication of data, plagiarism, abuse of confidentiality, dishonesty in publication, intellectual property violations, claim to authorship and contribution and research misconduct.

The policies undergo review at various forums before final approval by the Academic Council. All policies are legally vetted and endorsed by the Board of Trustees.


Guidelines concerning National Institutes of Health (NIH) Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) Policy​


In consistent with NIH Grant Policy Statement 42 CFR 50.601, the guideline summarizes FCOI regulation to promote objectivity in research by establishing standards that provide a reasonable expectation that the design, conduct, and reporting of research funded under NIH grants or cooperative agreements will be free from bias resulting from Investigator FCOIs. ​

The policy will be applicable to all AKU Entities applying for, or in receipt of, funding through NIH contracts, grants or cooperative agreements. It includes funding awarded directly to AKU by NIH itself or its Institutes or indirectly, where AKU is (or receives funding from) a sub-awardee or sub-contractor.