policy provides the guidelines for scientific research framework in the Water,
Energy, and Environment Center (WEE center) at the University of Jordan. This policy sheds light on
the WEE center role in the future. It should be used as a reference point for
scientific knowledge and research providing data and ideas to solve problems in
the target fields through a unique group of experts and researchers with the
highest levels of specification and world class facilities and networks.
center research policy aims at directing all scientific research activities in
the WEE center and provides a clear link between all guiding principles. It
thus addresses the challenges encountered by researchers in order to spearhead
the WEE center towards greater efficiency in research delivery. The
implementation of this policy will enable the WEE center to make informed
decisions and embrace more scientific approaches.
The WEE center research policy guiding principles reinforce
the researchers’ personal accountability in order to ensure that the conduct of
research, the research sources of funding, and its perceived applications are
consistent with their judgment and conscience, as well as with established
Research: a systematic investigation, including research
development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop a unique output and
contribute to general knowledge.
Researcher: a person who systematically investigates and
studies materials and sources to establish facts and reach conclusions.
Research Policy: the art of justifying, managing, or
prioritizing support of scientific research and development.
Research Strategy: a plan or scheme by which the activity of
searching for and assessing found information is carried out.
Research Misconduct: the fabrication, falsification, or
plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting
Consultancy: the development of existing knowledge and the
application of analytical and investigative skills to the resolution of
problems presented by a client, usually in an industrial, commercial, or
The research themes that underpin the overall research
strategy of WEE center are as follows:
Water is a finite resource; hence, responsible management
requires the inclusion of all stakeholders to determine appropriate long-term
use and allocation. Therefore, WEE center provides research to assist in
developing and adopting innovative solutions and technologies that improve
water use efficiency. Research considers issues relating to water resources and
quality, water desalination, environmental laws, climate change, and energy
efficiency. Activities in this area focus on extended education, laboratory
research, field research, and policy development.
contains an energy research program that is based on the most efficient use of
using our natural resources while minimizing our dependence on imported energy.
The main objective of WEE center is to perform strategic research, support, and
policy development that advance the goal of renewable energy and promote
technologies, practices, and programs that increase efficiency for energy
utilization in homes, businesses, and public buildings. Another main aim is to
promote public awareness and understanding of all forms of energy, energy
efficiency, and the importance of energy. WEE center promotes partnerships
among the Jordanian universities, private industries, and non-profit
organizations to actively pursue funded research and development resources that
are dedicated to renewable energy solutions, including solar and wind energy, energy
storage, biofuels/biomass, and energy efficiency and conservation.
WEE center encourages research and education about the
environment and its many interactions with human society. WEE center seeks to
provide the next generation of researchers, policymakers, and corporate leaders
with a comprehensive interdisciplinary environmental education, while fostering
links and partnership among different parts of the University, as well as
between the University and the outside world helping to guide Jordan toward a
more sustainable future. The research considers air quality, wastewater
treatment and management, and site remediation.
The quality of life, standard of living, and national
security of Jordan and Jordanians depend on water, energy, and environment. In
addition, the most pressing problems facing the world are complex, often
requiring collaborative investigation by researchers trained in different
disciplines. Therefore, WEE center focuses on environmental cooperation and
integration around the interconnected issues of water, energy, and environment.
The water–energy nexus is the nearly inextricable linkage
between water and energy. Producing water requires a lot of energy, and
harnessing energy requires lots of water. WEE center is dedicated to breaking
down the conceptual, technological, and regulatory barriers between water and
center researchers should adhere to the following guiding principles:
and well-developed human resources in research and development are the
cornerstone of advancement in scientific knowledge and technological progress.
The WEE center shall identify potential shortage of researchers, particularly
in certain key disciplines. Consequently, WEE center must intensely improve its
attractiveness to researchers by helping to create the necessary conditions for
their more sustainable and appealing careers. WEE center shall introduce and
implement new instruments for the career development of researchers and thus to
contribute to the improvement of career prospects for researchers.
It aims at
creating and applying research projects which shall be relevant to the
researcher's interest, departmental expertise, and in line with the national
priority research agenda of Jordan. WEE center shall provide access to the
national and international database and resources. Researchers shall define
themes together with other experts involved with the work from industry,
academia, and various organizations. Research project shall offer convincing
support of need for the research study being proposed and it should be prepared
in accordance with the guidelines of funding agencies.
of scientific research activities by WEE center is extremely limited. At
present, almost all funding for scientific research is dependent on local and
international funding support. Selective allocation of funding is crucial to
ensure the highest quality standards of scientific research and to strengthen
the structural development of the science and innovation system. However, in
order to get a proper fund from local or/and international funding agencies, WEE
center researchers shall write effective, qualified, and fundable scientific
research fund will be an important tool for allocating resources to competing candidates
and will also provide a better overview of the range of national allocations in
support of scientific research activities. WEE center research fund shall
initially obtain its income from other WEE center sectors and from governmental
puts emphasis on building sustainable and active network, since the success of
the WEE center's research activities depends on building networking and
research partnerships. Research efforts shall be coordinated internally, and,
where appropriate, also externally in order to ensure efficiency and maximum
impact of resource allocation. Coordination includes the broad and timely
dissemination of research priorities, efforts, and results with other WEE
center sectors. Where appropriate, research projects shall be designed and
undertaken in a manner to foster local intellectual capacity strengthening and
At the national level, WEE center supports the
establishment of such network and guides its operation. Developing of
collaborative initiatives with industry, academia, and government helps find
applicable solutions to various scientific challenges. Moreover, partnerships
enhance the scope of the departmental scientific research goals. At the
international level, WEE center promotes the international contribution through
attending international conferences and bilateral scientific exchange with
universities and research institutions around the world.
supports high quality research that not only meets the agencies guidelines for
research implementation but also assures review of the research at all
appropriate stages, from proposal to outcome, through specified mechanisms such
as peer review processes. Research progress and results are monitored and
evaluated with regard to impact, quality, participation, coordination (with the
scientific/research and funding agencies), and investment.
of WEE center research activities must be publicly available. WEE center also plays
a key role as a broker of knowledge for the broader communities by building
networks and communities of interest. Knowledge transfer activities include
publication and distribution of the results of scientific research to the
stakeholders through forums and workshops. Moreover, they also include participation
in various industrial and governmental committees to exchange information about
technologies and emerging issues.
center fosters an environment conducive to research and build strong promotion
and incentives scheme for researchers based on the scientific productivity and
experiences in order to build self-satisfaction for each researcher and to reduce
the probability of WEE center brain drain.
seeks to invest in its intellectual capital, because it values its human
resources. However, intellectual property rights, arising from research, must
be governed by WEE center Intellectual Property Policy.
WEE center is committed to ensuring that the
research conducted by its research team maintains the highest standards of
integrity. This code of conduct provides an appropriate set of criteria to
establish a framework and ethical conduct expected of all persons engaged in
research at WEE center. It also includes a requirement that each researcher
should formally accept overall responsibility for the following:
center promotes the
responsible conduct of research through high standards of ethics and
accountability in planning, conducting, and reporting research. The research techniques should not violate
established professional ethics pertaining to the health, safety, privacy, and
other personal rights of human beings. Researchers should only participate in
work that conforms to accepted ethical standards and which they are competent
to perform. The building blocks of the research ethics shall include honestly,
accuracy, efficiency, and objectivity. WEE center maintains effective
management systems for ensuring compliance with its ethical standards.
ensures that the research data (including electronic data) is held for
sufficient time and recorded in a durable and appropriately referenced form. WEE
center ensures that its research team is aware of any confidentiality
provisions applying to specific projects and knows whether there are any
obligations with respect to these provisions.
of a research output is discussed between researchers at an early stage in a
research project and is reviewed whenever there are changes in participation.
When there is more than one researcher of a research output, one researcher (by
researchers’ agreement) is nominated a principal investigator for the whole
research output. This person takes responsibility for record keeping regarding
the research output. The researchers must ensure that others who have
contributed to the work are recognized in the research output. Courtesy demands
that individuals and organizations providing facilities should also be
ensures that publication of multiple papers based on the same set(s) of data is
not acceptable, except where there is full cross-referencing within the papers.
WEE center researchers must ensure that the work of any relevant person is
recognized and appropriately acknowledged in all publications derived from
research to which they have made a contribution.
researchers have an obligation to disclose at the time of reporting or
proposing research any conflict of interest which has the potential to
influence research and investigations, publication, media reports, and grant
misconduct implies a significant departure from accepted practices of the
relevant research. Research misconduct also implies that a person behaves intentionally,
knowingly, or recklessly; the allegation against this person should be proven
by a preponderance of the evidence. All WEE center researchers or individuals
associated with the WEE center must report any observed, suspected, or apparent
misconduct in scientific research to WEE center research management.