The KFCRIS conducts in-house research and attracts contributions by external researchers.
It currently hosts the following four research units:
In the past, the following research units existed: Contemporary Political Thought, Arabic Language, Saudi Studies, Modernity, Iranian Studies, Energy Studies, Political Economy, Security Studies.
In 2020, the KFCRIS co-hosted T20 (Think20), one of the Engagement Groups of the Saudi G20 and the international network of research instututes and think-tanks, with the KAPSARC.
King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies