The Global Research Partnership is a vital undertaking for KAUST, one that will begin now even as the university's physical campus is being constructed
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (PRWEB) August 22, 2007
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), a new world-class graduate research university under development in Saudi Arabia, is inaugurating a new program that will provide a significant source of support to, and collaboration with, leading scientific research centers and individual scientists around the globe. KAUST's Global Research Partnership (GRP) is targeted to have a budget of up to approximately $1 billion over the next 10 years for institutions and individual investigators conducting advanced research in the areas of science and technology that are important to Saudi Arabia, the region, and the world.
KAUST's Global Research Partnership (GRP) is targeted to institutions and individual investigators conducting advanced research in the areas of science and technology that are important to Saudi Arabia, the region, and the world.
"The Global Research Partnership is a vital undertaking for KAUST, one that will begin now even as the university's physical campus is being constructed," said His Excellency Minister Ali Ibrahim Al-Naimi, Saudi Arabia's Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources.
Minister Al-Naimi also pointed out that the GRP is a cornerstone of KAUST's strategy to build the University's intellectual capital.
The GRP is funded through KAUST's multi-billion dollar endowment, which will provide reliable support to all aspects of the University's operation in perpetuity and will be managed by an independent Board of Trustees.
The focus of the GRP's research will be on topics identified by KAUST, including its impact on the development of future knowledge-based industries in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom's social and economic needs, and its potential regional and international impact.
These research focus areas will be reflected in the KAUST Research Institutes to be developed on the KAUST campus in Saudi Arabia, including:
- Institute for Resources, Energy and Environment
Energy research (e.g., carbon sequestration, hydrogen and fuel cells, process design, combustion, solar energy) and water/sustainable development (e.g., desalination, water use management, "green" planning and construction for desert climates)
- Institute for Biosciences and Bioengineering
Biotechnology for food, nutrition, public health, biodiversity and industrial processes (e.g., sustainable aquaculture and agriculture, Red Sea marine environmental science and engineering, regional epidemiological studies and population genomics)
- Institute for Materials Science and Engineering
Polymers and membranes, nanomaterials (e.g., carbon and bioprocessed nanomaterials, photovoltaic applications), catalytic chemistry, and materials for high stress environments
- Institute for Applied Mathematics and Computational Science
Scientific and engineering computing (e.g., computational chemistry, computational biology, reservoir and regional environmental modeling), statistics and applied computational mathematics, and computational linguistics (e.g., machine translation, multilingual search).
The GRP is inviting proposals from scientists and engineers with related research interests and experience, as well as creative proposals that redefine the boundaries of the research topics described above. By early 2008, in the first round of the GRP, KAUST anticipates funding up to five (5) Research Centers, twelve (12) Investigators, and twenty (20) Research Fellows working in areas of science and engineering central to KAUST's mission.
KAUST is being built in Saudi Arabia as an international, graduate-level research university dedicated to inspiring a new age of scientific achievement in the Kingdom, the region and around the globe. The core campus, located on more than 36 million square meters on the Red Sea near Rabigh, is set to open in September 2009. For more information about KAUST, visit http://www.kaust.edu.sa.