This program, a strategic long-term investment, aims to develop a set of scientific skills required to put the Kingdom within the group of leading countries globally, in the fields of science, technology, and innovation. The program aims to conduct high level scientific research at the cutting edge of all scientific fields, in order to contribute to new discoveries, and to play a role in building the necessary scientific pillars required to improve the research environment in the Kingdom, and achieve the country’s vision of building a knowledge-based society and economy.
The program’s goals include the following:
Researchers in universities and national research centers can benefit from this program. The targeted KPIs by 2020 include the publication of 1800 scientific papers and registering 450 patents, approved in the main areas of the program, namely: natural sciences, engineering and technology, medical and health sciences, and agricultural sciences.
Under this program STU-UQU submitted 56 research proposals in 2017 and 29 proposals in 2018.