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Technology Innovation Centers


Technology Innovation Centers (TICs) program seeks to achieve the objectives of economic and social development in KSA through innovation and creativity. KACST-TICs was founded as part of the National Science, Technology and Innovation Plan in Saudi Arabia and is funded and managed by KACST. The goal of KACST-TIC program is to create a series of university-industry collaborative research centers at the kingdom’s top universities based on a competitive selection process.

Promote the university-industry research collaboration and technology transfer in the Kingdom.
Reinforce applied research at universities as well as engineering education in KSA.
Develop the human capital to produce innovations that support the desired knowledge-based economy.


  • Saudi universities
  • The local industry
  • KACST’s institutes
  • A number of Technology Innovation Centers

Since 2011, a total of five Technology Innovation Centers were established in five Saudi universities as the following:

  • TIC for Radio Frequency and Photonic for the e-Society in King Saud University
  • TIC for Carbon Capture & Sequestration in King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals
  • TIC for Personalized Medicine in King Abdul-Aziz University
  • TIC for Solid State Lighting in King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
  • TIC for Geoinformatics in Umm Al-Qura University

These centers worked on several projects that led to innovations with a positive impact on the Saudi industry.