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Introduction

The execution of KACST’s National Transformation Program 2020 initiatives is carried out by the research and development (R&D) activities conducted by KACST’s national institutes and centers, and KACST’s Joint Centers of Excellence Program. The R&D activities in KACST are promoted by three main themes:

  • The selection of research projects in accordance with the Kingdom’s strategic sectors.
  • The preparation of technical leaders to support the development of local content.
  • The promotion of national research collaborations.

The research projects in KACST are conducted through the national institutes and centers as well as the Joint Centers for Excellence (JCEs) in several strategic sectors such as energy, water, advanced materials, etc.

In addition, to support the preparation of technical leaders that are capable of supporting the development of the local content, KACST established the Joint Center of Excellence Program to provide a world-class venue for conducting research in strategic sectors for the Kingdom while enabling young Saudi talents to become more technologically competitive as well as being a primary source for innovation and intellectual property generation in the Kingdom.

Additionally, to promote national research collaborations, KACST coordinates with national institutions and entities to exchange information and experiences and to ensure proper training for Saudi talent.


Technology Transfer & Localization in Strategic Sectors

King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) focuses on conducting applied and development research in 13 strategic sectors

Technology Leaders Program

King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) focuses on conducting applied and development research in 9 strategic sectors

National Research Partnerships

King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) focuses on conducting applied and development research in 13 strategic sectors