The Supervisory Committee of the National Science, Technology and Innovation Plan (Ma’arefa) recently held its 20th meeting, chaired by His Highness Prince Dr. Turki bin Saud bin Mohammed Al Saud, President of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), Chairman of Ma’arefa Supervisory Committee in presence of Dr. Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed Al Swailem, KACST Vice-President for scientific research support, vice-chairman of the Supervisory Committee, in KACST’s headquarters in Riyadh.
At the outset of the meeting, Prince Dr. Turki welcomed the members of the Committee, expressing his sincere appreciations and thanks to His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy crown prince, Second deputy prime minister, Minister of defense. Chairman of the Council for Economic and Development Affairs, Chairman of the Public Investment Fund, for his generous support to initiatives associated with knowledge economy and raising efficiency and productivity
Prince Dr. Turki underlined KACST’s devotion to research investment in line with the government’s orientations for transform into a knowledge-based economy, pointing out that KACST has allocated 85% of the financial support within the Second National Science, Technology and Innovation Plan (Ma’arefa2) for innovative research and large national projects to ensure the creation of small and medium-sized technology enterprises in the kingdom as a main outlet of Ma’arefa2.
For his part, Dr. AlSwailem reviewed stages of progress in functioning the National Science, Technology and Innovation Plan which included announcing the research-support program in universities and research centers within Ma’arefa2 that comprehends the basic sciences program, the innovative research program, and the program of major national projects along with mechanisms for implementation each of these ambitious programs.
KACST Vice-President for scientific research support, vice-chairman of the Supervisory Committee also pointed out that the number of graduate-students involved in the supported projects under “Ma’arefa” is about (3265) graduate-student which represents about 27.9% of the total human resources.
Dr. AlSuwailem shed lights as well on upgrading regulations of the Scientific Secretariat issued by the Supervisory Committee in 1432, and included bunch of changes especially with regard to actions taken towards researchers-violators and mechanism of putting these changes into action, stressing that upgrading regulations was based on previous experience and initial insights of some universities and KACST-relevant administrative units.
During the same meeting and within the same context, Dr. Ahmed AlAbdulkadir, Ma’arefa General-Secretary, revealed the Committee’s approval of the results of the 17th batch of research projects recommended to be supported within the Strategic Technologies Program that included 147 research project with a budget of about 263.2 million SR and the Committee’s adoption of the newly upgraded regulations of the Scientific Secretariat.