KACST created the Joint Centers
of Excellence Program (JCEP) to conduct basic research via
partnerships with some of the leading and most prestigious
academic and industrial establishments around the world.
Joint research activity is carried out in fields of science
and technology targeted by the National Science, Technology
and Innovation Plan (Maarifah), thus helping enhance the
quality of research and the outputs of intellectual property.
The research institutes at KACST
conduct developmental research in a number of strategic
fields that are paramount to the Kingdom, to allow, in the
long term, for the establishment and development of globally
competitive national services and industry, enhancing the
Kingdom’s self-sufficiency, economic diversification and
ability to compete internationally.