Graduate Research Program
Grants Program for Universities and Research Centers website (https://gpurc.kacst.edu.sa)
The Graduate Research Program is a new strategic program in the national research and development support ecosystem. It is a long-term strategic investment aimed at developing a set of scientific skills needed to boost Saudi Arabia’s position among leading countries in the field of science, technology and innovation.
This program works - in general - by providing financial support to Saudi graduate students. It also provide the required technical assistance, including devices and equipment for the implementation of Masters and Ph.D research. This research is based on R&D approaches related to production and manufacturing problems.
The program’s goals include the following:
- Encouraging outstanding graduate students to conduct world-class research in various sciences according to advanced scientific knowledge worldwide.
- Developing scientific skills to elevate the Kingdom’s status as a pioneer in science, technology and innovation.
- Supporting modern scientific and technological discoveries and playing a role in establishing the necessary foundations for building a knowledge-based society and economy.
- Enhancing the culture of implementing joint research among graduate students in universities, government and private agencies, to ensure harmony among them.
Graduate students in Saudi universities can utilize this program to cover the costs of obtaining their Master and Ph.D degrees. The program’s performance indicators until 2020 include the publication of 800 scientific papers and 400 patents in the main areas of the program, namely: natural sciences, engineering and technology, medical and health sciences, and agricultural sciences.