Grants Program for Universities and Research Centers
Grants Program for Universities and Research Centers website (https://gpurc.kacst.edu.sa)
Supply-based programs are those that are executed to provide scientific/technical solutions to current and future challenges facing the labor market. Demand-based programs are those that are executed at the request of government or private agencies to address urgent challenges, using scientific technical solutions.
The Grants Program for Universities and Research Centers (GPURC) has been adopted as one KACST’s initiatives in the National Transformation Program 2020. The program aims to enhance the infrastructure needed to develop local technological content and support R&D, to ensure the sustainability of the local technological content development ecosystem in the Kingdom. This is strategically interrelated to the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 as it will help provide citizens with the knowledge and skills needed to meet future labor market needs, and support entrepreneurship.
The GPURC aims to achieve a set of key performance indicators by the end of 2020. These include: number of published scientific papers, number of patents issued, number of technology companies emerging from universities, number of technical solutions produced from the technology companies;and number of job opportunities created by the technology companies.
The GPURC targets many beneficiaries, including:
- Graduate students at national universities.
- Ph.D and MS holders.
- Universities and research centers.
- Public and private sectors.
- Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).
KACST’s supervision of the GPURC is aligned with its mandated functions and responsibilities, i.e., coordinating the national activities of science, technology, and innovation, and providing support for scientific research and technological development in KSA. This program is a result of a major national effort led by KACST with involvement from national stakeholders and international experts.
Scientific Research Support - Grants Program for Universities and Research Centers
The GPRUC consists of 7 main programs that are based on the supply and demand perspectives of labor market. The supply-based programs, which are executed to provide scientific/technical solutions to current and future challenges facing labor market, include the following:
- Graduate Research Program.
- Basic Research Program.
- Applied Research Program.
- Innovation Research Program.
- On the other hand, the demand-based programs, which are executed at a request of government and private agencies to address urgent challenges using scientific technical solutions, include the following:
- Targeted Research Program.
- Industrial Development Program.
- Industrial Innovation Centers Program.
- The development of the GPURC has been built on a system that supports innovative ideas starting from basic research to the development of high value-added products via four main stages: research, development, manufacturing, production and commercialization.
The distinction of the GPURC is based on its reliance on a performance point system (PPS) to assess the implementation efficiency of the funded projects. The PPS has the following characteristics:
- Setting a minimum target output for each program that each grantee is required to achieve.
- Targeted outputs include including scientific publications, patents, created jobs, technology startups, and technical solutions for industry.
- The nature of the grants program.
- Additional financial rewards are given to researchers when they exceed the minimum targeted output.