Science, Technology and Innovation System
The implementation of the First National Plan for Science, Technology and Innovation has contributed to the development of the science, technology and innovation system, by building a knowledge base, creating an innovation environment and developing science within society. The system consists of research institutions and national research centers, that aim to create research excellence and developing partnerships with international research institutions. This forms the scientific pillar required for the transformation into a knowledge-based society. It includes also, technology transfer and innovation support institutions, aimed at filling the gap between research and development activities and aspects of economic activity, through the supporters of technology transfer and localization, working on market accessibility. This is done with technology products of a high quality, centers for innovation and entrepreneurship and business accelerators, to train and support the owners of the innovative ideas, accelerate the transfer of inventions to the market, support different enterprises and support innovative business research. It also contains the organizational framework institutions, which govern the system through the general policies that guarantees the transformation of knowledge and technology and the development of financial resources for research. The preparation of qualified human resources, to develop high quality research, support innovation technology transfer and localization of technology, is an important pillar to support the system through steering institutions towards increasing the number of Saudi youth to enter the knowledge market. Finally, establishing a culture of dialogue to increase the awareness of science and technology, is a requirement to support the system and a role entrusted to all related-entities.