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Director's Message

Dr. Husam Al-Ulama

Welcome to NRF’s website.

When His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan set up the National Research Foundation in 2008, it was done with the clear intention to increase and enhance the research and innovation activities in the country.

While our focus remains on fostering creative ideas within the UAE research community, we also concentrate on partnering with our stakeholders: the Universities, Federal and Local Governments, young researchers and industry. More activities will be undertaken to stress the need for them to work together: the UAE has many great scientific minds that can contribute to a strong scientific and economic growth of the country and support the needs expressed by its community. This “triple helix” is one of the foundations needed for advancing research and development.

NRF , with the help of the research community, is trying to determine what are the national priorities when it comes to research. We will be looking at studies of immediate needs for the country from a biological, medical and human sciences point of view. Inter-disciplinary research will help us address these issues.

It has become clear over the past years that there is a vibrant research community that wishes to be acknowledged and NRF is pleased to cooperate with all of you. We have an open-door policy and welcome all of your suggestions and ideas on how to further advance the research agenda.

It is a partnership we all look forward to.

Dr. Husam Al-Ulama
Director
National Research Foundation