As part of our Institutional Links programme, UK and Gulf scientists will be working together on eight cutting edge research projects across the six Gulf countries thanks to 2.8 million in UK government funding allocated to projects in areas ranging from nanotechnology to cyber-security. Through this work we aim to strengthen scientific ties between the UK and the Gulf region in order to help scientists find solutions to shared global challenges.
Together with the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, we launched an open call for joint research applications in 6 Gulf countries in July 2016. In response we received 172 applications from HE institutions and research bodies in the Gulf and the UK. The themes of the call closely tie into Gulf countries research priorities such as food and nutrition, water, energy, food-water-energy nexus and cyber security.
Our work in science in the Gulf has already seen over 226 scientists across the Gulf participate in research symposia and capacity building workshops alongside 42 UK scientists, in the last twelve months. Our other programmes which include capacity building workshops and science collaboration symposia will continue to pave the way for long term research collaboration over the next 3 years, bringing together UK and Gulf researchers, research institutions, funding agencies, industry, Higher Education councils, and education ministries.
Find out more about UK Gulf Institutional Links research project themes