Ministry of Education Partners with Ministry of Climate Change and Environment & Bayanat
The Ministry of Education has entered into agreements with the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment and Bayanat to advance scientific efforts in sustainability.
These understandings aim to bolster sustainable scientific and research initiatives and include the introduction of a grant for collaborative research programmes throughout 2024, coinciding with COP28.
These agreements are set to last three years and were signed by His Excellency Dr. Mohammad Al Mualla, Undersecretary for Higher Education Academic Affairs at the Ministry of Education, His Excellency Mohammed Saeed Al Nuaimi, Acting Undersecretary of the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MoCCAE), and Hasan Ahmed Al Hosani, Managing Director of Bayanat.
The two agreements aim to acquire services related to the administration of collaborative research grants. This encompasses the entire grant management process, from conceptualisation to research proposal evaluation and selection of grant recipients.
Under the two agreements, the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment and Bayanat will jointly fund the research grant in collaboration with the Ministry of Education. Each party will contribute AED 2,250,000, covering 50% of the grant’s funding over the next three years.
The agreement between the Ministry of Education and Bayanat is focused towards leveraging the Ministry’s expertise and establishing comprehensive research teams. The primary objective is to achieve scientific excellence in alignment with the UAE’s strategic priorities.
Additionally, Bayanat is also interested in benefiting from the Collaborative Research Program Grant (CRPG), scheduled for launch in 2024 by the Ministry to enhance the research landscape and engage higher education institutions.
According to the agreement, the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment and Bayanat commit to providing the Ministry of Education with all the information needed for establishing the required research grant, including research interests, financing proposals, and dedicated work teams.
This collaboration underscores the Ministry of Education's dedication to advancing scientific research in alignment with national priorities and strategies, with a focus on sustainability.
It also highlights the joint efforts of the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment and Bayanat in funding and supporting critical research challenges that align with the net-zero emission strategy.
The Ministry of Education, represented by the Department of Science, Technology, and Scientific Research, will oversee the management of the research grant, to ensure the allocation of essential funding and resources to licensed UAE-based higher education institutions.
The goal is to motivate researchers to address pressing scientific issues and contribute to the nation’s commitment to sustainability.