Science and innovation are at the heart of government strategy for promoting prosperity and growth. Research and knowledge is increasingly developed and transferred through international collaboration which provides opportunities to work with the best in the world, exchange students and researchers, and gain access to large scale international facilities; leading to mutual benefits for the UK and Bahrain.

Responsibilities

To promote international collaboration on Science and Innovation, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office jointly fund the UK Science and Innovation Network (SIN), based in 30 countries around the world.

SIN Gulf work to the following global objectives:

  • To support the GCC member states (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE) in enhancing their resilience and security by addressing long-term threats, including emerging health issues and global challenges on water and food security, as well as through building their capacity to deliver evidence-based policies.

  • To establish a SIN relationship with the GCC Secretariat-General, jointly identify scope for cooperation and implement this.

  • To enhance UK growth and exports by connecting UK science and innovation-based industries, and (with the British Council) science and innovation-based higher education organisations with international markets and investors.

  • To strengthen bilateral relationships through engagement on science and innovation.

  • To continue consultation with the higher education sector and industry in the Gulf, and maintain mutuality in engagement with the research community.

SIN Gulf Activities

SIN Gulf works towards:

  • Establishing the UK as the GCC’s pivotal partner of choice in science and innovation.

  • Increasing trade and investment cooperation in education, healthcare, infrastructure, water, clean energy, science and innovation – working with DIT, and, on higher education, the British Council and the SIN/BC/BEIS Gulf Science and Innovation Education Strategy.

  • Broadening security cooperation between the UK and the GCC member states – keeping Britain, and our interests, safe.

  • Helping GCC member states to deliver commitments made at COP 21.

  • Engaging with the Next Generation of thinkers - keeping Britain safe.

  • Influencing policy, inter alia on Anti Microbial Resistance (AMR), climate change and women’s rights.

  • Our strategic themes are presently: Health and Life Sciences; Clean Energy (including Climate Change, Food, Water Security); ICT and Cyber; Women in Science and Leadership.

Our services

The Gulf Science and Innovation Network consists of four officers covering all six Gulf Cooperation Council countries, with the Head of Team leading from Doha. In Bahrain, SIN is covered by the British Embassy in Doha. We work closely with DIT and Prosperity teams in the Embassy, as well as with the British Council in Bahrain.

For an introductory brief which covers the local Science and Innovation landscape, UK priorities and successes in Bahrain, read the UK Science and Innovation Network Country Snapshot.

Opportunities

Science and Innovation Network Grants, events and funding opportunities are often publicised on the British Embassy Facebook page, and we chat about them regularly on Twitter, too. Join us!

Contact us

You can email us, or telephone us on:
Email: SIN.Gulf@fco.gov.uk
Tel: +974 44962017

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