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 UK and KSA.

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 Saudi Arabia 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.

Priorities

Saudi Arabia is the largest economy and research base in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The UK and Saudi Governments signed a framework agreement covering Science and Technology collaboration in February 2014. The science priorities for UK engagement with KSA are in Water Science, Healthcare & Life Sciences, Nanotechnology, Renewable Energy and Advanced Material Sciences. Both countries are actively engaging in activities focused on researcher mobility and regional collaboration as additional mechanisms to pursue excellence in joint science and research.

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 the British Embassy in Doha. In Saudi Arabia, SIN is based in the British Embassy in Riyadh and is co-located at the British Council. We work closely with DIT and Prosperity teams.

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

Opportunities

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

Fellowships

Dozens of British and Saudi researchers participate annually in programmes initiated by the Science & Innovation Network and its partner organisations. Please contact us for further details and how to apply.

Contact us

You can [email us](mailto:mariam.mujtaba@sa.britishcouncil.org), or write to: Science and Innovation Officer British Embassy, Riyadh, Diplomatic Quarter, P.O. Box: 94351 – Riyadh 11693, Saudi Arabia
Enquiries +955 11 4831818 ext. 128

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