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 Kuwait.

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 Kuwait 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

The UK and Kuwait signed a new Memorandum of Understanding on research and education in June 2014. With a current spend of 0.3% of GDP, Kuwait has potentially large sums to invest in R&D via its foreign investment funds. The main research institution is the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research. The priority areas for UK engagement with Kuwait are Petroleum and Energy, Water Science, Environment and Life Sciences.

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 Kuwait, SIN is overseen by the British Embassy in Riyadh. We work closely with DIT, Prosperity teams at the British Embassy and the British Council in Kuwait.

For an introductory brief which covers the local Science and Innovation landscape, UK priorities and activities in Kuwait, 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 Kuwaiti researchers participate annually in programmes initiated by the Science & Innovation Network and its partner organisations. Please contact us for further information and how to apply.

Contact us

You can email, write or telephone us:
Email: Mariam.Mujtaba@sa.britishcouncil.org / SIN.Gulf@fco.gov.uk
Write: Science and Innovation Officer British Embassy, Riyadh, Diplomatic Quarter, P.O. Box 94351 – Riyadh 11693, Saudi Arabia
Telephone: +955 11 4831818 ext. 128

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