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KSA Launches $83.2 Million Initiative to Boost Research Labs

The initiative aims to enhance research centers and laboratories in alignment with the national research priorities.

By Inc.Arabia Staff
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Saudi Arabia's Research Development and Innovation Authority (RDIA) has unveiled its first financial package totaling SAR312 million ($83.2 million) to bolster research laboratories across the kingdom.[1]

The initiative aims to enhance research centers and laboratories in alignment with the national research priorities outlined by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who also serves as the Chairman of the Supreme Committee for Research, Development, and Innovation.

An essential component of the launch was the introduction of a national open-access portal, Openaccess.rdia.gov.sa, providing easy access to the kingdom's funded research infrastructure. The portal aims to facilitate access to research facilities and empower innovators and creators.

A total of 30 entities have been selected as beneficiaries of the funding, comprising universities, laboratories, hospitals, and private organizations operating across various scientific domains.

The allocated funding reflects a diverse range of research priorities, with 41% directed towards human health, 27% towards environmental sustainability and basic needs, 19% towards leadership in energy and industry, and 13% towards future economics.

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