UAE launches Platform for Scientific Laboratories to drive R&D investment
As announced recently, the UAE launched the UAE Platform for Scientific Laboratories to drive the investment in scientific research and development (R&D). The move aims to allow researchers and scientists access the most advanced laboratory equipment, and create an environment for scientists to exchange knowledge, expertise and scientific results.
The platform, which represents a gathering of major research institutions in the country, aims to provide an advanced research environment and outstanding infrastructure to improve scientific sectors in the country by reducing the cost of research activities by 30%.
In line with UAE Vision 2021 and Centennial 2071, the UAE Platform for Scientific Laboratories is an initiative of the Emirates Scientists Council (ESC), an organisation that is tasked to create a supportive environment for research and scientists as part of the UAE Advanced Science Agenda 2031, which was launched in early April 2018.
“The UAE is offering a leading global model for the perfect investment in human potential and providing a scientific environment and research infrastructure that allows great minds to innovate pre-emptive solutions to major challenges facing humanity, constituting a knowledgeable addition to the region and greater world,” said Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
The initiative also aims to establish an integrated working system that is based on a solid foundation of activities by scientific research institutions through effective partnerships with leading international research centres.
The Platform will attract and encourage highly qualified scientists and motivate individuals, including students and all those interested in science to participate in the development of scientific research methods and empower researchers to find cooperation opportunities in the field.
It will also link state laboratories to scientists and experts to ensure the production of knowledge in the country’s investment in specialised laboratories to raise the productivity of research institutions. The platform will work to increase the proportion of operating scientific devices and unifying research capacity in the UAE.
Six major research institutions in the UAE featured including the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, Khalifa University, UAE University, American University of Sharjah (AUS), the Abu Dhabi Department of Energy, and the International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA).
The platform offers an opportunity for the scientific community in the UAE to have direct and quick access to more than 150 research devices throughout the country. It gives scientists access to world-class research equipment, with the aim of enhancing local research effort, supporting researchers and academics, and encouraging scientific research and development of scientific and technological capacity in the UAE.
“We urge our scientists to continue research and advancement so as to consolidate our achievements and restore the region’s role as an essential partner in knowledge production, raise the intellectual level and pursue scientific efforts to raise the UAE’s scientific stature on the global stage,” said the Vice President and Prime Minister.