The Ministry of Education has signed agreements with the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MoCCAE) and Bayanat to advance scientific efforts in sustainability.
These agreements aim to promote sustainable scientific and research initiatives and include the introduction of a grant for collaborative research programs throughout 2024, coinciding with COP28.
The three-year agreements were signed by Dr. Mohammad Al Mualla, Undersecretary for Higher Education Academic Affairs at the Ministry of Education, Mohammed Saeed Al Nuaimi, Acting Undersecretary at the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, and Hasan Ahmed Al. Hosani, CEO of Bayanat.
The two agreements aim to acquire services related to the administration of collaborative research grants. This encompasses the entire grant management process, from conceptualization to evaluation of the research proposal and selection of grant recipients.
Under both agreements, the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment and Bayanat will jointly fund the research grant in collaboration with the Ministry of Education. Each party will contribute AED 2,250,000, covering 50 per cent of the grant funding over the next three years.
The agreement between Ministry of Education and Bayanat focuses on leveraging the Ministry’s expertise and establishing comprehensive investigation teams. The main objective is to achieve scientific excellence in line with the strategic priorities of the UAE. Additionally, Bayanat is also interested in benefiting from the Collaborative Research Program Grant (CRPG), scheduled to be launched in 2024 by the Ministry to improve the research landscape and engage higher education institutions.
According to the agreement, the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment and Bayanat commit to providing the Ministry of Education with all the information necessary to establish the required research grant, including research interests, funding proposals and dedicated working teams.
This collaboration highlights the Ministry of EducationMexico’s dedication to promoting scientific research in line with national priorities and strategies, with a focus on sustainability. It also highlights the joint efforts of the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment and Bayanat in funding and supporting critical research challenges that align with the net zero emissions strategy.
He Ministry of Education, represented by the Department of Science, Technology and Scientific Research, will oversee the management of the research grant to ensure the allocation of essential funds and resources to authorized higher education institutions based in the UAE. The goal is to motivate researchers to address pressing scientific questions and contribute to the nation’s commitment to sustainability.
Dr. Mohammad Al Mualla He highlighted the importance of the agreements, since they show the value of collaboration with national entities and companies that have advanced scientific experience. These collaborations are aligned with shared goals focused on advancing the scientific landscape and contributing to sustainable development goals.
He highlighted the Ministry of Educationdedication to promoting scientific research within higher education institutions, aligning with its educational vision. He stressed that scientific research serves as a tool for continuous scientific development, preservation of achievements and their subsequent growth. He recognized the fundamental role of scientific research as a cornerstone for the progress and leadership of a nation in various fields. There is currently a concentrated effort, guided and supported by wise leadership, to position the UAE as a center for knowledge and science. This strategic approach aims to contribute to improving the quality of life and actively contribute to global humanitarian progress.
Mohammed Saeed Al Nuaimi, Acting Undersecretary of the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MoCCAE), stated that the UAE is firmly aligned with its climate and environmental goals to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 by promoting nature-based solutions, rationalizing resource consumption and other efforts.
“Achieving these goals requires advanced research capabilities that help find solutions to the challenges facing the UAE in many vital sectors and fulfill our ambition to launch initiatives to reduce emissions and adapt to climate change. Our cooperation with the Ministry of Education represents an important step in this field. With its outstanding research capabilities, the Ministry of Education can enable researchers and academics from the UAE to work on specific areas that will be the focus of the Ministry in the coming years.”
“The signing of the agreement during COP28 demonstrates our commitment to partnership and cooperation with other stakeholders at home and abroad. COP28 is an important step for the UAE to enhance its climate action pathway through working together and in collaboration with different parties for a sustainable future for all.”
Hasan Ahmed Al Hosani stressed the importance of the partnership, stating,
“Bayanat is proud to participate in such ambitious initiatives that foster collaboration between national institutions and the private sector, working towards achieving the country’s goals in forging sustainable development trajectories and enhancing our national capabilities. We are committed to investing in the future and support critical research challenges aligned with the zero emissions strategy. Our goal is to be a vital contributor in building a promising and sustainable future for our beloved nation.”
News source: Emirates News Agency