The Global Research Partnership (GRP) was launched in August 2007 with a broad solicitation for research proposals going to the world’s best science and technology universities. The GRP has three purposes:
- Rapidly initiate, or expand, world-class, university-based research in areas of science and engineering central to KAUST’s mission of contribution to the Kingdom, the region and the world
- Establish close working relationships between KAUST and leading institutions and university-based researchers and educators in science and engineering worldwide
- Support the development of KAUST campus-based research activities –investigators, centers, graduate students, and on-campus facilities – as a full participant in the world's university-based research enterprise
The proposal review and selection process for the GRP followed international standards of competitive peer review, establishing a standard of excellence for KAUST and ensuring the selection of the highest-quality proposals of direct relevance to KAUST’s mission.
The GRP solicitation called for proposals – with awards subsequently made – under three sub-programs: KAUST Centers and Centers-in-Development, KAUST Investigators, and KAUST Research Fellows.
The KAUST Centers program provides support for multiple Investigators working on an interdisciplinary research program of global importance. In addition to the contributions they make to research, these Centers were selected to support KAUST’s immediate and long-term development needs. It is often the case that key Investigators working with a Center come from more than one university, and contribution from the private sector is common.
KAUST Centers-in-Development awards offer research support for smaller groups of investigators or, similarly, research teams who may be pursuing a topic at an early stage of its development in a promising and important field. These Centers-in-Development may evolve into full Centers, but the significant benefits of the partnership come through the early engagement with KAUST Faculty, scientists, and students.
The KAUST Investigators program provides research support for exceedingly skilled individual scientists and engineers who are dedicated to globally significant research topics that are particularly important to Saudi Arabia and the region. Each Investigator directs a leading-edge research project supported by KAUST, and spends time each year on the KAUST campus participating in the research and academic life of the institution.
GRP Research Fellows
The KAUST Research Fellows program offers support for exceptional postdoctoral researchers in the process of launching their research and teaching careers, but not yet in permanent faculty positions at institutions. Fellows were selected from world-class institutions based on previous outstanding scholarship, as well as demonstrated exceptional potential for career-long engagement in their fields and the broader academic world.