The Fujairah Research Centre has unveiled ‘The Emirati Researchers’, an initiative which is dedicated to promoting, supporting, and funding vital scientific analysis and exploration projects in the UAE.
The initiative has been launched to meet several overarching objectives, with an emphasis on up-and-coming talent.
The Centre shared that it aims to empower Emirati scientists, providing them with the necessary resources to conduct high-quality research across various disciplines.
While Emirati Youths are given full support in pursuing innovative projects from planning through to execution, their body of work and achievements will also be published and promoted. The Centre said this raises research activities awareness and recognition at the national level.
“Today represents the start of another exciting chapter for the UAE, one where new generations of researchers make scientific breakthroughs that instigate vital social and economic advancements,” said Dr. Fouad Lamghari, Director of Fujairah Research Centre.
“This announcement is a testament to our unwavering commitment to nurturing talent with a view to long-term national development and prosperity. By paving the way for a transformative era fuelled by research-backed discovery, we can help ensure a legacy of innovation and progress for many decades to come.”
By mentoring students, sponsoring projects, and helping to bring innovative ideas to life through technical and financial support, the Centre said, the initiative can “become a benchmark for others to emulate moving forward, with key programs at the heart of its success.”
One program it highlighted is the ‘Research Incubation Program’, through which experienced researchers will guide entry and early-level Emirati researchers.
Additionally, the program will present various career development opportunities alongside training in research collaboration, networking, publication support, data sharing, and open science.
“Learning from researchers with vast experience and expertise is a pre-requisite for young talent honing their craft and taking quantum leaps en route to realizing their full potential,” said Dr. Lamghari.
Adding: “Providing platforms for students to learn from some of the nation’s most distinguished researchers is a prospect we’re very excited by, as is cross-sector collaboration.”
Fujairah Research Centre aims to collaborate with industries via The Emirati Researchers to showcase the value of research and development in driving innovation and economic growth, it said.
It also aims to partner with universities and research institutions to promote the achievements of Emirati researchers and broaden interdisciplinary research.