Research and Development

Research and Development

One of Abu Dhabi Economic Vision primacies is the ability to respond and adapt to the pace of technological change and harness all research and development capabilities to achieve future competitiveness. In order to achieve this mission, ADEK works with all stakeholders involved from government agencies to academia and relevant industrial sectors to:

  • Build high quality and sustainable system for research and development in Abu Dhabi.
  • Grow human-capital capacity and further develop the knowledge base in research areas of strategic importance.
  • Assist researchers and universities in aligning their research with the strategically targeted sectors.
  • Help source research funding and opportunities for collaboration, and attract pioneering industrial Research & Development institutes to Abu Dhabi.

Research Programs supported by ADEK are funded through Ghadan 21, which has been established to boost the competitiveness and advancement of the Abu Dhabi economy in the coming years. Research funding initiatives are driven by the 3rd theme of Ghadan 21 which seeks to develop the knowledge and innovation systems in the Emirate.

Research funded by the programs is expected to advance scientific and technological development within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, as well as develop meaningful partnerships between Abu Dhabi scientists and leading academic and industrial collaborators, both nationally and worldwide.


The latest research funding awards were announced in January 2020, click here for more details. ADEK funded 54 grants from 320 proposals submitted under the AARE and AYIA Programs.