Dubai: Dubai Science Park (DSP) and Al Jalila Foundation have joined hands to support scientific research and young innovators in the UAE, it was announced.
The latest agreement between DSP, the region’s first business community dedicated to the science sector, and the philanthropic organisation will help secure funds for research on health issues ranging from cancer to mental health.
It also aims to support innovators seeking funding for scientific projects in areas ranging from cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes to mental health and obesity — illnesses that are common among the UAE population.
“Combining our local expertise with Al Jalila Foundation’s global philanthropic outreach will be extremely beneficial for our business partners, for the broader science community, for entrepreneurs, start-ups and youth and for the visibility and growth of the science sector in our region”, said Marwan Abdul Aziz Janahi, executive director of DSP.
“Most important of all, it will be beneficial for the people who suffer from the health issues into which we shall be helping develop innovative research,” he added.
Janahi said DSP continually seeks ways to support young innovators in the field of science.
“This latest MoU signed with Al Jalila Foundation is one such example of how we are fostering growth among entrepreneurs and start-ups operating in the science sector, providing them with a business-friendly environment equipped with world-class facilities,” he added.
Dr Abdul Kareem Sultan Al Olama, chief executive officer of Al Jalila Foundation, said in their efforts to nurture local researchers and advance local biomedical research, Al Jalila Foundation has awarded more than 55 research grants to science-focused professionals from across the UAE.
“We welcome research projects from the DSP business partners and continue to work together to foster innovation among the local scientific communities,” he said.
Al Jalila Foundation has so far supported medical research and educational programmes worth Dh59 million.