is the first national platform that empowers researchers in the country by providing them with funding and networking opportunities, mentorship and support. The platform is a sum of three main initiatives that aim to support over 50 student led research projects by end of 2020 in addition to supporting ten major co-funded applied research programs in priority sectors by 2020. We hope our projects will produce at least ten potential start-ups by 2025. Why are we supporting researchers? Research is a critical component of innovation and economic growth. Supporting research will help spur new ideas, technologies and inventions that could turn into successful companies with strong economic and social return to the country. will act as a feeder towards the Emirati Innovator Programme and the Khalifa innovation centre initiatives.