​Science for the Common Purposes of Life


In less than a decade, KAUST has created a distinctive template for advanced education and scientific research — a university where pioneering scientific discoveries and disruptive technological innovations are intricately linked to their application to the common purposes of life in the Kingdom and beyond. The ascent of KAUST into the ranks of the world's elite academic research institutions has been breathtaking; for example, the last couple of years saw KAUST emerge as the university with the most highly cited faculty in the world according to the QS World University Ranking.


The nascent success of KAUST is a direct result of the enormous research talent now assembled in Thuwal, the synergies of our researchers' internal and global collaborations, and the collective efforts of leadership and support staff to perpetually strengthen KAUST's research environment. The latter support comes in the form of robust baseline funding, state-of-the-art infrastructure, bespoke research services from ideas to impact, and a diverse portfolio of research funding that is tailored to achieve opportune strategic targets. 


The Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) remains steadfastly focused on the challenge ahead — sustaining the momentum of discovery and societal impact of KAUST research. This means continuing to provide superb and supple services to our researchers and catalyzing research relationships in a way that is itself highly innovative and collaborative.  Success for OSR is a well-supported community of scholars who will propel KAUST to even higher levels of distinction and relevance to the Kingdom and the world.

Dr. Teofilo Abrajano
​OSR Director