The Higher Council For Science And Technology (HCST)
Launch of the 2nd call for proposals 2018-2019, Industry Academia Partnership Program, IRDF/HCST and the RAEng/UK

In 2017, the Government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, represented by the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, and the Government of the United Kingdom, represented by the Department of Business, Energy and Industry Strategies signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish the Newton-Khalidi Fund. The aim of theMoU is to build the capacity of research and innovation in Jordan, in addition to supporting scientific applications in development projects and supporting innovation in order to achieve the comprehensive developmental impact. This Memorandum of Understanding is implemented by the Jordanian side through the Higher Council for Science and Technology and the Royal Scientific Society. Through this fund, the UK government provides £ 3.5 million over four years in several priority areas of Jordan, including water, energy, cultural heritage, agricultural technology, food security, biotechnology, nanotechnology, and building researchers' skills and capabilities, as well as other areas to be agreed upon. In return, the Jordanian institutions will provide financial and in kind support to carry out research and innovation activities under the umbrella of this fund. The signing of this Memorandum comes in support of the Jordan 2025 Document for economic and social developmentand the Executive Development Program of the Government 2016-2018, including the priorities of JordanEconomic Growth Plan, in accordance with His Majesty's vision and the promotion of cooperation between Jordan and Britain in the field of research and innovation in order to build a strong and sustainable relationship between scientific, productive and service communities in both countries. The Newton-Khalidi Fund was formally launched at the closing ceremony of the World Science Forum in November 2017, in honor of the Jordanian scientist Dr. Osama Al-Khalidi.

In order to activate the terms of the MoU, the Higher Council for Science and Technology signed an agreement in 2017 with the Royal Academy of Engineering in the UK to implement the Industry Academia Partnership Program (IAPP) to support and promote research and innovation in universities, and the development of engineering education to serve the industry by strengthening the bilateral ties between industry and universities in both countries.

To submit proposals for joint projects between the industry and academia for the year 2018/2019 (Round 2), researchers and industrialists are invited to cooperate to submit joint project proposals by registering electronically at the following link:


Please note that applicants need to create a profile and then fill out the application form electronically as above. The deadline for submission of project proposals is 12:00 pm(GMT) on Wednesday, 12/12/2018.

With good wishes to all.

08 / 01 / 2018
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