Who we
Are

The Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) continues on its 40-year journey to harness science, technology and innovation in Kuwait, as well as to promote modernization, a better quality of life and a sustainable future for the Kuwaiti people. In line with the long-term vision of the late Amir Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah and supported by leaders in the private sector, an Amiri Decree was issued in 1976 for the establishment of the Foundation, with a focus on advancing and integrating science, technology and innovation (STI) throughout the country.

The Foundation’s efforts toward fostering STI to address national challenges first began through the pledge made by the private sector shareholding companies to fund the Foundation based on a set percentage of their annual profits — currently at one percent — as well as through the incorporation of a unique governance modality, in which the Board of Directors is chaired and appointed by the Amir of the State of Kuwait. Today, KFAS’s impact is prominently embedded within the country’s scientific and technological accomplishments and advancements.

Vision:
“A thriving culture of science, technology and innovation (STI) for a sustainable Kuwait”

Mission:
“Stimulate and catalyse the advancement of STI for the benefit of society, research and enterprise in Kuwait”

Tremendous strides have been made throughout KFAS’s journey to promote science, technology and innovation and encourage a culture of research and development in Kuwaiti society, especially considering the numerous challenges inherent to generating socioeconomic growth and national development in such a groundbreaking manner. KFAS has been building a well-equipped STI workforce to meet the socio-economic adversities that Kuwait and other countries are bound to face, in particular encouraging and educating the youth. Here in Kuwait, the foundation promotes and advocates for science, technology and innovation through the dissemination of knowledge in a number of different ways, including scientific publications, books and community-based events. The foundation also collaborates with local and international institutions to raise the quality of research in Kuwait and drive innovative solutions for areas of national priority. KFAS is also building an STI-competent private sector by investing in its human capital, fostering the means to increase R&D capacity, as well as advocating to increase the private-sector investments in STI. Finally, through our regional and international collaborations with world-renowned academic and research institutions and major corporations, KFAS gives the local community greater access to partnerships focused on enhancing the national science and technology ecosystem. 

Specialized centers of excellence have been established in Kuwait and continue to be funded as subsidiaries of the foundation, providing the country with additional ways to address national challenges through research and development.

These are: 

The Scientific Center
Dasman Diabetes Institute
Sabah Al Ahmad Center for Giftedness and Creativity
Jaber Al Ahmad Center for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
KFAS Academy
The Advancement of Science Publishing and Distribution Company

KFAS’s strategic objectives continue to guide the foundation as it strives to catalyze the change Kuwait needs to ensure the country’s future development and long-term sustainability.

It is through these defined strategic objectives that the foundation continues to strive to achieve its mission and vision, and catalyze the change needed in the country to foster its future development and long-term sustainability.