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Scientific Missions

Based on the objectives of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science in encouraging scientific competencies, especially newly graduates, to participate in presenting the results of their researches in the prestigious and academically accredited international and regional scientific conferences, with the aim of exchanging experiences, gaining knowledge and building relationships with scientists and research from other countries, and to gain access to the latest results of research and scientific studies in the fields of their specialties, the Foundation offers Kuwaiti scientists and academics grants to participate in those conferences. The applicant must meet the conditions stated in the Foundation's policy on scientific tasks. The applicant may benefit from the grant by attending the conference personally or online. *

First: General Conditions:

  1. Only Kuwaiti applicants are eligible.
  2. The applicant must have a master's degree or a doctorate from an accredited university, excluding post graduate students.
  3. The applicant must be affiliated with an academic, research, scientific institution, the shareholding companies or be a post graduate student at a local university or an accredited university abroad.
  4. All scientific missions are limited to academic conferences only, on the condition that the conference being organized by prestigious international universities, research centers or scientific and professional organizations or with major participations by those.
  5. The scientific paper should be in the fields of science, technology and innovation, as defined by the program (for areas, please click here).
  6. The applicant must have an acceptable scientific paper, scientifically accredited by the organizer of the conference, and submitted within its activities, excluding post graduate students, with an acceptance for a scientific participation, whether an oral presentation or a scientific poster.
  7. Submissions must be made at least 30 days prior to the conference.
  8. The scientific paper must include a statement of appreciation for the support of Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science as follows:

In English:

We wish to acknowledge the generous financial support from the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) to present this paper at the conference under the Research Capacity Building/Scientific Missions program.

In Arabic:

 نود أن ننوه بالدعم المالي السخي المقدم من مؤسسة الكويت للتقدم العلمي لتقديم هذه الورقة في المؤتمر، في إطار برنامج المؤسسة الخاص ببناء القدرات البحثية / المهمات العلمية.

Second: Terms and conditions:

  1. A full year must have passed since the last scientific mission obtained by the applicant from the Foundation.
  2. The maximum limit to benefit from the scientific mission program is five missions for the same researcher.
  3. A maximum of two persons, from the same scientific section or program at the employing entity, can have the privilege to attend the same conference, provided that two papers are presented for two different scientific research.
  4. Only one researcher can benefit from the grant for the scientific paper, which has been co-written by more than one researcher.
  5. The applicant is not entitled to the financial support for the same scientific paper more than once, whether the previous support has been received from the Foundation or from any other entity.
  6. If the applicant does not submit the required documents within two weeks of the date of notification, their application is considered rejected, and the applicant must apply once again.
  7. The grant cannot be used for purposes other than those allocated to.
  8. Documents proving attendance or participation must be submitted
  9. The Foundation has the right to examine all sources of funding and expenses.
  10. The Foundation has the right to recover the money spent or withdraw from its obligation to the agreed payments if the funds are secured from other sources, or if the applicant does not comply with all the terms and conditions of the Foundation.

Third: The Financial Grant:

The financial grant for the scientific mission is determined based on the geographical location of the conference venue, as follows:

First payment

From Kuwait to the country or region where the conference is held

Higher Education Students (Abroad) the shortest duration of the trip

1,600 KD

North America or South America or the Far East or Australia or Canada or New Zealand or South Africa

More than 7 hours

1,300 KD

Europe or Southeast Asia or North Africa

Between 4 and 7 hours

1,000 KD

Egypt or the Middle East or the GCC countries

Less than or equal to 4 hours

*If you attend the conference online, only the registration fees are covered.

The grant is provided in two payments as follows:

  • 70% of the grant value prior to travelling.
  • 30% of the grant value after returning and submitting the following documents:
  1. Certificate of full attendance of the conference or proof of participating in the conference.
  2. A copy of the airline tickets.
  3. Filling in the questionnaire for the scientific mission
  4. Report on the scientific mission must be submitted within one month of the date of return. The report must contain (to name a few) the following: summary of the scientific paper or presentation and the results and feedback on the participation.

Fourth: Required Documents:

  1. A photocopy of the Civil ID.
  2. An up-to-date resume.
  3. A copy of the last accredited academic degree, authenticated by the Ministry of Higher Education.
  4. A signed and sealed acceptance letter, from the organizer of the conference, stating that the scientific paper has been accepted.
  5. The accepted scientific paper must be complete and in the form of a Microsoft Word file, not a summary or a review.
  6. A detailed version of the conference program, including the scientific paper.
  7. A copy of the receipt of the conference registration fees.
  8. If there is more than one author of the scientific paper, the consent of all the researchers participating in the scientific paper must be provided stating that all the researchers involved in the scientific paper authorize the applicant to present the scientific paper.
  9. A letter from the senior management of the employer, addressed to the Director General of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science, must be submitted approving the scientific mission, indicating that the employer does not object to the applicant attending the conference and confirming that the applicant did not receive any financial support for the scientific mission submitted to the Foundation from their employer.
  10. If the post graduate student is inside the State of Kuwait: A letter of approval from the University Director, addressed to the Director General of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science is submitted.
  11. If the graduate student is outside the State of Kuwait: A letter of approval from the Cultural Office, addressed to the Director General of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science, and a letter of recommendation from the professor supervising the student, at the university where the study, are submitted.

Additional information:

A nominal reward of 500 dinars (KD 500) is allocated to the applicant when the scientific paper is published in the best 25% (Q1) of international periodicals and magazines, which are evaluated according to the competitive position of the periodical and the scientific journal, in the scientific field of the applicant as estimated by the internationally recognized standards (Journal Citation Reports).

How to Apply: