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KFAS mechanism of funding research and development: an assessment

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This paper assesses mechanisms of funding research projects used by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS). KFAS is a leading organization that sponsors research projects in Kuwait and whose endowments come through contributions from private sector companies. The assessment described in the paper relies on time series data covering the period from 1978 to 1996. The analysis shows that KFAS funding of research projects has favored projects in sectors such as agriculture and food resources, and has assigned low priority to prime sectors, such as oil, water, and manufacturing. This reflects a lack of coherence between the organization’s R&D activities and the country’s socioeconomic plans and needs.

Document Type: Original Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-9310.00168

Affiliations: Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, P.O. Box 24885, 13109 Safat, Kuwait

Publication date: April 1, 2000

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