Research and Innovation Strategy

Research and Innovation Strategy

Research & Innovation Vision and Mission


To be globally recognized for impactful, interdisciplinary, forward-looking, cutting-edge research


To steer, enable and oversee an ambitious research portfolio, and to facilitate its translation to tangible, knowledge-based contributions to the economy and society of the kingdom and beyond.



  • Drive impact-oriented research addressing national and global challenges
  • Drive research efforts in line with university research strategy and priority areas
  • Foster interdisciplinary collaboration across university research ecosystem
  • Leverage existing university resources and build new capabilities in research areas of strategic importance


  • A world leader in research and innovation, and a premier destination for researchers and graduate students in KSA and internationally.
  • A privileged partner of choice for the triple helix of innovation (academia, government, industry) in the creation of knowledge, technological solutions, and digital transformation.
  • A committed and connected university with its alum, and the local community.

Key Activities to Deliver

Focus on Interdisciplinary Research and Innovation

We will enhance our research excellence by developing and expanding our research environment. We have already established 13 interdisciplinary research centers covering important research areas. The interdisciplinary research centers, in cooperation with all research bodies, will be a way to realize the innovations of King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals to create a global footprint and reputation.


Successful End-to-End Commercialization

We considered various key improvement factors towards achieving successful end-to-end commercialization. These include activate technology commercialization capabilities at Dhahran Techno Valley Company (DTVC); Streamline interfaces between Innovation & Technology Transfer (ITT) and DTVC; Enhance links and communication with science park tenants and industry players at large; and ensure a solid pipeline of incoming ideas/ research to commercialization relevance of pipeline of incoming ideas/ research.

Measures of Success

There are many ways in which we will analyze the success of our objectives, but these three top-level measures enable us to see that we are growing our research activity and quality and continuing to achieve an outstanding level of impact through our engagement with business and commercialization activities.

>1,900+ Issued Patents

>150+ IPs Licensed

>2,500 Invention Disclosures