ADEK Award for Research Excellence
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ADEK Award for Research Excellence

Introduction and Program Overview (AARE - 2018)
The ADEK Award for Research Excellence (AARE) is a competitive funding program for outstanding research proposals in targeted areas within Abu Dhabi. Research funded by the AARE program is expected to advance scientific and technological development within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, as well as develop meaningful partnerships between Abu Dhabi scientists and leading academic and industrial collaborators, both nationally and worldwide. Applicants will be required to demonstrate the potential impact of their research and identify how this impact may be realized​.
Maximum Award
Water, Energy, Environment
AED 300,000
Materials, Infrastructure
AED 300,000
Aerospace, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence
AED 300,000
Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Electronics
AED 300,000
Health, Food and Agriculture​
AED 300,000
Education and Social Sciences
AED 100,000

Note: If there is a clear attempt to misrepresent the category, the proposal may be considered non-compliant and not considered for further review.

 Applicant Eligibility

The AARE Program is open to all full-time faculty in higher education institutes geographically located within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and collaborators in the affiliated industry, however, no awarded funding can be channeled to industry. An applicant can only submit one proposal as lead investigator but can participate as a co-investigator, or collaborator, on additional proposals.


Awards may be up to 2 years in duration with up to a maximum budget of AED 300,000 for non-Education and Social Sciences proposals. Budgets in Education and Social Sciences may be up to a maximum budget of AED 100,000. Award amounts will be based on the feasibility of the project budget proposed, availability of funds, the number of proposals submitted, the nature of the proposal and level of institutional and industry cost sharing.


Budgets​ must be submitted using the template provided within the proposal template and with full justification for each cost. Items not justified or poorly justified will be removed from the budget.
Personnel Please detail type and designation of student or staff to be funded from the award. The time commitment for each request should be stated.
Equipment – equipment essential to the project with a unit cost of less than AED 100,000 can be requested. (Equipment with a unit cost of less than AED 20,000 should be included under consumables).
Consumables - an outline should be given of the consumables which are to be used. This section would also include the costs of using databases, chemicals, biological specimens etc. It is expected that as part of its commitment to the project, the host organization would cover the costs of using research infrastructure already available at the host institution.
Travel and Subsistence – only one trip to be charged to travel costs directly related to the project and up to AED 20,000 per annum can be requested. These can include conference attendance, travel to collaborator institutions, collaborator visits to Abu Dhabi and other directly relevant working visits.
Technical-Level Outsourcing - Where it is necessary to access specialized facilities elsewhere for technical level supportive work (non-research oriented), the costs may be included in the application. A strong justification must be made for such expenditures. This cost should not exceed 15% of the total requested budget.
Institutional / Industry Cost Share - source and nature of the cost share funding from the institution and supporting industry. This amount is not counted towards the requested budget.

 Proposal Review

Proposals will undergo both an administrative and subject matter peer review process. The proposal will be reviewed according to the following criteria:
  • Novelty and intellectual merit of the proposal
  • Potential impact of the research and the described path to impact
  • Relevance to Abu Dhabi strategic priority areas
  • Qualifications and track record of the Lead PI, Co-investigators and collaborators
  • Commitment of Higher Education Institution and availability of support and infrastructure
  • Collaboration with industry where applicable
  • Training and human capital development

 Proposals Guidelines

All proposals must be formatted as follows:
  • Font type: Times New Roman, Calibri or Arial.
  • Fonts Size: 12 points.
  • Paragraph settings: single spaced with no less than one inch margins.

Document types and size: PDF, 10MB max.
Failure to comply with instructions will result in the proposal not being considered further for funding.
The Office of Research (or its equivalent) of each HEI must submit a roster of the proposals that HEI is planning to submit by 4 PM Monday, 10th September, 2018.
You may contact us via the following email for further assistance or clarifications:

 Proposal Submission

All proposals should include a cover sheet and must follow the template provided below:
An electronic copy of the proposal must be submitted online as a single document. Click on the 'Submit Proposal' below to open the online submission form.


Proposal submission deadline:12 noon, Sunday, 16th September, 2018.
No proposals will be accepted unless submitted through the registration link above. Email submissions are not accepted.