Shoman Foundation Partners with MIT in launching a new Scientific Research Seed- Fund

The Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation (AHSF), the cultural and social responsibility arm of the Arab Bank, announced that preparations are under way to launch its new Scientific Research Seed Fund in collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The “MIT-Jordan Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation Seed Fund” will be the first of its kind in the region aimed at supporting joint early-stage research projects between researchers and their students in Jordan and their counterparts at MIT. This collaboration comes to reaffirm AHSF’s belief in the role scientific research plays in the advancement of societies and their prosperity.

“This partnership will serve as a stepping stone for scientific collaboration and exchange between researchers from all Jordanian universities and research institutions and MIT faculty members, we also encourage faculty to involve their students in the collaborations” said AHSF’s CEO Valentina Kassisieh.

“Since its establishment by the Arab Bank in 1978, scientific research has been an essential pillar of AHSF. The Foundation launched the first pan Arab scientific research awards in 1982 and it established Scientific Research Fund to support Jordanian research in 2000. As thus, we are happy to partner with MIT, one of the most prestigious institutions of higher education in the world and a leader in research and technology. This joint fund will offer a great opportunity to our Jordanian researchers to develop their expertise and to work jointly with MIT faculty and researchers, deploying their knowledge jointly towards finding effective and innovative solutions to the challenges facing us in the region. “added Kassisieh.

MIT Associate Provost and Ford International Professor of History and the MIT-Arab World faculty director Philip S. Khoury, said: “I am very excited about the launch of MIT’s new collaboration with the Kingdom of Jordan. The “MIT-Jordan Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation Seed Fund”  will enable MIT and Jordanian faculty to collaborate and move forward on major global challenges while engaging students from both Jordan and MIT”

From the side of MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI)  they pointed out that this new fund will, without a doubt, provide faculty and students with the needed tools and structure necessary to collaborate with Jordanian researchers and academia jointly in facing global and regional challenges.

The “MIT-Jordan Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation Seed Fund” will become a part of the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI)  Global Seed Funds. Offering financial grants with a maximum value of $ 30,000 per grant covering travel, meeting, and workshop costs, inclusive of visits to Jordan and MIT facilities in the US.

The seed fund will be open for both Jordanian and MIT faculty pursuing research in the following fields, namely: “Environment and Climate Change: Environmental Engineering, Water Resource Management and Engineering”, “Manufacturing and Innovation: Lean and  Modern Technologies, Automation, Nanotechnology”, “Entrepreneurship”, “Engineering : Nuclear Engineering, Materials Engineering, Energy and Thermal Engineering”, “Health: Biomedical Engineering, Prostheses, Computational Neuroscience and Technology”, “Planning and Development: Social and Management Sciences”, “Urban Studies and Planning”, “Science, Technology and Society”, “Innovation in Education”, “Arabic Language Automation” , and "Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture".

Further details about the “MIT-Jordan Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation Seed Fund” will be revealed in due course in a joint announcement with MIT in September 2020.

For more details visit the foundation website.