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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

New public funding agency for Arab science

The United Arab Emirates is setting up a $10 billion foundation --the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation-- to fund scientific research in the Arab world.  For details, see Wagdy Sawahel's May 25 story in SciDev.Net.

Comment.  This seems to be the first research funding agency created in the Arab world since September 2006, when participants in the Second Gulf-Maghreb Scientific Congress (Riyadh, February 25-26, 2006) issued the Riyadh Declaration on Free Access to Scientific and Technological Information.  The new foundation probably hasn't yet considered requiring OA to the results of the research it funds.  But the best time to start the process is now, during the planning stage.  Is anyone in a position to ask the new foundation to follow the principles of the Riyadh Declaration?