Abu Dhabi Young Investigator Award (AYIA)

Abu Dhabi Young Investigator Award (AYIA)

The Abu Dhabi Young Investigator Award (AYIA) is a competitive funding program open to researchers who are within 6 years of obtaining their terminal degree (PhD or equivalent) for outstanding research proposals in targeted areas within Abu Dhabi. Research funded by the AYIA 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.

In its inaugural year, funds totaling one million Dirhams were awarded to 6 outstanding research proposals in targeted thematic areas under the AYIA program.

Priority Sectors

The awards are targeted to sectors of strategic importance to Abu Dhabi:

  • Aerospace
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Health, Food and Agriculture
  • Information and communication Technology (ICT)
  • Manufacturing
  • Education and Social Sciences

Applicant Eligibility

The AYIA Program is open to researchers who are within 6 years of obtaining their terminal degree (PhD or equivalent) currently employed as a full-time faculty in Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) geographically located within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The applicant should also include a suggested faculty mentor as a Co-PI.

Awards

The AYIA may be up to two years in duration with a maximum budget of AED 200,000 for non-Education and Social Sciences proposals. Budgets in Education and Social Sciences may be a maximum budget of AED 100,000.

Key Criteria

  1. Novelty and intellectual merit of the proposal.
  2. Potential impact of the research and the described path to impact.
  3. Relevance to Abu Dhabi strategic priority areas.
  4. Qualifications and track record of the Lead PI, Co-investigators and collaborators.
  5. Commitment of Higher Education Institution and availability of support and infrastructure.
  6. Collaboration with industry where applicable.
  7. Training and human capital development.