For the Scientific & Research Community

We aim to enhance research and development in Kuwait by funding carefully selected scientific research proposals and building the capacity of the research community. We also celebrate scientific achievements by awarding various prizes to Kuwaiti and Arab scientists worldwide. Furthermore, We collaborate with renowned international institutions to facilitate cooperation with local scientists and researchers.

In recognition of the importance of celebrating scientific achievements and honoring Kuwaiti and Arab researchers and academics, KFAS provides several awards with an objective to honor accomplished researchers and inspire younger generations to pursue scientific careers in order to become the next generation of scholars and leaders advancing their societies.

Al Sumait Prize

The Al-Sumait Prize for African Development is an intiative by The Amir of the State of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, which was announced at the “Third African Arab Summit” hosted by the State of Kuwait in November 2013 in honour of the late Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sumait. Dr. Al-Sumait dedicated his life towards humanitarian and charity work for health, education and food projects for the less fortunate in African Nations.

The annual Al-Sumait Prize honors individuals or institutions who have through their work or research made significant advances in the fields of food security, health and education in Africa.  The objective of the award is to recognize the finest studies, scientific projects, applied research and innovative initiatives that have had a significant impact and lasting influence on advancing Africa’s economic and social development. 

The $1,000,000 prize (one million US dollars) is awarded annually by the State of Kuwait to individuals or institutions within one of the three fields mentioned above, and is administered by KFAS and an international Board of Trustees.

To learn more about the Al-Sumait Prize, please click here.