Philippine Ambassador Hjayceelyn Quintana during a visit to the UAE Space Agency in Masdar City.


UAE Space Agency launches Dh4 million competition


DUBAI – The UAE Space Agency has launched a new competition offering up to Dh4 million in funding for proposals that address climate change and food security.

Scientists, entrepreneurs, academics, and innovators seeking to address some of humanity’s greatest challenges are invited to participate.

The competition was announced under the umbrella of the Space Analytics and Solutions (SAS) programme and has been launched in partnership with the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment.

The competition aims to find technically feasible, scalable and innovative ideas using data gathered from outer space to create services that support agricultural or environmental practices.

Two projects will be selected from the competition. They will each receive up to Dh2 million in funding, technical support, assistance from leading experts, and help to secure commercial partnerships and reach customers.

“We hope to boost private sector participation in the space sector and contribute to the UAE’s position as a regional hub for space innovation that supports economic growth and development for the next 50 years,” said Sarah bint Yousif Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Technology, and Chairwoman of the UAE Space Agency.

Proposals should be submitted before the deadline on January 15, 2022. The top six will be invited to pitch in front of a committee of experts in February, with the top two selected as the winners.

The competition will recognise proposals based on a variety of factors including the professional experience and academic background of the individuals, as well as the originality and viability of the idea. ICA/Expat Media

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