King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology
King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) is an independent scientific organization administratively reporting
to the Prime Minister. KACST is both the Saudi Arabian national science agency and its national laboratories.
The science agency function involves science and technology policy making, data collection, funding of external research,
and services such as the patent office. KACST has currently over 2500 employees.
Based on is charter 31.I.2.1.985, KACST's main responsibilities can be summarized as follows:
Main Responsibilities:1. Propose a national policy for the development of science and technology and develop strategies
and plans necessary to implement them. 2. Coordinate with government agencies, scientific institutions and research centers in the Kingdom
to enhance research and exchange information and expertise. 3. Conduct applied research and provide advice to the government on science and technology matters. 4. Support scientific research and technology development. 5. Foster national innovation and technology transfer between research institutes and the industry. 6. Foster international cooperation in science and technology.
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