The internationally top-ranked Khalifa University of Science and Technology is the one university in the UAE with the research programs that address the entire range of strategic, scientific and industrial challenges facing the UAE’s knowledge economy transformation and our rapidly evolving world. 

Khalifa University is home to the UAE’s leading research centers, many of which are housed in the university’s research institutes. Khalifa University’s three flagship research institutes include the Masdar Institute, the Petroleum Institute, and the Robotics and Intelligent Systems Institute. The Institutes serve as interdisciplinary research units focused on long-term strategic priorities. KU research centers address regional and global challenges in a systematic and targeted manner via engagement of world-class researchers and facilities. These research centers are at the heart of KU’s global leadership in use-inspired research. 


Dr. Steve Griffiths, svp for research & Development
Dr. Steve Griffiths, svp for research & Development

Research administration at Khalifa University of Science and Technology is headed by Dr. Steve Griffiths, Senior Vice President for Research and Development.

ContactZineb Kherrati, Senior Executive Assistant, Research and Development Division

Dr. Griffiths serves as the university’s chief officer in charge of research strategic planning and operational implementation. The administrative scope of research and development and Khalifa University includes external research partnerships, research grants and contracts, intellectual property research laboratories and research computing. The university’s research institutes and centers are also part of the research and development at Khalifa University.

Addressing national priorities and building on established strenghs

focused on multidisciplinary sectors aligned with UAE and Abu Dhabi priorities
Clean and Renewable Energy
Hydrocarbon Exploration and Production
Aerospace (Aero/Astro)
Supply Chain and logistics
focused on cross-cutting critical enablers in which KU has competitive advantage




Khalifa University’s research relates to key focus sectors of relevance to the UAE’s strategic economic growth and the technology platforms that serve as foundations for these sectors.

The University’s research priorities are addressed in two categories — “verticals” and “horizontals” — which jointly cover specific industry and sector needs, technical platforms and expertise.

KU’s focus sectors are Clean and Renewable Energy, Hydrocarbon Exploration and Production, Water and Environment, Health, Aerospace, and Supply Chain and Logistics. Research in these sectors is enhanced by our research platforms of Robotics, AI and Data Science, Information and Communication Technologies, and Advanced Materials and Manufacturing.

KU also engages in arts and sciences research that provides additional depth and breadth to the university’s research portfolio. Specific topical areas covered are mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, humanities and social sciences.


  • Build strong foundations based on integrated research and academics.
  • Engage leading industry, government and academic organizations for partnership.
  • Perform research that produces excellence in science and engineering while being inspired by practical application.
  • Translate discoveries and inventions into innovations that create commercial value.


  • To establish and continually evolve interdisciplinary, collaborative research and development capabilities in the UAE’s priority science and technology domains.
  • To achieve global research impact through excellence in research of regional importance.

Research Offices

Research Institutes
Masdar Institute
Masdar Institute

The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MI) was established in 2007 in Abu Dhabi, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), as an independent non-profit graduate level research university focused on advanced e...

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Robotics and Intelligent Systems Institute
Robotics and Intelligent Systems Institute

Khalifa University’s Robotics and Intelligent Systems Institute was established in July 2019 to bring all the university's research in robotics, artificial intelligence, data science, next-gen networks, semiconductor technologies and cybersecur...

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Petroleum Institute
Petroleum Institute

The Petroleum Institute University and Research Center (PI), as it was initially known, was established in 2001 to support the oil and gas industry of Abu Dhabi and the wider UAE. To achieve that goal, it developed and offered undergraduate and g...

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Research centers

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Core Labs

Research Fabrication and Prototyping Workshop Our Research Fabrication and Prototyping Workshop contains a woodshop, a… read more
Solar and Device Characterization Lab The Solar and Device Characterization Lab supports cutting-edge research in… read more
Electron Microscopy Facility The Electron Microscopy facility hosts the most advanced set of… read more
Analytical Chemistry And Biochemistry Core Lab The Analytical Chemistry and Biochemistry Core (ACBC) Laboratory provides advanced…
Raman and AFM labs The Raman and AFM Laboratory provides a safe and well-resourced…
Micro & Nanofabrication Facility The Khalifa University Fabrication Facility is a 350m2 cleanroom fabrication…
Material Testing Lab The Materials Testing Laboratory provides a safe and well-resourced laboratory…