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The Middle East Science Fund

The Middle East Science Fund is an initiative of His Majesty King Abdullah II to support young scientists and education in the sciences throughout the region. It was initiated at the Third Petra Conference of Nobel Laureates in 2007, and officially launched one year later at the Fourth Petra Conference of Nobel Laureates, with the announcement that the fund would accept and review research proposals for the 2008-2009 academic year.

The MESF has an initial capital of $10 million, $2 million of which has been provided by King Abdullah. The fund will be deployed to support research by students pursuing a master's degree in the sciences. Support will foster multinational cooperation in a not-for-profit framework and will also facilitate cooperation and collaboration among scientists from universities throughout the Middle East. The fund will give special consideration to research endeavours addressing some of the Middle East's most pressing, transnational development challenges: energy and renewable energy sources; water management; the environment; health; and technology.

The MESF is the crystallisation of the Petra Conference spirit, the King has said. It addresses the vital need of the developing world to expand and apply advanced scientific knowledge, especially to practical issues that most concern the region's future.

Facts about the Fund:
  • Began to support master's degree students with scientific projects in 2008
  • Requires that projects be multinational in terms of staff and supervisors
  • Established as a nonprofit organisation, with the conviction that scientific and academic cooperation are useful for disseminating values of cultural dialogue, coexistence and openness to the other
  • Registered to operate under the auspices of the King Abdullah II Fund for Development to support scientific projects in Jordan
  • Administered by an executive board of directors and a director-general, in addition to an international advisory board of the Nobel Prize Laureates and a regional advisory body that contribute to setting public policies and strategies of the fund, provide advice and guidance, and recommend the selection of scientific projects worthy of support and funding
  • Permanent Secretariat of the Scientific Projects Support Fund functions from the main office of King Abdullah II Fund for Development in Amman.
Jordanian members of the MESF Executive Board of Directors
  • Adnan Badran, Senator, President of Petra University
  • Khaled Toukan, Chairman, Jordan Atomic Energy Commission
  • Mohammad Abu Qudais, President, Yarmouk University
  • Mazen Darwazah, CEO MENA Region, Hikma Pharmaceuticals
  • Tarik Awad, Director, King Abdullah II Fund for Development
MESF International Advisory Council
  • Peter Agre, Nobel Laureate, Chemistry, 2003
  • Richard Axel, Nobel Laureate, Medicine, 2004
  • John B. Fenn, Nobel Laureate, Chemistry, 2002
  • David J. Gross, Nobel Laureate, Physics, 2004
  • Harold Kroto, Nobel Laureate, Chemistry, 1996
  • Finn E. Kydland, Nobel Laureate, Economics, 2004
  • Robert C. Merton, Nobel Laureate, Economics, 1997
  • Robert A. Mundell, Nobel Laureate, Economics, 1999
  • Ferid Murad, Nobel Laureate, Medicine, 1998
  • Marshall W. Nirenberg, Nobel Laureate, Medicine, 1968
  • Norman F. Ramsey, Nobel Laureate, Physics, 1989
  • Robert C. Richardson, Nobel Laureate, Physics, 1996
  • Richard J. Roberts, Nobel Laureate, Medicine, 1993
  • Elie Wiesel, Nobel Laureate, Peace, 1986
  • Torsten Wiesel, Nobel Laureate, Medicine, 1981