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ERIC Number: EJ801300
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun-20
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
12 Scientists Will Share $120-Million from Saudis
Guterman, Lila
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n41 pA1 Jun 2008
This spring 12 scientists found themselves in an unusual position--they have to figure out how to spend $2-million every year for the next five years. The money adds up to $10-million per researcher. In May the researchers made a pilgrimage to the source of the generous grants: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, a graduate research institution better known as Kaust. It is scheduled to open in Saudi Arabia in September 2009, thanks to $10-billion of King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz's fortune. The new Kaust investigators are expected to visit for at least three weeks every year during their grant periods. The 11 men and one woman were chosen in part because they are prominent in their fields and work on topics of interest to Saudi Arabia, like solar energy and water desalination. With $10-million to back them, they will surely gain further prominence. In this article, some of the researchers explain what getting some of the most generous science financing available means for their careers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Saudi Arabia