Research Centre

Pioneering the Present, Healing the Future


Al Jalila Foundation Research Centre is designed to be a world class biomedical research institute strategically located in the heart of Dubai Healthcare City next to the Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center which houses the Mohammed Bin Rashid University for Medicine and Health Sciences, ensuring seamless collaboration in the academic, healthcare and scientific community.

The UAE’s first independent multi-disciplinary medical research centre aims to bring together leading local and international scientists to work together to discover solutions for the region’s biggest health challenges: cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and mental health.

The centre has a goal to collaborate with renowned research institutions around the world to foster international scientific collaborations, nurture home-grown biomedical researchers and introduce best practices in the region.

The AED 200 million not-for-profit research centre is fully funded by Al Jalila Foundation, a global healthcare philanthropic organisation, to fulfill its vision to transform lives through medical education and research, as a beacon for medical innovation in the UAE and the region.

Al Jalila Foundation encourages ground-breaking research through specialist knowledge, expertise and resources across a range of scientific disciplines to support regionally-relevant medical advancements. We offer a number of funding schemes, including seed grants, international fellowships and collaborative research opportunities in our 5 research focus areas. The investments we make today will pioneer the cures of tomorrow.

Al Jalila Foundation, a global philanthropic organisation dedicated to transforming lives through medical education and research, was established by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Ruler of Dubai in November 2012, to position Dubai and the UAE at the forefront of medical innovation.

Since 2014, Al Jalila Foundation has invested AED 25 million in 95 scientific research projects at 15 institutions to advance biomedical research in the UAE.

For more information on our research grant programme click here.

For more information on our funded research projects click on the links below.

Al Jalila Foundation Research Grants Portfolio 2014-2015

Al Jalila Foundation Research Grants Portfolio 2016

Al Jalila Foundation Research Grants Portfolio 2017