United Arab Emirates Launches ‘Moonshot Pilot Grant’ to Test and Develop New Government …
(MENAFN- Khaleej Times) The UAE government has launched a new grant fund to develop and implement innovative ideas and projects to enhance public sector initiatives and improve the country’s preparedness for the ‘to come up.
The ‘Moonshot Pilot Grant’ was unveiled at the graduation event of the Moonshot Learning Program, implemented by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Center for Government Innovation (MBRCGI), where graduates showcased their solutions and their ideas to key ministers and government officials of the UAE.
Offering up to $ 100,000 per pilot project, the government is seeking candidates who will facilitate the testing of potential government initiatives and accelerate their development and implementation in the public sector.
The grant will fund projects related to the government sector, such as data, government technology, economics, global awareness, and global talent. Potential applicants will be able to submit their ideas and projects through the GIC website: Pilot Grant “will help provide new tools to achieve growth and smart spending plans for crises and emergencies.
Applicants for the Moonshot grant must demonstrate concrete actions that can change the heart of governance and help create pockets of innovation that can be scaled up to support governments. Concepts should be impactful, capable of improving governments, disruptive, practical, timely (to be completed in six months), globally relevant, and implemented in the UAE.
The grant reflects the shift from traditional methods of developing public sector innovations to a world where top talent from all sectors participate, from idea stage to national implementation.
It also aims to attract high-performing researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs from various sectors, who will help find solutions to the most pressing challenges, giving them the means to develop and implement their initiatives.
The ceremony was attended by ministers from the United Arab Emirates, including Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth; Abdullah bin Touq Al Marri, Minister of the Economy; Dr Ahmed bin Abdullah Humaid Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Entrepreneurship and Small and Medium Enterprises; Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade; Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of State for Government Development and Future; Sarah bint Youssef Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Technologies; as well as Omar Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications.
Other dignitaries included Abdullah Nasser Lootah, Director General of the Prime Minister’s Office at the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs; Huda Al Hashimi, Deputy Minister of Cabinet Affairs for Strategic Affairs; Saeed Al Eter, chairman of the UAE government media office; and ing. Majid Sultan Al-Mismar, Director General of the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority.
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Huda Al Hashimi confirmed the vision of the UAE government by adopting a regenerative framework based on innovation and an advanced working model to enhance the agility and readiness of the government towards a better future.
She said, “The Moonshot Pilot Grant will create an enabling environment for innovation in governments by setting goals, developing an overall project structure and setting achievable goals, in line with the ’50 Principles’ aimed at building a new generation of young talents and create a knowledge-based economy.
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