Sharjah Research Academy -SRA- was established in 2008 under the umbrella of the Office of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, out of his belief that the massive resources available for research in the sciences should be employed for the development of the Emirate of Sharjah and beyond. Through innovative practices in research, supported by state-of-the-art infrastructure and resources, SRA aims to promote innovation in research and to ensure the practical relevance of scientific research and innovation.
Professor Amr Abdel-Hamid, Director General of SRA coordinates the operations and performance of the academy. He forecasts an exponential growth as the academy successfully rises to the challenges of a technologically sophisticated era. His zeal, dedication and energy constitute a fountain of inspiration for others, motivating them towards collective efforts.
Professor Mufid Samarai, Senior Advisor of the academy, views his role at SRA with a sense of purpose. This is manifest in his continual efforts to improve and innovate. He constantly reviews and upgrades the infrastructure to provide world-class facilities to reflect the latest trends and development.
Adhering to a sound direction and purpose, SRA provides innovative support, strategic research, and scientific and technical services to its partner organizations. Sharjah Seed Bank and Herbarium (SSBH) was established as a local and regional center of leadership for the conservation, utilization and restoration of plant genetic resources. This organization has a dedicated research team which undertakes research projects currently being funded by many research funding institutes such as the National Research Foundation, Emirates Foundation and many more. In support of the scientific activities of the researchers at SSBH, SRA is in the process of establishing a state of the art plant molecular biology lab for documentation and conservation of plant genetic resources. This would permit in-depth research on the use of the DNA from the UAE’s native plants in different applications.
The Sharjah Engineering Research Institute (SERI), led by Professor Mufid Samarai, is committed to conducting quality applied engineering research relevant to the region. The institute provides a valuable contribution in the field of maintenance and rehabilitation, heritage conservation and quality control.
The Sharjah Institute for Medical Research (SIMR) was initiated by the Sharjah Research Academy (SRA), in coordination with the University of Sharjah, to focus on research initiatives that integrate multidisciplinary biomedical research required to achieve advances in the understanding of molecular hallmark diseases and the development of new therapies.
SRA is on course to raising its global prominence by providing programs to bridge the innovation gap between university-based discovery and industrial application. The academy has an established track record in technology transfer and research leadership by engaging with key partners from industries, academia and government departments and organizations.