The Office of the Vice President for Research serves as the interface between industry, government and academia and Masdar Institute’s research and other strategic activities. The office’s scope includes establishment and management of external partnerships, contract development and management, intellectual property management and licensing, and management of research laboratories and centers that are of strategic importance to the Institute.

Bio

steve IIO 2Dr. Steven Griffiths 
Vice President for Research, Interim Associate Provost, Professor of Practice, Masdar Institute

Dr. Steven Griffiths is Vice President for Research, Interim Associate Provost and Professor of Practice at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology. At the Masdar Institute, Dr. Griffiths has overall responsibility for research and academic affairs, including large-scale, collaborative research programs and centers, research development, sponsored programs, technology transfer, and research laboratories. Outside of Masdar Institute, Dr. Griffiths is advisor to the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science, a Zayed Future Energy Prize Selection Committee member, a Global Energy Prize International Award Committee member, and additionally engaged as an evaluator and mentor in regional and international research and innovation competitions and programs. He served as a member of the Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA) Board of Directors from 2012 to 2015 and advised the government of Alberta, Canada on provincial innovation system structuring during 2014.  Dr. Griffiths is Associate Editor and member of the Editorial Board of Elsevier’s international journal Energy Strategy Reviews and engaged as editorial board member and advisor to journals and magazines focused on energy systems and technology innovation more broadly. Dr. Griffiths’ insights on innovation, energy policy and energy strategy have appeared in numerous international peer-reviewed journals and think tank publications.
Prior to his role at Masdar Institute, Dr. Griffiths was the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Technology and Development Program’s MIT/Abu Dhabi Program and the founding Executive Vice President of Light Pharma Inc. In these roles he has worked internationally in leading the development and implementation of technical solutions and partnerships across multiple sectors. His interests and expertise span the fields of process design, technology development, and technology strategy.
Dr. Griffiths holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the MIT and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

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Department Coordinator
Office of VP for Research
+971 2 810 9329

Sub-Offices

Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) Through administrative management, the Office of Sponsored Programs promotes and facilitates the awarding of funded grants and contracts, to support research, educational activities, creative activities and public service.

Technology Transfer Office (TTO) 

The TTO manages the Institute’s intellectual property and promotes the effective commercialization of Institute research.

Research Centers

The Institute's research centers perform large-scale, multidisciplinary research programs that address the strategic research priorities of Abu Dhabi and the region.

Research Development Office (RDO)

The RDO develops and enhances the Institute’s research capabilities through the development and management of its research policy, strategic plans, internal research funding mechanisms, and tracking of the Institute’s research performance.

Research Laboratories The Research Laboratories support high-quality research and attract external interest and engagement by developing the Institute's core laboratories into world-class facilities.

Contact Details

Office of Vice President for Research contact:
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Director of OSP
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Research Development Office contact: 
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Director of Research Development Office
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Research Laboratories contact:
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Industry, Government and Academic Operations contact:  
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Sponsored Research Centers:
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Co-Director of ACE4S and Director of TL-3DSC 
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Director of ReCREMA 
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Director of SBRC
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