Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science (KFAS) is considered one of the most outstanding organizations in Kuwait. The whole idea of its establishment was initiated by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, when he was Crown Prince in 1976, in an attempt to encourage and support scientific research.
KFAS is playing a major role in financing scientific research projects being undertaken by various scientific bodies. It also cooperates with similar organizations on the Arab and international levels. It offers the following prizes with the aim of encouraging scientific research:
• The Kuwait Award, which is granted in various branches of sciences and arts on the local and Arab level every year.
• Awards for authors and translators, which are granted during the annual book fair held in Kuwait.
• Encouragement of distinguished university and college graduates.
The Foundation also makes large-scale contributions in the field of publishing. It has published a large number of books disseminating scientific knowledge and has also provided films and recordings on biographies of Arab and foreign scientists with the aim of highlighting their scientific contributions.
The Foundation is chaired by His Highness the Amir, who sponsored the inauguration of its new premises in 1978.