Calling all University students, Graduate research assistants, Researchers for innovative and original research ideas focused on Cybersecurity threats to Smart Cities.
The Cybersecurity Research Award is an initiative, bringing in University students and principal investigators to present their research ideas to win an award fund of USD $1.5M. This initiative will be launched during University Pavilion event at HITB+ CyberWeek 2019.
The grant is led by DarkMatter with Khalifa University (KU) as their strategic partner. Additionally, Dubai Electronic Security Center (DESC) will be our Advisory Partner and Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF), University of Sharjah, Abu Dhabi Polytechnic, and NYU Abu Dhabi are our knowledge partners for this initiative. The award fund totaling to USD $1.5M will be dispersed across a period of 3 years (not exceeding USD $500,000 per year). The institution/s working on the product/idea will own the IP. However, DarkMatter will have first right to license the product/idea. List of Award conditions are included in the RFP deck (see below). Detailed terms and conditions will be shared soon.
This year’s theme for the research award will focus on Cybersecurity threats to Smart Cities and will call for innovative and original research and technology proposals that will potentially advance the field of cybersecurity for Smart Cities.
All awards will be selected by a rigorous, three-stage merit review process, and announced in May 2020. To identify which projects to support, the Cybersecurity Research Award (CRA) committee will rely on a merit review process that incorporates consideration of both the technical aspects of a proposed project and its potential to contribute more broadly to the security of Smart Cities.
The Initiative Milestones
Selected teams will be flown to Abu Dhabi, UAE during HITB+ CyberWeek 12-17 October 2019 at the illustrious Emirates Palace to present their poster talks.
June 2019, Call for Pre-proposals
Participants will be invited to submit pre-proposals
August 2019, Submission Date
Review pre-proposals for shortlisting for poster presentations
October 2019, Poster Talks
Invite stakeholders and a committee that will assess the impact and presentations of contestants
February 2020, Call for Full Proposals
Shortlisted teams to be invited to submit full proposals
May 2020, Award Ceremony
The duration of the event is 2 hours and will be attended by DM and partner's senior leadership will be invited