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Call for Practical Solutions on Business Continuity and Kuwait's Ability to Leverage New Technologies

Deadline 9th July 2020

As a part of KFAS Emergency Resilience Program  efforts to help and support Kuwait to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the KFAS is launching a special call for practical solutions that address the implications of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on business continuity and Kuwait’s ability to leverage new technologies.

The goal is that through the funding provided, 4th Industrial Revolution technologies and Cyber Physical Systems can be implemented to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and business continuity of Kuwaiti companies.

  1. Robotic Assistance: One of the major benefits of robotic platforms are their ability to be deployed in areas deemed hazardous to humans. With the COVID-19 outbreak, now more than ever, social distancing and minimising human interaction is of great importance. Consideration will be given to proposals that address practical solutions utilising robotic platforms. Such solutions should at a minimum improve the efficiency/effectiveness of human-in-the-loop tasks. The practical solution could be related to law enforcement, healthcare, agriculture, maintenance, remote sensing, telecommunications, banking or commerce.

  2. Advanced Manufacturing and Production: Consideration will be given to proposals that address the current shortages in advanced manufacturing and production capabilities in Kuwait. Ideally, the proposal should address automation, harnessing data, inclusive technology adoption, sustainability and resilience to global supply chain disruption. Special consideration will be given to proposals which leverage artificial intelligence, robotics, 3D printing, or internet of things.

  3. Machine Learning and Predictive Systems: Consideration will be given to proposals of practical solutions which utilise machine learning and predictive systems for the benefit of Kuwaiti companies. Such solutions should at a minimum improve the efficiency/effectiveness of operations; providing the necessary data to generate informed decisions. The practical solution could be related to healthcare, agriculture, maintenance, manufacturing, telecommunications, banking or commerce.

  4. Cybersecurity: Dynamic shifts in the work environment pose unparalleled cybersecurity challenges. Since the outbreak of COVID-19 employees are forced to work remotely, and without proper planning/mature minimum-security baselines cases of cybercrime have exponentially risen. Consideration will be given proposals of practical solutions that address the new norms of remote working, critical infrastructure protection, systemic risk and resilience, security of things and cyber privacy.

For inquiry and more information, please email us at: enterprisesupport@kfas.org.kw 

Important Notes:

  1. Attached is a sample template which can be used to guide you on the important information required in your proposal. please click here
  2. KFAS is not looking to procure your services/solutions.
  3. KFAS is not looking to fund research projects under this call for practical solutions (If you are working on a research project, please contact the Research Directorate).
  4. It is vital your proposal provides clear details on how you plan to implement the proposed practical solution.
  5. Your proposal should provide sufficient details to convince KFAS that your institution have the capabilities to implement what is being proposed in a timely manner.
  6. It is vital your proposal has a detailed project timeline. The duration of your project should not exceed 6 months from project start to piloting the solution.
  7. It is vital your proposal includes a detailed budget with sufficient justification.
  8. The proposal should have a clear pilot scheme (where you propose to implement the solution) and how the stakeholder will benefit from having adopted your practical solution.
  9. It would be wise to include details of similar projects your institution has worked on in the past.
  10. Please note, those eligible to apply to the call for practical solutions are the private sector, academic/research institutions, and NGOs in Kuwait.