Scientific Research in the UAE

The UAE is on a mission to transform its economy into a model where growth is driven by knowledge and innovation. Innovation, research, science and technology will form the pillars of this new knowledge-based, highly productive and competitive economy. The recently launched National Advanced Sciences Agenda 2031 has determined eight scientific objectives, one of which is tackling the UAE’s top health challenges, including cardio-metabolic diseases, cancer, mental disorders, and respiratory diseases. Reducing the impact of these diseases is a priority and academic institutions have been called upon to continue to explore fundamental scientific principles that feed into the scientific value chain with the aim of advancing healthcare in the UAE.

Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

We want to make the UAE a hub for advanced science and a top destination for scientists and innovators. We welcome their contributions and partnership with us in creating a better future for the people.”

MBRU’s Institutional Review Board

MBRU’s Institutional Review Board (MBRU-IRB) is responsible for reviewing, approving, and monitoring all research applications that involve human subjects and human samples/tissue/data at MBRU. The Board follows strict criteria to assess the ethical aspects of research projects in terms of their risk-benefit analysis, in order to determine whether or not a particular research project should proceed.

MBRU-IRB’s remit is to ensure protection of the rights and welfare of humans/tissue/data participating in a research study.

It is mandatory that all researchers seek the necessary approvals of the IRB prior to commencing any research in MBRU, including those considered to be exempt. The research cannot begin until such approval is obtained.

The following appropriate forms can be downloaded:

Applicants should submit the following supporting documents, in addition to the application form:

  • The Research Proposal
  • The Informed consent(s) in both Arabic and English, if applicable
  • Participant Information Sheet (if any)
  • Peer review (If any)
  • Funding Award letter (if any)
  • Recruitment material (if any is being used)
  • The Data Collection form(s) or Questionnaire
  • Copies of the CITI certification or equivalent for each of the PI and the co-investigators
  • Approval from the Research and Graduate Studies Committee, if applicable
  • Conflict of Interest Form
  • Other material perceived to be needed


Applicants must complete the application form and the above supporting documents by e-mail to .

* MBRU- IRB Policy for ethical review of research

Research and Graduate Studies Department

MBRU aims to become a research-focused medical academic institution and the role of the MBRU Research and Graduate Studies Department is to ensure that the necessary policies, infrastructure and resources are available in order for research to flourish. The Department is also responsible for the development and delivery of graduate programs, the majority of which incorporate a significant research element.