About the Programme

The Expo Live University Innovation Programme incentivises creative thinking, problem-solving and collaboration between university students to solve problems worth solving. It awards grants so that innovative and ingenious concepts, relevant to the UAE and the region, can be accelerated to validation and prototyping.

The programme helps students generate viable solutions to real-world problems, either by supporting research and development or the creation of commercial applications. All solutions must be aligned with one of Expo 2020 Dubai’s three subthemes: Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability.

  • Prizes range from AED 10,000 to AED 25,000 and are offered as further research and/or development grants. No individual cash prizes will be offered.
  • Funding levels depend on the stage of maturity and scalability of initiatives, as well as the extent of impact.
  • The programme offers networking opportunities, communications exposure and additional capacity-building options.
  • Successful participants will have chance to build partnerships with local governments, business incubators, accelerators, mentors and investors.

Our Evaluation Committee


Our University Innovation Programme grantees are selected by an evaluation committee composed of Expo 2020 Dubai partners as well as experts from Expo and third parties.


For the 1st cycle of its University Innovation Programme, more than 1000 university students in the UAE have submitted innovative ideas that help improve our lives according to Expo 2020’s sub-themes of Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability.

The grantees came up with ideas that solve problems worth solving, that are related to the UAE and the region and have an important impact on people’s lives.

With the support of universities, experts and partners, Expo Live is proud to have awarded 19 groups of students with funds up to AED 25,000.

These grants will enable them to take their ideas to the prototyping stage. In addition to continuous support in research and funding, grantees may also get the opportunity to showcase their solutions during Expo 2020 Dubai.

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