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King Salman Award for Disability Research

King Salman Award for Disability Research

King Salman Award for Disability Research

You can learn more about the Award on its dedicated website which can be found at the following link


The establishment of the King Salman International Award for Disability Research conforms with the great attention the causes of disability and the disabled in our country have been receiving, by our wise leadership, ever since the establishment of this great country by the heroic founder and renowned leader, King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al Faisal Al Saud- may his soul rest in peace – until our prosperous present day, the reign of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and his faithful Crown Prince, His Royal Highness Prince Muhammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, may God protect them. This was evident through all the efforts made by all governmental entities and civil society institutions all over the Kingdom. Moreover, higher education institutions, through their academic units, research centers, and specialized periodicals, have contributed to the progress of scientific works in various areas of disability, and meeting the requirements of the civil society in terms of complementarity between all its sectors. The award is honored to bear the name of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud—the man of great missions, generous initiatives, amazing humanitarian achievements, and innumerable charitable works; the humane king who set the most wonderful examples in philanthropy, giving, and development. He paid great attention to the causes of disability and the disabled. This was represented in his establishment of the first center for scientific research in the field of disability in the region, the King Salman Center for Disability Research, which is the birthplace of this award.

The idea of the award was proposed by His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, President of the Board of Trustees of the King Salman Center for Disability Research. He has also monitored its stages of development, and supervised the steps for its approval, with the aim of revitalizing scientific research in the field of disability locally, regionally, and globally. He did so until this award became the largest in the world in its field and one which senior scientists in the fields of disability from all over the world compete for, globally promoting the scientific movement that serves this group.


The award is granted in the four main branches of disability:

First | Health and Medical Sciences

This branch addresses scientific productions in innovative health and medical specialties for those with disabilities; early detection and intervention, medical; and health and medical rehabilitation services. It highlights these scientific efforts and activities in a way that promotes the participation of researchers and specialists. This branch covers scientific productions related to early screening and diagnosis, early intervention and treatment, - treatment interventions based on scientific evidence, best treatment practices, psychological support methods, psychological and psychiatric treatment, and physical rehabilitation.

Second | Educational and Psychological Sciences

This branch addresses scientific productions in educational and psychological sciences in the field of disability, whether this is aimed at individuals with disabilities, their families, or employees in the field. This includes designing education plans and counseling treatment programs that help to advance skills or reduce problems. It also encompasses research that designs standards that contribute to filling gaps in making diagnoses or research that enriches knowledge and skills with unique scientific, literary, or intellectual value. Such research can use both quantitative and qualitative scientific research methodologies, and single-case experimental designs. The fields covered by this branch address educational and psychological sciences, including special education, curricula, teaching, pedagogy, comparative education, management, leadership, educational policies, educational psychology, teaching techniques, and educational designs.

Third | Rehabilitation and Social Sciences

The award in the branch of rehabilitation and social sciences aims to motivate outstanding researchers, promote knowledge sharing, draw more attention to disability affairs, and inspire societal initiatives to promote equality, inclusiveness, and accessibility. This is accomplished through the recognition and honoring of individuals and organizations that have made unique and outstanding contributions, to or that have had a long-term impact on the employment of individuals with disabilities. Such individuals and organizations have empowered disabled people to become more independent and involved in society through their research on physical and psychomotor rehabilitation, dysphagia, speech difficulties, and hearing impairment.

Fourth | Technical Applications in Areas of Disability

This branch of the award addresses scientific productions related to technology that serves individuals with disabilities. This includes various technological applications that contribute to identification and diagnosis, interventions and programs, guidance and counseling, and educational/medical equipment and methods. These scientific productions can be conducted in any area of disability, and any service provided to them; however, all productions should be outputs of research works that have been published in refereed and reputable scientific journals. This branch of the award welcomes researchers from other fields, such as computer science, technology, artificial intelligence, etc., providing that the submitted scientific production meets the aforementioned specifications.

Award Objectives:

  • Encouraging local, regional, and global efforts to enrich science and knowledge in various fields of disability.

  • Promote an environment of intellectual creativity and scientific excellence in the field of disability to ensure ways, means, solutions, and alternatives that lead to the reduction of disability or lessens the effects on the individuals with disabilities, their family, and community.

  • Establishing the concept of scientific research in the field of disability and enlightening society of its culture.

  • Employing scientific research in improving the quality of programs and services provided to individuals with disabilities. And adopting modern technology that benefits them to enable them to rely on themselves and can overcome any difficulties they might face.

  • Investing the results of scientific research in creating social environments in which individuals with disabilities transform from consumer groups into productive and active groups in society.