The university encourages cross-disciplinary international projects involving foreign scholars and experts.
Nazarbayev University’s (NU) vision is to become a world-class research university through the development of its scientific base and a system of research and innovation support. One of the strategic priorities is the development of national research centers in energy and interdisciplinary sciences inspired by the model of US national laboratories. More broadly, the goal is to develop research and scientific-technical projects of social and economic significance for Kazakhstan and the broader region.
The university encourages cross-disciplinary international projects involving foreign scholars and experts, scholars from Kazakhstan who live abroad as well as leading international research centers; joint projects with national companies and large enterprises.
NU motivates research staff to commercialize results of scientific research according to the principle of «3Р: Publications, Patents, Products» by awarding prizes for each of the three components.