The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology's underpinning strength is its leading edge research in sustainable energy technologies, systems, and policies. Joint research collaborations between MIST faculty and MIT faculty address global energy issues and seek to develop research and development capabilities in Abu Dhabi. Research activities are intended to have scientific, social, and economic merit globally and within the UAE and are supervised and evaluated by faculty and review committees from both MIST and MIT.
Eighteen research projects are currently underway and others are forthcoming. The projects are part of a portfolio that is divided into three main domains: Technology, Systems, Policy.