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QNRF Newsletter Archive
Exceptional research highlighted by APS

Exceptional research highlighted by APS

A description of novel techniques in quantum lithography, resulting from QNRF funded research, has been featured on the American Physical Society's 'Physics' website, which highlights exceptional papers published in the Physical Review journal series.

UREP's ninth cycle engages 183 undergraduates

UREP's ninth cycle engages 183 undergraduates

QNRF has recently announced the outcome of the ninth cycle of its funding program; the Undergraduate Research Experience Program, UREP. During the ninth cycle, QNRF received 118 research proposals, each of which was evaluated by three independent peer reviewers. The average score of all proposals was 78%. In order to maintain a high quality level for the awarded UREP proposals, QNRF Steering Committee decided to adopt a cutoff score of 82% for this cycle, which resulted in the award of 44 research proposals engaging 183 undergraduate students across seven academic institutions.

Molecular claw grabs attention in US

Molecular claw grabs attention in US

Karim Ibrik, an undergraduate at Texas A&M University at Qatar, working under the guidance of Professor Dave Seapy and funded in part by a UREP grant from QNRF, has recently won an award in a poster competition at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Student Annual Conference in Utah, held from 5th-8th November 2010.

QNRF-funded scientist wins Young Investigator Award

Amrita Cheema, a research assistant professor at Georgetown University was one of six winners of a HUPO Young Investigator Award, which allowed her to present her research on clinical proteomics and metabolomics for diabetes at the 9th International HUPO Conference in Sydney, Australia.

NPRP concludes fourth cycle and launches Exceptional Proposals program

The National Priorities Research Program (NPRP) is the flagship program of QNRF and intended as the primary channel to address key national, regional and global research needs. It provides opportunities for researchers at all levels, in the private, public and academic sectors. Funding is awarded on a competitive basis irrespective of discipline.

Developing an Islamic bioethics database

Developing an Islamic bioethics database

Work on the QNRF-funded project to develop a bibliographic database on Islamic Medical and Scientific Ethics (IMSE) and to establish an International Islamic Bioethics Information Resource (IIBIR) is well underway. The project is a collaboration between two of Georgetown University's research libraries: the Bioethics Research Library of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics and the library of the School of Foreign Service in Qatar.

Prevalence of human papillomavirus infection in women in Qatar

Asma al-Thani and her colleagues at Qatar University and Hamad Medical Corporation have recently published the conclusions of their UREP-funded research into the prevalence of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection in women attending a gynecology/oncology clinic in Qatar.

Order from chaos: How mathematical modeling reveals Nature's secrets

Order from chaos: How mathematical modeling reveals Nature's secrets

In our everyday life, we experience a number of natural changes around us. Such changes are governed by certain principles of nature and if these principles can be written in the form of mathematical equations, many natural phenomena can be explained or predicted in advance.

Learning vocabulary with technology

Expanding on vocabulary is essential to English language learners looking to improve their communication skills. A UREP-funded research team, representing students and faculty from Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar (WCMC-Q), along with faculty from Qatar University, and the College of the North Atlantic Qatar, searched for ways to take advantage of online learning and incorporate it into the vocabulary-learning process.


Dr. Nesrin Ozalp: Generating cleaner energy with solar power

Dr. Nesrin Ozalp: Generating cleaner energy with solar power

Dr. Nesrin Ozalp is assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Sustainable Energy Research Laboratory at Texas A&M University at Qatar. She is the principal investigator of a number of research projects concerning cutting edge research on solar hydrogen production with zero emissions.

QNRF and Supreme Education Council launch SSREP

QNRF and Supreme Education Council launch SSREP

In an effort to promote research culture in Qatar and unlock the nation's capacity to discover and achieve, the Director of the Education Institute at the Supreme Council of Education (SEC), Sabah Al-Haidoos and Dr. Abdul Sattar Al-Taie Executive Director of Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), signed a Memorandum of Understanding on QNRF's latest funding initiative, the Secondary School Research Experience Program (SSREP).

DeSIGN: Guided Practice for Sign Language

DeSIGN: Guided Practice for Sign Language

Children learn and practice their vocabulary through interaction with parents and friends as well as through formal instruction at school. However, for deaf children, sign language is the main method of communication. Despite the importance of strong vocabulary skills for understanding text, effective verbal communication and integration into society, the average deaf student graduates from American high schools with a fourth grade reading level. This can be partially attributed to the fact that 90% of deaf children are born to hearing parents who are rarely fluent in sign language.

Happy New Year and welcome to the fifth issue of QNRF's newsletter, which provides a platform for researchers to learn more about our funding activities and programs.

Happy New Year and welcome to the fifth issue of QNRF's newsletter, which provides a platform for researchers to learn more about our funding activities and programs.

In a short period of time since its inception in 2006, QNRF has managed to establish good visibility and has extended its reach within research communities both in Qatar and internationally. QNRF has completed three cycles of its flagship National Priorities Research Program (NPRP), which has provided more than US$230m to fund 266 research projects, involving more than 620 researchers, with approximately half originating from Qatar and the other half from more than 30 different countries. On September 14th 2010, QNRF commenced the fourth cycle of the NPRP, receiving more than 690 proposals. We expect to announce the awards in the second quarter of 2011.

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