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QNRF announces high-level funding for graduate research in Qatar

QNRF announces high-level funding for graduate research in Qatar

Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) has launched a new funding program designed to support research-based PhD studies in Qatar by both supporting outstanding local students and attracting international students to study in the country, with an emphasis on distinguished Qatari students.

Advancing the field of machine language translation to include Arabic

Advancing the field of machine language translation to include Arabic

Over the past few decades, the Internet has removed a huge barrier between people and massive amounts of information. Every day, more and more becomes available, to anyone, anywhere, anytime, with the click of a mouse or the touch of a screen. And yet just as this barrier roots itself in history, a new one reveals itself more than ever. Language.

Energy City: Taking science education to the next level

Energy City: Taking science education to the next level

The reasons behind moving Qatar towards a knowledge-based economy are clear—natural resources are limited, and an educated population would enrich any society. Yet a big part of reaching this goal involves clever and sustainable teaching techniques at the secondary-school level. This is especially the case around science disciplines since they are challenging yet vital components to progress.

Piecing together the complex puzzle of diabetes

Piecing together the complex puzzle of diabetes

The argument of nature versus nurture is nothing new. And it can be summed up in one question: Why is it that someone can smoke and drink and live long into old age and another person can lead a healthy life, exercise and then die of a heart attack at the age of 40? This question is based on extreme examples, but they are still non-fiction, and they cause people to believe that they have limited control over their health. However, researchers in the broad field of personalized medicine are working to change this mindset by studying the mechanics of diseases at the molecular level so that treatments can be more effective on a case-by-case basis.

Researchers making headway on decoding the Qatari genome

Researchers making headway on decoding the Qatari genome

 Genetic research has evolved from mapping the entire human genome to deciphering areas along it that relate to a specific disease. The next phase involves research localized to specific parts of the world in order to discover patterns in heritage and genetic susceptibilities to disease. A group of such projects based on the local Qatari population has so far yielded results that shine light on the specific ancestral background of the local population and also points to areas of the Qatari genome that could potentially allow prediction and intervention. These projects are led by Dr. Ronald Crystal, Chairman of Genetic Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Welcome to this thirteenth issue of the QNRF Newsletter

Welcome to this thirteenth issue of the QNRF Newsletter

Over the years, QNRF has been a key agent for change within the research community - both locally and internationally. This positive driving force is now helping more people than ever and we expect this investment in human capital to reap rewards for the country in the near future.




Mahmoud Talaat, Director of Operations

Mahmoud Talaat, Director of Operations

Over the past six and a half years, Mahmoud Talaat has worked his way from Support Services Manager at QNRF to Director of Operations. As this interview will attest, his growth mirrors that of the dynamic funding agency. With a deep understanding of ground-level operations, Mr. Talaat brings a unique degree of passion and insight to his position. He delights in the potential of Qatar and the talk of future programs and advancement at QNRF.

Khalid Al Subai: Searching for new worlds

Khalid Al Subai: Searching for new worlds

Dr Khalid Al Subai is the Scientific Director, Special Projects, at Qatar Environment & Energy Research Institute (QEERI). He and his team—based in Qatar, the US and the UK—are behind the discovery of the exoplanets Qatar 1 and Qatar 2. The investigators recently were recently awarded QNRF’s prestigious National Priorities Research Program-Exceptional Proposals (NPRP-EP) grant, of approximately US$ 5m, spanning five years of research. Dr. Al Subai graciously spoke to us about the field of exoplanetary research, the field of astronomy in Qatar, specifically, and what his team aims to do in the years ahead.

QNRF awards $121 million in research funding to national priority projects

QNRF awards $121 million in research funding to national priority projects

QNRF's fifth Annual Forum, held in May at the Qatar National Convention Center, concluded with awarding of research grants worth a total of $121 million under its flagship funding program, the National Priorities Research Program (NPRP).

QNRF awards $1.5 million to undergraduates for research in Qatar

QNRF awards $1.5 million to undergraduates for research in Qatar

QNRF recently awarded over $1.5m in grants to undergraduate researchers in the 14th cycle of funding for the Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP). The grants are part of a Program that provides recipients with ‘hands-on’ experience conducting original research under faculty mentorship. Since its inception in 2006 more than 2,200 students have taken part.

QNRF strengthens international ties for greater collaboration

QNRF strengthens international ties for greater collaboration

A senior delegation from Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) recently visited the UK and Ireland for a week of high-level engagements designed to raise awareness of the unique range of research programs and collaborative opportunities available in Qatar.

New discoveries at the nano level could aid natural gas processing and more

New discoveries at the nano level could aid natural gas processing and more

According to an estimate published in the January 1, 2011, edition of Oil and Gas Journal, Qatar sits on top of 14 percent of the world’s natural gas. But natural gas is not simply extracted from the ground and pumped into engines and tanks. Among other processes, it must first be pretreated to remove contaminants. A research team based in Qatar is developing separation systems—based on carbon arrangements at the nanoscale—to effectively filter contaminants from natural gas and other mixed streams, as well as enhance other applications.

Taking digital libraries to the next level

Taking digital libraries to the next level

When you search on Google, the results are based on search engine filters that determine what you find, how many ‘hits’ you receive and in what order they appear. In most cases, that search gives you what you need. But for academics and professionals trying to stay on the front edge of their fields, the results need to be confined according to their fields—into digital collections—so that they are rich, focused and current. With around 2.5 million academic research articles published every year, this type of filtering is in demand and is the subject of research by a Qatar-based team.

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