QNRF Newsletter Archive

Welcome to this sixth issue of the QNRF Newsletter, which comes to you on the back of the results of the fourth National Priorities Research Program (NPRP) funding cycle, when we had the pleasure of a

Much evaluation and reviewing of applications took place between the opening of the fourth cycle in September 2010 and the announcement of the funded projects in May 2011. QNRF received more than 1,400 Letters of Intent, of which 695 were converted into proposals, vetted by the Qatari submitting institutions and then screened for compliance by QNRF. After passing screening the remaining 631, now competing for funding, were sent for international peer review. With five experts evaluating each proposal, around 3,000 reviews were received and, after extensive statistical analysis of the scores, 145 projects were successful.

The NPRP has succeeded beyond all expectations in attracting interest from the world's best scientists who are keen to work with local partners to increase the research capacity and capability within Qatar.

The funding announcement was coupled with another announcement on the management of awarded grants, in particular, how the financial and progress reporting is to be simplified via a new cutting-edge online reporting system.

Speaking at QNRF's Third Annual Forum, Dr Amer Al-Saadi, Advisor Research, Qatar Foundation and Project Supervisor, QNRF, pointed out that QNRF does not exist in isolation and is, in fact, becoming a link between creativity and the commercial realities of modern-day research funding. To that end, QNRF has set up a new partnership with Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) to ensure that the most is made of intellectual property opportunities arising from QNRF sponsored research. More can be read on that partnership here.

I would just like to echo what Dr. Amer said at the Forum, QNRF has been successful thanks to the clear strategies, drive, vision and commitment of all involved. Given that scientific and academic research in Qatar is shielded from the economic downturn and, having come this far in the last three years, we have to ask ourselves, is there anything stopping us from achieving whatever we dream? With the help of our staff, our scientists and Qatar Foundation, I am sure you will agree that the answer is a resounding 'no'.

On a final note we wish all our collaborators, new and old, the very best of luck in their research - keep up the good work!

Dr. Abdul Sattar Al-Taie
Executive Director

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