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QNRF announces NPRP results at its Third Annual Forum

Dr Amer Al-Saadi, Advisor Research, Qatar Foundation gave the keynote speech at QNRF's Third Annual Forum.
QNRF announced at its Third Annual Forum, that 145 projects will be supported over the coming years through the fourth cycle of the National Priorities Research Program (NPRP), the flagship funding program designed to foster a research culture in Qatar. The successful programs will share US$121 million between them and cover such diverse areas as natural sciences, engineering and technology, medical and health science, agriculture, social science and humanities.

The forum, held in Doha, attracted many leading researchers from Qatar and also allowed the audience to hear about how QNRF are simplifying the financial reporting for NPRP grants, and how they are setting about commercialising research, where appropriate, in partnership with Qatar Science and Technology Park.

Speaking at the event, Dr Abdul Sattar Al-Taie, Executive Director of QNRF, praised the quality of the projects submitted for consideration and explained that even those projects which were not selected for funding this time will have considerable feedback from the very thorough and comprehensive peer review process that each evaluated project was subjected to.

Of the 1,400 Letters of Intent which were submitted, 631 proposals were sent for international peer review by five experts for each proposal. The result is that 14 submitting institutes from Qatar will collaborate with 134 international research institutes from 25 countries, benefitting the nation and the region by building upon human capital in Qatar.

"We are very lucky, because we live in a time and place where we can watch the landscape of scientific research transform and develop in the right direction, thanks to Qatar's vision, its momentum, and commitment to the advocacy of knowledge and technology transfer at the highest level," said Dr. Amer Al-Saadi, Advisor Research, Qatar Foundation, during his keynote address.

"The State of Qatar represents a shield which protects the march of scientific progress from the effects of the economic downturn. And this progress will be continual, because QNRF is transitioning into new stages across its various projects," he said.

Amongst the successful projects were a record number from Qatar University. The fifth cycle for NPRP starts in mid-September.



Staff of Qatar National Research Fund prior to the forum. [full size photo]

Dr Abdul Sattar Al-Taie, Executive Director of QNRF, presents the results of the fourth cycle of NPRP funding.

For the first time the results were streamed in live video over the internet.

Master of Ceremonies was QNRF's Head of Public Relations, David Moore.

Dr Mustafa Mustafa and Dr Nabeel Al-Salem, Deputy Director of QNRF, discuss events with the audience.

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