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Welcome to this twelfth issue of the QNRF Newsletter.

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Dr Abdul Sattar Al-Taie, Executive Director, QNRF
It’s been an exciting past few months with the holding of the successful 5th QNRF Annual Forum, where we announced the results of the sixth cycle of our flagship National Priorities Research Program. Of all of the proposals submitted, 20 percent were awarded. Since our criteria are strict, filtering for the highest quality and most original proposals that align with the Qatar National Research Strategy (QNRS). We are thrilled at the continued high quality research taking place across Qatar.

We continue to fund the future of research in Qatar through our Undergraduate Research Experience Program awards, which were recently announced. The 128 supported proposals bring the total number supported by the program since its start to almost 700. This program provides a significant lift to the skills and confidence of young researchers in Qatar, who gain hands-on experience across a range of sectors.

Our recent trip to the UK and Ireland did much to increase our international visibilities and ties. Through high-level meetings—including those with sister funding agencies in which we exchanged experience—we were able to present our research programs, opening the door to more experts abroad, who could potentially play a critical role in knowledge transfer and discovery here in Qatar.

All of the behind-the-scenes work I’ve just mentioned is evident in the results you will see in this edition’s features, news and interviews. Spanning the fields of astronomy, nanotechnology, civil engineering and digital library technology, Qatar-based research projects are generating impressive results and contributing substantially to the momentum of a nation focused on its knowledge base.

As promised, besides the launch of the new cycles of our current programs (NPRP 7th cycle, JSREP 5th cycle, UREP 15th cycle), the next couple of months will witness the launch of two more programs that will enhance the development of human capital in research that is critical to Qatar's transformation as a knowledge economy.

Finally, I would like to thank Dr. Khalid Al Quradaghi for his service as Director of Programs here at QNRF and wish him all the best with his training scholarship in the USA.

We are excited to share all of the discoveries taking place in Qatar and invite you to take a closer look through the contents of this newsletter to learn more about what’s happening at the leading edge of research in the fields featured.

Dr. Abdul Sattar Al-Taie

Executive Director
Qatar National Research Fund
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