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Welcome to this thirteenth issue of the QNRF Newsletter

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Dr Abdul Sattar Al-Taie, Executive Director, QNRF
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.

As ever, the National Priorities Research Program (NPRP) is our most high profile funding opportunity for researchers in Qatar, or researchers working with institutions in Qatar. We have just launched the seventh cycle and it was, without doubt, the most successful so far, with three public presentations and two webinars highlighting the benefits of the program. It is now open for submissions and I encourage anyone reading this who is considering constructing a proposal to do so, as the window for Letter of Intent submission closes on October 22nd, and proposal submission will end on December 12th.

The diversity of QNRF's programs are key to the creation of a sustainable future for the country. Pushing research forward means expanding the domestic research community and, in line with QF R&D's stated objective to attract a large number of researchers to Qatar over the next five years, I encourage you to visit the website this month as QNRF launches two new programs to attract the top graduate students and post-docs to relocate to Qatar and join the growing force of elite researchers conducting exemplary research.

Our Secondary School Research Experience Program (SSREP) has also been in the news recently. We have just selected the winning projects to be funded in the third cycle of this important program. The announcement of the winning projects, and the launch of the fourth cycle, took place at the magnificent theatre located within Awsaj Academy, Education City, Doha.

A very respectable turnout of just under 300 members of the audience, consisting of students, parents and teachers saw the winners presented with certificates of appreciation and cash prizes.

On closing, it is with great pride that I can announce that QNRF has been awarded the privilege of organizing and hosting the next regional meeting of the Global Research Council (GRC) for the MENA region, to be held in Doha on 8-9 December, 2013. The objectives of the GRC, a virtual organization comprised of the heads of funding agencies from around the world, dovetail perfectly with those of QNRF and, indeed, I encourage you to learn more about its purpose by visiting http://www.globalresearchcouncil.org

Most people want to change something about themselves. In Qatar we have created a new and optimistic tradition about "getting somewhere" and "reaching higher," which involves QNRF as an agent for change. We are helping to change the country. Shaping the future as Qatar evolves, on an upward trajectory, into regional heavyweight with the global research community.

Dr. Abdul Sattar Al-Taie

Executive Director
Qatar National Research Fund

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