Welcome to this fifteenth issue of the QNRF Newsletter.
It’s been an exciting past few months the highlight of which was the 6th QNRF Annual Forum, where we announced the results of the seventh cycle of our flagship National Priorities Research Program.
QNRF received 798 proposals in the seventh cycle of the NPRP, an 18 percent increase in the number of applications, compared with the previous cycle. This most recent cycle also saw the number of applications from Qatari lead principal investigators double.
Our criteria are strict, filtering for the highest quality and most original proposals that align with the Qatar National Research Strategy (QNRS). I am proud to see a significant increase in the number of proposals we received during this cycle as it shows continued high quality research taking place across Qatar.
I would again like to congratulate the outstanding researchers and research offices with well-deserved awards as announced in the Forum. The Best Research Team Award in 2014 went to the team working on novel concepts of emission and transmission of light for optical information technologies. The team is led by Texas A&M University at Qatar and is comprised of researchers from leading institutions in the United States, Germany, China, Serbia, and Australia. Collectively, they have published 41 journal articles, five conference papers and one book chapter.
The Best Researcher Award for 2014 was bestowed upon Dr. Shahin Rafii from Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar as recognition for his diligent work ethics as well as having published 14 journal articles and a book chapter. In addition, Qatar University was also acknowledged as the Best Research Office in 2014 for the organization’s excellent punctuality and compliance during pre-funding and post-funding phases.
Recently we were thrilled to host the third in the series of Qatar Foundation Research & Development (QF R&D) Research Outcomes Seminars (ROS), which highlighted innovative research projects in the field of Information and Communications Technology (ICT).
The ROS are a QF R&D initiative designed to provide researchers with a public platform to share the results of their QNRF-funded cutting-edge research projects. Through ROS we want to spread knowledge about the excellent research taking place in Qatar and demonstrate to stakeholders from various sectors and to the public at large how research funded by QNRF will benefit communities in Qatar and globally.
Finally, we are excited to announce a new collaboration with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious diseases (NIAID) of the National Institute of Health (NIH) to co-sponsor a joint funding programme made at a recent QNRF-sponsored workshop entitled ‘The Endemic and Emerging Viral Diseases of Priority in the Middle East and North Africa'.
In partnership with CRDF Global, the 2014 US-Qatar-MENA Collaborative Research Grant Competition will support teams of leading scientists from Qatar, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and the United States. Their research projects will focus on one or more endemic and emerging viral infectious diseases affecting the MENA region including MERS, hepatitis C and E, influenza and HIV/AIDS, among others.
Our goal, with this new joint-funding programme, is to foster new biomedical research collaborations between leading researchers from Qatar, other MENA countries, and the United States. We want to bring the best minds of the world together to solve critical issues of direct relevance to the MENA region which will also add to global knowledge about endemic and emerging viral infectious diseases.
All the best
Dr Abdul Sattar Al-Taie
Qatar National Research Fund
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