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Fourth QNRF Annual Forum highlights NPRP results and program advances

Mr. Faisal Alsuwaidi speaks at Fourth QNRF Annual Forum
Researchers, administrators and executives gathered recently at the Qatar National Convention Centre for the fourth QNRF Annual Forum, under the patronage of Mr. Faisal Alsuwaidi, President of Research and Development at the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development (QF).

During the forum's keynote speech Mr. Alsuwaidi highlighted the importance of research in the development of Qatar, saying: "Qatar will be an international centre for research and development, excellence, and innovation."

Dr. Abdul Sattar Al-Taie, Executive Director of QNRF, announced the results of the fifth cycle of the NPRP. "With the Forum now in its fourth year, QNRF, through its comprehensive range of research funding Programs, continues to advance Qatar Foundation's mission of promoting a culture of scientific research in Qatar across all disciplines and across all sectors," he said.

Dr. Al-Taie's presentation revealed a 57 percent increase in the number of awarded institutions in Qatar this cycle, an increase from last cycle. This cycle, 156 projects were awarded a total of US$140.5 million in research grants.

In addition to the announcement of the results of QNRF's 5th National Priorities Research Program (NPRP), the Forum's program also included the presentation of progressive policy updates. Specifically, the presentation detailed results of a joint project between QNRF and Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) to manage intellectual property (IP) rights.

Ms. Tamara El Shibib, IP Specialist, Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) spoke about the outcome of a collaborative project between QNRF and QSTP on IP management. Ms El Shibib described how IP emanating from successful QNRF-sponsored research can move to QSTP for commercialization.

Dr. Abdul Sattar Al-Taie presents results of the 5th NPRP cycle
Dr. Omar Boukhris, Senior Manager, Award Administration at QNRF, gave a presentation on new grant management initiatives being undertaken, saying: "These new initiatives are great enhancements to the QNRF grant management model and will ease the work of scientists and research administrators, inspiring productivity and ensuring compliance."


Dr. Boukhris also introduced new QNRF annual merit awards. Texas A&M University at Qatar received one for "Research Office of the Year," and Dr. Milivoj Belic, a key investigator from Texas A&M University at Qatar, collected the award for "Research Team of the Year" on behalf of his colleagues. The team is supported by an NPRP grant.

Finally, Mr. Haytham Ali, Head of IT, QNRF, spoke of forthcoming developments to QNRF's state-of-the-art online submission system. Plans include an application that would allow researchers to access their files via smartphones and mobile devices.

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