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QNRF modifies and launches the third cycle of its young scientists research experience program

Dr. Khalid Al-Quaradaghi, Senior Manager-Programs
The Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) has launched the third cycle of its Young Scientists Research Experience Program (YSREP), which from this cycle on will be called the Junior Scientists Research Experience Program (JSREP). The program provides support in all areas of science to young Qatari and expatriate scientists below 40 years of age. Candidates applying for funding under this program must hold a doctorate (PhD or MD) or terminal academic research degree.

"This program aims to encourage both Qatari and non-Qatari junior scientists to lead their own research projects inside the State of Qatar," explained Dr. Khalid Al-Quaradaghi, Senior Manager-Programs."This will contribute to building local human capacity in research and development areas.

"Projects in all fields of basic and applied research are eligible for funding within this program," he continued, "including natural sciences, engineering and technology, medical and health sciences, agricultural sciences, social sciences and humanities."

In order to support a large number of junior scientists in Qatar and to open the opportunity to local scientists, QNRF has decided to raise the program eligibility age limit from 35 years to 40 years and relieve Qatari scientists of the two peer-reviewed scientific publications requirement.

All applicants should be affiliated with a local institution in Qatar and must remain so for the entire duration of the project.

The JSREP provides funding of up to US $100,000 per year, per project, with projects lasting as long as three years. Junior scientists leading the project can work alone or with a research team from their institution.

The program complements QNRF's other funding programs—providing for those at the early stages of their professional academic careers—including the National Priorities Research Program (NPRP), the Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP), and the Secondary School Research Experience Program (SSREP).


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