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Sixth cycle of QNRF's NPRP up and running

(l-r) Mrs. Noor Al-Merekhi, Dr. Abdul Sattar Al-Taie, Mr. Mahmoud Talaat, and Dr. Omar Boukhris
Over the past five cycles, QNRF's flagship National Priorities Research Program (NPRP) has attracted some of the world's most renowned scientists and funded 567 original and competitively selected research projects. Twenty-nine Qatari research institutions have collaborated on the research projects with 323 international institutions from 48 countries across the globe, helping to advance scientific innovation nationally and strengthen Qatar's position within the global academic community.

Dr. Abdul Sattar Al-Taie, Executive Director of QNRF, commented, "What distinguishes this sixth cycle is its emphasis on the research areas identified in the 2012 Qatar National Research Strategy, as well as granting up to two bonus points for collaboration between local stakeholders within Qatar."

As part of the launch activities for the sixth cycle, QNRF held public presentations in early October and broadcasted two informative webinars. The presentations and webinars, scheduled for the convenience of international applicants based in different time zones, outlined the application process and highlighted changes in the sixth cycle of NPRP.

Online submissions of the Letter of Intent commenced on the 7th of October 2012, with final proposals to be submitted by the 8th of January 2013. The research projects will have an implementation timeframe of one to three years, and applicants are encouraged to align their proposals with the Qatar National Research Strategy, which is aimed at building the nation's research capacity to directly support its transition to a knowledge-based economy.

Applicants must comply fully with the requirements listed in the NPRP sixth cycle Request for Proposal (RFP), available to download at www.qnrf.org.

Noor Al-Merekhi, NPRP Program Manager, said, "Through the public presentations and webinars, I highlighted how applicants should approach the major changes introduced in this cycle."

The NPRP was created to bolster the nation's growing research culture and, through its sixth cycle, will help establish the strategic pillars of Qatar's research development.

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