QNRF Newsletter Archive

Welcome to this fourteenth issue of the QNRF Newsletter.

Dr Abdul Sattar Al-Taie, Executive Director, QNRF
It was at the 5th QNRF Annual Forum, back in May 2013, that QNRF promised to introduce a more intimate way for its funded researchers to interact with members of the public and, once again, I am pleased to say that QNRF has delivered on its promise by introducing the Research Outcome Seminars, a series of talks given by QNRF-funded researchers. The seminars allow them to share the progress they have made in their projects and let them show how it will have an impact on the lives of Qatar’s citizens. The researchers are effective communicators who can see beyond the raw data and bring the moments to life to make the science compelling. Read more about that in this Newsletter.

QNRF also launched new programs, notably the Graduate Student Research Award (GSRA) and the Postdoctoral Research Award, (PDRA), hosted the prestigious QNRF Annual Forum and most recently, participated in the QF R&D Annual Research Conference as one of the core exhibitors on the QF R&D stand.

QNRF finished off the year by hosting the Global Research Council (GRC) MENA Regional Meeting for the Middle East and North Africa. QNRF was honoured to be selected as the host by the GRC, a virtual organization instigated by the Washington-based National Science Foundation (NSF), and the two-day meeting saw lively discussions on the strategies adopted by regional agencies as their own countries pursue a knowledge based future.

It is satisfying to realize how much we have achieved and we do recognize that QNRF’s success is also due, in no small part, to the spirit embodied in the professionalism of each and every one of the staff that make up QNRF. QNRF is not a one-man team but is united by the pinnacle of achievement, where excellence comes as standard.

Of course, on the other side of the coin, we must also salute the drive and enthusiasm of the researchers who can sense opportunity and in whom we have invested so much. Now, as QNRF moves into the next phase of its business plan, we expect to continue ticking every box, especially the one that says “Made in Qatar” as the talent of the researchers rises to the occasion and we start to see the output of the research taking shape. That talent belongs to the researchers, but it needs to be managed and, with the right management, their performance can rise above and beyond expectations. That is how we see QNRF – as their partner - determined to nurture and grow their creative resources. Their long-term success is rooted in a combination of artistic creativity and technological innovation and is inextricably linked to that of Qatar.

Qatar’s ability to attract the best creative talents, to empower them to design and perform leading-edge research is becoming the new lifeblood of the country. The same goes for innovation and the success of this aspect of the Qatar National Vision 2030 rests squarely with the research and development teams. Aligning the dual values of creativity and innovation with the country’s needs is now a priority for all QNRF-funded projects and will be the foundation of their continued success.

Finally, it just remains for me to wish you all success as we prepare for further great performances, in every discipline, in 2014.

Dr Abdul Sattar Al-Taie

Executive Director
Qatar National Research Fund

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