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May 15, 2014

Qatar National Research Fund Awards Grants to a Record 162 Proposals at 6th Annual Forum

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Researchers presenting their research success stories during QNRFs 6th Annual Forum.JPGQatar National Research Fund (QNRF) has awarded research grants to 162 proposals across 22 institutions in Qatar during the seventh cycle of its flagship National Priorities Research Program (NPRP).

The results were announced during the 6th QNRF Annual Forum held at the Qatar National Convention Centre.

Themed ‘Building on Success’, the Forum, held under the patronage of Mr Faisal Alsuwaidi, President of QF R&D, was attended by more than 400 members of Qatar’s research community and streamed live on QNRF’s website.

Highlighting the success and achievements of QNRF, Mr Alsuwaidi, in his opening speech, said: “Qatar National Research Fund continues to help in building a vibrant research culture in Qatar by fostering human capacity and investing in the research enterprise. QNRF is focused on Qatar’s priorities by delivering along the Qatar National Research Strategy and in support of the Qatar National Vision 2030.”

He added: “We are proud that QNRF’s flagship funding program continues to inspire originality, as it encourages greater collaboration between the international community and researchers in Qatar.”

The awarded research topics range from engineering, water security, and cyber security to road traffic accidents, as well as diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular and infectious diseases. Projects that delve into topics including education, urban development, business innovation, culture, language and identity were also awarded by QNRF.

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.

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