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April 18, 2013

QNRF Awards Five Grants to Junior Scientists

Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) has announced the results of the fourth cycle of its Junior Scientists Research Experience Program (JSREP), which aims to boost Qatar’s research capacity through funding ‘junior’ scientists aged 40 or under.

In its latest cycle, QNRF has awarded JSREP grants to five proposals. Two projects were awarded to Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar for research on mathematical theorems and programming solutions in computer science. Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar has been awarded two proposals for research on ovarian tumours and cancer. The fifth grant was awarded to Qatar University for a sociolinguistics study.

Commenting on the Program’s rising profile, Dr Abdul Sattar Al-Taie, Executive Director of QNRF said, “JSREP is aimed at promoting a research culture among up-and-coming scientists. JSREP is a very competitive program. We have had a total of 63 applicants since its commencement in 2010 and, of these only 21 have made it through our stringent review process and passed the cut-off mark.”

Over the next three years, the awarded projects will receive total funding of over $1 million.

Highlighting some key insights, Dr Khalid Al-Quradaghi, Director of Programs at QNRF, said, “We maintain strict standards in our selection process and the fourth cycle of JSREP attests to this fact, as only proposals scoring 82 percent and higher were funded, making it the most competitive cycle of this Program to date.”    

The successful completion of this cycle comes as QNRF prepares to launch its fifth JSREP cycle on 29 April 2013.