QNRF and MME Announce Awardees for the Second Cycle of Food Security Call
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QNRF and MME Announce Awardees for the Second Cycle of Food Security Call

Qatar Foundation member Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) and the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) have announced the results for the second cycle of the Food Security Call. Under this joint research-funding call, QNRF and MME invited researchers to submit proposals that aim to enhance food security measures in Qatar and harness local and external expertise and knowledge in food security.

For this cycle, a total of 38 proposals were vetted and 36 of them passed the peer-review stage. After further thorough screening and review processes, six proposals were selected for funding. The awarded projects have qualified for grants of up to US$ 200,000 per year for up to three years with a total budget of up to US$ 500,000.

This year, the call outlined four priority areas focusing on areas ranging from local supply chain and sustainable aquaculture, as well as, technologies to improve the quality of vegetable and animal feed and to accelerate the development of highly productive and healthy animals.

The details of the awarded projects are as below:


ID   Title LPI Name Submitting Institution
MME02-0924-200032   Sustainable Aquaculture Qatar (SAQ): Understanding the threat posed by emerging aquatic animal diseases’ Dr. Grant Stentiford Qatar University
MME02-0908-200012   Development and validation of a multi-species SNP-array to support genetic improvement in Qatar aquaculture Dr. Tim Bean Qatar University
MME02-1008-200048   Halotolerant bacteria-based biofertilizer: Promising alternative towards improvement of the plant productivity, salt tolerance and fruit quality Dr. Slim Tounsi Qatar University
MME02-0921-200026   Giant freshwater prawn, and production of aquaculture feed with only Qatar inputs, innovation for freshwater aquaculture, hydroponics, and feed production Dr. Jassim Al-Khayat Qatar University
MME02-1004-200041   IoT-enabled Smart Food Supply Chain: Strengthening food security by data-driven optimization, simulation, and interactive decision-making tools Dr. Mohamed Kharbeche Qatar University
MME02-0911-200015   Hydroponics and Aquaponics with AIoT in Qatar (HAIAT) Dr. Antonio Sanfilippo Hamad Bin Khalifa University
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