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Haya H Al Muhannadi
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QNRF Announces The UREP 11th Cycle Awards

Qatar National Research Fund, QNRF, announced today the outcome of the 11th cycle of its funding Program, the Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP).

In this 11th UREP cycle, QNRF received 135 research proposals, each of which was independently reviewed by three international peer reviewers, none of whom had any affiliation or connection to the institutions whose proposals they reviewed in line with QNRF’s policy of  maintaining the utmost integrity and transparency throughout the submission and  review processes  to further ensure complete independence

In order to maintain a high quality level for the awarded UREP proposals while achieving a good success rate, the QNRF Steering Committee decided to adopt a cutoff score of 83% for this cycle, which resulted in the award of 52 research proposals engaging 179 undergraduate students across six academic institutions and distributed across the following disciplines; natural sciences, engineering and technology, medical and health sciences, social sciences, and humanities. The results are summarized in the table below:

Discipline

No. of proposals submitted

No. of proposals awarded

1. Natural sciences

26

12

2. Engineering and technology

49

16

3. Medical and health sciences

27

18

4. Social sciences

19

4

5. Humanities

14

2

Total

135

52



Dr. Abdul Sattar Al-Taie, Executive Director, QNRF, said “we were overwhelmed by the interest in UREP and very impressed with the caliber of the proposals submitted,” adding that QNRF has implemented, since October 2006, eleven UREP cycles in which a total of 1,259 research proposals have been submitted for peer reviewing and 559 proposals have been awarded. Dr. Al-Taie went on to say As we announce the results of this cycle, QNRF is busy preparing for the launch of the 12th cycle of the Program. The frequency of the cycles (twice a year) reflects the popularity of the Program and is one of many reasons behind its resounding success.

UREP aims at spreading research culture amongst undergraduate students by engaging them in hands on research projects under the guidance of their academic supervisors. UREP also encourages partnerships between academic and non-academic institutions to promote collaboration between academia and other institutions in Qatar.

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