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QNRF Announces Results for the First Cycle of the Rapid Response Call

Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) is proud to announce the results of the first Rapid Response Call (RRC), a unique research program which enables researchers to explore novel and cutting-edge potential solutions to the numerous challenges currently faced across all sectors and at all levels of society because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Staying true to its mission of servicing the national needs of Qatar and upholding the health and safety of its residents, we developed this unique research program from scratch in record time and accelerated the evaluation and funding phases to ensure that the proposed outcomes of awarded projects are met as soon as possible.

Under the inaugural cycle of RRC, QNRF received 230 proposals from researchers across Qatar, and, after a thorough competitive scientific and technical review process, 21 research proposals have been selected to receive funding. To achieve outcomes on a fast-track basis, researchers will be awarded grants worth up to QAR 100,000 each and given three months to complete their research projects.

Please browse through the list below to learn more about the awarded research projects.

ID Area Title Name Institution
RRC-1-024 Economy UV Disinfection Robots in Public Spaces with Teleportation-based Control Schemes John-John Cabibihan Qatar University
RRC-2-032 Health Validation of selected commercial serological assays for diagnosis of COVID-19 Gheyath K. Nasrallah Qatar University
RRC-2-039 Health Within-host diversity of severe respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) and its association with clinical outcomes in covid-19 patients Asmaa A. Al Thani Qatar University
RRC-2-044 Health Data-driven Estimation and Forecasting of COVID-19 Rates (DEFCOV) Antonio Pietro Sanfilippo Hamad Bin Khalifa University
RRC-2-047 Health Are medications that raise ACE2 levels truly detrimental or beneficial in COVID-19 patients in Qatar? Saghir Akhtar Qatar University
RRC-2-051 Health Studying Mucosal Associated Invariant T Cells in COVID-19 Patients in Qatar as Potential Therapy Targets Satanay Zuhair Hubrack Sidra Medicine
RRC-2-063 Health Manipulating reusable and self-disinfecting gloves to prevent COVID-19 transmission and designing an e-dustbin for gloves and masks Kishor Kumar Sadasivuni Qatar University
RRC-2-076 Health Epidemiological investigation of the association of renin-angiotestin system blockade and Covid-19 outcomes: focus on ACE2 expression Huseyin Cagatay Yalcin Qatar University
RRC-2-088 Health Al-Hazm: Smart Cost-Effective Solution for an Efficient Quarantine Enforcement System Hamid Menouar Qatar Mobility Innovations Center
RRC-2-095 Health Tracking the emergence of COVID-19 symptoms and impact associated with social distancing measures: A population-based survey Mujahed M A Shraim Qatar University
RRC-2-104 Health COVID-19 outbreak prediction and assessment of prevention policies: a data science approach Abdelkarim Erradi Qatar University
RRC-2-114 Health Smart quick fix shutter for disinfecting scan glass in biometric scanners DEEPALEKSHMI PONNAMMA Qatar University
RRC-2-117 Health Predicting and Visualizing COVID-19 Patients’ Future Chest X-Ray Images with Deep Learning Yin Yang Hamad Bin Khalifa University
RRC-3-010 Education Mixed-reality interactive educational platform to support remote learning for children with autism Dena Ahmed S. Al-Thani Hamad Bin Khalifa University
RRC-6-004 Transport and communication Mokafaa: Blockchain-based Transparent Rewarding System to Incentivize People to Commit to Confinement using Wireless Location Monitoring Service Mohamed Abdallah Hamad Bin Khalifa University
RRC-6-008 Transport and communication الأخبار الكاذبة وشبكات التواصل الاجتماعي أثناء جائحة كوفيد 19 من منظور المسؤولية الاجتماعية: دراسة في الحالة القطرية. Jamel Zran Qatar University
RRC-7-003 Social and cultural life COVID-19 and Migrant Workers in the Gulf:  Challenges, responses and a way forward for Qatar Md Mizanur Rahman Qatar University
RRC-7-004 Social and cultural life COVID-19 Policy Tracker: MENA Government Responses to the Crisis Andreas Rechkemmer Hamad Bin Khalifa University
RRC-7-005 Social and cultural life Tracking and Studying Social Behavior surrounding COVID-19 in Qatar Using an Online Survey Justin Gengler Qatar University
RRC-7-009 Social and cultural life Q-Me: Mobile App to Cope with Covid-19 Crisis by Controlling Crowding in Business Venues. Saleh Alhazbi Qatar University
RRC-8-015 Psychological wellbeing of citizens and residents Anxiety and Coping in HMC and PHCC Frontline Health Care Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic Amber Haque Doha Institute for Graduate Studies
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