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UK govt offers grant for Gulf-based researchers

UK and Gulf-based researchers and scientists will have the opportunity to get a £400,000 grant from the UK government to research on ‘priority areas’ it identified, British Council and embassy officials announced yesterday.

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Science-Led Economies

In 2008, Joel Malek, a DNA-sequencing specialist from Boston, Massachusetts, packed his bags and left one east coast for another, 6,500 miles away in Qatar. At the time, the Arab state was recruiting skilled scientists and academics to teach and conduct research in its 14-square-kilometre 'Education City', which was under construction on the outskirts of Doha. Malek was given generous funding to set up a genomics research lab for Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q), the first US medical school to open a campus in the country, in 2001.

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