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HBKU college gets QNRF grants for Parkinson’s, breast cancer research

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Doha: Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), has won two Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) grants to support research efforts of its College of Science and Engineering. 
Both grants are for three years  each and focus biomedical and biological science research being undertaken in Qatar.

AUS professors get QNRF grant

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Two faculty members from American University of Sharjah (AUS) were recently awarded an $800,000 grant by the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) through the National Priorities Research Program (NPRP), the flagship funding programme of QNRF. 
The funding is to support their research proposal entitled 'Guidelines for Enhancing the Performance of FRP-strengthened Concrete Beams under Fire and Harsh Environment Exposures'.
The proposal investigates the strength and behaviour of externally strengthened reinforcing concrete (RC) beams with fibre-reinforced polymers (FRP) laminates under such severe exposures. 
Dr Rami Hawileh, associate professor in Civil Engineering, is the Lead Principal Investigator for the research, while Dr Jamal Abdalla, professor in Civil Engineering, is the Principal Investigator.

Challenge 22 recognises region’s innovators

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The winners of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy’s (SC) Challenge 22 innovation award were announced during a ceremony held at Qatar National Convention Centre on Monday evening.
Following a successful roadshow introducing the concept to the GCC, more than 300 applicants from all over the region submitted their ideas for consideration. Eighteen finalists presented their ideas to a jury before the winners were eventually chosen. 

GU-Q wins UREP grant

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Georgetown University in Qatar's (GU-Q) student Fatma Marafi and her faculty mentor GU-Q Assistant Professor of Economics Alexis Antoniades were announced as one of the 37 winners of the Qatar National Research Fund's (QNRF) 17th cycle of the Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP) grant award. 

Texas A&M at Qatar Mathematician Offers Theory on What Happened to MH370

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The plight of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 (MH370) is one of the biggest mysteries in aviation history, but an interdisciplinary research team led by Texas A&M University at Qatar mathematician Goong Chen has theorized the ill-fated plane plunged vertically into the southern Indian Ocean in March 2014.
The researchers' computer simulations lead to the forensic assertion that a 90-degree nosedive explains the lack of debris or spilled oil in the water near where the plane is presumed to have crashed. The research was the cover story in the April 2015 issue of Notices of the American Mathematical Society (see the team's paper here.)
Chen is an applied mathematician teaching and researching at Texas A&M at Qatar who has been a faculty member 

Challenge 22 announces list of 18 finalists for innovation award

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With only two weeks until the final event on 15 June, 18 finalists have been chosen from 400 applications submitted to the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) for the highly successful first cycle of Challenge 22.

Throughout the first phase of Challenge 22, 31 semi-finalists were each assigned a mentor from institutions around Qatar to support them in taking their two-page proposal to a full detailed submission.
Those applications have been carefully reviewed and processed, leaving the 18 applicants who have demonstrated the greatest capacity to deliver an innovative idea that could leave a lasting legacy.  
Fatma Al-Nuaimi, Legacy Senior Manager at the SC said: “Our partners and mentors were crucial in enabling the final 18 applicants to enter this exciting phase of the competition. The level of applications from all those remaining is extremely high, so it’s certainly not going to be an easy decision for the judging panel.”

QNRF backs six research teams in fight against infectious diseases

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DOHA: Independent nonprofit CRDF Global yesterday announced that six public health research teams have been awarded seed funding to fight infectious diseases, in a partnership funded by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of National Institutes of Health, and Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), a member of Qatar Foundation Research and Development.
The 2014 US-Qatar-MENA Infectious Disease Research Initiative aims to establish new biomedical collaborations between US, Qatar, and Middle East and North Africa (Mena) investigators and institutions. 
The grant is CRDF Global’s fourth with NIAID and first with QNRF to support research on emerging and endemic infectious diseases in Mena.

GU-Q to hold workshops on food waste

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As part of a research project titled Safeguarding Food and Environment in Qatar (SAFE-Q), a research team from Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) will organise two workshops with local stakeholders in 
Qatar this month.
One is a supplier workshop, where distribution companies and supermarkets will come together with public officials and NGOs to discuss supply-related aspect of food waste. The other workshop will be conducted with consumers calling for participation of local restaurants, hotels and general consumers to discuss the consumer side of the food waste problem in the country.
GU-Q, together with the Cranfield and Brunel universities in the UK and University of Western Sydney, is the recipient of a research award from the Qatar National Research Fund to explore the issue of waste in food distribution in Qatar. SAFE-Q is a three-year project that will combine a detailed analysis of food supply and demand with an examination of causes of food waste occurring in distribution and changing trends in consumption resulting in waste.

TAMUQ receives 23 research awards

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Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ) has received 23 research awards and bagged the three recognition awards of the Qatar National Research Fund’s (QNRF) National Priorities Research Programme (NPRP) at the QNRF Seventh Annual Research Forum.
TAMUQ received 23 awards from a total 120 chosen for funding from 869 projects submitted by 29 institutions in Qatar. TAMUQ’s awarded projects span its degree programmes in chemical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering, and petroleum engineering, as well as its science programme.
“Our research is contributing new knowledge, which is critical for the foundation of a knowledge-based economy,” said Dr Mark H Weichold, dean and CEO, TAMUQ. “This latest round of awards and recognition from QNRF demonstrates the high quality of research conducted at TAMUQ and the world-class caliber of our faculty and research staff.”
TAMUQ researchers and its research office were also singled out for major awards.
Dr Haitham Abu-Rub, professor and chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Programme, was named Best Researcher of the Year for his productivity in high-impact journals. 
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