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QNRF awards $121 million in research funding to national priority projects

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Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) has announced new research grants worth a total of $121 million today, under its flagship funding program, the National Priorities Research Program (NPRP).

The announcement came in the eagerly-anticipated finale of QNRF’s fifth Annual Forum, held this morning at Qatar National Convention Centre, where more than 350 members of Qatar's research community gathered to learn the results of proposals submitted for the sixth cycle of the NPRP. The fifth QNRF Annual Forum was held under the patronage of Mr Faisal Alsuwaidi, President of Research and Development at Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development.

Students’ engineering research for oil industry wins QNRF’s undergraduate competition

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Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) has awarded first place to students from Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMU-Q) at the conclusion of its fifth Annual Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP) Competition.

The winning project, which examined the effects of ultra-high pressures and temperatures on oil–based drilling mud, was one of five undergraduate projects competing at the QNRF event on March 27, held under the patronage of Mr Faisal Alsuwaidi, President of Research and Development at Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development.

Student representatives presented their research, which had been selected through an extensive review process from 88 UREP projects completed in 2012, to a panel of seven judges. They were ranked on the quality of their presentations and the relevance of their data for Qatar.

Dr. Thomas Zacharia

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Dr. Thomas Zacharia received a PhD in Engineering from Clarkson University in the field of computational materials science. Prior to his new role at Qatar Foundation, he served as Deputy Laboratory Director and Chief Research Officer of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, overseeing annual expenditures of $1.6 billion throughout a range of sectors, including energy and engineering sciences, computing and computational sciences, life and environmental sciences, and national security.

Participation by Qatari students in QNRF Program increases by 58%

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QNRF announces results for the 13th cycle of its Undergraduate Research Experience Program

Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) today announced the winners of its 13th Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP), with participation from 68 Qatari students, the highest number to date.

Over the past six years, UREP has provided more than 2,000 undergraduate students in Qatar with the opportunity to gain significant experience in team-based research collaboration with faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and other undergraduates or research staff. The program promotes learning by doing and hands on mentorship activities as effective methods for undergraduate research education.

 

Research studies link between wind and waves

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For the first time, fine detail about the wind and wave conditions around the coast of Qatar has been recorded. By arranging the most sophisticated equipment available on the edge of a 500-meter pier extending into the Gulf, a research team at Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ) has collected detailed readings of air and wave currents around the peninsula. Their findings highlight a dearth of information on coastal conditions that have the potential to offer vital insights into many sectors.

Dr Somaya Al Madeed

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Dr Somaya Al-Ma’adeed received her BSc in computer science from Qatar University in 1994. She received her MSc in mathematics and computer science from Alexandria University, Egypt, in 1999 and went on to get her PhD in computer science from Nottingham University in 2004. Since 1994, she has worked on research based at Qatar University, specializing in character recognition, writer identification, speech recognition, tendering systems and document management. Dr Al-Ma'adeed has published around 20 papers in these areas and is currently an assistant professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at Qatar University.

New Northwestern University in Qatar soccer team to encourage female participation in sports

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In a bid to inspire young women in Qatar to increase their involvement in the world of sports, students at Northwestern University in Qatar have initiated the university's first women's soccer team. Motivated in part by a recent study conducted by Assistant Professor in Residence Geoff Harkness, which showed that females represent only 7.3% of athletes registered to sports federations and clubs, students Maha Al-Ansari and AlDana Al Misned recruited members for the soccer team in hopes of encouraging more females to join and be active members of the sports community.

QNRF launches a new cycle of funding for Junior Scientists

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Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) has announced the launch of the fourth cycle of its Junior Scientists Research Experience Program (JSREP), the increasingly competitive funding Program for Junior scientists.

Researchers,aged 40 or under, are now invited to submit a Letter of Intent (LoI) for their proposed projects prior to the deadline of 17 December, 2012, with the final deadline for proposal submissions being noon, Doha time, 31 December, 2012.

 

About Qatar

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The land of Qatar was once famous for its pearl diving, its timeless desert landscape, its importance as a trade bridge, and its hospitable people thriving in an inhospitable climate. With the discovery of rich natural resources in the modern era, the tribes of Qatar began to adapt from traditional modes of living to an urbanised lifestyle. With great bounty came enlightened stewardship and vision.
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Webinar set to focus on QF-funded research into infectious diseases

As scientists around the world grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, research funded by the Qatar Foundation (QF) to address infectious diseases will be on the spotlight this week.
 The latest edition of the Research Outcome Seminar series – an initiative of Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) that highlights the impact of the projects it supports – will show how researchers in Qatar and beyond are developing new ways to reduce the spread of communicable diseases, and directly address the health risks they create.

http://www.qatar-tribune.com/news-details/id/186305/webinar-set-to-focus-on-qf-funded-research-into-infectious-diseases

 

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