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QATAR NATIONAL RESEARCH FUND SUPPORTS STUDENT PARTICIPATION IN INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIAD ON ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS

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Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), a member of Qatar Foundation, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MOEHE), is supporting the representation of five high school students from Qatar in the International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA) 2019, currently being held in Hungary, Budapest.

QNRF announces 54 winners in the 24th cycle of its Undergraduate Research Experience Program

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Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) – a member of Qatar Foundation (QF) – has announced the winners of its 24th Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP) cycle, QNRF’s flagship program, co-funded by Qatar Shell, designed to develop research infrastructure in Qatar by establishing the basis of scientific research at undergraduate level.

QNRF AND MME LAUNCH FIRST CYCLE OF FOOD SECURITY CALL

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Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) – a member of Qatar Foundation (QF) – in partnership with the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME), has launched the first cycle of its joint Food Security Call. The initiative aims to foster the development of productive and sustainable food systems that increase food security and improve nutrition in Qatar.

QNRF HOLDS SEMINAR TO SHARE FINDINGS OF AUTISM-RELATED RESEARCH PROJECTS

Event held in accordance with Autism Awareness Month

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Doha, Qatar, May 1, 2019: Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), has hosted a Research Outcome Seminar (ROS) on the sidelines of the  Ministry of Public Health’s (MoPH) awareness forum titled ‘Towards Building a Supportive System for Early Intervention and Comprehensive Education for Autism Spectrum’,  at The St. Regis Doha.

QNRF LAUNCHES NEW AWARD FOR EARLY CAREER PROFESSIONALS

Latest offering in QNRF’s capacity building and development programs

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Doha, Qatar, April 5, 2019: Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), has announced the launch of a new award – the Early Career Research Award (ECRA) , an intensive research and research leadership development award for faculty members and researchers at an early stage in their careers.
The aim of the award is to support eligible applicants in the development of their skills in order to conduct and lead research independently, with the ultimate aim of contributing to Qatar’s overarching research and development goals. The award will also help recently graduated PhD holders and medical doctors to establish their labs and develop their research.
 

QNRF AND QSRTC RECOGNIZE WINNERS OF THE 11TH ANNUAL UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH COMPETITION

Initiative identifies and encourages talented future scientists and researchers in Qatar

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Doha, Qatar, March 31, 2019: Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) – a member of Qatar Foundation (QF) – and Qatar Shell Research and Technology Centre held today the 11th Annual Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP) Competition at Qatar National Convention Centre. 

National Scientific Research Week kicks off

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Minister of Education and Higher Education HE Dr Mohammed Abdul Wahed Ali al Hammadi officially launched the National Scientific Research Week (NSRW) at Qatar National Convention Centre on Tuesday. Ministry of Education and Higher Education and Qatar National Research Fund hosted the opening ceremony. Hammadi said the exhibition enables students to acquire scientific skills and ethics

NATIONAL SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH WEEK CONCLUDES WITH AWARD CEREMONY

Ministry of Education and Higher Education and Qatar National Research Fund honor competition winners at Grand Award Ceremony

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Doha, Qatar, March 13, 2019: Assistant Undersecretary for Educational Affairs of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Ms. Fawzia Al-Khater, and Dr. Abdul Sattar Al Taie, Executive Chairman of the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), honored the winners during the closing ceremony of the 11th edition of the National Scientific Research Week (NSRW), titled ‘Promising Researchers for Qatar.’

Qatar National Research Fund Launch New Searchable Database with Qatar National Library

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Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) has teamed up with Qatar National Library (QNL) to bring the outcomes of QNRF-funded research more into the public domain.

 

This joint initiative takes the form of an advanced online, searchable database, that allows users to search for, or browse, any published outcome of QNRF-funded research projects.

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Qatar National Research Fund Launches New Research Grant

Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) and the Doha International Family Institute (DIFI), members of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), have announced their collaboration for the launch of a new research grant focused on the Arab family and policy related issues.
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CMU-Q Hosts Lecture on Arabic Language Learning

CARNEGIE Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q) recently hosted an 'Enhancing Teaching Arabic in Qatar' workshop for 25 primary, private and independent schoolteachers in an attempt to complement their language learning pedagogy.

Led by Zeinab Ibrahim, PhD, professor of Arabic Studies at CMU-Q and a renowned sociolinguist, 'Enhancing Teaching Arabic in Qatar' introduced the teachers to the linguistic theories behind the Arabiyyatti project, which is supported by the Qatar National Research Fund's National Priorities Research Program (NPRP).
Ibrahim said Arabiyyatti aims to introduce teachers to recent best practices in teaching Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) to schoolchildren. While Arab children are able to speak their local dialect, they are often unable to communicate using Modern Standard Arabic, otherwise known as fus'ha. 
"There are common problems with teaching Arabic across the entire region, and Arabiyyatti is the result of research indicating the need to support educators by introducing them to updated teaching methods as well as recent linguistic theories that deal with language acquisition and learning. I hope the participating instructors gained value from the workshop, and that it will inspire them to use Arabiyyatti in their classrooms not only for the benefit of their 
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New model finds HIV acute phase infectivity may be lower than previously estimated

Previous calculations may have overestimated the importance of HIV transmission from recently infected individuals ("acute phase infectivity") in driving HIV epidemics, according to an article published by Steve Bellan of The University of Texas at Austin, and colleagues in this week's PLOS Medicine.
The lower estimates of acute phase infectivity suggest that recently infected individuals--who have not had the chance to start antiretroviral treatment--although still more infectious on average than those in the chronic stage of infection, are not as likely to infect others as was previously thought. Transmission from individuals in the acute phase of HIV infection could therefore pose less of a threat to effectiveness of Treatment as Prevention programs, while programs aimed at early identification of HIV infection could have less of a population-level impact, than previously thought.
The authors used two approaches to estimate acute phase infectivity. The first approach used viral load trajectories and the known relationship between viral load and infectivity to estimate that additional risk of transmission during the acute phase was equivalent to 5.6 extra months of chronic-phase infectivity (5.6 excess hazard months or EHMacute). The second approach used a mathematical model to simulate HIV infection and transmission among couples in the principal prior study that directly measured acute phase infectivity, a cohort study from Rakai, Uganda. This simulation estimated EHMacute to be 8.4. Both approaches yielded EHMacute estimates well below the two most cited previous estimates of acute phase infectivity (EHMacute 31 and 141). Bellan and colleagues determined that the higher estimates in previous studies were mainly the result of unaccounted-for heterogeneity in risk among study couples, and bias due to the exclusion of serodiscordant couples who were lost to follow-up. The authors caution that, even in their updated estimates, the small number of couples in this study result in wide confidence intervals.
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WINNERS OF 1st QATAR STEAM FAIR TO REPRESENT NATION IN INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING COMPETITION

Doha, 25 March, 2015: The winners of the inaugural Qatar Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math Fair (Qatar STEAM) are set to represent Qatar at the renowned Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in Pittsburgh, USA, in May. 
Having been chosen from among the brightest young minds as the overall winners of the first nationwide science and research competition yesterday, eight students were awarded with Grand Awards. 
The competition was held in full support of Qatar Foundation’s mission to build and develop capacity for creativity and critical thinking through research in education and science. 
The top prize in the Grand Awards went to Ghanim AlMansouri and Hussam AitelQadi for their research project entitled “Innovative Game Software for Improving the English Language Skills of Non-Native Speakers”.
Qatar STEAM was organised by Qatar Foundation Research & Development (QF R&D), Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), a member of QF R&D, and the Supreme Education Council (SEC). The nationwide competition saw more than 160 students from 40 schools participate in the two-day fair held at the Qatar National Convention Centre in Doha. 

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QATAR NATIONAL RESEARCH FUND ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF 17th UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH EXPERIENCE PROGRAM CYCLE

Doha, 30 March 2015: Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), a member of Qatar Foundation Research and Development (QF R&D) has announced the winners the 17th cycle of its Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP). Out of 126 research proposals submitted by student teams from seven universities across Qatar, 37 were awarded grants. 
This latest UREP cycle will engage a total of 147 undergraduate students and 74 faculty members. Among the 37 awarded proposals, 26 went to Qatar University, three to Texas A&M University at Qatar, and two each to Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, Northwestern University in Qatar and the University of Calgary in Qatar. The two remaining grants were awarded to Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar and Ahmed Bin Mohammed Military College. 
By investing in cutting-edge research, QNRF is enhancing a research culture that supports Qatar Foundation (QF) on its mission to build Qatar’s innovation and technology capacity, helping the nation develop into a hub of research excellence through QF’s science and research pillar, QF R&D.
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QNRF has recently teamed up with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to sponsor a joint funding programme. NIAID, a division of the National Institutes of Health, is responsible for supporting, funding, and carrying out all of the infectious disease, immunology-related and transplant-related research that NIH funds. Each year they receive approximately 4.8 billion dollars from US Congress, 80% of which is awarded to scientists to carry out research that targets infectious diseases and immunology.

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