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Dear Readers,
Welcome to the seventh edition of QNRF’s newsletter, ‘Research Matters’. As the second half of the year hurtles onward, the spread of COVID-19 continues to deeply impact our daily lives and livelihoods in so many ways. We are seeing the systematic phased lifting of lockdown measures by the Government of Qatar, and we will surely begin to adjust to the new normal of living with the virus.
 

QU and MME work on biofuels for sustainable energy sources

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Through co-operation between Qatar University (QU) and the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME), a joint research team has worked on a scientific project aiming to address the main challenges represented by lack of clean, renewable energy globally and the continuous production of wastewater that the world faces and hinders human development.

QU’s Gas Processing Centre Awarded QNRF Grant

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The Gas Processing Centre (GPC) at the College of Engineering, Qatar University (QU), in collaboration with Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (Qeeri) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University, College of Business and Economics at QU and Qatar Green Building Council, have received the prestigious QNRF National Priorities Research Programme - Cluster grant.
 

Breakthrough in use of recycled, local materials in construction

Wadi gravel, available in various sand deposits in the southern region of Qatar, identified for use as aggregate

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A research project has identified the main solid waste streams in Qatar for potential use in construction and investigated advanced technologies for recycling that could be effectively applied in the country. In a statement, the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) said it was awarded the project by the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) regarding the implementation of recycled materials in construction.

WCM-Q study: Type 2 diabetes can be reversed with intensive lifestyle change

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A research study spearheaded by clinical researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar (WCM-Q) has shown for the first time that type-2 diabetes can be reversed in those originating from the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region. 
The internationally competitive work is the first intensive lifestyle intervention trial in the Mena region and the first clinical trial in primary care in Qatar. The clinical trial demonstrated significant weight loss as well as reversal of type 2 diabetes in more than 60% of intervention participants.

Carnegie Mellon Qatar research wins Best Paper award

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A research team from Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q), a Qatar Foundation (QF) partner university, received the Best Paper award for 2019 from the Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE). The paper arose from a multi-year research project called Scaffolding Literacy in Academic and Tertiary Environments in Qatar (SLATE-Q), which was funded by Qatar National Research Fund. Silvia Pessoa, Maria Pia Gomez-Laich, Divakaran Liginlal, and Thomas Mitchell authored the winning submission.

Qatar achieves miraculous progress in food security

QNRF ENABLING QATAR’S PROGRESS IN FOOD SECURITY SINCE THE BLOCKADE

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Qatar’s progress in food security since the blockade was declared against the country in June 2017 is something miraculous in such a short time, a senior official of a Qatar Foundation entity has said. “The progress achieved by Qatar towards becoming a food-secure country in a record time is nothing short of a miracle and it is manifested by several indicators, stated, Dr Abdul Sattar al-Taie, executive director, Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF).

QF launches funding initiative to tackle emergencies like COVID-19

QNRF RRC Call combating Coronavirus

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RESEARCH projects designed to help children with autism learn from home, enforce quarantine measures, and safeguard mental health of healthcare workers, will be supported through a new, streamlined funding call launched by Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), to help Qatar combat COVID-19.
With the needs of Qatar and the health and safety of its people as its priority, the Qatar Foundation (QF) member – which is the region’s leading research funding agency – developed the Rapid Response Call (RRC) 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.

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The Doha chronicles

 It all began with a pearl. More than ten years ago British archaeologist Dr Robert Carter was investigating a Neolithic site in Kuwait when he came across a single, tiny pierced pearl.

At 7,000 years old, it was among the oldest ever discovered. That set him thinking about the origins of pearling fishing in the Arabian Gulf. He found himself intrigued, not just by the epic story of pearl fishing but by the pearling ports themselves.

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QNRF sponsors "Endemic and Emerging Viral Infectious Diseases of Priority in MENA"

Endemic and Emerging Viral Diseases of Priority in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) – A Scientific Workshop to Promote Research Collaboration

Location: Four Seasons Hotel Doha

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School students take part in bridge-building contest

Students from 10 Independent schools took part in a competition of designing and building bridges at the Science Challenge programme organised jointly by the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) and the Supreme Education Council (SEC). The event was held at the Student Centre of the Education City yesterday.

Speaking to Gulf Times, Abdulla al-Kamali, special programmes manager, QNRF, said that it was a pilot programme.

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Budding Young Scientists Compete in QNRF and SEC Science Challenge

Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), a centre of Qatar Foundation Research and Development (QF R&D), and the Supreme Education Council (SEC) have awarded winning students in the Science Challenge organized at the Hamad bin Khalifa University Student Center.

Aligned with the educational curriculum for middle schools in Qatar, the Science Challenge pilot programme was set up to encourage young students to construct a bridge using the science principles taught in the classroom.

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Qatar National Research Fund Awards Grants to a Record 162 Proposals at 6th Annual Forum

Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), a centre of Qatar Foundation Research and Development (QF R&D), has awarded research grants to 162 proposals across 22 institutions in Qatar during the seventh cycle of its flagship National Priorities Research Program (NPRP). The results were announced during the 6th QNRF Annual Forum held at the Qatar National Convention Centre.

Themed ‘Building on Success’, the Forum, held under the patronage of Mr. Faisal Alsuwaidi, President of QF R&D, was attended by more than 400 members of Qatar’s research community and streamed live on QNRF’s website.

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HH the Emir Patronizes Qatar University Graduation Ceremony

HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani patronized Tuesday the graduation ceremony of batch 2014 of Qatar University's male students at Qatar National Convention Center.

HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani attended the graduation ceremony along with a number of Their Excellencies Sheikhs and Ministers, faculty members and students' parents.

After a recitation of verses from the Holy Quran, HE the President of Qatar University Dr. Sheikha bint Abdullah Al-Misned gave a speech on this occasion.

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Qatar National Research Fund awards TAMUQ $31.7m in research funding

Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) National Priorities Research Programme (NPRP) has awarded Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ) Exceptional Proposal recognition at QNRF’s sixth annual Research Forum, Gulf Times has reported. The university received 38 awards out of 118 proposals submitted, a 32% success rate, totalling $31.7m in research funding. “This significant funding from the QNRF NPRP allows our faculty members and researchers to continue their relevant, real-world research for the benefit of Qatar.
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6/4/2014 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Research Outcome Seminar 3 (ROS3)

Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), a member of Qatar Foundation Research and Development (QF R&D), cordially invites you to its third QF R&D Research Outcome Seminar (ROS).

Location: Qatar National Research Fund

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Researchers share results of their Qatar National Research Fund projects

Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) hosted the third in the series of Qatar Foundation Research & Development (QF R&D) Research Outcomes Seminars (ROS), which highlighted innovative research projects in the field of Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

The ROS are a QF R&D initiative designed to provide researchers with a public platform to share the results of their QNRF-funded cutting-edge research projects.

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