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QNRF Newsletter Archive


Ms. Riham Daher, Senior Award Administration Officer

Ms. Riham Daher, Senior Award Administration Officer

Born and raised in Qatar, and with a US education in molecular biology, Ms. Riham Daher has worked at QNRF for nearly five years. She says she is proud to work for the first funding mechanism of its kind in the region and that it's the unique Programs of QNRF that make it a vital research connection point, worldwide.

Dr. Somaya Al-Ma'adeed, at the forefront of Arabic writer identification

Dr. Somaya Al-Ma'adeed, at the forefront of Arabic writer identification

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.

Qatar University students' project wins UREP competition

Qatar University students' project wins UREP competition

Parents, students and QNRF staff recently gathered to honor the winners of the fourth Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP) competition, which was held this year under the auspices of Mr. Faisal Alsuwaidi, President, Research and Development, Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development.

QNRF modifies and launches the third cycle of its young scientists research experience program

QNRF modifies and launches the third cycle of its young scientists research experience program

The Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) has launched the third cycle of its Young Scientists Research Experience Program (YSREP), which from this cycle on will be called the Junior Scientists Research Experience Program (JSREP). The program provides support in all areas of science to young Qatari and expatriate scientists below 40 years of age. Candidates applying for funding under this program must hold a doctorate (PhD or MD) or terminal academic research degree.

QNRF-QSTP Joint IP Management Project nears end

QNRF-QSTP Joint IP Management Project nears end

Thirty QNRF-supported research projects were recently screened by intellectual property (IP) specialists, who assessed their potential impact on human, economic, environmental and social development in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030. The QNRF-QSTP Joint IP Management Project focuses on research projects funded by QNRF's flagship funding vehicle, the National Priorities Research Program (NPRP).

QNRF announces first NPRP-EP award recipients

QNRF announces first NPRP-EP award recipients

QNRF's National Priorities Research Program-Exceptional Program (NPRP-EP) has reached a critical stage with the announcement of its first award. Of six proposals so far reviewed, one has been chosen to receive US$4.5 million over a five-year period.

Fourth QNRF Annual Forum highlights NPRP results and program advances

Fourth QNRF Annual Forum highlights NPRP results and program advances

Researchers, administrators and executives gathered recently at the Qatar National Convention Centre for the fourth QNRF Annual Forum, under the patronage of Mr. Faisal Alsuwaidi, President of Research and Development at the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development (QF).

Study in Qatar addresses low breast cancer screening rate

Study in Qatar addresses low breast cancer screening rate

Breast cancer is the top cancer among women worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. The disease is rooted in a complex mix of genetics, increased life expectancy and lifestyle choices as well as environmental factors. In fact, it’s so hard to pinpoint what exactly predisposes someone to breast cancer that preventing it is not as much of a focus on early detection, which is the cornerstone of breast cancer control strategies due to its positive impact on prognosis and survival rates.

Qatar-based project advances research into alloy steel pipeline corrosion

Qatar-based project advances research into alloy steel pipeline corrosion

Steel alloy pipeline is the mode of transport for natural gas and its byproducts. To prevent the escape of hazardous materials and costly maintenance shutdowns, these massive tubes must be airtight and durable. They must also be supple enough for welding and molding. These two demands are hard to meet without breakdowns in the system.

Qatar-based research could revolutionize fetal and newborn healthcare

Qatar-based research could revolutionize fetal and newborn healthcare

An expert in signal analysis, Professor Boualem Boashash, of Qatar University’s College of Engineering, worked for the US and Australian military for years. But over time, he decided he’d rather apply his skills to a different sector of society. “In terms of my personal history, if you want to move from work that is with the military, it’s best to move to work that is for the health of infants, the most innocent, Dr. Boashash said. “So in 1992 I had a meeting with a colleague in Australia, and we looked at potential collaborations. We brainstormed, and since then we made a lot of progress.”

Researchers discover a remarkably easy way to make filters at the nano scale

Researchers discover a remarkably easy way to make filters at the nano scale

 From your average spaghetti strainer to the screen on your windows, filters are a part of our every-day life. In their simplest form, they keep debris out of air and water. Yet as filter technology advances, so does the level of precision around what we can keep out.

Welcome to this ninth issue of the QNRF Newsletter, a comprehensive look at exciting advances throughout our funding programs as well as the research findings they’ve supported. In this issue, we are

Welcome to this ninth issue of the QNRF Newsletter, a comprehensive look at exciting advances throughout our funding programs as well as the research findings they’ve supported. In this issue, we are

As an evolving agency designing all of its activities according to world-class standards, QNRF, in collaboration with QSTP, has recently taken major steps within the realm of intellectual property management across all applicable QNRF-funded research projects. Among news highlighted in this latest issue, you will find exciting developments in funding programs and events, including new Research Office of the Year and Research Team of the Year merit awards; the Fourth Undergraduate Research Experience Program competition results; National Priorities Research Program 5th cycle results, and QNRF’s Fourth Annual Forum. Additionally, we have modified our Young Scientists Research Experience Program (now termed the Junior Scientists Research Experience Program), to include a wider range of researchers at critical stages in their careers.