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QNRF Newsletter Archive


Mrs. Noor Al-Merekhi, NPRP Program Manager

Mrs. Noor Al-Merekhi, NPRP Program Manager

Born and raised in Qatar, Noor Al-Merekhi has been working with QNRF since the inception of its National Priorities Research Program (NPRP). As its manager, she says one of the strengths of the Program and QNRF at large is the application of lessons learned.

QNRF's JSREP increasingly competitive in its third year

QNRF's JSREP increasingly competitive in its third year

QNRF recently announced the results of the third cycle of its Junior Scientists Research Experience Program (JSREP). This year, grants worth a total of $1.78 million have been awarded to nine winning projects from four academic and research institutions. Four of the research grants were awarded to Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, and two each to Qatar University and Texas A&M University at Qatar. ASPETAR—Qatar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital—received the final JSREP grant, the first of its kind to receive QNRF funding, for research in the field of sport and fitness sciences. The project will study the regulation of prolonged self-paced exercise in hot-climatic conditions.

Sixth cycle of QNRF's NPRP up and running

Sixth cycle of QNRF's NPRP up and running

Over the past five cycles, QNRF's flagship National Priorities Research Program (NPRP) has attracted some of the world's most renowned scientists and funded 567 original and competitively selected research projects. Twenty-nine Qatari research institutions have collaborated on the research projects with 323 international institutions from 48 countries across the globe, helping to advance scientific innovation nationally and strengthen Qatar's position within the global academic community.

Georgetown School of Foreign Service in Qatar publishes Research News

Georgetown School of Foreign Service in Qatar publishes Research News

QNRF is pleased to acknowledge the publication of "Research News" by Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar (SFS-Qatar). Developed in order inform the communities at SFS-Qatar, Education City, in Doha, and at Georgetown's main campus about the scope and diversity of research undertaken by faculty and research staff in Doha, SFS-Qatar Research News will be a comprehensive look at research updates, to be released once every semester.

Qatar's budding researchers receive continued support

Qatar's budding researchers receive continued support

Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) recently concluded the most recent cycle of its Secondary School Research Experience Program (SSREP) in an awards ceremony recognizing 89 outstanding student researchers. The students were awarded for their projects, which covered a wide range of research topics and achieved an average score of 80% or above. The Supreme Council of Education (SCE) collaborated with QNRF to ensure the quality and relevance of the students' research.

New PR strategy to enhance communication and web visibility

New PR strategy to enhance communication and web visibility

QNRF is delighted to announce that it has now developed and put in place a strategic public relations framework to handle its increasingly high visibility in the research community, both domestically and internationally. The plan involves a phased strategy to incorporate all mediums in a coordinated approach to communication related to building a research culture in Qatar while taking into account QNRF's varied target audiences.

Dr. Thomas Zacharia on Qatar's research success and trajectory

Dr. Thomas Zacharia on Qatar's research success and trajectory

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.

Research in Qatar could add to the arsenal in the war on cancer

Research in Qatar could add to the arsenal in the war on cancer

 By working through unexpected findings, researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) have moved closer to understanding a process that could contribute to more intelligent cancer therapies. The college’s Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Physiology and Biophysics, Dr. Khaled Machaca, is principal investigator on a project involving zinc and its role in cancerous cell division. While at first, the team suspected zinc to have an influence on a widely known cancer target, they were soon lead to a more profound effect of the mineral’s changed levels.

Making Qatar cloud-savvy

Making Qatar cloud-savvy

By now, you have heard of the term ‘cloud computing.’ In fact, you’re probably using a cloud service every day without even realizing it—web mail platforms like G-mail and Yahoo fall completely within the cloud-computing genre, as does social media. We’re gradually trusting clouds more and more to store, compartmentalize and manage our social and professional lives. Meanwhile, the technology grows invisibly larger, absorbing our data and expanding toward a critical mass that researchers say is already flipping the concepts of hardware, software and data on their heads.

Designing an all-terrain rechargeable battery

Designing an all-terrain rechargeable battery

The tools used in oil and gas exploration pummel through a myriad of harsh conditions to get data for underground mapping. However, pressure, 150°C+ heat and the vibration during drilling challenge the process. To start with, the downhole conditions are among the most unsuitable for power supplies, be they cords or batteries. Researchers in Qatar are looking at a way to improve the power source for drilling equipment, which could greatly enhance its performance and capabilities over time.

Researchers build the case for wind and wave studies in Qatar

Researchers build the case for wind and wave studies in Qatar

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.

Welcome to this tenth issue of the QNRF Newsletter.

Welcome to this tenth issue of the QNRF Newsletter.

One of QNRF’s greatest strengths is that we have listened and responded to your needs, and we continue to work closely with you to understand them as they change. We have built our own internal banks of knowledge and expertise, and that strategy has worked well, giving QNRF more opportunities to offer diverse programs of funding and support. This evolution is key in QNRF’s history and demonstrates that the focus on doing what’s right for the research community and delivering what they want, when they need it, is still at the very heart of QNRF’s decision-making. Six years on and QNRF is still listening and delivering what you want and moving closer to fulfilling our vision of creating knowledge-based society, fostering innovation and inspiring future generations as we go.