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QNRF Newsletter Archive


Mahmoud Talaat, Director of Operations

Mahmoud Talaat, Director of Operations

Over the past six and a half years, Mahmoud Talaat has worked his way from Support Services Manager at QNRF to Director of Operations. As this interview will attest, his growth mirrors that of the dynamic funding agency. With a deep understanding of ground-level operations, Mr. Talaat brings a unique degree of passion and insight to his position. He delights in the potential of Qatar and the talk of future programs and advancement at QNRF.

Khalid Al Subai: Searching for new worlds

Khalid Al Subai: Searching for new worlds

Dr Khalid Al Subai is the Scientific Director, Special Projects, at Qatar Environment & Energy Research Institute (QEERI). He and his team—based in Qatar, the US and the UK—are behind the discovery of the exoplanets Qatar 1 and Qatar 2. The investigators recently were recently awarded QNRF’s prestigious National Priorities Research Program-Exceptional Proposals (NPRP-EP) grant, of approximately US$ 5m, spanning five years of research. Dr. Al Subai graciously spoke to us about the field of exoplanetary research, the field of astronomy in Qatar, specifically, and what his team aims to do in the years ahead.

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

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

QNRF's fifth Annual Forum, held in May at the Qatar National Convention Center, concluded with awarding of research grants worth a total of $121 million under its flagship funding program, the National Priorities Research Program (NPRP).

QNRF awards $1.5 million to undergraduates for research in Qatar

QNRF awards $1.5 million to undergraduates for research in Qatar

QNRF recently awarded over $1.5m in grants to undergraduate researchers in the 14th cycle of funding for the Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP). The grants are part of a Program that provides recipients with ‘hands-on’ experience conducting original research under faculty mentorship. Since its inception in 2006 more than 2,200 students have taken part.

QNRF strengthens international ties for greater collaboration

QNRF strengthens international ties for greater collaboration

A senior delegation from Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) recently visited the UK and Ireland for a week of high-level engagements designed to raise awareness of the unique range of research programs and collaborative opportunities available in Qatar.

New discoveries at the nano level could aid natural gas processing and more

New discoveries at the nano level could aid natural gas processing and more

According to an estimate published in the January 1, 2011, edition of Oil and Gas Journal, Qatar sits on top of 14 percent of the world’s natural gas. But natural gas is not simply extracted from the ground and pumped into engines and tanks. Among other processes, it must first be pretreated to remove contaminants. A research team based in Qatar is developing separation systems—based on carbon arrangements at the nanoscale—to effectively filter contaminants from natural gas and other mixed streams, as well as enhance other applications.

Taking digital libraries to the next level

Taking digital libraries to the next level

When you search on Google, the results are based on search engine filters that determine what you find, how many ‘hits’ you receive and in what order they appear. In most cases, that search gives you what you need. But for academics and professionals trying to stay on the front edge of their fields, the results need to be confined according to their fields—into digital collections—so that they are rich, focused and current. With around 2.5 million academic research articles published every year, this type of filtering is in demand and is the subject of research by a Qatar-based team.

Researchers in Qatar make a strong contribution to galactic research

Researchers in Qatar make a strong contribution to galactic research

Most of us know that our solar system exists inside of a galaxy called the Milky Way. Our solar system is based around a star, a.k.a, the sun, and this star is one of an estimated 100 to 400 billion stars inside of the Milky Way. This idea alone is beyond our imagination—indeed, we are but a tiny spec in this one galaxy. And yet, in the universe, which is expanding, there are an estimated 170 billion galaxies.*

Converting Waste into a National Treasure

Converting Waste into a National Treasure

 In a matter of two decades, Doha’s skyline has gone from flat and tan to a jagged skyscraping forest of gleaming metal and concrete structures. Construction continues to boom across Qatar, yet it imports so many construction materials—also known as ‘aggregate’—that the projects are unusually expensive. A research team funded by QNRF and based in Qatar is on track to challenge the current supply practices and radically cut costs while maintaining quality and saving massive amounts of energy used to import heavy materials.

Welcome to this twelfth issue of the QNRF Newsletter.

Welcome to this twelfth issue of the QNRF Newsletter.

It’s been an exciting past few months with the holding of the successful 5th QNRF Annual Forum, where we announced the results of the sixth cycle of our flagship National Priorities Research Program. Of all of the proposals submitted, 20 percent were awarded. Since our criteria are strict, filtering for the highest quality and most original proposals that align with the Qatar National Research Strategy (QNRS). We are thrilled at the continued high quality research taking place across Qatar.