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Junior scientists research funding launched in Qatar

$300,000 grants to be awarded to winning research projects

Gulf News

Manama: Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) has announced the launch of the fourth cycle of its Junior Scientists Research Experience Programme (JSREP).

Under the competitive funding programme for junior scientists, researchers, aged 40 or under, are invited to submit a Letter of Intent for their proposed projects before December 17. The deadline for proposal submissions is December 31.

A major aim for JSREP is to build human capital in Qatar by supporting junior Qatari and non-Qatari scientists to initiate or lead their own research.

Two research cycles are funded each year by JSREP, with grants of up to $100,000 per project and per year awarded for up to three years.

QNRF, a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, has recently awarded nine grants to local academic and research institutions as part of the third cycle of JSREP.

In the cycle, 32 proposals were submitted, covering a broad range of topics aligned with the Qatar National Research Strategy. The number of Qatari researchers who took part was the highest recorded by JSREP.

“Since its launch in 2010, there has been no looking back for JSREP,” Dr Abdul Sattar Al Taie, QNRF Executive Director, said. “The increased number of participants in this programme is significant proof of its success as well as the success of our vision to help build Qatar’s research capacity to address the country’s greatest needs and challenges.”

QNRF funds original, competitively selected research that addresses the national priority needs of Qatar. By encouraging collaborative research on an international basis, it has become instrumental in managing funded research projects and facilitating knowledge transfer in Qatar, QNRF said.