Posted on February 26, 2015

Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), a member of Qatar Foundation Research and Development (QF R&D), has launched the fifth annual cycle of its Secondary School Research Experience Program (SSREP).

A collaboration between QNRF and the Supreme Education Council (SEC), SSREP aims to nurture a scientific research culture among Qatar’s youth. To date more than 1,000 secondary school pupils have benefited from the SSREP, inspired to undertake research relevant to their academic curriculum under the guidance of their teachers. QNRF is calling for registrations for the latest cycle with a deadline of Sunday 8th March.

By investing in cutting edge-research, QNRF is enhancing a culture that supports Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development on its mission to build Qatar’s innovation and technology capacity, and help the nation develop into a hub of research excellence through Qatar Foundation’s science and research pillar, QF R&D. Qatar Foundation supports the country’s science and research mission as part of the Qatar National Vision 2030, placing great emphasis on students from an early age to help prepare them to become the next generation of scientists in fields of priority for the nation.

“Through SSREP, Qatar National Research Fund aims to support a new generation of home grown researchers, by allowing them to acquaint themselves with the various types of research and methodologies,” said Dr. Abdul Sattar Al-Taie, Executive Director of QNRF. “By investing in youth, through such a programme, Qatar National Research Fund is enabling the country’s future leaders to equip themselves with the tools that will help them steer Qatar on its journey towards a knowledge-based economy.”

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SSREP seeks to identify, attract, and nurture budding researchers in Qatar’s independent and private secondary schools, to support the development of their research skills and critical thinking. During the last SSREP cycle, 93 students - 43 of whom are Qatari - representing 18 local schools, were recognised for their outstanding contributions to 51 research projects on a variety of topics, including, health, social sciences, environment, and information and communication technologies.

The winning research projects were acknowledged for achieving a review score of 80 per cent or above, based on their quality, originality, merit and relevance to specific standards developed by QNRF and SEC. Additionally, a selection of students already awarded under SSREP were recently hosted at Texas A&M University Qatar (TAMU-Q) and met with the university’s research faculty to learn about higher education and career path opportunities.

The deadline for registration and submission of the Letter of Intent (LOI) under the fifth SSREP cycle is Sunday 8th March at 23.59 Doha time. For more information about the SSREP, and other programmes offered by QNRF, please log onto www.qnrf.org or email ssrep@qnrf.org

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