Posted on June 27, 2015

Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), a member of Qatar Foundation Research and Development (QF R&D), has announced the winners of the second cycle of its Postdoctoral Research Awards (PDRA), said The Peninsula.

Among 101 peer-reviewed research proposals from research institutions, 13 grants were awarded to PhD scientists to conduct research in alignment with Qatar National Research Strategy. Of the awarded proposals, six went to Texas A&M University at Qatar, five to Qatar University and two to Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar and Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar. QNRF programmes aim to engage researchers with different levels of experience, from students to top-tier scientists. 

PDRA is one of QNRF’s capacity-building programmes to build human capital for research in Qatar. It targets outstanding early career researchers interested in pursuing research in Qatar regardless of availability of funding in their institutions. It also aims to select candidates with the highest potential and offer them competitive fellowship awards and mentoring to ensure they can achieve their highest potential. Proposals undergo scientific merit and programmatic reviews, with successful applicants awarded up to two years of financial support, which may be extended for another year.

Dr Abdulnasser Al Ansari, Deputy Executive Director, QNRF, said, “Our goal with this programme is to attract top-notch postdoctoral scholars to work in research groups in Qatar in areas considered national priorities, as outlined in Qatar National Research Strategy. “We are confident that, by supporting their efforts, we will contribute to helping Qatar develop into a hub of research excellence and ensure the state’s competitiveness in the global economy.” 

On benefits of awarded proposals, Riham Daher, Programme Manager, Capacity Building, QNRF, said, “The winning proposals look into finding solutions to pressing environmental issues in Qatar and creating innovative technology that will raise the state’s profile in global research. Through this programme we are creating research opportunities and highlighting significant potential of early-career investigators.”