Qatar University's internal research grants unveiled
(MENAFN- The Peninsula) The Peninsula
The Office of the Vice -President for Research and Graduate Studies at Qatar University (QU) recently hosted an event to unveil QU's new internal research grants.
The event provided researchers and students with the opportunity to meet QU pre-award team and get acquainted with the organisation's various internal funding opportunities.
QU VP for Research and Graduate Studies Prof Mariam Al-Maadeed outlined the guiding principles of the new internal research grants. She noted that the new grants align with QU's research challenges and support the national research priorities, while encouraging interdisciplinary research that engages multiple academic units such as colleges and research centers with complementary backgrounds. Prof Mariam Al-Maadeed highlighted the National Research Capacity Building program, which will offer a grant to support Qatari faculty develop their research profile.
Director of Research Support Office Dr Aiman Erbad noted that there are five types of internal grants available at QU -- Seed Grant, Student Grant, Collaborative High Impact Grant, Concept Development Grant, and National Research Capacity Building Grant -- depending on who is applying and the reason for the funding. Dr Aiman Erbad noted that the addressed research problems should align with the national research priorities and needs in order to ensure impact. 'Industry will be involved in setting the priorities and as partners in the research activities. The grants will be performance-driven with clear outcomes in sight. QU developed its internal grant to accelerate innovation and enable researchers to take their ideas to the next step and develop concepts that have commercial potential.
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