In its 15 years of operation, the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) has nurtured a thriving culture of scientific research and built the much-needed next generation of scientists and engineers to advance knowledge and education in Qatar, QNRF executive director, Dr Abdul Sattar al-Taie noted during a public lecture at Texas A&M University at Qatar (Tamuq).
Tamuq, a Qatar Foundation partner, hosted the talk as part of its Al Maerifa Public Seminar Series, designed to share expertise and knowledge with the local community in Qatar. Al-Taie said that by supporting original and competitive research in all fields of science through QNRF’s diverse portfolio of funding programmes and initiatives, the agency has played a pivotal role in advancing Qatar’s progress toward its national vision and sustainability goals.
He shed light on QNRF’s journey and growth to become the leading research funding agency in the region. He also shared how QNRF has helped the scientific research community in Qatar forge fruitful partnerships both locally and internationally to raise Qatar’s profile as a leading international research hub.
Al-Taie concluded by highlighting some landmark achievements and key societal, technological and economic impact made possible through QNRF, as well as several outstanding projects awarded to key investigators coming from academic, government and private sectors covering diverse and wide-ranging research.
“The research QNRF has supported through its rich and diverse portfolio of competitive programmes over the past 15 years has not only contributed towards fostering of a thriving research culture in Qatar but has also made a profound impact in the national, regional and international research and development community,’’ al-Taie said.
The Al Maerifa virtual seminar series features 45-minute seminars to promote knowledge on topics centred around Qatar’s grand challenges and research pursuits. The talks are presented in English and are designed for a general, non-technical audience. Participants are invited to ask questions at the end of the presentation.
Dr Cesar Octavio Malave, dean Tamuq added, “QNRF has long been a friend and partner to Texas A&M at Qatar and we are pleased to celebrate its achievements. With the support of QNRF, our faculty and researchers are creating new knowledge and innovating solutions to real-world challenges in Qatar and around the world. Thanks to QNRF, we truly are engineering leaders in Qatar.”