Doha, 9 December 2013
Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), a member of Qatar Foundation
Research and Development, showcased its support for international research cooperation by hosting the Global Research Council (GRC) regional meeting, a two day event which concluded on Sunday.
Following a bidding process, QNRF was selected to host the GRC regional meeting by the National Science Foundation (NSF), a governing board for GRC. QNRF is a leading funding agency in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
Representatives from the local and international science and research community from 12 countries attended the productive sessions, furthering GRC's objective of advancing research and development excellence by enabling the exchange of knowledge.
In his opening address, Dr Abdul Sattar Al-Taie, Executive Director of QNRF stated, "At QNRF, we have always been inspired by the tremendous potential that research has for growth, security and prosperity. Research is defining our future. It is a tool that crafts tomorrow's progress. In Qatar, research is essential to achieving the nation's mission and transformation into a knowledge‐based economy."
"With so many distinguished representatives from the local and international research community, we have the opportunity to build worthwhile and beneficial collaborations," he added.
The event focused on two main themes - 'Funding the Future' and 'Open Access'. Eminent researchers from across the MENA region shed light on their respective country's efforts to address these themes. As a result of the QNRF hosted regional discussions, a feedback document will be updated and addressed at the GRC's third Annual Meeting which will be held in Beijing, China next year.
Dr Graham Harrison, Program Officer in the Office of International and Integrative Activities at the NSF, explained GRC's origins, mission and developments. He said, "As research becomes more global, it is essential that all parts of the world participate in the scientific enterprise and that funding agencies respond to these opportunities by working together. This Regional Meeting has provided a tremendous opportunity for the participating organisations to discuss their activities and identify areas for future cooperation."
About Qatar Foundation Research and Development (QF R&D)
Leading Qatar's vision to become an international centre for research and development excellence and innovation, (QF R&D) is home to Qatar Science & Technology Park, a world-class hub for technology innovation and commercialization, as well as the Qatar National Research Fund, a globally renowned scientific research funding organization, and prominent research institutes operating at the frontiers of science, including Qatar Biomedical Research Institute, Qatar Computing Research Institute and Qatar Energy and Environment Research Institute.
About Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF)
Driven by the aim of fostering a culture of research in Qatar, Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) was established in 2006 to advance knowledge and education by acting as a support system for researchers. It is a centre within the Research & Development establishment at Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development.
QNRF administers funding for original, competitively selected research and furthers collaborations within academia, the public, private, governmental and non-governmental sectors through effective, mutually beneficial partnerships. While QNRF actively seeks internationally recognised researchers, it is dedicated to funding research that meets the needs of Qatar. For more information, visit: www.qnrf.org
About National Science Foundation and Global Research Council
NSF is an independent federal agency created in the USA by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense..." GRC was launched in 2012 by the NSF. It is a virtual organisation comprising heads of research councils and funding agencies from around the world, which aim to promote best practices for high-quality research collaboration. The GRC's long-term objective is to foster multilateral collaborative research across the MENA region and worldwide. For more information, visit: www.globalresearchcouncil.org/
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