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PRESS RELEASE – The National Research Foundation announces the launch of six new research funding competitions for 2013

Sunday, March 07, 2013

The National Research Foundation (NRF) today announced the launch of the Cycle II of six (6) new research funding competitions in different fields to help build research capacity in the country, reward research excellence and contribute to the National Innovation System which contributes to building the Knowledge Economy. The competitions consist of six programs of research grants and prizes for 2013, where four of the competitions are open to UAE nationals.

NRF will offer grants to UAE nationals working as faculty members in the federal and the private CAA Accredited universities in the country to travel to the best research universities and centers in the world in order to increase their research capacity. NRF will also offer grants to national students enrolled in a postgraduate research program (Master’s by research or PhD studies) in an accredited higher education institution in UAE or worldwide at the time of submission. NRF also announced that it will offer prizes to outstanding young national researchers. Prizes will be awarded to nationals who have produced outstanding Doctoral or Master’s by research theses. Prizes will also be awarded for recent graduates who have produced outstanding research or capstone projects as part of their final year undergraduate studies.

In addition, NRF will offer grants to university researchers to fund the filing of patents and other grants to increase University-Industry collaboration.

Dr. Husam Sultan Al-Ulama, Director of National Research Foundation emphasized that the launch of the 2013 competitions is in line with the directions of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research. These competitions will strengthen the scientific research amongst students and will enhance the collaboration between universities and the industry in the U.A.E. and will lead to joint research projects with foreign universities on a global level to promote cooperation and exchange of expertise in various scientific fields. These research funding competitive programs include:

  • Emirati Faculty Research Mobility Award;
  • Young Emirati Postgraduate Research Students Mobility Award;
  • Young Emirati Innovators Prize;
  • Young Emirati Researchers Prize
  • The University-Industry Research Collaboration Award
  • The Patent Filing Award

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