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The National Research Foundation announces the launch of four new research funding competitions to help build research capacity in the country.

October 25th, 2011

The National Research Foundation (NRF) today announced the launch of six (6) new research funding competitions to help build research capacity in the country, reward research excellence and contribute to the National Innovation System.

NRF was set up in March 2008 by His Excellency Sheikh N ahayan Mabarak AI N ahayan, Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research, in order to advance the UAE national research agenda by awarding grants for research on a competitive basis in those fields of endeavor that will improve the quality of life of the citizens of UAE or contribute to the advancement of the UAE as a knowledge-based society.

Dr Husam Sultan Al-Ulama, NRF Director, said: "For UAE to become a knowledge based society, we must help build research capacity amongst young national researchers". NRF will offer grants to 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.

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 Al-Ulama said: "All knowledge based economies have extensive university-industry collaboration in the creation of Intellectual Property (IP). To help turn this IP into commercial products, we need to help overcome the high cost of patent filing". His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan gave a keynote address at the "Intellectual Property Role in Economic Development" conference at The Centre of Excellence for Applied Research and Training (CERT) Technology Park -Abu Dhabi on Wednesday 12 October 2011 in which he announced that NRF will launch new research funding competitions to help build the national research capacity in the country.

NRF also announced that it will offer prizes to outstanding young national researchers. Dr Husam Al-Ulama said: "It is very important to recognize excellence and help motivate the next generation of national researchers. These prizes will reward young researchers for their excellent work to date". 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. Details of the competitions may be found here

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