Hundreds of scientists apply for UAE research programme to increase rainfall
ABU DHABI // More than 300 scientists and researchers from 34 nations have applied for a UAE programme to increase rainfall yields in arid and semi-arid countries.
“With 325 scientists and researchers affiliated to 151 organisations having applied to participate, this outcome demonstrates the UAE leadership’s determination to position our country as a global leader in water security innovation,” said Dr Abdullah Al Mandoos, the director of the National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology.
The UAE Research Programme for Rain Enhancement Science took 78 pre-proposals by April’s deadline.
“The submission of such a large number of applications from countries as far as Cuba in the western hemisphere to China and Japan in the Far East, and Sudan on the African continent validates the high level of international interest,” Dr Al Mandoos said. “The UAE is seeking to inspire research in a field that offers significant potential for boosting water security.”
Successful candidates will be announced on June 1 and invited to submit full proposals. Up to five projects will be selected as winners for the total grant of US$5 million to be awarded over three years.
Prize-winning projects will be announced in January.
Updated: May 12, 2015 04:00 AM