x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

UAE research foundation receive 52 per cent more proposals than previous year

The foundation closed applications on May 28 and 96 proposals were received, the National Research Foundation announces.

DUBAI // The National Research Foundation announced today an increase in scientific research proposals received.

The foundation closed the window for applications on May 28, receiving 96 research proposals - 52 per cent increase over last year.

The first phase results of competitive research grant programmes for 2013 were also revealed.

The competition was inaugurated on March 7 with six research grant programmes: four for Emiratis and two open to others.

The objective is to strengthen the research potential of citizens to actively participate in building a competitive knowledge economy.

"We saw that the majority of the proposals we received were from faculty members with a Phd," said Dr Ahmed Al Alosi, the foundation's research programme manager. "It's very important because it should strengthen the partnership and collaboration between universities and the industry."

The programmes are based on competitiveness to ensure research quality, the merit of scientific researchers and the best international practices and standards in the process of evaluating proposals received.

The competition also aims to support scientific research, technological development and innovation. It encourages students and researchers to participate in research and research building capacity in the country while awarding research excellence and contributing to the building of a national innovation system.

"We're very happy to see such an increase in scientific research proposals," said Dr Husam Sultan Al Olama, the foundation's chairman. "This is because more Emiratis are engaged and applying to this competition."