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NRF Research Funding
programs


Dr Ahmed Alosi

Research Program Manager

13 December , 2012

About NRF

Established on Friday, March 7
th
, 2008 by his Excellency Sheikh
Nahyan

Mabarak

Al
Nahayan
, Minister of Higher Education &
Scientific Research

Vision


To support world
-
class research activities and create an
internationally competitive research environment and national
innovation system in the United Arab Emirates

Mission


To build an internationally competitive research capacity for the
economic and social development of the United Arab Emirates




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Main Objectives

NRF was created to undertake the following Functions


Raise awareness in the country of the important role that
R&D plays in helping to build a competitive knowledge
economy.


Promote and expand R&D in the country


Universities and colleges, Industry, & Government


University/Industry Collaboration


Provide funding for research projects on a competitive basis.

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Key Stakeholders

3 Federal Institutions


UAEU


Zayed University


HCT

CAA Accredited Institutions


73 heterogeneous “Private” universities & colleges

4

Current/Past
Competitions

NRF


Research Excellence Centers (REC)


Research and Scholarship Awards (RSA)

UAEU Research Grant Program
2011


Implementation (Submissions & Review) prepared using NRF’s
Microedge

System


Sourcing the reviewers from NRF’s pool of international experts.


Pre/Post evaluated of pre
-
proposal and full proposals.


Final Recommendations

5

What have we done so Far?

Competitions

2008 / 2009

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Number of
applications

RSA
2009
REC
2008
Programs

Number of
applications

Winners

Amount
Awarded

RSA

2009 (
CAA
)

758

19

200,000
AED

REC

2008 (Federal
institutions)

18

4

vary

RSA

2009
Domain Summary

1.2 Computer and information sciences
1.4 Chemical sciences
1.5 Earth and related Environmental
sciences
1.6 Biological sciences (Medical,
Agricultural)
2.1 Civil engineering
2.5 Materials engineering
2.7 Environmental engineering
4.4 Agricultural biotechnology
5.1 Psychology
Research and Scholar Award (RSA)

Novel approaches toward the discovery of drugs for the treatment of Diabetes, Obesity
and Cancer
, Dr.
Taleb

Al
-
Tel

Development of functional
nanocomposite

materials to harvest fresh water from humid
atmosphere,
Dr.
Raed

Hashaikeh
,
Product development.

Development of a Satellite
-
Based Tool to Forecast and Monitor Fog Events in UAE Coastal
Cities Using,
Dr Hosni
Ghedira

Understanding family businesses in UAE through an evolutionary perspective
,

Dr. Virginia
Bodolica

The Emirates Internet Project
, Dr. ILHEM ALLAGUI

EXPLOITING TREEBANK RESOURCES FOR EXTENDING A RULE
-
BASED ARABIC PARSER COVERAGE,

Dr. Khaled
Shaalan

Theoretical and technological innovation in the identification and exploration of
Depression,
Dr. Justin Thomas

Governance of Temporary Labor Migration: A Case Study of the UAE, HABIBUL KHONDKER.

The UAE Family Under Global Transformation, Dr. Rima Sabban.

Sustainable management of the indigenous
Ghaf

tree: understanding population
composition, reproduction,
Dr. David
Gallacher


Research Visit
-
RSA

University of Sharjah

Masdar

Institute

American University of Sharjah

Zayed

University

Completed Competitions

10

EFRMA 2011
YEPRSMA 2011
YERP 2011
YEIP 2011
PFA 2011
UIRCA 2011
Programs

Winners

Emirati Faculty Research Mobility Award (EFRMA)

5

Young Emirati Postgraduate Research Students Mobility
Award (YEPRSMA)

1

Young Emirati Researchers Prize (YERP)

13

Young Emirati Innovators Prize (YEIP )

3


Patent Filing Award
(PFA)

3


University Industrial Collaboration Award (UIRCA)

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UIRCA Domain
Summary

1.2 Computer and Information
Sciences
1.4 Chemical Sciences
1.5 Earth and related
Environmental Sciences
1.6 Biological Sciences (Medical,
Agricultural)
2.2 Electrical engineering,
Electronic engineering,
Information engineering
UIRCA Funded Projects

Identification of Genetic and Environmental Risk Factors Associated with Diabetes (Type
2
) Induced Cardiovascular Disease in the UAE Arab Population, Dr.
Habiba

Alsafar

Design and Implementation of a Grading System for Assessing Posterior Capsule
Opacifiaction

using Medical Digital
Images,Dr
.
Naoufel

Werghi

An Integrated Approach to Enhance National Strategic Groundwater Reserves via
Managed Aquifer Recharge of Recycled Water, Dr. Mohamed
Mostafa

Mohamed

Nano Lab on a Chip for Virus Detection, Dr. Mahmoud Al Ahmad

Glycomic

Screen for Novel Molecular Therapeutic Targets: Insights into
Saffron's

Protection against Liver Cancer, Dr.
Amr

A. Amin

Introducing
safranal
-
based nanoparticles as a novel biodegradable anti
-
cancer drug using
supercritical fluid
technology,Dr
. Ali Al
-
Marzouqi

A Wireless Charging Infrastructure for Future Electric Cars in the UAE, Dr. Mohamed K.
Watfa


Effective User Participation for Information Systems Assimilation: A Multi
-
level Approach,
Dr. Kathy
Ning

Shen


Ozone Observations and their Analysis with Circulation
Models,Dr
. Tariq
Majeed
,


Machinability Analysis of Difficult to cut
MaterialsDr
. Ibrahim Deiab,

Assessment of Forage Productivity and Carrying Capacity of Dubai Deserts rangelands:
Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve as a case study, Dr. Ali El
-
Keblawy

Hot Topics
-
Studies

Competitiveness of the UAE


Dr. Jay
Squalli
-

AUS and ZU


An Insight into the Aspirations of Young Emirates

Dr Nasr
Arif
-

ZU

Justice System experiences of young Emiratis,

Dr. Robert Villa
-
UAEU


Labor Market Behavior and Characteristics of Emirati Unemployed
-

With Special Emphasis on Young Unemployed

Dr. Mouawiya Al
Awad
-

ZU

Educational aspirations and expectations of Emirati secondary school students
Dr. Kenneth Carr ZU

An Analysis of Health Status of the UAE

Professor Tar
-
Ching

Aw
-

UAEU

Social Networks and National Pride

Dr. Simon Jones
-

HCT


Grants Managements
-
Outline

International Best Practice

Competitions Process

Electronic Management System

Current/Past Competitions

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International Best Practice

Competitive bases Awards and Grants

Call documents are tailored and
designed with clear guidelines

International experts
(Reviewers/Panelists)

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Process

Proposal Submission


Two+ stage submissions (Pre
-
proposal, Full proposal)


Internal pre
-
evaluation


Hard Deadlines


Advantage of 2 stage is to
outsource the right reviewer


Feedback is provided at every
stage


Frascati Domains Classification

Review


International Experts


USA, Canada, Australia and
Europe.


These experts are all researchers
of international standing,
experienced in grant proposal
evaluation


Panel Reviewers


Postal Reviewers (min 2 per
proposal)

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Competition’s Lifecycle

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Call is
issued

EOI/Pre
-
Proposal/
Full
Proposal
received
through
online
portal

Proposals
evaluated
by
Panel/Ext
ernal
Reviewer
s through
online
portal

Winners
Selected
and
informed

Award &
Contract
is issued

Award is
followed
with
Progress
Report
(till
award is
closed)

Electronic Management System

MicroEdge

Grant Management software


All submissions & reviews are received through an online
portal and managed and stored in a central database


Off shelf product that NRF uses in managing its proposal life
cycle.


Microedge

services to foundations, corporations, government
agencies, donors, advisors and financial institutions.


The company is based in New York, with regional offices in
United Kingdom and in Australia.

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What have we done so Far?

Consultancy Services


Grant Management for UAEU (
138
proposals Cycle II)
-
2011


Grant Management For UAEU (
144
proposals Cycle III)
2012

Workshops



NRF Public Awareness Workshops


Technology Transfer Workshops


IP Protection and IP Law (IBM )


Science, Technology and Innovation
---

Imperatives for Socio
-
economic Development (Dr. Atta
-
ur
-
Rahman
)



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UAEU
-
NRF Grants cycle III
-
2012

26

34

28

13

18

7

1. Natural Sciences
2. Engineering and
Technology
3. Medical and Health
Sciences
4. Agricultural Sciences
5. Social Sciences
6. Humanities
Proposals
144

Researchers
310


Reviewers
350


Time
6
weeks

What is Next?

NRF will continue to


Build an internationally competitive National Innovation
System


Promote Intellectual Property (IP)


Build R&D Capacities


Explore new local and international channels for research
collaboration


Build a Hub of R&D Resources and Knowledge for the UAE

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