Qatar University NSPP-II Research Grant Announcement

Students working on a project.

Doha: The National Science Promotion Program Cycle II (NSPP-II) has announced the winning projects of the Fellowship. The NSPP was initially launched by the Qatar University Young Scientists Center (QU-YSC) in cooperation with the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies (VPRGS) in 2020.

The program aims to provide an excellent opportunity for young people in Qatar by involving them as researchers in grant projects and supporting them to invest their cognitive and creative skills in various research of national priority. These grants will enable high school and university students to conduct scientific research under the guidance of QU researchers and scholars.

The six winning project proposals and NSPP-II grant recipients are: Identification of a new treatment for sepsis-induced cardiac inflammation by Dr. Zaid Almaayah, College of Pharmacy; Effect of ethanolic extract of Prosopis juliflora leaves against Penicillium infections in citrus fruits by Prof. Mohammed Abu-Dieyeh, College of Arts and Sciences; Design and Development of Dynamic Vibration Damper for MDOF Building Prototype by Dr. Asan Gani Bin Abdul Muthalif, College of Engineering; Sustainable development of corrosion through integrated STEM modules by Dr. Noora Al Qahtani, Center for Advanced Materials; Generating Green Energy from Polylactic Acid Fiber Nanocomposites by Dr. Deepalekshmi Ponnamma, College of Arts and Sciences; and Exploring the Role of Air Pollution in the Development of Atherosclerotic Disorder in Human Endothelial Cells by Professor Hesham M. Korashy, College of Pharmacy.

Since the launch of NSPP-II, there have been several proposals from various colleges and research centers to QU ranging from materials science, medical, biomedical, pharmaceutical, scientific, engineering specializations, etc. All proposals received have been thoroughly reviewed based on set criteria.

The next step will be to assign Qatari high school students to each research project. Admission of school-nominated tenth or eleventh graders would be on a first-come, first-served basis. One QU undergraduate student will also participate in each winning project based on the evaluation of the entry letter submitted by the students.

Professor Noora Jabor Al Thani, Director of QU-YSC, said, “The NSP program is an excellent platform for young Qataris to experience a research environment and engage in research of national and scientific significance.

She added that the launch of this initiative is the result of the center’s long-term efforts in formulating and executing various research programs. This program has the potential to hone the scientific capabilities of the young community and should strengthen promising and innovative production with a prosperous future.

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