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Thematic Research Grant Program - 1st Cycle 2021

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Overview

Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s (HBKU) Thematic Research Grant Program is funded by the Office of HBKU’s Vice President for Research and led by the Senior Planning and Research Director. The program is designed to focus on supporting HBKU researchers to tackle pressing scientific challenges in alignment with the university’s priority research areas. The program promotes an environment of collaboration and partnership amongst researchers across HBKU colleges and research institutes by sharing ideas and leveraging existing resources. 


Program Description and Objectives

The program is fast-tracked and managed through the HBKU Research Office by utilizing the Sponsored Research Office (SRO) project management system. The applicants have up to 24 months to complete their projects through a GO/NO GO milestone-based approach, designed to ensure compliance and outcomes. 

Through such a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach, the program strives to further HBKU’s strategic vision by actively contributing towards its research priorities which are aligned with the country’s national priorities and challenges. Through support and guidance, the program seeks to address the needs of researchers across all disciplines.

Objectives

  1. The Thematic Research Grant Program provides funding to HBKU researchers in support of cutting-edge translational research in HBKU research priority areas
  2. The program intends to stimulate research collaboration through multidisciplinary and cross-entity research projects to tackle key scientific and technological challenges 
  3. The program requires a minimum participation of two HBKU entities from the colleges and research institutes
  4. A call for proposals is performed on an annual basis

Benefits of HBKU Thematic Research Grant Program

  1. Fostering cross-collaboration amongst research entities within HBKU
  2. Helping to leverage expertise and resources to optimize research impact
  3. Providing additional opportunities with HBKU to capture research ideas with high impact and to support them to generate outcomes
  4. Establishing a pool of focused and critical research projects led by teams across multiple disciplines and functions to further enrich HBKU’s innovation ecosystem

Program-Focused Areas and Desired Outcomes

Focuses on supporting collaborative and multidisciplinary research projects that concentrate on solving specific scientific or social problems that target research challenges in alignment with HBKU Thematic Research Focus Areas:

  • Precision Medicine
  • Artificial Intelligence                                                           
  • Disruptive Education                              
  • Sustainability                                           
  • Social Progress       

Expected outcome includes but is not limited to:

  • Solution Feasibility Assessment                         
  • Policy Development
  • Solution Design and Implementation
  • Intellectual Property
     

Awardees of Thematic Research Grant Program (1st Cycle 2021)

Awardees for the first cycle are: 

Awardee Project Title Other Principal Investigators Area of Research
Awardee: Dr. Hicham Hamoudi,
senior scientist,
QEERI

 

Project Title: 3D Printing Based on Self-Assembled Molecular Building Blocks for Materials Design and Bio-Applications

 

Dr. G. Berdiyorov
QEERI 

Dr. Bo Wang
CSE

Maxime Clement
CSE

Sustainability

Awardee: Dr. Fadwa El Mellouhi,
senior scientist,
QEERI

 

Project Title: An Artificial Intelligence Platform for Accelerating Materials Discovery (AIPAM)

 

Professor Samir Ibrahim Belhaouari
CSE

Artificial Intelligence
/Sustainability

Awardee: Dr. Sophie Richter-Devroe,
associate professor,
CHSS

 

Project Title: Forced Migration, Digital Technology, and Health

 

Dr. Ingmar G. Weber
QCRI

Dr. George Mikros
CHSS

Sustainability
/Social Progress

Awardee: Dr. Jens Schneider,
assistant professor,
CSE

 

Project Title: A multimedial Education Tool for Qatar’s History

 

Dr. Younss Ait-Mou
CSE

Dr. Dena Al-Thani
CSE

Dr. Marco Agus
CSE

Dr. Wajdi Zaghouani
CHSS

Dr. Georgios Mikros
CHSS

Dr. Marc Owen Jones
CHSS

Disruptive Education

Awardee: Dr. Roberto Di Pietro,
professor,
CSE

 

Project Title: Blending AI and Regulation for Lawful Anonymous WEB Navigation

 

Dr. Georgios Dimitropoulos
College of Law

Artificial Intelligence
/Cybersecurity

Awardee: Dr. Julie Decock,
scientist, QBRI

 

Project Title: Validation of LDHC as a Novel Target for Precision Medicine in Breast Cancer

 

Dr. Omar Khan
CHLS

Precision Medicine

Awardee: Dr. Bo Wang,
assistant professor,
CSE

 

Project Title: A Miniaturized High-Dynamic-Range Bioluminescence and Fluorescence Biosensing System for Biomedical Applications

 

Dr. Kabir H. Biswas
CHLS

Precision Medicine

Awardee: Dr. Barry Solaiman,
assistant professor,
College of Law

 

Project Title: Artificial Intelligence for Precision Medicine & Health Technologies: Developing a Regulatory Framework for Qatar and the Middle East

 

Dr. Said Ismail
CHLS

Dr. Mohammed Ghaly
CIS

Dr. Mowafa Househ
CSE

Dr. Borbala Mifsud
CHLS

Dr. Paul Thornalley
QBRI

Precision Medicine
/Artificial Intelligence

Awardee: Dr. Borbala Mifsud,
assistant professor,
CHLS
Project Title: Regulatory Interactions of Autism-Associated Neural Enhancers Implicate Novel Genes in Autism Etiology

 

Dr. Lawrence Stanton
QBRI

Dr. Mohammed Farhan
CHLS

Precision Medicine