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1. Qatar Research Institutes. Creation of Qatar Research Institutes. The Qatar Research Institutes will be established in partnership with different national stakeholders to form a network of centers to address the national needs of the state of Qatar.

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1. Qatar Research Institutes


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Creation of Qatar Research Institutes

  • The Qatar Research Institutes will be established in partnership with different national stakeholders to form a network of centers to address the national needs of the state of Qatar.

  • Recognising the importance of building national capacity in Science and research, three Research Institutes will be created as follows:

  • Qatar Biomedical Research Institute

  • Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute

  • Qatar Computing Research Institute

  • To develop local scientists that will lead Qatar Research institutes, several capacity building programs have set up including Qatar Science Leadership Program which fosters promising Qatari science graduates to become future research leaders by arranging internships and higher degrees.


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2. Qatar Biomedical Research Institute


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Qatar Biomedical Research Institute

Goal:

The goal of Qatar Biomedical Research Institute is to deliver personalised medicine that can mitigate or eliminate diseases of high prevalence in Qatar and the region such as birth defects, genetic disorders, diabetes and cancer.

Focus:

Qatar Biomedical Research Institute focus on programs of bioscience, engineering and technology research that will lead to new biomarker development, drug discovery and therapeutics vaccines. The implementation of these programs are coordinated with Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, SIDRA Medical and Research center, Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar University, Shaffalah Genetics Center and other partnering centers.


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Qatar Biomedical Research Programs

  • Genetics and Genomics of Diabetes

  • Cancer Drug Development

  • Biomarkers for cancer

  • Protein structure of disease

  • Medicinal chemistry, chemical biology

  • Stem Cell

  • Clinical Research Network

  • Qatar Biobank

  • Imaging

  • Biotechnology Enabling Platform Research

  • Cardiovascular Program

  • Infectious Diseases

  • All new research programs will be coordinated with existing research programs within branch campuses and/or QSTP and will be established as a network with other Qatari research centers and programs.


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Qatar Biomedical Research Launch Programs

Program for Diabetes Research

Program for Cancer Research

Supporting Core Sciences and Technologies

Genomics / Proteomics

Genetics

Structural Biology } Drug Discovery

- Stem Cells

- Biobank *

- Clinical Network / Facilities

- Cyclotron Research Facility

* Although the Biobank is put under a separate budget but it is part of the research network for Qatar Biomedical Research Institute.

Year One – Two Launch Programs:

Biomarkers

  • All new research programs will be coordinated with existing research programs within branch campuses and/or QSTP and will be established as a network with other Qatari research centers and programs.


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3. Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute


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Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute

Goal:

The goal of Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute is to ensure the sustainable development of the State of Qatar through providing a diversity of sources in terms of access to energy while protecting the environment of Qatar by supplying cleaner and safer energy consistently.

Focus:

The Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute will explore promising science and research topics in environmental and energy areas will be nanomaterials, fuel cells, reservoir modelling, chemical separation technologies and large storage for energy.


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Qatar Environment and Energy Research Programs

  • Renewable Energy Research

  • Built Environment Research

  • Nanotechnology and Nanoscience Research

  • Materials Science Research

  • Air Quality and Climate Change Research

  • Water Desalination Research

  • All new research programs will be coordinated with existing research programs within branch campuses and/or QSTP and will be established as a network with other Qatari research centers and programs.


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Qatar Environment and Energy ResearchLaunch Programs

Year One-Two Launch Programs:

Sustainability Research

Common Enabling Technologies Research

Supporting Core Sciences and Technologies Platforms:

Nanotechnology

Materials Science

Built Environment

Water Desalination

  • All new research programs will be coordinated with existing research programs within branch campuses and/or QSTP and will be established as a network with other Qatari research centers and programs.


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4. Qatar Computing Research Institute


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Qatar Computing Research Institute

Goal:

The goal of Qatar Computing Research Institute is to transform the State of Qatar into a modern digital society by enriching the lives of every individual and delivering the promise of a connected knowledge-based environment.

Focus:

The Qatar Computing Research Institute will focus on programs of informatics that are important to transform the society in aspects of healthcare needs, energy use, environmental protection and self-development technologies. These include computing intensive applications for modelling and simulating energy and environment, biological and chemical processes as well as visualisation modelling for improved human-computer interactions.


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Qatar Computing Research Programs

  • Data Mining and Computational applications (Health, Environment, Energy, etc)

  • Cyber infrastructure (Storage, Networks and Servers)

  • Arabic Technology Research (Search Engines, content development)

  • Machine Learning Research

  • High Performance Computing (Visualization, simulation)

  • All new research programs will be coordinated with existing research programs within branch campuses and/or QSTP and will be established as a network with other Qatari research centers and programs.


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Qatar Computing Research Institute: Launch Research Programs

Year One-Two Launch Programs:

Digital Society Research

Computer-Enabled Scientific Discovery

Supporting Core Sciences and Technologies Platforms:

Arab Language Technologies

Internet Computing

High Performance Computing (Visualization, simulation)

Data Mining and Machine Learning

Bioinformatics

  • All new research programs will be coordinated with existing research programs within branch campuses and/or QSTP and will be established as a network with other Qatari research centers and programs.


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5. Planned Programs over next 5 Yearsfor the three Qatar Research Institutes from FY2009/2010 till FY2013/14


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Qatar Biomedical Research Over Next 5 Years

  • Additional Planned Research Programs After Year One:

  • Cardiovascular Program

  • Infectious Diseases

  • Neurosciences

  • Additional Supporting Core Sciences and Technologies after year one:

  • Imaging

  • Medicinal Chemistry

  • All new research programs will be coordinated with existing research programs within branch campuses and/or QSTP and will be established as a network with other Qatari research centers and programs.


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Qatar Environment and Energy Research ProgramsOver Next 5 Years

Additional Planned Research Programs After Year One:

Renewable Energy Research

Air Quality and Climate Change Research

Additional Supporting Core Sciences and Technologies after Year One:

GIS / Spatial Analysis System Facility

  • All new research programs will be coordinated with existing research programs within branch campuses and/or QSTP and will be established as a network with other Qatari research centers and programs.


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Qatar Computing Research Programs Over Next 5 Years

Additional Supporting Core Sciences and Technologies After Year One:

Cyber infrastructure (GEANT 2)

Data Centre

  • All new research programs will be coordinated with existing research programs within branch campuses and/or QSTP and will be established as a network with other Qatari research centers and programs.


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6. Five Year Planning and Implementation for the three Qatar Research Institutes


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5 Year Planning and Implementation

Interim Set Up at Temporary Sites (Year 1 to 3)

Permanent Set Up (Year 4 onwards)

Year 1

(FY09-10)

Year 2

(FY10-11)

Year 3

(FY11-12)

Year 4

(FY12-13)

Year 5

(FY13-14)

Milestone 1

Identification of Research Programs and Scientific Leaders

Milestone 2

Launching of Research Programs at Temporary Sites

Milestone 3

Development of Permanent Research Centres’ Facility Plans

Milestone 4

Procurement of Research Materials

Milestone 5

Milestone 7

Milestone 6

Recruitment and Training of Junior Researchers

Expansion of Research Programs

Transfer to Permanent Site

Milestone 8

Regular Research Assessment and Monitoring


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