Faculty Research

The faculty members of Carnegie Mellon are key to the intense, innovative and creative environment that characterizes our approach. Bridging theory and capital, Carnegie Mellon faculty consistently ranks among the world’s best for intellectual capital. Funded faculty research projects are listed below:

The National Priorities Research Program (NPRP)

This is the major funding program in Qatar, encouraging research activities that are aligned with the Qatar National Research Strategy, which is centered on the following themes:
• Energy and environment
• Computer science and ICT
• Health
• Social sciences
• Arts and humanities

A total of 30 proposals were submitted in the seventh cycle of this program. Of these, six proposals were awarded, with a combined budget of approximately 4.8 million USD. The funded proposals were:

• “A Scalable Analytics Engine for Big Graphs on the Cloud,” by Dr. Mohammad Hammoud
• “Learning4Teaching-Qatar: Examining Qatari teachers’ experiences of professional development in English-language teaching,” by Dr. Dudley Reynolds
• “Numerical and Theoretical Modeling of Complex Fluid Flows,” by Dr. Snezhana Abarzhi
• “Role of the PDZ and LIM Containing Protein Zasp in Integrin-Mediated Cell Adhesion,” by Dr. Mohamed Bouaouina
• “MADAR: Multi-Arabic Dialect Applications and Resources,” by Dr. Kemal Oflazer
• “Automated Verification of Properties of Concurrent, Distributed, and Parallel Specifications with Applications to Computer Security,” by Dr. Iliano Cervesato

Since the inception of the NPRP funding program, faculty from Carnegie Mellon Qatar have submitted 188 proposals, of which 43 were awarded funding. Twenty of these funded projects are still active, and six new Cycle 7 awards in the process of starting up.  

Junior Scientist Research Experience Program

This program is intended to support the overarching goal of Qatar National Research Fund — to foster a research culture for junior scientists and fund research of interest to Qatar’s National Priorities. The program was not open for competition this year.

Seed Research Projects

Carnegie Mellon Qatar’s long-term faculty are eligible to compete for Seed Research Funds. Faculty members may apply for research grants of up to $200,000 to initiate and fund research projects in their areas of expertise or to explore projects in new areas. Carnegie Mellon Qatar strongly encourages faculty to focus on research that is relevant to Qatar and the region. The Seed Research program continues to be an important tool for recruiting strong faculty to Carnegie Mellon Qatar. A total of 62 awards for seed funding have been made since the program began in 2004.

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