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91 UAE scientists apply for Dh500,000 research grant to fight Covid-19 Filed on June 22, 2020
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Successful applicants will be announced by the end of September this year, with research commencing in October.

Ninety-one scientists from 26 educational institutions across the UAE have applied for research grants to fight Covid-19, Al Jalila Foundation announced on Monday. 

Grants of up to Dh500,000 each are being offered by the foundation as it expanded its research portfolio in response to the pandemic. Al Jalila, which is also a member of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, has been supporting talented biomedicine scientists in a number of research areas, including cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, since its inception in 2013, investing over Dh25 million to advance medical research.

The sixth seed grant cycle will support scientists in conducting one to two-year research projects to investigate the pathology, diagnostics, epidemiology, transmission, therapeutics, and prevention related to Covid-19, with a specific focus on the UAE population and demographics. 

The applications that the foundation received support 46 basic, 27 translational, and 18 clinical research projects. 

The grant - which is open to both Emiratis and expats - saw applications from scientists of 31 nationalities, who have been conducting research at some of the nation's most prestigious institutions including Mohamed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences; Khalifa University of Science and Technology; United Arab Emirates University; New York University Abu Dhabi; American University of Sharjah and University of Sharjah.  

"Now, more than ever, we are counting on scientists and doctors coming together to develop better diagnostic testing, treatments, and gain a better understanding of the coronavirus and other viral diseases," said Dr Abdulkareem Sultan Al Olama, CEO of Al Jalila Foundation.

Successful applicants will be announced by the end of September this year, with research commencing in October. 

Staff Reporter

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