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:
National Priorities Research Program (NPRP)
Qatar National Research Fund’s National Priorities Research Program continues to be a major source of funding. In the fifth cycle of program awards, submitted in November 2011, Carnegie Mellon Qatar faculty submitted 17 proposals and were awarded the following four NPRP grants for a total of $3 million USD:
- Alice for Middle East (Alice ME) Yonina Cooper, Ph.D.
- Undergraduate Discipline-Specific Writing: Expectations, Demands & Development Silvia Pessoa, Ph.D.
- Raising Language Effectiveness in Arabic E-commerce Websites Zeinab Ibrahim, Ph.D.
- Intelligent Learning Environments for Computer Science Undergraduate Education Davide Fossati, Ph.D.
Carnegie Mellon Qatar currently has 28 funded NPRP projects from the first four cycles of program funding. We have competed six of these 28 projects. These projects represent more than $23.9 million USD in awarded grants.
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. The following statistics attest to the productivity of the Seed program. (All figures are cumulative from the beginning of the program in 2004 through the end of calendar year 2011.)
- 74 projects funded
- 151 collaborations with researchers from corporations, government agencies and other universities around the world
- 70 external grant proposals generated
- 30 have been funded
- 320 published papers, books and conference presentations