Al Jalila Foundation, a global philanthropic organisation dedicated to transforming lives through medical education and research, welcomes applicants to its fellowship and seed grant programmes, which aim to improve healthcare in the UAE by supporting talented biomedicine academics. AED 8 million have been assigned to the two research funding and education schemes.
Researchers are invited to apply for seed grants of up to Dhs300,000, which will give them the opportunity to investigate regional health issues through basic science, applied, or clinical research projects. The grants are available to all nationalities, provided the research is conducted in the UAE. Applicants should hold positions at local universities, research institutions or clinics and will be assessed through an international peer review process.
The fellowships are available exclusively to Emirati biomedical professionals, offering them the opportunity to study at world-renowned institutions, with an aim to migrate global best practice to the UAE. Applicants will be considered by the Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board for a place on a three-month Student Research Elective or year-long Research Training Support programme.
Al Jalila Foundation hopes the funding will promote regional research into cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, obesity and mental health. These five health issues have been identified by the Foundation as a focus for the newly-announced Al Jalila Foundation Research Centre, the UAE’s first ever standalone medical research centre.
Professor Sehamuddin Galadari, Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Cell Biology and Academic & Research Advisor of Al Jalila Foundation, said: “Our funding will support the brightest local minds in biomedical research to study at leading institutions and develop both personally and academically. Our aim is to develop home-grown leaders with the ability to produce preventative medical research that is relevant to the region, thereby transforming the UAE’s healthcare sector.”
Dr. Abdulkareem Al Olama, CEO of Al Jalila Foundation, commented: “Providing talented local scientists with the opportunity to study at world-class institutions and contribute towards global scientific research will help to establish the UAE as a medical research centre on par with the rest of the world. We extend our gratitude to our generous donors, who are not only changing the lives of gifted individuals, but will help to better the health of the nation for years to come.”
The application deadline for 2014 Fellowship and Seed grants is 15 June 2014. Fellowship grants recipients will be announced by 15 July 2014, while Seed grants recipients will be announced by 15 September 2014.
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