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Al Jalila Foundation invites UAE scientists and students to apply for medical research grants and fellowships

Al Jalila Foundation, a member of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, announced today that application for its fourth cycle of seed grants and fellowships has opened.  The global philanthropic organisation dedicated to transforming lives through medical innovation and research aims to improve healthcare in the UAE by supporting talented biomedicine academics in the areas of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and mental health.

Researchers are invited to apply for seed grants of up to AED 300,000 over a 2-year period, 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 hospitals/clinics and will be assessed through an international peer review process.

The fellowships are available exclusively to Emirati biomedical students and professionals, offering them the opportunity to train at world-renowned institutions and centres of excellence.  Two international fellowship options are available: a Student Elective Fellowship of up to AED 50,000 supporting a 3-month placement and a Research Training Fellowship of up to AED 200,000 supporting a year-long placement.

In efforts to advance medical research in the UAE, Al Jalila Foundation has to date awarded over AED 14 million toward 55 research projects and supported Emirati scientists to train at international fellowships at global leading institutions in the UK, USA and Japan.

Dr Abdulkareem Al Olama, CEO of Al Jalila Foundation, commented: “Research and training play an important role in developing the UAE’s medical sector and eventually will lead to life-changing discoveries. By supporting talented scientists, Al Jalila Foundation is building on our mission to transform lives by paving the way and developing the next generation of innovators in health sciences. We extend our gratitude to our generous donors, who are not only changing the lives of gifted individuals but are enabling the advancement of medicine to better the health and happiness of the nation for years to come.”

Professor Sehamuddin Galadari, Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Cell Biology and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee of Al Jalila Foundation, said: “As we launch our fourth research grants cycle, we hope to attract even more aspiring researchers to the programme. Our funding last year enabled 4 fellowship grant recipients and 20 promising scientists to focus their imagination and time towards developing innovative medical research. We continue to support the brightest local minds in biomedical research to study at leading institutions and develop both personally and academically. By attracting local talents to medical research we are empowering the next generation to find innovative solutions to our most pressing healthcare challenges bringing hope to patients.”

The application deadline for the fellowships is 30 April 2017 and for seed grants 15 May 2017. Fellowship recipients will be announced by 15 June 2017 and the seed grant recipients by 20 October 2017.

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