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Research Opportunities

The College of Medicine & Health Sciences is dedicated to continually engaging its faculty members and graduate and undergraduate students in research and scholarly activities that contribute to the knowledge base in teaching and learning within their field of specialization. Research funding is available to CMHS researchers through the:

  • CMHS Research Grants
  • UAEU Research Grants
  • Extramural FundingStudent Research

 

1. CMHS Research Grants

 

  • Are only available to CMHS researchers.
  • Deadline for submission is usually in October and December.
  • Applications are made electronically through the CMHS Intranet when the announcement by the Grants Committee is made.
  • Adherence to form layout, page number limit, and completion of all appropriate sections will ensure that the application is not rejected. Extra information is provided in the grant application form concerning how all grants are evaluated by the Committee. This information is aimed at helping all applicants in formulating their grant proposals as accurately and clearly as possible.
  • The Principal Investigator should indicate whether the Application for Ethical Approval (where applicable) of their grant has been submitted to the Al Ain Medical District Human Research Ethics Committee or the Animal Research Ethics Committee, and the date of this submission should be clearly indicated. Failure to do so may result in the application being returned to the Principal Investigator.
  • Progress/final reports of previously funded CMHS grants are due in the Research Office in December. Failure to do so will disqualify the applicant from receiving further funding from the RGC.
  • Should co-investigators on submitted research projects not be available to sign the application form, a letter of agreement should be attached to the project application.
  • For any query, please contact the Research Grant Committee Chair or the Research Office (Research Office, 3A 157, Third Floor, Administration)

2. UAEU Research Grants

  • Are only available to UAEU researchers.
  • Deadline for submission is usually in October and December.
  • Applications are made electronically through the ERMSS system when the announcement by the DVCRGS office is made.
  • Adherence to form layout, page number limit, and completion of all appropriate sections will ensure that the application is not rejected. Extra information is provided in the grant application form concerning how all grants are evaluated. This information is aimed at helping all applicants in formulating their grant proposals as accurately and clearly as possible.
  • The principal Investigator should indicate whether the Application for Ethical Approval (where applicable) of their grant has been submitted to the Al Ain Medical District Human Research Ethics Committee or the Animal Research Ethics Committee, and the date of this submission should be clearly indicated. Failure to do so may result in the application being returned to the Principal Investigator.
  • Progress/final reports of previously funded UAEU grants are due by the end of each year of funding and should also be submitted electronically through the ERMSS system.Failure to do so will disqualify the applicant from receiving further funding for the subsequent year of funding.
  • Should the co-investigators on submitted research projects not be available to sign the application form, a letter of agreement should be attached to the project application.

3. Extramural Grants

The Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences: It is the most prominent and prestigious award of its kind in the region. UAE can and should be really proud of being the motivating force behind the ongoing fast-paced medical research activities in the region.

Emirates Foundation: The Emirates Foundation is an independent philanthropic organization set up by the Government of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to facilitate public-private funded initiatives to improve the welfare of people across the UAE. Over the years the Emirates Foundation has built a vibrant and diversified portfolio. They have helped over 28,000 young people to make positive contributions to their communities through our programs. They have worked hand in hand with the private sector and in collaboration with public sector peers to deliver social value through philanthropy.

National Research Foundation: On Friday, March 7th, 2008 His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research, United Arab Emirates (UAE), signed a decree creating the National Research Foundation (NRF). The NRF is a Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research initiative that helps promote research activity in private and public universities, colleges, centers, institutes and companies, by individuals or teams of researchers in UAE.

National Institute of Health: Today's ideas are the root of tomorrow's groundbreaking medical discoveries. The funding of an application depends on a rigorous system of peer review. Scientists, physicians, and other experienced individuals in biomedical fields from around the world evaluate the merit of proposed research and its potential to advance science.

Medical Research Council: The heart of our mission is to improve human health through world-class medical research. To achieve this, we support research across the biomedical spectrum, from fundamental lab-based science to clinical trials, and in all major disease areas. We work closely with the NHS and the UK Health Departments to deliver our mission, and give a high priority to research that is likely to make a real difference to clinical practice and the health of the population.

Terry Fox Foundation: Terry Fox was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and raised in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, a community near Vancouver on Canada's west coast. An active teenager involved in many sports, Terry was only 18 years old when he was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma (bone cancer) and forced to have his right leg amputated 15 centimetres (six inches) above the knee in 1977. While in hospital, Terry was so overcome by the suffering of other cancer patients, many of them young children, that he decided to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research.

Welcome Trust: Are a global charity dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health. They support the brightest minds in biomedical research and the medical humanities. The breadth of their support includes public engagement, education and the application of research to improve health.

4. Student Research

We believe that research is becoming an increasingly important part of career development for medical students. The College of Medicine & Health Sciences (CMHS) provides a wide variety of opportunities for students to participate in research. Early in the curriculum students are told about the research interests of faculty and the special interest research groups. Planning and design of research projects, research ethics, research project funding and biostatistics are also introduced.

Opportunities for extracurricular research include laboratory attachments, summer research projects and the UK Research Scholarship program and the Dr Ali Mosawi Scholarship. Students are encouraged to join research laboratories and to shadow research activities. It is hoped that some of these attachments will lead to presentations at scientific conferences and publications in peer reviewed journals.

The UK Research Scholarship program provides opportunities for selected students to visit UK research laboratories during the summer. Typically students will have been working in CMHS laboratories before visiting UK laboratories to learn new techniques and generally develop their research interests.

The Dr. Ali Mosawi Scholarship program also provides opportunities for undergraduate and post-graduate students to visit UK research laboratories and health organizations.

May 21, 2014