MBRU-ALMAHMEED COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH AWARD

The MBRU-Almahmeed Collaborative Research Award is a competitive research grant funding opportunity for outstanding research proposals in health, medical and biomedical sciences. The call is open to faculty from Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) or faculty members in recognized universities or healthcare institutions within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries provided they are in collaboration with MBRU faculty members. Research funded by this program is expected to advance scientific knowledge as well as develop opportunities for research partnerships between MBRU scientists and other GCC investigators.

Call For Proposal Guidelines Application Form

Dear Colleagues,

The Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) is committed to becoming one of the leading research-intensive universities in the UAE. Towards this and through a generous donation, we are pleased to announce the first Call For Proposals for the MBRU- Almahmeed Collaborative Research Award 2018. This is a competitive research grant funding opportunity for outstanding research proposals in health, medical and biomedical sciences. The call is open to faculty from Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) or faculty members in recognized universities or healthcare institutions within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries provided they are in collaboration with MBRU faculty members. Research funded by this program is expected to advance scientific knowledge as well as develop opportunities for research partnerships between MBRU scientists and other GCC investigators.

Please use the "MBRU- Almahmeed Collaborative Research Application Form” to submit your research project and adhere to the guidelines of the Award. Please note the following when submitting your grant application:

  • The deadline for submission is Sunday, September 16th 2018 (12:00 Midnight, UAE time)

  • The award will support competitive proposals of basic, translational or clinical, and public health research.

  • Priority for funding will be given to proposals in the areas of cancer biology, mental health and brain sciences, and cardio-metabolic diseases (including diabetes mellitus and obesity). However, competitive proposals in other health and biomedical sciences areas relevant to the GCC may be considered.

  • The award will be open to full-time MBRU faculty members as well as investigators from the Gulf Cooperation Council countries provided the work is in collaboration with an MBRU faculty.

  • A faculty member can be the PI on only one proposal and a co-investigator on one additional proposal.

  • Awards duration may be up to 2 years, and therefore, the proposed objectives and specific aims should be feasible within this timeframe.

  • At the end of the first year (one year after funds become available to the PI), a progress report and at the end of the project, a final report needs to be submitted to Research.com@mbru.ac.ae.

  • Total funding for an award will depend on whether this is a laboratory- or a non-laboratory-based project. A maximum budget of AED 300,000 for laboratory based proposals and a maximum budget of AED 150,000 for non-laboratory based proposals may be considered.

  • Please submit an electronically signed copy of your grant application in PDF format to Research.com@mbru.ac.ae. For any questions, please contact Ms. Rekha Thomas at Research.com@mbru.ac.ae.

ELIGIBILITY

  • The award will support competitive proposals of basic, translational or clinical, and public health research.

  • Priority for funding will be given to proposals in the areas of cancer biology, mental health and brain sciences, and cardio-metabolic diseases (including diabetes mellitus and obesity). However, competitive proposals in other health and biomedical sciences areas relevant to the GCC may be considered.

  • The award is open to full-time MBRU faculty members as well as investigators from the Gulf Cooperation Council countries provided the work is in collaboration with an MBRU faculty.

  • A faculty member can be the PI on only one proposal and a co-investigator on one additional proposal.

BUDGET

Awards duration may be up to 2 years. Total funding for an award will depend on whether this is a laboratory- or a non-laboratory-based project. A maximum budget of AED 300,000 for laboratory based proposal and a maximum budget of AED 150,000 for non-laboratory based proposals may be considered.

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE

12:00 Midnight (UAE time), Sunday, 16th September, 2018

Proposal Submission

The proposal must follow the provided template, and must be submitted electronically in PDF format to Research.com@mbru.ac.ae. by the above stated deadline. For questions please contact Ms. Rekha Thomas at Research.com@mbru.ac.ae.

THE REVIEW PROCESS

The quality of the application determines whether the project will be funded or not. The evaluation will be performed by qualified external experts/reviewers and is based on the following criteria:

  • Scientific Merit and Significance:

    Is the review of the literature comprehensive and adequate? Does the project address an important problem in the field? Will successful completion of the project improve scientific knowledge, technical capability, clinical practice, concepts, methods, technologies, treatments, or services?

  • Goals and Objectives:

    Is the rationale for the study clearly stated in the context of present knowledge? Are the objectives and hypotheses clearly stated? Are the objectives realistic (Specific, Measurable, and Achievable)?

  • Research Plan (Methodology and Data Analysis):

    Is the overall research plan well defined and appropriate to accomplish the specific aims of the project? Is the study setting well-described? Does the proposal provide a clear description of the study design? Are the study methods clearly outlined for each objective? Is the sample size justified? Is the data management and analysis plan adequate? What are the potential caveats in the research plan and are the potential problems and alternative strategies for success presented?

  • Research Impact:

    What is the probability that the project will result in new knowledge or have impact on the research field? What is the potential for the project results to support new or improved technology?

  • Benefit to UAE:

    Are there opportunities for participation of young scientists in the project? Is their potential for training and capacity building by this project? Is there long-term positive impact on medical, health-related, social, economic, or environmental issues in the UAE?

  • Track Record of the Applicant(s):

    Are the investigators (PI and collaborators) qualified for the project? Does the team have the resources to successfully complete the proposed study? Is the track record of the PI and the collaborators/co-investigators supportive of funding?

  • Feasibility of the Project and Budget Justification:

    Is the duration of the project realistic and appropriate? Are the roles and responsibilities of each collaborator clearly described? Are adequate facilities/infrastructure needed for the project available and accessible to the research team? Is the requested budget realistic and well-justified?

Please use the "MBRU- Almahmeed Collaborative Research Application Form" to submit your research project and adhere to the guidelines of the Award. Please submit your Application Form in PDF format to Research.com@mbru.ac.ae. For any questions, please contact Ms. Rekha Thomas at Research.com@mbru.ac.ae.

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