13 Projects Win National Research Award

13 Projects Win National Research Award

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13 Projects Win National Research Award

 

 

Thirteen research projects won the National Research Award (NRA 2018) at the fifth edition of The Research Council’s (TRC) Annual Research Forum held on Sunday (December 9) at Oman Convention and Exhibition Center.

While six projects won under the first category of the award, PhD holders, seven projects won within the award’s second category, young researchers.

For the PhD category, Prof. Abdullah Ambusaidi won under the Education and Human Resources sector for his project titled ‘Introducing School Gardens to the Omani Context: A Preliminary Study with Grade 7 Classes’, while Dr. Imran Baig won under the Information Systems and Communication Technologies sector for his project titled ‘A Precoding-Based Multicarrier Non-Orthogonal Multiple Access Scheme for 5G Cellular Networks’.  In the Cultural, Basic, and Social Sciences sector, the award went to the project of ‘Determination of Common Adulterants in Herbal Medicine and Food Samples using Core-shell Column Coupled to Tandem Mass Spectrometry’ for Dr. Haider Al Lawati. For the Environmental and Biological Resources sector, Mohamed Al-Farsi won for his project titled ‘Quality Evaluation of Omani Honey’. For the Health and Social Service sector, Integrase-Controlled Excision of Metal-Resistance Genomic Islands in Acinetobacter baumannii by Dr. Zaaima AL-Jabri, while Muhammad S. Khan won the Energy and Industry sector for his project ‘Impact of the Alkyne Substitution Pattern and Metalation on the Photoisomerization of Azobenzene-Based Platinum (II) Diynes and Polyynes.’

 

 

 

For the young researcher’s category, Khalsa Abdullah Al Alawi, won under the Education and Human Resources sector for her project that addressed the ‘Effect of Using Ethical Analysis Approach in the Development of Decision Making Skills and Academic Achievement in Biology Among Grade Twelve Female Student’, while Faiza Ali Al-Salti won under the Information Systems and Communication Technologies sector for his project titled ‘EMGGR: an energy-efficient multipath grid-based geographic routing protocol for underwater wireless sensor networks’.  In the Cultural, Basic, and Social Sciences sector, the award went to the project of ‘Characterization and application of nanocolloidal Mn (IV) in a chemiluminescence system or estimating the total phenolic content in pomegranate juices using a nanodroplet microfluidics platform’ for Baqia Ali Al Mughairy. For the Environmental and Biological Resources sector, Mohamed Al-Farsi won for his project titled ‘Quality Evaluation of Omani Honey’. For the Health and Social Service sector, Integrase-Controlled Excision of Metal-Resistance Genomic Islands in Acinetobacter baumannii by Dr. Zaaima AL-Jabri, while Muhammad S. Khan won the Energy and Industry sector for his project ‘Impact of the Alkyne Substitution Pattern and Metalation on the Photoisomerization of Azobenzene-Based Platinum (II) Diynes and Polyynes.’ Under the Environmental and Biological Resources sector, the award was shared between Karima Al Bulushi and Buthayna Al-Ghafri, for their projects; ‘Optimisation and economic evaluation of the supercritical carbon dioxide extraction of waxes from waste date palm (Phoenix dactylifera) leaves’ and ‘Photocatalytic microbial removal and degradation of organic contaminants of water using PES fibers’, respectively.

 

 

 

 

For the Health and Social Service sector, ‘The super sickling haemoglobin HbS-Oman a study of red cell sickling K’ by Halima Wali Al Balushi, while Farrukh Jamil won the Energy and Industry sector for his project ‘Optimization of oil extraction from waste Date pits for biodiesel production’.

Out of the total of the 136 research projects received by The Research Council (TRC) in 2018 competing for both the categories of the award, 99 research projects won under the PhD holders category, and 37 research projects won under the young researchers category. 

Activities of the 5th Annual Research Forum, which has been allocated for discussing the research priorities of the National Research Strategy (NRS) 2040, included organizing a poster session displaying 45 posters.

TRC also awarded the top research projects under the Faculty Mentored Research Award Program of TRC (FURAP).

Addressing the gathering in the welcoming address, HE Dr. Hilal bin Ali Al Hinai, Secretary General of TRC, said, “The Research Council has been honored with the noble mission of reflecting His Majesty’s vision through the National Research Strategy, which has been approved by the Cabinet of Ministers in 2008, and the National Innovation Strategy which has been approved by the Cabinet in 2017.”  

According to HE Dr. Hilal Al Hinai, TRC received 1544 funding applications for research projects and 860 funding applications for innovation projects during the period from 2009 to 2018, out of which TRC funded 615 research projects, and 100 innovation projects, which contributed towards the development of the capacity of research and innovation in the Sultanate. 

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