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UAE Program for Rain Enhancement Seeks Applications for its Third Cycle

His Excellency Dr Abdullah Al Mandoos: “The UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science is evidence of our leadership’s vision that the world’s most pressing challenges can be solved through transformative and bold thinking.”

 

Abu Dhabi-UAE: 13 February 2017 –The UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science has officially launched its Third Cycle this January by calling on researchers, scientists and technologists worldwide to submit innovative proposals to advance the science and technology of rain enhancement globally. Inaugurated in 2015, the Program offers a grant of US$ 5 million over a three-year period to be shared by up to five winning research proposals, selected by a two-stage review process, based on international best practice.

Launched by the Ministry of Presidential Affairs of the UAE in early 2015 and overseen by the UAE National Center of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS), the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science is an ambitious initiative of global scope designed to stimulate rain enhancement research.

Public or private, non-profit or for-profit organizations, as well as individuals from any country, are invited to propose new technologies and evaluative and modelling techniques to increase the efficiency of rain enhancement.

Commenting on the progress of the Program since its inception, His Excellency Dr Abdullah Al Mandoos, Director of the National Center of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS), said: “With our ambitious Program having already attracted significant international interest, the NCMS is leading international efforts in rain enhancement science and fulfilling the potential of the United Arab Emirates as a sustainable and knowledge-based economy. The UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science is evidence of our leadership’s vision that the world’s most pressing challenges can be solved through transformative and bold thinking.”

Alya Al Mazroui, Manager of the UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement, said: “The UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science is already having a significant impact in terms of generating accelerating new research in the field and facilitating new and highly productive international scientific networks. Our Third Cycle’s launch is both a call for a renewed effort and a signal of our determination to continue building the Program as a focal point for productive scientific and technological exchange between the world’s leading experts in water security solutions and innovations.”

Providing continuous technical support, data, logistics, facilities and advice to all the awardees, the National Center of Meteorology and Seismology oversees the Program’s role in global research and development. The Program’s Secretariat manages the delivery of each awardee’s project according to an agreed timescale, provides strategic direction, and evaluates the progress of awards through regular reports and site visits.

Potential applicants are asked to submit Letters of Intent (between 300 and 500 words) by midnight on February 16. The submission deadline for Pre-proposals (between 2 and 3 pages maximum) is March 16. Once evaluated, the entries will be evaluated and shortlisted by an international review committee: these candidates will be asked to submit their full proposals by midnight, August 16. The awardees of the Third Cycle will be announced in January 2018.

The two-stage selection process will evaluate the technical aspects of the proposed projects and their potential to contribute to advancing the effectiveness and efficiency of rainfall enhancement, based on the following elements:

  • Overall Scientific and Technical Merit, Significance and Innovation
  • Research Approach
  • Qualifications of the Research Team
  • Required Resources and Budget
  • Contribution to Capacity Development in the Field

Detailed information about submissions and the program can be obtained at www.uaerep.ae.