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Objective

The objective of the program is to competitively select research projects that will address national priorities through supporting basic and applied research as well as translational research/experimental development.
Through this NPRP10 cycle, QNRF intends to stimulate partnerships between academics and research end-users.
The NPRP’s overall objectives have been revamped compared to the previous cycles. The program now aims to focus on research projects that demonstrate a potential impact on the development of Qatar’s society and economy emphasizing the following:
  • tackle needs and challenges that local research end-users face;
  • support projects with tangible impacts;
  • focus on subjects that are highly promising in terms of commercial and technological potential;
  • promote a public-private partnership culture in Qatar;
  • encourage co-funding;
  • encourage a more cross-cutting / interdisciplinary approach to projects;
  • stimulate scientific excellence and the advancement of knowledge in Qatar.

Description

The National Priorities Research Program (NPRP) is the main funding program of QNRF and the primary means by which QNRF seeks to support research that addresses Qatar’s needs. These needs have been specified as Grand Challenges in the Qatar National Research Strategy (QNRS) 2013 and QNRS 2014. QNRF established stakeholder committees to collect input into what are considered Priority Research Themes within those Grand Challenges.

Responsiveness to Challenges

While Qatar is blessed with an abundance of wealth from its natural resources and has managed to accumulate a large amount of physical capital in a relatively short time, it faces challenges with respect to the development of human capital. The NPRP is assisting in this area by supporting the country's colleges and universities to attract, develop and retain skilled faculty members. The NPRP will also provide incentives for institutions to build the organizational infrastructure needed to support researchers.

Furthermore, the NPRP will help to build human capital through the promotion of knowledge and technology transfer, whilst encouraging collaboration with institutions outside of Qatar.

By funding research that will raise Qatar's profile within the international academic community, the NPRP will help to address the sense of geographical isolation felt by some researchers in Qatar, fostering a level of integration with the global research community, to the benefit of the researchers in Qatar and Qatar as a whole.

Potential Benefits

The benefits of the implementation of the NPRP will be both direct and indirect. Overall, it is envisaged that the people of Qatar will benefit through the long-term embracing of R&D. In addition to helping promote research that will directly benefit Qatar, the program will also provide indirect benefits by improving the reserve and quality of human capital in the country by attracting highly competent scientists, and thus convey prestige upon Qatar at an international level.

Timeline of NPRP 10th Cycle

The key dates of the National Priorities Research Program are: Doha time

Description Dates
Online registration for LPIs Always open
Online registration of ROs and other Key Investigators Always open
Open proposal submission as well as the RO vetting process * Noon, Tuesday 29th of November, 2016
Close proposal submission by LPI Noon, Tuesday 21st of February, 2017
RO final proposal submission and vetting Noon, Tuesday 28th of February, 2017
Ineligible proposals notification March, 2017
Successful proposals notification, awards announced June, 2017

* RO vetting can only start once the proposal is submitted.

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How we can calculate the IDC on Q-Grants as Q-Grants considers QNRF basic and fund match as one budget and QNRF does not allow the IDC for its portion of fund matching:

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How we can calculate the IDC on Q-Grants as Q-Grants considers QNRF basic and fund match as one budget and QNRF does not allow the IDC for its portion of fund matching:

In case of fund match by QNRF,  the QNRF online submission system  (Q-Grants) considers the basic and the fund match budget as one budget. So the calculation of the indirect cost by the system will happen on the total direct cost (QNRF basic+ fund match).

As per the QNRF budget component document “QNRF does not allow Indirect cost for its portion of the fund matching”. Therefore the fund match should not have any Indirect cost and the LPIs/ROs are required to calculate the amount of the IDC based on the QNRF basic amount.

For example: For X institution in Year 1, the total direct cost = 127,848 USD; of which 100,000 USD are from QNRF basic. Then, the indirect cost should be calculated offline based on the 100,000 USD only instead of the total budget. Therefore, 20% of 100,000 = 20,000 USD; Then LPI/RO will calculate the percentage of this value from the total cost = (20,000 x 100) / 127,848 = 15.6% (So enter this value in the indirect tab)

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Is there a page limit on the proposal submitted?

Question Categories: NPRP Q & A, Proposal Preparation Modify date:

Is there a page limit on the proposal submitted?

Text throughout the offline proposal preparation using QNRF template should be Arial font, point size 11 and single spaced. The template margins (0.5" left, 0.5" right, 0.8" top and 0.8" bottom) must not be changed. The research plan may not exceed 40 pages excluding the cover page, table of contents and the references.

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Should the Lead PI reside in Qatar?

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Should the Lead PI reside in Qatar?

Yes, the lead PI must reside inside Qatar and be full time employee to an approved submitting institution. 

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What are the maximum days of effort for KIs and research team members? (in the system it cannot exceed 365 days effort per year)

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What are the maximum days of effort for KIs and research team members? (in the system it cannot exceed 365 days effort per year)

The maximum days of effort that can be added to a KI or research team member is up to one calendar year (365 days). However this should be pro-rata to his/her research effort in the project and according to his/her institutions policies.

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Are PIs from Academic institutions required to have PhD degree or they can have a university Graduate Degree?

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Are PIs from Academic institutions required to have PhD degree or they can have a university Graduate Degree?

All PIs can have university graduate degree (Master and above). However they have to have research track record in the area related to the research project.

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Are “Post-docs" eligible to participate as LPIs or PIs in NPRP cycle 10?

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Are “Post-docs" eligible to participate as LPIs or PIs in NPRP cycle 10?

No, post-docs cannot act as LPI or PI, as they are required to be full-time appointed employees to participate as key investigators, in addition to the other eligibility criteria mentioned in the RFP. Hence, post-docs can only be included in the NPRP project as post-docs.

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Is it possible for an eligible co-funder to be a collaborator in NPRP project and also co-fund in cash or in-kind?

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Is it possible for an eligible co-funder to be a collaborator in NPRP project and also co-fund in cash or in-kind?

Yes, it’s possible.

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Is it required that QNRF fund-matching to be spent only inside Qatar?

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Is it required that QNRF fund-matching to be spent only inside Qatar?

QNRF fund-matching should follow the same rules as the basic grant (at least 65% of the annual budget should be spent inside).

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What are the constraints/restrictions on the co-funding in-cash? Can it all be spent outside Qatar?

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What are the constraints/restrictions on the co-funding in-cash? Can it all be spent outside Qatar?

There is no restrictions on the cash co-funding, it can be spent all inside Qatar or all outside Qatar.​

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Is there minimum cash for co-funding to start the fund-matching by QNRF?

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Is there minimum cash for co-funding to start the fund-matching by QNRF?

No, it is done on one-to-one basis, which will be subject evaluation for approval. Applicants are encouraged to justify the requested budget.

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Can we consider equipment purchased through QNRF previous grants and owned by the end-users inside Qatar, used as an in-kind contribution by that end-user?

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Can we consider equipment purchased through QNRF previous grants and owned by the end-users inside Qatar, used as an in-kind contribution by that end-user?

Yes, equipment purchased through QNRF grant & owned by end-users can be considered as co-funding in-kind.

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Are institutions outside Qatar allowed to co-fund in-kind?

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Are institutions outside Qatar allowed to co-fund in-kind?

As per the co-funding policy for institutions outside Qatar; Institutions from outside Qatar are eligible to co-fund only in-cash. However, any other case such as co-funding in-kind or by academic or research institutions from outside Qatar will be reviewed on case by case basis.

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Is academic/research institutions from outside Qatar allowed to co-fund?

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Is academic/research institutions from outside Qatar allowed to co-fund?

As per the co-funding policy for institutions outside Qatar; Institutions from outside Qatar are eligible to co-fund only in-cash. However, any other case such as co-funding in-kind or by academic or research institutions from outside Qatar will be reviewed on case by case basis.

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Do you consider cash given by the co-funder to the academic/research institutions to be used to cover expenses related to personnel, equipment, etc. of the same co-funder as cash or in-kind co-funding

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Do you consider cash given by the co-funder to the academic/research institutions to be used to cover expenses related to personnel, equipment, etc. of the same co-funder as cash or in-kind co-funding

Any cash provided by the co-funder and used to cover any expenses related to the co-funder such as personnel and equipment, is considered as co-funding in-kind.

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How can I calculate the 20% indirect cost?

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How can I calculate the 20% indirect cost?

Total Budget= Direct Cost (DC) + Indirect Cost (IC)
If the Indirect cost in your institution is 20% of the direct cost then IC = 0.2*DC
To calculate IC from the Total cost it will be; IC= 0.1666*Total Budget

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Is funding of small proposals that require US$20,000 competing with those requiring US$200,000 for example?

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Is funding of small proposals that require US$20,000 competing with those requiring US$200,000 for example?

Yes, all proposals will be evaluated equally regardless of the total budget requested.

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Is funding permitted to be used to compensate individuals who complete a survey for the research purpose?

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Is funding permitted to be used to compensate individuals who complete a survey for the research purpose?

The payments are not considered as incentives but rather as compensation for their efforts as long as they are reasonable; 

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If the definition of a topic falls between two Frascati classifications, can we register both areas or shall we select just one?

Question Categories: NPRP Q & A, Letter of Intent Modify date:

If the definition of a topic falls between two Frascati classifications, can we register both areas or shall we select just one?

QNRF submission channel provides the tool to select up to two relevant disciplines if required for multidisciplinary proposals however one of them should be identified as primary.

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As a lead PI, how can I add Key investigators to the proposal?

Question Categories: NPRP Q & A, Online Registration Modify date:

As a lead PI, how can I add Key investigators to the proposal?

All principal investigators will need to register themselves through the applicant registration channel so that the LPI can add them during the proposal preparation phase by providing their e-mail addresses.

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Where do you get the peer reviewers from? Are they local or mainly from the U.S and Europe?

Question Categories: NPRP Q & A, Proposal Evaluation Modify date:

Where do you get the peer reviewers from? Are they local or mainly from the U.S and Europe?

QNRF follows established international criteria in the peer reviewing process. All peer reviewers are selected from all over the world, but not locally inside Qatar.

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