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Objective of NPRP-S

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 NPRP-S cycle, QNRF intends to stimulate partnerships between academics and research end-users.

The NPRP-S aims to focus on meritorious research projects that demonstrate a potential impact on the development of Qatar’s society and economy emphasizing on:

  • 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 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.

Objectives of NPRP-C

The objectives of NPRP-C are:

  • Build teams focused on Qatar’s priorities that involve the appropriate disciplines and end-users to achieve implementable, holistic solutions.
  • Provide funding to tackle significant needs that are compelling enough to attract commitments of additional in-kind and in-cash resources from commercial, industrial and public sector end-users.
  • Engage the end-users in defining and directing multi-institutional and inter-disciplinary outcomes.

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 11th Cycle

Timeline of NPRP- Standard (NPRP-S)

The key dates of the National Priorities Research Program- Standard 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 * 2nd November 2017, 12:00 PM (Noon)
Close proposal submission by LPI 30th January 2018, 12:00 PM (Noon)          
RO final proposal submission and vetting* 6th February 2018, 12:00 PM (Noon)
Ineligible proposals notification March 2018
Successful proposals notification, awards announced October 2018

 

Timeline of NPRP-Clusters (NPRP-C)

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

Online registration for Program Directors and LPIs Always open
Online registration of ROs and Key Investigators Always open
Open IRP submission by Program Director & RO vetting process*
2nd November 2017, 12:00 PM (Noon)
Close IRP submission by Program Director & RO vetting process* 30th April 2018, 12:00 PM (Noon)

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

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Q & A

Can researchers from private, intergovernmental or NGO entities inside Qatar apply as Program Directors for NPRP-Clusters (NPRP-C)?

Question Categories: NPRP Q & A, Research Office (RO) Modify date:

Can researchers from private, intergovernmental or NGO entities inside Qatar apply as Program Directors for NPRP-Clusters (NPRP-C)?

Yes, researchers from private, intergovernmental & NGOs entities inside Qatar can apply for NPRP-C as Program Directors. However, their institutions should register and be approved as a Research office (RO) with QNRF following the guidelines as mentioned in the “Research Office Guideline and Questionnaire Template” document at link

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I am program Director, do I have to wait until my RO being approved to start preparing my NPRP-C application on Q-Grants?

Question Categories: NPRP Q & A, Research Office (RO) Modify date:

I am program Director, do I have to wait until my RO being approved to start preparing my NPRP-C application on Q-Grants?

No, once the institution register online as RO, you can start preparing the NPRP-C application on Q-Grants even if the RO registration is still in the approval process. RO registration must meet all the requirements and submitted to QNRF and identify an AROR to be able to vet the NPRP proposals at least a week before the RO vetting deadline. Otherwise, the application will not be considered for the next stage of evaluation.

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I would like to apply as Program Director however my institution inside Qatar does not have an approved Research Office (RO) with QNRF, what can we do to register a research office?

Question Categories: Research Office (RO) Modify date:

I would like to apply as Program Director however my institution inside Qatar does not have an approved Research Office (RO) with QNRF, what can we do to register a research office?

To register a Research Office, the institution needs to register online at https://ro.qgrants.org/, fill the guidelines & questionnaire available online at link.

For assistance in the registration online, please refer to the User Guide - RO registration available at https://www.qnrf.org/Portals/0/RO%20Registration%20Guide_Updated_16-11-2017_1.pdf

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Can I participate as LPI in NPRP-S and NPRP-C in the same cycle?

Question Categories: NPRP Q & A, Eligibility Modify date:

Can I participate as LPI in NPRP-S and NPRP-C in the same cycle?

No, you can participate in only one track either NPRP-S or NPRP-C in the same cycle however you can participate as PI if your participation does not exceed the four roles in all NPRP active projects excluding projects ending by July 1st 2018.

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We would like to request the exclusion of 2 out of 5 peer reviewers for a resubmitted proposal, how is that possible?

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

We would like to request the exclusion of 2 out of 5 peer reviewers for a resubmitted proposal, how is that possible?

You can add the names and institutions that you would like to exclude and the reason in the box "Comments to QNRF" during the proposal registration. 

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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?

Yes, eligible institutions outside Qatar are allowed for in-kind co-funding.

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Are “Post-docs" eligible to participate as LPIs or PIs in NPRP cycle 11?

Question Categories: NPRP Q & A Modify date:

Are “Post-docs" eligible to participate as LPIs or PIs in NPRP cycle 11?

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 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?

Question Categories: NPRP Q & A, Eligibility Modify date:

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)

Question Categories: NPRP Q & A Modify date:

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

Question Categories: NPRP Q & A Modify date:

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

Question Categories: NPRP Q & A Modify date:

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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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?

Question Categories: NPRP Q & A Modify date:

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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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

Question Categories: NPRP Q & A Modify date:

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?

Question Categories: NPRP Q & A, Budget Modify date:

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?

Question Categories: NPRP Q & A, Budget Modify date:

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?

Question Categories: NPRP Q & A, Budget Modify date:

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.

ID: 115 / Question Categories: NPRP Q & A, Letter of Intent / Modify date: / 2076

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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