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Objective

QNRF seeks to stimulate a broad array of undergraduate research opportunities within Education City and Qatar University through faculty- and other researcher-led projects involving one or more students. This program will supplement existing opportunities and contribute to workforce training and the wider participation of women in the economy by funding activities above and beyond those available through ordinary coursework during the academic year. For example, students may undertake projects during semester and summer breaks

Description

The Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP) will promote 'Learning by Doing' and 'Hands-On' mentorship activities as effective methods for undergraduate education. In addition to a research-based education, students will gain experience with team-based research collaboration with faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and other undergraduates or research staff in Qatar.

The program will support students engaged in team- or site-based projects under the auspices of faculty members or professional researchers. Under this program, QNRF would solicit proposals from Qatar’s academic institutions. Proposals would cover a specific academic department or group of departments, specify possible research projects and list participating faculty and other researchers that would manage individual undergraduate research projects. The selection of undergraduate participants, research topics and detailed management would be the responsibility of the lead faculty member receiving the award, consistent with QNRF policies established in the request for proposals.

UREP funds would, in general, be limited to purchasing and maintaining supplies and equipment needed for the student's conducted research project and for publishing. Other appropriate expenses include travel and housing, depending on the location of the UREP site. For projects that extend beyond the academic year, a student stipend is appropriate. All UREP projects must have a substantive educational content. Most individual projects would likely be undertaken within the academic department receiving the UREP award. However, the UREP should be designed to allow collaborative projects where faculty-mentored undergraduate research could involve commercial firms and government offices.

Responsiveness to Challenges

While the core premise of Education City is that undergraduates will receive a research-based education, QNRF's role is to ensure that adequate resources are available to cover student expenses in addition to faculty or researcher expenses not already covered by Qatar Foundation. In particular, faculty may require compensation for additional responsibilities and workloads.

QNRF's involvement can also ensure continuity and institutional memory of projects and student researchers. It can further build awareness among students and faculty, particularly of Qatar University, of research opportunities in Qatar. To the extent that researchers from the public and private sectors of Qatar engage with academe to provide opportunities for undergraduate research projects, this activity can also serve to promote collaboration.

Potential Benefits

The primary benefit of this activity is to build human capital, while the secondary one is to bolster Qatar’s reputation for research. To the extent that the Education City universities and Qatar University take up the offer to conduct undergraduate research, their students are more likely to receive a higher-quality education and receive a firmer foundation in knowledge creation.

QNRF will archive and publish the results of undergraduate research opportunities, at least in electronic form (most such projects would be documented with a student report). As above, this public record will help to publicize the research and to provide a body of work that can be applied by future researchers in follow-on studies, while also assisting in assessing the impact that such funding activities have had on Qatar.

The program itself is likely to enhance productive collaboration between faculty and students, and will help to facilitate the introduction of graduate-school education. Enhancing the opportunity for undergraduates to conduct research may have the side-benefit of facilitating faculty and commercial research, thereby leading to the creation of more refined research products and greater interaction with the academic world outside Qatar.

Timeline

The following dates represent the major milestones of the Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP) in Doha Time:

Description Dates
Start of online proposal submission and vetting processes  Noon, Monday September 26th, 2016
Deadline for online proposal submission Noon, Monday, October 17th, 2016
Deadline for RO vetting Noon, Monday, October 24th, 2016
Ineligible proposal notification November, 2016
Announcement of awards February, 2017
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How will QNRF check for originality of the proposal?

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How will QNRF check for originality of the proposal?

QNRF will deploy measures to check for originality and will exclude proposals that are found not to be original from the reviewing process.

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Does the 3:1 students to staff ratio includes industrial mentors?

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Does the 3:1 students to staff ratio includes industrial mentors?

No, the ratio is of students to faculty members only, excluding mentors, as is the letter of the RFP. Mentors will be financially supported in the same manner as faculty members, but will not attract new students to the project.
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Can the proposed research project be the same as already accepted for a research grant at Qatar University?

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Can the proposed research project be the same as already accepted for a research grant at Qatar University?

UREP proposals need to be original. However, supplementary grants are allowed from other sources for the research project as long as the other grants do not duplicate the same expenses as the UREP’s items that are detailed above.


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Do the proposals need to go through our university before submitting them to QNRF?

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Do the proposals need to go through our university before submitting them to QNRF?

Starting from the 5th UREP cycle, all submitted proposals must be first administratively vetted by the university's Research Office to ascertain that it complies with university policies and guidelines before it is received by UREP for further processing. If any modifications are required on the submitted proposal, the primary faculty member will be notified by the RO
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Can the project be initiated by the student with the consultancy of the faculty or does it have to be initiated by the faculty?

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Can the project be initiated by the student with the consultancy of the faculty or does it have to be initiated by the faculty?

The proposal topic can be initiated by the student and in collaboration with the faculty mentor. However, the proposal itself must be submitted by the faculty member according to the items in the RFP.
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What should the scientific or academic quality for each project be?

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What should the scientific or academic quality for each project be?

It should be appropriate to an undergraduate level
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There are two areas of research, applied research and basic research. Is one going to be favored over the other when assessing the proposal?

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There are two areas of research, applied research and basic research. Is one going to be favored over the other when assessing the proposal?

No, there is no difference between applied and basic research in this program. The peer reviewers will judge the scientific quality of the proposal and its relevance to Qatar and primarily its benefit to the undergraduate student.
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Is it possible to do part of the research outside Qatar?

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Is it possible to do part of the research outside Qatar?

It is preferred to do the research in Qatar since it will be related to creating the research culture in Qatar. However, if it is essential, then this needs to be detailed in the proposal and its expense to be included in the budget section of the proposal. The faculty member should get the parental approval for the undergraduate student's travel before submitting such a research proposal.
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Who decides on the subject of the research topic in the proposal?

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Who decides on the subject of the research topic in the proposal?

Either the student chooses a topic and convinces the faculty to mentor the work or vise versa 
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What language should the proposal be in?

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What language should the proposal be in?

Proposals can be written in English or Arabic. The RFP (in English or in Arabic) and the Submission Form (in English or in Arabic) are provided on the UREP web page in both languages. If proposals are written in Arabic, it is required to translate the title and the abstract. The personal information about the participants should be in English.
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What kind of training in methodology should the students receive?

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What kind of training in methodology should the students receive?

Faculty members should describe their plan for the training of undergraduate students in the methodology of research in their proposals and according to the nature of their discipline or academic areas. Training could include one-on-one mentoring throughout the project or group sessions hosted by the university as a presentation or short course.
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Why isn't there a list of research projects related to Qatar published for the faculty members and students to choose from?

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Why isn't there a list of research projects related to Qatar published for the faculty members and students to choose from?

We leave the choice of the research topics open to the faculty members and the intended students in order to ensure their interest in the research topic and to encourage novelty in their choice of topics.
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Does QNRF intend to carry out big research projects?

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Does QNRF intend to carry out big research projects?

QNRF is supporting larger research projects
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Can students apply for grants by themselves?

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Can students apply for grants by themselves?

Students can initiate the projects if they have ideas for a research topic. However, all students will need a faculty adviser who will submit the research proposal
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Can the proposed research project be the same as already accepted for a research grant at Qatar University?

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Can the proposed research project be the same as already accepted for a research grant at Qatar University?

Yes, since UREP's grant is complementary to Qatar University's research grant as they fund separate areas
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What is the format of the research proposal that is to be submitted?

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What is the format of the research proposal that is to be submitted?

It must be uploaded to the online submission channel in PDF format.
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What does it mean for the project to be relevant to Qatar?

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What does it mean for the project to be relevant to Qatar?

The applicants should create their own compelling argument for relevance of the proposed research proposal to Qatar's needs, the region or the world. UREP does not have a specific list of topics of work that is relevant to Qatar. QNRF's other major research funding program, the National Priority Research Program (NPRP) [ /fund_program/nprp/index.php ] a list of examples of research areas that are relevant to Qatar's needs.
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Having read through the proposal instructions for the UREP I am not clear in who should be writing the proposal?

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Having read through the proposal instructions for the UREP I am not clear in who should be writing the proposal?

The faculty member should be writing the proposal with the greatest amount of input from the student. The participation of the student, to the extent possible, in preparing the proposal is part of UREP sought after educational experience in engaging undergraduate students in research activities. 
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Is there a timeline for the research project?

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Is there a timeline for the research project?

Timeline of each UREP cycle is included in its RFP. The timeline for UREP Projects include dates for the submission of progress and final reports. These dates should be adhered to, except where there is a genuine need to change them, in which case, a "Change of Status Request Form" should be submitted to request extensions.
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When should the research projects start?

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When should the research projects start?

Each cycle's timeline is published in its RFP, which is posted on UREP's webpage of QNRF's website. 
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