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Objective

This program is intended to support the overarching goal of Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) in fostering a research culture in Qatar by encouraging the local population to embrace research & development (R&D) as a vocation. The grants offered through the National Priorities Research Program (NPRP) will:

  • Build human capital in Qatar
  • Fund research to benefit the nation, the region, and the world
  • Raise Qatar’s profile within the international research community

Description

NPRP is the flagship funding program of QNRF. Every year it funds proposals ranging in value from US$20,000 to US$300,000 annually, for research project periods of one, two or three years.

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

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, September 1st, 2015
Close proposal submission by LPI Noon, Tuesday, November 10th, 2015
RO final proposal submission and vetting Noon, Tuesday, December 1st, 2015
Ineligible proposals notification January, 2016
Successful proposals notification, awards announced March, 2016
* RO vetting can only start once the proposal is submitted.
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Q & A

Under what budget category does the purchase of survey data go as a line item? Equipment or miscellaneous?

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

Under what budget category does the purchase of survey data go as a line item? Equipment or miscellaneous?

As per the Budget Components Document, the Miscellaneous category includes communications, administrative and other similar costs. It is also subject to a cap of 5% of the total annual budget and thus including the purchase of survey data means that it would quickly exceed this limit. In such case "Services" under the Equipment cost is a suitable budget category for purchasing survey data. 

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Does QNRF cover the family expenses for a researcher who needs to go abroad for about 2 or 3 months?

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Does QNRF cover the family expenses for a researcher who needs to go abroad for about 2 or 3 months?

QNRF does not fund travel expenses to spouse or family members accompanying the researcher going abroad to continue his research. QNRF funds travel expenses of any member of the research team as per the QNRF travel policy provided that such expenses are covered in the original budget and justifications are given. 

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Which travel policy should be followed when key investigators plan to work in Qatar?

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Which travel policy should be followed when key investigators plan to work in Qatar?

It should follow the QNRF travel policy available at http://www.qnrf.org/en-us/Funding/Policies-Rules-and-Regulations/Travel-Policy 

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Is there a limit to how much money one could allocate to pay consultants?

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Is there a limit to how much money one could allocate to pay consultants?

Yes, the daily rate of a consultant should not exceed 750$ US. 

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I do not have the facilities necessary to carry out my research proposal. How can I find a suitable collaborative partner?

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I do not have the facilities necessary to carry out my research proposal. How can I find a suitable collaborative partner?

 

There is a link on the QNRF website entitled "Collaboration Opportunities" that lists the LPIs who are looking for collaborators.  You can search for your research area  of interest and contact the LPI directly.  In the interest of transparency, QNRF will not participate in the actual matching process but expects dialogue to take place directly between the interested parties. 

 

http://www.qnrf.org/en-us/Funding/Collaboration/Collaboration-Opportunities 

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Can the awarded JSREP PIs act as LPIs in NPRP?

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Can the awarded JSREP PIs act as LPIs in NPRP?

If JSREP project finishes before March 1st  2016, he/she will be eligible to act as LPI in NPRP. Otherwise, they can participate as PI in one NPRP project.

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If a LPI has No Cost Time Extension (NCTE) ending after March 1st 2016 and has no more roles available, Can I apply for NPRP 9th cycle?

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If a LPI has No Cost Time Extension (NCTE) ending after March 1st 2016 and has no more roles available, Can I apply for NPRP 9th cycle?

No you are not eligible, the only way is to complete your proposal, submit the final report and have it vetted and approved by QNRF before the submission deadline.

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Is there a limit on the number of proposals and/or awards that a person may have as any role?

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Is there a limit on the number of proposals and/or awards that a person may have as any role?

Each key investigator is eligible to participate in up to four roles with maximum two roles  as LPI in NPRP projects in all ongoing cycles, excluding projects to be completed before March 1st, 2016. 

 

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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.

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Can a key investigator not having the approved terminal degree participate in my proposal? And how can I add this KI?

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Can a key investigator not having the approved terminal degree participate in my proposal? And how can I add this KI?

Our system by default will not allow the LPI to add any key investigators not having the approved terminal degrees (as per the RFP). However, if the LPI, feels that this key investigator has qualifying research experience and publications, the LPI can ask the PI to register on QGrants then the LPI must enter the email of the PI under the "Personnel"  and click on “Request Approval on KI”. A notification with the result will be sent to the LPI. 

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Who needs to register with the Supreme Council of Health?

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Who needs to register with the Supreme Council of Health?

All ethical compliance boards of submitting institutions inside Qatar and collaborating institutions outside Qatar involved in Human subjects research only, need to be registered with the SCH. After this process, the institutes will also submit an assurance application to the SCH, whereby they will receive an assurance number which should be submitted to QNRF if awarded. This whole process is only done after award announcement, for awarded proposals working with human subjects research only. For more information about SCH policies and regulations please refer to their website http://www.sch.gov.qa/about-sch/departments/research 
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How does the Supreme Council of Health certify our IRB?

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How does the Supreme Council of Health certify our IRB?

Please contact the Supreme Council of Health (SCH) directly for questions regarding registration of your institution's ethical compliance boards. Website: http://www.sch.gov.qa/about-sch/departments/research 
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I see that QF/QNRF requires the universities (organizations) to share half the revenues allocated to them (the university share not the department or inventors shares). Does that apply irrespective of

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I see that QF/QNRF requires the universities (organizations) to share half the revenues allocated to them (the university share not the department or inventors shares). Does that apply irrespective of

QNRF signs the MRFA with the awardees (submitting institutions) and hence the share will be fixed irrespective with their agreement with the sub-awardee.

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How does QNRF handle the IP rights?

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How does QNRF handle the IP rights?

Kindly see QF/QNRF IP policy at http://www.qnrf.org/en-us/Funding/IP-Policy 

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Is there a formal contract including the details of the IP policy?

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Is there a formal contract including the details of the IP policy?

Yes there is a detailed IP policy which is available for public on QNRF website at http://www.qnrf.org/en-us/Funding/IP-Policy .  The MRFA IP clauses are derived from that.
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Is it possible to remove an already registered proposal and exchange with a new one?

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Is it possible to remove an already registered proposal and exchange with a new one?

Yes, you can do so by deleting the original proposal registered and register a new. To delete the proposal go to to the "Proposals tab -> proposal Status -> click delete next to the proposal ID that you would like to delete. 

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Is it possible to have 2 Principal Investigators for the same project? If yes, could we submit only one single proposal with 2 Principal Investigators?

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Is it possible to have 2 Principal Investigators for the same project? If yes, could we submit only one single proposal with 2 Principal Investigators?

A proposal can have more than one PI in its research team, however one Lead PI- the owner of the scientific idea- should be identified who in his/her turn should submit the proposal.

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I wish to register my interest in working in one of the submitted Proposals. How do I do this?

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I wish to register my interest in working in one of the submitted Proposals. How do I do this?

First you need to register as an applicant https://oss.qnrfsubmission.org/Registration/RegistrationStart.aspx.  If you are selected by the LPI as key investigator you will receive from the LPI an invitation to participate in your QNRF account, and then you can accept participation.
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By when should key investigators be registered online?

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By when should key investigators be registered online?

The other principal investigators of the research team, can continue to register after the proposal registration also, but much before proposal submission, as the LPI will need to invite them to participate online.

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