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
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.
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.