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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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Applicants
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Request For Proposal (RFP) of NPRP 10th cycle    Download
Research Plan Template Download
Supporting Letter Template Download
Items Not Allowable under Miscellaneous Download
Grant Application Guide (GAG) Download
Requirements for IRB Certification and Research Assurance Download
Research Office Inside Qatar
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Authorization Letter Template Download
Research Office Questionnaire Template Download
User Guide - Research Office Registration Download
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Screening and Disqualification Download
Budget Components Download
Co-Funding Commitment Letter Template Download
Research Ethics and Regulatory Requirements Download
Definitions and Terminologies

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Institution's Responsibilities and Post-Award Download
Approved List of Terminal Degrees Download
NPRP10 Public Presentation  Download
Shortlisting Procedure Download
Hotspot Analysis for NPRP 10 (link)  Link

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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How can I register my name as a peer reviewer and my areas of expertise?

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How can I register my name as a peer reviewer and my areas of expertise?

You can register as a peer reviewer through the following link  https://oss.qnrfsubmission.org/Registration/RegistrationStart.aspx . During registration you will be able to select your research area and sub research area plus other information required by us; you will also be requested to upload your CV. However, if you are already registered as an applicant, you need to submit a request through the support link to change your status from applicant to peer reviewer. 

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If a LPI copies from his own work, is this plagiarism?

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If a LPI copies from his own work, is this plagiarism?

Yes, if any work is copied from another published work, it is plagiarism. In this case it is self-plagiarism. Another work can be paraphrased, or given within quotes in case exact words need to be used and should be appropriately referenced. Please refer to the research misconduct policy at

http://www.qnrf.org/en-us/Funding/Policies-Rules-and-Regulations/Research-Misconduct-Policy 


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For resubmitted proposals, will they go through the same system as regular proposals submitted or will they have a specific mechanism?

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For resubmitted proposals, will they go through the same system as regular proposals submitted or will they have a specific mechanism?

Resubmitted and newly submitted proposals follow the same procedure except that QNRF will try to send the resubmitted proposals to the same previous peer reviewers. If any PR is not available, he/she will be replaced by a newly assigned PR of the same quality.

Your rebuttal to peer reviewers will be added under the rebuttal section in the research plan. 

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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?

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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?

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

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We are in the process of preparing our proposal, can we switch the role of the LPI with one of the key investigators?

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We are in the process of preparing our proposal, can we switch the role of the LPI with one of the key investigators?

The role of the LPI cannot be changed at this stage, as the overall proposal is built on the LPI account. You can however submit a change request to QNRF, if the proposal is awarded. However, starting from NPRP 7th cycle, for resubmission and renewal proposals LPIs may select another KI from the previous proposal to act as the LPI, this can be done during the proposal registration.

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What is the optimal range, number and titles of the key inviestigators in each proposal?

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What is the optimal range, number and titles of the key inviestigators in each proposal?

Key investigators titles (or roles) in each project:

Lead PI (LPI) should be from inside Qatar and this is a one time role in each proposal.

The role of PI, there is no limit on the number PIs in each proposal.

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Can names of key investigators be revealed in the research plan?

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Can names of key investigators be revealed in the research plan?

Yes, the names of key investigators can be revealed in the research plan. 
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I am planning to resubmit the proposal we submitted in the previous cycle after addressing the reviewers' comments. Do we do it as if we are submitting it for the first time ?

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I am planning to resubmit the proposal we submitted in the previous cycle after addressing the reviewers' comments. Do we do it as if we are submitting it for the first time ?

You have to select 'Resubmission' as type of application in your proposal registration.

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What would be the content of the supporting letter provided by an institution?

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What would be the content of the supporting letter provided by an institution?

The content should include a statement to the effect that they have no objection to such collaboration. Please see the template on QNRF's website- in the download center of NPRP: 

http://www.qnrf.org/en-us/Funding/Research-Programs/National-Priorities-Research-Program-NPRP 

 

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Can the Graduate Student be from a university which is not part of the team, that is which does not have a key investigator in the team?

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Can the Graduate Student be from a university which is not part of the team, that is which does not have a key investigator in the team?

Grad students, consultants, technicians and other unnamed members of the team, ie those not designated as key investigators, are added as unnamed roles in the "personnel" tab. QNRF's online submission system will not allow participation of any personnel that have not previously been identified with a "collaborative institution" i.e., one that has already been added at the "Collaborative Institution information" stage . Thus, even for unnamed team members, such as grad student, research associate, etc. their respective organization or institution must have already been added to the proposal (as an "official partner") before the budget and, therefore, the proposal, can be completed and made ready for submission.

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Is it required to obtain the Supporting Letter for Key investigators that are faculty members of the submitting institution?

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Is it required to obtain the Supporting Letter for Key investigators that are faculty members of the submitting institution?

No, supporting letter is not required for key investigators affiliated to the submitting institution, as the RO will vet the proposal and submit the required endorsement letter.
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Can I submit the proposal as a new submission even though when I registered the proposal I indicated that this would be a resubmission?

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Can I submit the proposal as a new submission even though when I registered the proposal I indicated that this would be a resubmission?

Yes, the type of applications (New, Resubmission, Renewal) can be changed during the proposal preparation. 

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Please clarify if the term 'key investigators' refers only to the Lead PI and PIs?

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Please clarify if the term 'key investigators' refers only to the Lead PI and PIs?

Yes, this is correct.
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Can the online proposal preparation be done in intervals (complete some part and finish the rest at a later date)?

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Can the online proposal preparation be done in intervals (complete some part and finish the rest at a later date)?

Yes, you can write or edit any section and after saving it you can log off and continue later on.
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Can any of the other key investigators login and change the proposal they are participating in and how can we make sure that it is not done without the permission of the Lead PI?

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Can any of the other key investigators login and change the proposal they are participating in and how can we make sure that it is not done without the permission of the Lead PI?

No, none of the key investigators can login to the proposal of the lead PI and change its content.  They can only review it. Once the Lead PI invites any of the key investigators they can review the proposal to decide whether to accept participating or not.
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Does a graduate student have to be enrolled in their school at the time of submission of the grant or at the time the grant is awarded?

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Does a graduate student have to be enrolled in their school at the time of submission of the grant or at the time the grant is awarded?

No, graduate students don't have to be identified during proposal submission. However, if funded, Grad students are to be identified in the online award administration system prior to their engagement in the research.
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Does the NPRP ID in the template of the supporting letter refers to the PIs or to the proposal?

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Does the NPRP ID in the template of the supporting letter refers to the PIs or to the proposal?

It refers to the proposal.
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I understand that the font size and margins are set for the proposal under the proposal guidelines; I would like to know whether or not we can put something in the header or footer of the different pa

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I understand that the font size and margins are set for the proposal under the proposal guidelines; I would like to know whether or not we can put something in the header or footer of the different pa

It is not allowed to change or add anything in the header or footer of the research plan.
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Who should sign the supporting letter? Can the RO sign the letter?

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Who should sign the supporting letter? Can the RO sign the letter?

A supporting letter, using institutional official letter head, should be signed by the Dean or equivalent from the collaborative institutions and stamped with the official stamp of the institution.
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