Qatar Innovation Promotion Award (QIPA)

Qatar Innovation Promotion Award (QIPA) Program is Archived!

Q & A

As per the state –of-the-art of technology in my idea’s domain, all the components of my proposed idea are not established to work well separately, or can’t be combined right now, but I still want to

QIPA is focused on developing prototypes/demos that are feasible to be built and tested within a maximum of 12 months with the current technology in all the fields. Ideas will be scored with these considerations, so ideas requiring more basic research work for the part or whole of proposed designs would not score well and hence won’t be accepted in the QIPA program.

I have an idea, but I don’t know how to build a prototype/demo. Would QIPA support me for outsourcing the development?

If approved by the review panel, parts of the development process could be outsourced to consultants or companies, as long as that work doesn’t qualify for IP creation.

When is an idea ready for QIPA?

An idea is ready when an applicant can fulfill these two conditions:

*  Show an ad-hoc demo or feasible design plan or a representative analytical model of the proposed prototype/ demo

*   Describe what tests will be conducted to establish the validity of proposed idea in a controlled environment (e.g. laboratory) and in the operational environment conditions in which the proposed solution will operate or get implemented.

I have a service idea; can such ideas be used in application to QIPA?

Yes, if you are developing some technology to provide that service in an innovative manner.

Will there be any budget reductions?

Yes, if the budget proposed by a selected awardee is determined as unrealistic, then the budget will be reduced.

As per the state –of-the-art of technology in my idea’s domain, all the components of my proposed idea are not established to work well separately, or can’t be combined right now, but I still want to

QIPA is focused on developing prototypes/demos that are feasible to be built and tested within a maximum of 12 months with the current technology in all the fields. Ideas will be scored with these considerations, so ideas requiring more basic research work for the part or whole of proposed designs would not score well and hence won’t be accepted in the QIPA program.

What happens when the background IP belongs to Qatar Foundation and the inventor wants to further develop it to launch an innovative product or service?

If the background IP is owned by Qatar Foundation then it would be made available:-

  • Freely for development during the QIPA program;
  • At mutually agreeable terms during the commercialization stage.

How will discussions regarding IP be managed?

IPTT will decide the IP policy and conduct assessments of IP created to determine QNRF and QF’s position on a case-by-case basis.

I already have a prototype and/or have tested it too. Will my idea be accepted in QIPA?

Innovators, whose ideas are determined as mature enough to be taken up by seed-stage investors or business incubators, will be advised to approach suitable investors/ business incubators and therefore will not be accepted in QIPA.

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Who will own the intellectual property (IP) generated?

QIPA recognizes the innovators’ right to maintain ownership of their ideas and the IP created by them.

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What happens when the inventor already owns or has licensed the background IP?

Background IP will belong to its owners only.

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Will QNRF take any share in the proceeds generated from IP created during QIPA?

QNRF through its sister organization, the Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer (IPTT) Office of QF R&D, will take a minority share of the proceeds resulting from any IP developed through QIPA’s support

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Who will file the patents and bear the patenting cost for IP created through a QIPA supported project?

Innovators / teams are the owners of the IP and hence they are expected to bear the costs of doing their own filing. If an innovator or team wishes to opt for IPTT’s services then they can do so by working on mutually agreeable terms with IPTT.

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Can QF or IPTT bear the patenting costs on the innovators behalf?

Should IPTT determine the IP generated as worthy of further investment from QF, then they might agree on making an investment in the costs of patenting using financial instruments like debt, equity and/or quasi-equity, or through royalty sharing agreements or a combination of these. This

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How will an idea be evaluated?

Ideas will be evaluated on the following criteria:

a)      Innovation potential

b)      Technical/scientific feasibility

c)       Individual’s/team’s technical and execution capabilities

d)      Potential economic and/or social impact for Qatar

e)      Cost effectiveness and planning

f)       Overall impact of proposal and presentation Risk analysis

 

 

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Who will be evaluating the applications submitted?

QIPA team will do the screening and shortlisting, while expert reviewers will score the applications on the evaluation criteria mentioned above. Final award decisions will be made by a relevant committee.


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Will applicants receive some feedback on their applications?

Access to online reviews won’t be provided to anyone. Only successful applicants will receive the summary of official feedback from the QIPA team. If some applicants are called for a presentation, then they will receive verbal feedback from the review panel during their presentation.

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When will the results be announced?

Results for QIPA will be announced in January 2015 for this pilot cycle i.e. Cycle 1.

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Is there a minimum requirement for number of milestones in the application?

Yes, applicants must enter at least one milestone for each quarter (three month period). Applicants should put enough detailed milestones to convey their development and testing plan well to the reviewers. Lack of enough details will convey poor planning. A well planned proposal is expected to give evaluators much more confidence in the claims made by applicants in their proposed plans.

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How can someone apply to QIPA?

Individuals have to apply online for QIPA at https://oss.qnrfsubmission.org/ by first registering (if they aren’t already registered) and then selecting  ‘Start Proposal’ in the ‘Proposals’ tab. First step would be to register the proposal and then go to ‘Prepare Proposal’ under the ‘Proposals’ tab in the dashboard view available after logging in to the Online Submission System (OSS).


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