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Program Description

The Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) in collaboration with UK Partners:is launching Qatar-UK Research Networking Programme(Q-UKRNP), which is a joint funding program based on the QNRF’s Conferences and Workshops Support Program (CWSP) and the UK’s Science and Innovation Network (SIN) supported British Council’s Researcher Links Programme. This new joint research networking programme is designed to provide financial support to bring together a Qatar-UK bilateral cohort of early career researchers to take part in workshops focusing on building links for future collaboration and enhancing the researchers’ career opportunities.

The sponsorship grant awards each awardee team up to US $50,000 for conducting workshops principally in Qatar. Each workshop sponsored by this program will be coordinated by two Leading Researchers, one each from Qatar and the UK, and will focus either on a specific research area or on an interdisciplinary theme. Workshop coordinators (i.e. applicants for workshop) can identify up to four additional Leading or Established researchers (two from each country) to be involved in the workshop and act as mentors, but the remaining participants must be researchers at an earlier stage in their career.

Proposals are invited in the discipline/multidisciplinary areas as per the research priorities identified for Qatar under Qatar National Research Strategy (QNRS) that are also research priorities for the UK. Following are the four QNRS pillars:

Objectives

All Q-UKRNP funded workshops will have the following five overarching objectives:

  1. Create a framework/platform that fosters collaboration between researchers in Qatar and UK research community.
  2. Build capacity of early career researchers in Qatar and UK.
  3. Increasing engagement of undergraduate and postgraduate students in Qatar towards research endeavors by providing exposure to latest research efforts and ideas.
  4. Establish new research links or significantly develop existing links, with the potential for longer term sustainability
  5. Support research in the areas of national priorities for Qatar and UK.

The immediate term outcomes of the proposed workshops would include collaborative research projects or project bids of high quality by joint teams from Qatar and UK.

  1. Energy and Environment
  2. Computer Science and ICT
  3. Health and Life Sciences
  4. Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities
Application

This program is part of the CWSP offerings and hence applicants would use exactly the same online application to submit their applications to this program. There are some Q-UKRNP specific descriptive questions that must be responded to by the applicants. These questions are listed in the document titled “Q-UKRNP Application Questionnaire.docx” in the “Download Center” section below. Applicants are expected to download this document, write their responses in it, save the document in PDF format and then upload it inside the system along with other documents to be uploaded.

Please note that from the two member team of PIs from Qatar and UK, only the Qatar based LPI affiliated with a registered Research Office (RO) would be allowed to submit the proposal on behalf of the team.

To apply, applicants will have to visit https://oss.qnrfsubmission.org and register with QNRF’s QGrants system (if they aren’t already registered). After which the applicants will have to log in and then they would able to see all the QNRF programs that are accepting applications at that point of time. Then applicants are expected to click on the link for applying to Conference & Workshop Sponsorship Program (CWSP) to register their proposal. After this, applicants can start preparing their proposal online.

Timeline

The following dates represent the important deadlines in for the Q-UKRNP in Doha Time:

Activity Timeline
Online submission starts

July 28th, 2015 at 12:00 Noon, Doha time

Online submission deadline Sept 28th, 2015 at 12:00 Noon, Doha time
RO Vetting starts July 16th, 2015 at 12:00 Noon, Doha time
RO Vetting deadline Oct 8th, 2015 at 12:00 Noon, Doha time
Announcement of results Dec 2015
Download Center
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Q-UKRNP Call For Applications (CFA) Download
Q-UKRNP Application Questionnaire Download