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Objective

QNRF seeks to stimulate a broad array of undergraduate research opportunities within Education City and Qatar University through faculty- and other researcher-led projects involving one or more students. This program will supplement existing opportunities and contribute to workforce training and the wider participation of women in the economy by funding activities above and beyond those available through ordinary coursework during the academic year. For example, students may undertake projects during semester and summer breaks

Description

The Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP) will promote 'Learning by Doing' and 'Hands-On' mentorship activities as effective methods for undergraduate education. In addition to a research-based education, students will gain experience with team-based research collaboration with faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and other undergraduates or research staff in Qatar.

The program will support students engaged in team- or site-based projects under the auspices of faculty members or professional researchers. Under this program, QNRF would solicit proposals from Qatar’s academic institutions. Proposals would cover a specific academic department or group of departments, specify possible research projects and list participating faculty and other researchers that would manage individual undergraduate research projects. The selection of undergraduate participants, research topics and detailed management would be the responsibility of the lead faculty member receiving the award, consistent with QNRF policies established in the request for proposals.

UREP funds would, in general, be limited to purchasing and maintaining supplies and equipment needed for the student's conducted research project and for publishing. Other appropriate expenses include travel and housing, depending on the location of the UREP site. For projects that extend beyond the academic year, a student stipend is appropriate. All UREP projects must have a substantive educational content. Most individual projects would likely be undertaken within the academic department receiving the UREP award. However, the UREP should be designed to allow collaborative projects where faculty-mentored undergraduate research could involve commercial firms and government offices.

Responsiveness to Challenges

While the core premise of Education City is that undergraduates will receive a research-based education, QNRF's role is to ensure that adequate resources are available to cover student expenses in addition to faculty or researcher expenses not already covered by Qatar Foundation. In particular, faculty may require compensation for additional responsibilities and workloads.

QNRF's involvement can also ensure continuity and institutional memory of projects and student researchers. It can further build awareness among students and faculty, particularly of Qatar University, of research opportunities in Qatar. To the extent that researchers from the public and private sectors of Qatar engage with academe to provide opportunities for undergraduate research projects, this activity can also serve to promote collaboration.

Potential Benefits

The primary benefit of this activity is to build human capital, while the secondary one is to bolster Qatar’s reputation for research. To the extent that the Education City universities and Qatar University take up the offer to conduct undergraduate research, their students are more likely to receive a higher-quality education and receive a firmer foundation in knowledge creation.

QNRF will archive and publish the results of undergraduate research opportunities, at least in electronic form (most such projects would be documented with a student report). As above, this public record will help to publicize the research and to provide a body of work that can be applied by future researchers in follow-on studies, while also assisting in assessing the impact that such funding activities have had on Qatar.

The program itself is likely to enhance productive collaboration between faculty and students, and will help to facilitate the introduction of graduate-school education. Enhancing the opportunity for undergraduates to conduct research may have the side-benefit of facilitating faculty and commercial research, thereby leading to the creation of more refined research products and greater interaction with the academic world outside Qatar.

Timeline

The following dates represent the major milestones of the Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP) in Doha Time:


UREP 22 Timeline:

Description Dates
Start of online proposal submission and vetting processes 

Monday,  9th October, 2017, noon Doha time

Deadline for online proposal submission Thursday, 30th November, 2017, noon Doha time  
Deadline for RO vetting Monday, 11 th December, 2017, noon Doha time
Ineligible proposal notification January, 2018
Announcement of awards March, 2018

 

UREP 23 Timeline:

Description Dates
Start of online proposal submission and vetting processes 

Monday,  2nd April, 2018, noon Doha time

Deadline for online proposal submission Monday, 23rd April, 2018, noon Doha time  
Deadline for RO vetting Monday, 30th April, 2018, noon Doha time
Ineligible proposal notification May, 2018
Announcement of awards August, 2018
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Is there a timeline for the research project?

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Is there a timeline for the research project?

Timeline of each UREP cycle is included in its RFP. The timeline for UREP Projects include dates for the submission of progress and final reports. These dates should be adhered to, except where there is a genuine need to change them, in which case, a "Change of Status Request Form" should be submitted to request extensions.
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When should the research projects start?

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When should the research projects start?

Each cycle's timeline is published in its RFP, which is posted on UREP's webpage of QNRF's website. 
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How much time should the projects take?

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How much time should the projects take?

The awarded project must be completed within a year from the announcement of the award, as indicated in the timeline. Project schedules themselves are at the discretion of the faculty members, as long as they include a significant amount of work by the undergraduate student(s). This could mean, for example, an intensive summer research project, a year long project, a senior research project or other kinds of research-intensive projects.
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What are the typical time lines for the UREP cycles for the submission of the RFP, announcement of the awards and the submission of the proposal?

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What are the typical time lines for the UREP cycles for the submission of the RFP, announcement of the awards and the submission of the proposal?

Cycle timelines vary slightly from on cycle to another. However, each cycle's schedule is published in its RFP, which should be consulted for more an accurate estimation of time frames.
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