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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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How can I calculate the 20% indirect cost?

Question Categories: NPRP Q & A, Budget Modify date:

How can I calculate the 20% indirect cost?

Total Budget= Direct Cost (DC) + Indirect Cost (IC)
If the Indirect cost in your institution is 20% of the direct cost then IC = 0.2*DC
To calculate IC from the Total cost it will be; IC= 0.1666*Total Budget

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Is funding of small proposals that require US$20,000 competing with those requiring US$200,000 for example?

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Is funding of small proposals that require US$20,000 competing with those requiring US$200,000 for example?

Yes, all proposals will be evaluated equally regardless of the total budget requested.

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Is funding permitted to be used to compensate individuals who complete a survey for the research purpose?

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Is funding permitted to be used to compensate individuals who complete a survey for the research purpose?

The payments are not considered as incentives but rather as compensation for their efforts as long as they are reasonable; 

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Under what budget category does the purchase of survey data go as a line item? Equipment or miscellaneous?

Question Categories: NPRP Q & A, Budget Modify date:

Under what budget category does the purchase of survey data go as a line item? Equipment or miscellaneous?

As per the Budget Components Document, the Miscellaneous category includes communications, administrative and other similar costs. It is also subject to a cap of 5% of the total annual budget and thus including the purchase of survey data means that it would quickly exceed this limit. In such case "Services" under the Equipment cost is a suitable budget category for purchasing survey data. 

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Does QNRF cover the family expenses for a researcher who needs to go abroad for about 2 or 3 months?

Question Categories: NPRP Q & A, Budget Modify date:

Does QNRF cover the family expenses for a researcher who needs to go abroad for about 2 or 3 months?

QNRF does not fund travel expenses to spouse or family members accompanying the researcher going abroad to continue his research. QNRF funds travel expenses of any member of the research team as per the QNRF travel policy provided that such expenses are covered in the original budget and justifications are given. 

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Which travel policy should be followed when key investigators plan to work in Qatar?

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Which travel policy should be followed when key investigators plan to work in Qatar?

It should follow the QNRF travel policy available at http://www.qnrf.org/en-us/Funding/Policies-Rules-and-Regulations/Travel-Policy 

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Is there a limit to how much money one could allocate to pay consultants?

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Is there a limit to how much money one could allocate to pay consultants?

Yes, the daily rate of a consultant should not exceed 750$ US. 

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Can we include conference expenses as part of our budget?

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Can we include conference expenses as part of our budget?

NPRP allows budgeting travel expenses to conferences, but does NOT allow organizing conferences/workshops as part of the approved budget for the proposal.
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I reside in Qatar but I visit our mother campus university in the US every other semester. Can the part of work I do for research in the US be considered as part of the 50% effort in Qatar?

Question Categories: NPRP Q & A, Budget Modify date:

I reside in Qatar but I visit our mother campus university in the US every other semester. Can the part of work I do for research in the US be considered as part of the 50% effort in Qatar?

No, because you are supposed to budget funds for that part of the work to be done by you on the mother campus. Therefore, it is considered as an effort outside Qatar, even though you reside in Qatar. However, If the work is done free of charge, then it is considered "free effort" made outside Qatar, but will not be counted as effort inside Qatar. The rationale is to transfer technology and expertise, as well as developing a research culture inside Qatar.
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Does the money spent for attending training workshop or conference outside Qatar for a PI with a full-time employment with a university located inside Qatar qualify as Inside or Outside Qatar expense?

Question Categories: NPRP Q & A, Budget Modify date:

Does the money spent for attending training workshop or conference outside Qatar for a PI with a full-time employment with a university located inside Qatar qualify as Inside or Outside Qatar expense?

Such expenditure is classified as "inside Qatar" as defined all travel expenses from or to Qatar will be part of the 65%, while travel cost for research team located outside Qatar and intending to travel to other than Qatar will be part of the 35%. 
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