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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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Should the Lead PI reside in Qatar?

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Should the Lead PI reside in Qatar?

Yes, the lead PI must reside inside Qatar and be full time employee to an approved submitting institution. 

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Can the awarded JSREP PIs act as LPIs in NPRP?

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Can the awarded JSREP PIs act as LPIs in NPRP?

If JSREP project finishes before June 1st  2017, he/she will be eligible to act as LPI in NPRP. Otherwise, they can participate as PI in one NPRP project.

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Is there a limit on the number of proposals and/or awards that a person may have as any role?

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Is there a limit on the number of proposals and/or awards that a person may have as any role?

Each key investigator is eligible to participate in up to four roles in NPRP projects in all ongoing cycles, excluding projects to be completed before June 1st, 2017. 

 

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I would like to perform some of the research in the US, if awarded a grant. Is this acceptable?

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I would like to perform some of the research in the US, if awarded a grant. Is this acceptable?

Yes, taking into consideration our policy, as also mentioned in the RFP for percentages of work done inside and outside of Qatar:

The total annual budget (direct and indirect) must be expended as at least sixty-five percent (65%) of
the total award within Qatar and no more than thirty-five percent (35%) outside of Qatar.
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My publication has already been added in the QNRF system by another author. How do I add it to my account?

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My publication has already been added in the QNRF system by another author. How do I add it to my account?

The system will prompt the LPI when a publication that has already been entered online is reentered by the LPI. However, the LPI will be able to choose this publication as another co-author and add to his profile.
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Is there a limit to the total number of participants in a given proposal?

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Is there a limit to the total number of participants in a given proposal?

No, there are no limitations to number of participants in a project by QNRF. However, the qualifications of all key investigators will be reviewed and evaluated by the peer reviewers.
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For the LPI eligibility of five publications, will accepted manuscipts fulfil the criteria?

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For the LPI eligibility of five publications, will accepted manuscipts fulfil the criteria?

No, accepted manuscripts are not published yet, and hence will not have a ISSN, ISBN or DoI number yet. Hence the system will not allow you to submit this.
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LPI has lesser than five required publications for eligibility. However, they have higher impact value. Will this be accepted by QNRF?

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LPI has lesser than five required publications for eligibility. However, they have higher impact value. Will this be accepted by QNRF?

QNRF requires five publications as eligibility from LPIs. The publications could be book or book chapters, online journal publications, peer reviewed journal publications, patents etc., The number of publications need to fulfil the requirement of five, irrespective of the impact factor.
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Are QF employees are allowed to apply? If allowed, which center in this case will vet the proposal??

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Are QF employees are allowed to apply? If allowed, which center in this case will vet the proposal??

Any center having an independent legal entity within Qatar Foundation can apply and their respective research office can vet the proposal.
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Does QNRF support an individual research proposal in order to conduct research in Qatari laboratories?

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Does QNRF support an individual research proposal in order to conduct research in Qatari laboratories?

QNRF does not support individual research proposals, however, any proposal must be submitted via a submitting institution based inside Qatar. If your institution is not located in Qatar you need to partner with another key investigator working within an institution that is based inside Qatar.
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Can a graduate student participate in NPRP research grants? What are the conditions?

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Can a graduate student participate in NPRP research grants? What are the conditions?

A graduate student may participate in the research grant if he/she was part of the research team but not as a key investigator.  Please refer to the RFP under 'Eligibility of Graduate Students' for more details.
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Are consultants considered as Key investigators?

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Are consultants considered as Key investigators?

No, consultants are not Key investigators but they are part of the research team.
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Can an institution outside Qatar be the submitting Institution (Awardee) and then commit to open a branch in Qatar if the project is awarded, in order to comply with the RFP policy?

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Can an institution outside Qatar be the submitting Institution (Awardee) and then commit to open a branch in Qatar if the project is awarded, in order to comply with the RFP policy?

No, the submitting institution should be inside Qatar, registered with QNRF as a RO prior to submission of proposals for any programs.
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Are there any funding possibilities for the improvement of infrastructure and research facilities of non-profit diagnostic and research units?

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Are there any funding possibilities for the improvement of infrastructure and research facilities of non-profit diagnostic and research units?

QNRF funds only basic and applied research. Unfortunately funding is not available for improvement infrastructure and development of research facilities.
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Are there any QNRF requirements as to who can be a consultant, or this is left to the professional judgment of the research team?

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Are there any QNRF requirements as to who can be a consultant, or this is left to the professional judgment of the research team?

Consultants could be from inside or outside Qatar and should have a proven track record in their field of specialization, and their role should be to provide professional or expert advice only.
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