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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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Request For Proposal (RFP) of NPRP 10th cycle    Download
Research Plan Template Download
Supporting Letter Template Download
Items Not Allowable under Miscellaneous Download
Grant Application Guide (GAG) Download
Requirements for IRB Certification and Research Assurance Download
Research Office Inside Qatar
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Authorization Letter Template Download
Research Office Questionnaire Template Download
User Guide - Research Office Registration Download
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Screening and Disqualification Download
Budget Components Download
Co-Funding Commitment Letter Template Download
Research Ethics and Regulatory Requirements Download
Definitions and Terminologies

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Institution's Responsibilities and Post-Award Download
Approved List of Terminal Degrees Download
NPRP10 Public Presentation  Download
Shortlisting Procedure Download
Hotspot Analysis for NPRP 10 (link)  Link

As a lead PI, how can I add Key investigators to the proposal?

Question Categories: NPRP Q & A, Online Registration Modify date:

As a lead PI, how can I add Key investigators to the proposal?

All principal investigators will need to register themselves through the applicant registration channel so that the LPI can add them during the proposal preparation phase by providing their e-mail addresses.

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I wish to register my interest in working in one of the submitted Proposals. How do I do this?

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I wish to register my interest in working in one of the submitted Proposals. How do I do this?

First you need to register as an applicant https://oss.qnrfsubmission.org/Registration/RegistrationStart.aspx.  If you are selected by the LPI as key investigator you will receive from the LPI an invitation to participate in your QNRF account, and then you can accept participation.
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By when should key investigators be registered online?

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By when should key investigators be registered online?

The other principal investigators of the research team, can continue to register after the proposal registration also, but much before proposal submission, as the LPI will need to invite them to participate online.

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How can I register my name as a peer reviewer and my areas of expertise?

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How can I register my name as a peer reviewer and my areas of expertise?

You can register as a peer reviewer through the following link  https://oss.qnrfsubmission.org/Registration/RegistrationStart.aspx . During registration you will be able to select your research area and sub research area plus other information required by us; you will also be requested to upload your CV. However, if you are already registered as an applicant, you need to submit a request through the support link to change your status from applicant to peer reviewer. 

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Does a non-Qatari institution acting as the Research Office need to register online with QNRF, to vet the submitted proposals ?

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Does a non-Qatari institution acting as the Research Office need to register online with QNRF, to vet the submitted proposals ?

Only the ROs of the submitting institutions inside Qatar, whether they are Qatari or non-Qatari, are required to register online in order to be able to vet.
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How can an error in institution during registration be fixed?

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How can an error in institution during registration be fixed?

Please submit a request to QNRF through the support link, as the institution can be changed on the profile only after approval.
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I am a collaborator in a research project. How do I register with your office?

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I am a collaborator in a research project. How do I register with your office?

All investigators can register online. It's the Lead PI who has the role to choose the research team.
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If I am a PI who registered last year, can I use the same username and password?

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If I am a PI who registered last year, can I use the same username and password?

For all applicants using QNRF submission site, username and password remain valid for the next cycle. 
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I registered for the NPRP grant application, but I never received an email confirmation or an SMS message.

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I registered for the NPRP grant application, but I never received an email confirmation or an SMS message.

If you didn't receive a confirmation message from the system through either e-mail or SMS, please send your enquiry through the "support" link on QNRF website so that IT support can confirm your registration.
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My university is not listed. What should I do?

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My university is not listed. What should I do?

Please add your institution by selecting "Add New Institution" which is an option at the top of the list. This requires QNRF approval.
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Is it possible to modify my Information as PI?

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Is it possible to modify my Information as PI?

Yes, you can do so any time by clicking on 'Profile' tab, unless you want to change your institution and in that case you have to submit a special request to QNRF.
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