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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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Where do you get the peer reviewers from? Are they local or mainly from the U.S and Europe?

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Where do you get the peer reviewers from? Are they local or mainly from the U.S and Europe?

QNRF follows established international criteria in the peer reviewing process. All peer reviewers are selected from all over the world, but not locally inside Qatar.

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Can you elaborate more on the review process?

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Can you elaborate more on the review process?

QNRF uses two steps review process:

1- Peer review:  where the NPRP proposals will be sent to a minimum of three PRs and maximum of five PRs, of similar research interest as the submitted proposal, are selected from the QNRF database. All PRs in QNRF are globally selected. Based on the evaluation criteria and scores, each PR, independently, states his/her critiques, comments and review in each criterion, reflected by a score.

 2- Programmatic review: Which is Designed to “have a wider scope of assessment in order to fit with the objectives of the program” and It is a distinct step from the Peer review and does not reproduce the scientific evaluation performed by PRs. Based on a panel review and only shortlisted proposals are examined.

The NPRP evaluation criteria and scores are described in the RFP. 

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If a LPI copies from his own work, is this plagiarism?

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If a LPI copies from his own work, is this plagiarism?

Yes, if any work is copied from another published work, it is plagiarism. In this case it is self-plagiarism. Another work can be paraphrased, or given within quotes in case exact words need to be used and should be appropriately referenced. Please refer to the research misconduct policy at

http://www.qnrf.org/en-us/Funding/Policies-Rules-and-Regulations/Research-Misconduct-Policy 


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For resubmitted proposals, will they go through the same system as regular proposals submitted or will they have a specific mechanism?

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For resubmitted proposals, will they go through the same system as regular proposals submitted or will they have a specific mechanism?

Resubmitted and newly submitted proposals follow the same procedure except that QNRF will try to send the resubmitted proposals to the same previous peer reviewers. If any PR is not available, he/she will be replaced by a newly assigned PR of the same quality.

Your rebuttal to peer reviewers will be added under the rebuttal section in the research plan. 

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We would like to request the exclusion of 2 out of 5 peer reviewers for a resubmitted proposal, how is that possible?

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We would like to request the exclusion of 2 out of 5 peer reviewers for a resubmitted proposal, how is that possible?

You can add the names and institutions that you would like to exclude in the box "Comments to QNRF" during the proposal registration. 

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