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Objective of NPRP-S

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 NPRP-S cycle, QNRF intends to stimulate partnerships between academics and research end-users.

The NPRP-S aims to focus on meritorious research projects that demonstrate a potential impact on the development of Qatar’s society and economy emphasizing on:

  • 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 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.

Objectives of NPRP-C

The objectives of NPRP-C are:

  • Build teams focused on Qatar’s priorities that involve the appropriate disciplines and end-users to achieve implementable, holistic solutions.
  • Provide funding to tackle significant needs that are compelling enough to attract commitments of additional in-kind and in-cash resources from commercial, industrial and public sector end-users.
  • Engage the end-users in defining and directing multi-institutional and inter-disciplinary outcomes.

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 11th Cycle

Timeline of NPRP- Standard (NPRP-S)

The key dates of the National Priorities Research Program- Standard 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 * 2nd November 2017, 12:00 PM (Noon)
Close proposal submission by LPI 30th January 2018, 12:00 PM (Noon)          
RO final proposal submission and vetting* 6th February 2018, 12:00 PM (Noon)
Ineligible proposals notification March 2018
Successful proposals notification, awards announced July 2018

 

Timeline of NPRP-Clusters (NPRP-C)

The key dates of the National Priorities Research Program- Clusters are: Doha time

Online registration for Program Directors and LPIs Always open
Online registration of ROs and Key Investigators Always open
Open IRP submission by Program Director & RO vetting process*
2nd November 2017, 12:00 PM (Noon)
Close IRP submission by Program Director & RO vetting process* 30th April 2018, 12:00 PM (Noon)

* RO vetting can only start once the proposal/IRP is submitted.

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Q & A

If the publications are books not available as electronic files, should they be submitted as hardcopy or is it enough to write the titles?

Question Categories: NPRP Q & A, Proposal Preparation Modify date:

If the publications are books not available as electronic files, should they be submitted as hardcopy or is it enough to write the titles?

You need to write the title, chapter, the author's name, the publisher and the ISBN number. Book chapters could be scanned and uploaded. Online links can also be provided if available.
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Is there a limit on the number of consultants per proposal?

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Is there a limit on the number of consultants per proposal?

No, there is no fixed number of consultants per proposal. However, the number of consultants, their experience and critical contribution to a project should be thoroughly justified.
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Please let me know whether the Institution's Endorsement Letter needs to be submitted by the submitting Institution, the collaborative Institution, or both?

Question Categories: NPRP Q & A, Proposal Preparation Modify date:

Please let me know whether the Institution's Endorsement Letter needs to be submitted by the submitting Institution, the collaborative Institution, or both?

The Institutional Endorsement letter should be agreed on electronically by the Submitting institution at the time of vetting of the proposal.
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For renewal proposal, can the new selected LPI add new KIs or change the previous KIs?

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For renewal proposal, can the new selected LPI add new KIs or change the previous KIs?

yes, he can.
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My institution doesn't have an official stamp to be used in supporting letters. How can we meet this requirement?

Question Categories: NPRP Q & A, Research Office (RO) Modify date:

My institution doesn't have an official stamp to be used in supporting letters. How can we meet this requirement?

Institutions that don't have official stamps can have the supporting letter endorsed by a notary public.
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Can a Research Office (RO) of an institute located outside of Qatar register in order to vet the proposal submitted by its lead PI?

Question Categories: NPRP Q & A, Research Office (RO) Modify date:

Can a Research Office (RO) of an institute located outside of Qatar register in order to vet the proposal submitted by its lead PI?

No, only ROs of submitting institutions inside Qatar can register.
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As RO I am prevented from registering as key investigator. Please describe the procedure for RO's to register as a key investigator.

Question Categories: NPRP Q & A, Research Office (RO) Modify date:

As RO I am prevented from registering as key investigator. Please describe the procedure for RO's to register as a key investigator.

QNRF does not allow participation of any staff of the RO as a key investigator. If a staff of the RO wants to become a key investigator, a request should be submitted to QNRF, to remove that person as a member of the RO and then register as key investigator.
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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 ?

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

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?

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

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?

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

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?

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

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.

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

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?

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

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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If QNRF policy changes post-award, which policy would apply? the old or the new?

Question Categories: NPRP Q & A, Fund Management Modify date:

If QNRF policy changes post-award, which policy would apply? the old or the new?

We only change our policy by a mutual agreement with awardee.
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If a PI from a company is collaborating with an academic partner, would the awarded budget go to the company or the institution?

Question Categories: NPRP Q & A, Fund Management Modify date:

If a PI from a company is collaborating with an academic partner, would the awarded budget go to the company or the institution?

The award will go to the submitting research institution (known as the "awardee") whether it is a private company or an academic institution, which will manage the disbursement of the fund.
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Can funding money be allocated directly to a foreign university? What percentage of Full Economic Costing (FEC) is available?

Question Categories: NPRP Q & A, Fund Management Modify date:

Can funding money be allocated directly to a foreign university? What percentage of Full Economic Costing (FEC) is available?

Regardless of their geographical location, all applicants to the NPRP must partner with a Qatari institution (referred to in QNRF documentation as the 'Awardee'). That institution will then assume responsibility for disbursement of the award and although funds cannot be transferred directly from QNRF to an overseas institution, the Awardee institution can make such a transfer as long as it is in line with the Lead PI's approved budget.
FEC is a costing methodology now used in all UK higher education institutions to help calculate the full economic cost of individual research projects and to assess the potential for recovery of that cost. Whilst QNRF recognizes that the ongoing under-recovery of costs cannot be sustained by any research institution, it does currently lim it the contribution to an institution's indirect costs to a maximum of 20% of the total amount awarded, as the primary purpose of the award is to fund research.
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Can we submit a research proposal on a topic, whose invention has already been patented (international patent) by another Institution out side Qatar?

Question Categories: NPRP Q & A, Ethics, Safety and Regulations Modify date:

Can we submit a research proposal on a topic, whose invention has already been patented (international patent) by another Institution out side Qatar?

No, the research proposal is considered duplicated. QNRF policy is to decline duplicated research applications.
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When is the deadline for submitting the ethical compliance? You mention in the RFP "prior to funding". Is there a specific date?

Question Categories: NPRP Q & A, Ethics, Safety and Regulations Modify date:

When is the deadline for submitting the ethical compliance? You mention in the RFP "prior to funding". Is there a specific date?

The ethical compliance should be submitted no later than two months after the funding results announcement, during the announced pre-funding stage timeline.
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What does QNRF mean by ethical compliance approval for hazardous materials?

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What does QNRF mean by ethical compliance approval for hazardous materials?

QNRF requires the LPI to submit approval from the appropriate Institutional committee, that the Lab is certified (safe to operate) and the research team received the required training course to conduct this project. This procedure is to protect all members of the research team from any biological (viral, bacterial, fungal), and chemical (Carcinogens, radioactive and flammables) agents.   Such committees for example, may be Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) for research involving bio-hazardous materials, or equivalent ethics board or committee as described above.
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