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.


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 October 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

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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