Thematic and Grand Challenges Research Program

  • The Thematic and Grand Challenges Program (TGRP) offers calls that build on QNRS identified research objectives through interdisciplinary and multi-sector collaboration teams.
  • The calls are designed to be outcome-focused to address research priorities.
  • The goal of the calls is to competitively select research projects that address research questions in an identified thematic area.
  • The themes of the calls and the research priorities within each call are identified through meetings with national stakeholders within the four pillars of QNRS, in which a steering committee is set up with representative stakeholders for each thematic call to help in formulating the areas of the call and later evaluate its outcome.
  • Each call will have its own start and end date, which also includes maximum budget, number of years, and any other conditions related to the application. Eligibility conditions, whether for LPIs, proposals or collaborating institutions, will be specified in each call and might differ from one call to another.
  • Calls will be communicated with the registered applicants and Research Offices and posted online.


Title Joint Funding Partner Status Application Opens Application Deadline Awards Announcement
U.S-Qatar-MENA Infectious Disease Research Initiative NIAID/NIH and CRDF Closed June 5th, 2014 August 18th, 2014 May, 2015
Osra Doha International Family Institute Closed January 17th, 2018 March 26th, 2018 June/July, 2018
Belmont Forum International funding agencies Closed December 9th, 2016 Deadline for the pre-proposal submissions

March 15th, 2017

Deadline for full proposal submissions

20th September, 2017
December, 2017


 Qatar Genome Program Closed December 14th, 2016 March 8th, 2017 June 2017

TUBITAK-QNRF Joint Funding Program

Call 1: Academia-Industry Cooperation on Cybersecurity

TUBITAK Closed October 4th, 2017 January 29th, 2018 March 2018