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 20, 2019 April 2019 October 2019
Belmont Forum International funding agencies Open April 2019 July 2019 2020


Qatar Genome Program Closed January 2019 April 2019 October 2019

TUBITAK-QNRF Joint Funding Program

TUBITAK Open February 2019 May 2019 October  2019
Food Security Call Ministry of Municipality and Environment-Qatar Open May 2019 October 2019 January/February 2020