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
OSRA Doha International Family Institute Closed March 2020 June 2020 October 2020
Belmont Forum International funding agencies Closed April 2020 September 2020 Early 2021


Qatar Genome Program Open March 2021 May 2021 November 2021

TUBITAK-QNRF Joint Funding Program

TUBITAK Closed February 2020 June 2020 October  2020
Food Security Call Ministry of Municipality and Environment-Qatar Closed July 2020 October 2020 February/March 2021
Equine Research Call National Center for Scientific and Technical Research-Morocco (CNRST) Open January 2021 April 2021 October/November 2021