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October 2009 dr abdul sattar al taie executive director qnrf

Qatar National Research Fund

October, 2009

Dr. Abdul Sattar Al-Taie,

Executive Director, QNRF


Outline

Outline

  • Overview

    • Qatar Foundation (QF)

    • Qatar National Research Strategy (QNRS)

    • Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF)

  • QNRF Programs & Activities

    • National Priorities Research Program

    • Undergraduate Research Experience Program

    • Biannual National Research Survey

    • Conferences and Workshops Sponsorship Program

    • Special Research Program


October 2009 dr abdul sattar al taie executive director qnrf

QATAR FOUNDATION

for Education, Science and Community Development

An independent, chartered, nonprofit organization committed to the development of Qatar and its people.

Founded in 1995 by HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani.

Chairperson: HH Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al-Missned.


Qatar foundation overview

Qatar Foundation Overview

QF Mission and Vision:

“Qatar Foundation is guided by the principle that a nation’s true

wealth is its people. Our goal is to develop that human potential:

  • by creating a network of centers committed to delivering

    first-rate education, supporting science and research

    and promoting community development.

  • by partnering with world-class educational and research institutions.

  • by building a unique Education City, featuring state-of- the-art technology and facilities, that is a hub for the creating, sharing and finding practical uses of knowledge”.


Qatar foundation overview1

Qatar Foundation Overview

QF Innovation, Science, Technology and Research Entities.

QF supports a network of centers and

partnerships with elite institutions:

  • Education City.

  • Research Centers of Excellence.

  • The Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP).

  • The Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF).

  • International Partners.


Qatar foundation

Qatar Science Technology Park

Qatar Foundation

Convention

Centre

Sidra Medical and Research Centre

Faculty of Islamic Studies

Northwestern University

Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar

Georgetown University in Qatar

  • Schools

  • Qatar Academy

  • Bridge program

  • The Learning Centre

Carnegie Mellon Qatar

Texas A&M University

at Qatar

Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar


Qatar national research strategy qnrs

Qatar National Research Strategy (QNRS)

Overview of QNRS:

QF is entrusted with the implementation of the Qatar

National Research Strategy (QNRS) whose main drivers are:

  • Support for existing industry.

  • Diversification.

  • International Recognition.

  • Environmental Protection.

  • Improving Health.

  • Education.

  • Quality of Life.


October 2009 dr abdul sattar al taie executive director qnrf

2015

2007

2008

2009

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2014

2016

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2018

2019

2020

2021

2022

QF Research - Long Term Vision

Phase 1: Pursuit of Cutting Edge Science

  • Enrich people skills and research capabilities through the pursuit of cutting edge science in Qatar:

    • Specific programs initiated in year 1

    • (New programs)

    • Support other ongoing programs and initiatives

Building Qatar’s strength from Day 1 progressing in parallel

Phase 2: Position Qatar as Major Regional Contributor of Science

Advance the national ability to become a major contributor of science and technology at regional stage and position among the world leaders in patent filings

Phase 3: Become A Magnet for Innovative R&D Worldwide

Achieve significant advancement in niche areas of research and ensure this step forward becomes the growth sectors of tomorrow


October 2009 dr abdul sattar al taie executive director qnrf

QF Model for Research Integration and Coordination

Qatar Business & Research Organizations

Qatar Governmental Institutions

Multi-disciplinary

Research

Programs

Research Innovation Portfolio

Qatar Institute

for Biomedical

Reserch

Hamad Medical Corporation

Qatar Institute

for Computational

Sciences &

Data Mining

Qatar Institute

for Energy &

Environment

Shafallah

Commercialisation

Corporate Research


Qatar national research fund

Qatar National Research Fund


Qatar national research fund1

Qatar National Research Fund

Vision:

The Qatar Foundation envisions research as a catalyst for expanding and diversifying the country's economy; enhancing the education of its citizens and the training of its workforce; and fostering improvements in the health, well-being, environment, and security of its own people and those of the region.

Mission:

QNRF will lead the strategic development of a national research enterprise within Qatar. It is required to work in close cooperation with government ministries and departments that have a legitimate interest in the research enterprise of Qatar.


October 2009 dr abdul sattar al taie executive director qnrf

Qatar National Research Fund

QNRF Goals:

  • Build national human potential by using research funding

    and other activities to accelerate development of

    opportunities for education and training in basic and

    applied research in Qatar.

  • Fund research that focuses on related national needs.

  • Raise Qatar’s international profile in research and expand non-QNRF funding.


Qnrf programs activities

QNRF Programs & Activities


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QNRF Programs & Activities

Current:

  • National Priorities Research Program.

  • Undergraduate Research Experience Program.

  • Biannual National Research Survey.

  • Conferences and Workshops Sponsorship Program.

  • Arab Expatriate Scientists - Fast Track Launch Program.

    Tasked:

  • Theme Projects Program.

  • Distinguished Fellowships.

  • Facilitate the application of research results.

  • Graduate Research Experience Program.

  • Secondary Schools Research Program.

  • Young Scientists Research Program.


Undergraduate research experience program urep

Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP)


Undergraduate research experience program urep1

Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP)

The QNRF seeks to stimulate a broad array of undergraduate research opportunities in Education City and Qatar University through faculty- and other researcher-led projects involving one or more students inside Qatar.

The (UREP) promotes “Learning by Doing” mentorship activities as effective methods for undergraduate education. Students gain experience with team-based research collaboration with faculty, graduate students, and other undergraduates or research staff.


Undergraduate research experience program urep2

Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP)

  • QNRF conducts two UREP cycles per year, six UREP cycles have been implemented since the fall of 2006; the seventh cycle is due in October 2009.

  • So far the following has been achieved:

    • 6 cycles were launched.

    • 563 proposals were submitted.

    • 299 proposals were awarded.

    • Around 60 publications so far.

    • 781 students awarded and mentored by 325 faculty members.

    • US$6,36 million total funded.


Biannual national research survey bnrs

Biannual National Research Survey(BNRS)


Biannual national research survey

Biannual National Research Survey

The BNRS is intended to be the national repository of research activities, including data collection efforts, findings, and scientific and technical publications in Qatar.

So far the following has been achieved:

  • QNRF launched the BNRS search engine on Thursday, 5th Feb, 2009.

  • 4600 records encompassing Qatari research from 1970-2007.

  • New records over the period 2007 – 2009 is expected to be incorporated in the BNRS database late this year.


Conferences and workshops sponsorship program cwsp

Conferences and Workshops Sponsorship Program(CWSP)


October 2009 dr abdul sattar al taie executive director qnrf

  • Conferences and Workshops Sponsorship Program

  • (CWSP)

    • Goals and Guidelines:

    • To create a framework that fosters collaboration among researchers in Qatar with the global research communities.

    • To encourage all academic institutions and relevant stakeholders in Qatar to engage in hosting scientific and academic conferences.

    • To attract national and international academic institutions and relevant stakeholders to host their periodic conferences in Qatar.

    • To give exposure to the importance of research for undergraduate and postgraduate students in Qatar.


    Conferences and workshops sponsorship program cwsp achievements

    Conferences and Workshops Sponsorship Program(CWSP) Achievements

    • QNRF sponsored 4 major international conferences through the CWSP over the last year:

      • Logic Programming Artificial Inelegance and Reasoning (LPAR 08).

      • Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD 09).

      • 11th International Conference on Relational Methods in Computer Science/6th Applications of Kleene Algebra (RelMiCS11).

      • 17th International Conference on Telecommunications.


    Qnrf support activities achievements

    QNRF Support Activities Achievements

    • Launched the 1st QNRF Newsletter.

    • As a testament of its continuing efforts to introduction research culture in Qatar, 23 Research Offices were created in academic and non-academic Qatari institutions to support research and researchers.

    • Launched QNRF’s in-house revamped website (more than 1.7M hits to date).


    Qnrf support activities achievements1

    QNRF Support Activities Achievements

    • Enhanced (in-house) the online submission solution with 3 separate channels for:

      • Applicants (around 7000).

      • Research Offices (23).

      • Peer Reviewers (around 3500).


    National priorities research program nprp

    National Priorities Research Program (NPRP)


    National priorities research program nprp1

    National Priorities Research Program (NPRP)

    Overview of NPRP:

    • QNRF’s largest grant funding activity.

    • Seeking to address key national, regional, and global needs through research.

    • Pursuing research opportunities for which Qatar has a comparative advantage.

    • QNRF seeks to support a broad variety of projects in basic and applied research in:

      • Natural sciences.

      • Engineering and Technology.

      • Medical and Health sciences.

      • Agricultural sciences.

      • Social sciences.

      • Humanities.


    National priorities research program nprp2

    National Priorities Research Program (NPRP)

    Benefits of NPRP:

    • Service to Qatar.

    • Collaboration and sustainability.

    • Merit-based research awards.

    • Active publication, promotion and outreach.

    • Furthering research culture in Qatar.

    • Expand knowledge in Qatar.


    Nprp proposal

    NPRP Proposal

    • Project Design and Program Eligibility:

    • QNRF accepts individual or collaborative, small or large proposals spanning between one and three years.

    • QNRF encourages:

      • Multi-year, multi-disciplinary, and multi-institutional projects.

      • Collaborative projects partnering researchers and academia from different campuses or organizations outside academia.

      • Partnerships between institutions in Qatar and outside Qatar.

  • Awards will be made to institutions and organizations only.


  • Nprp proposal1

    NPRP Proposal

    Conditions that must be met:

    • At least 50% of the research must be conducted in Qatar by the research team in Qatar, as measured in person-days spent on the project.

    • At least 65% of the proposed project funds must be administered by an institution in Qatar and expended within Qatar.

    • The Co-LPI must reside in Qatar (but need not be a Qatari citizen).


    October 2009 dr abdul sattar al taie executive director qnrf

    NPRP Flowchart

    Submit LOI

    RO

    Vet

    Submit Proposal

    Lead PI

    Registration

    RO

    Registration

    Statistical Analysis Funding

    Option

    Notifying Ineligible Proposals

    QNRF

    screening

    Evaluation Received

    Reviewers

    Receiving Complementary Documents For Funded Projects

    FMA Signing and Disbursement Of Funds

    QF EBOD Approval

    Award Notification (RO/LPI)

    Steering Committee


    Nprp 3 rd cycle timeline

    NPRP 3rd Cycle Timeline


    Payment schedule

    Payment Schedule

    • 100% for equipment and any associated material cost, plus up to 50% of the remaining annual budget.

    • 50% upon receipt and acceptance of the 1st interim progress report.

    • Year 1

    • 100% for equipment and any associated material cost, plus up to 50% of the remaining annual budget.

    • 50% upon receipt and acceptance of the 1st interim progress report.

    • 100% for equipment and any associated material cost, plus up to 50% of the remaining annual budget.

    • 30% upon receipt and acceptance of the interim progress report.

    • 20% upon receipt and acceptance of the final report.

    • Year 2

    • 100% for equipment and any associated material cost, plus up to 50% of the remaining annual budget upon acceptance of the Annual Progress Report.

    • 30% upon receipt and acceptance of the 2nd interim progress report

    • 20% upon receipt and acceptance of the final progress report

    • 100% for equipment and any associated material cost, plus up to 50% of the remaining annual budget upon acceptance of the 1st Annual Progress Report.

    • 50% upon receipt and acceptance of the 2nd interim progress report

    • 100% for equipment and any associated material cost, plus up to 50% of the remaining annual budget upon acceptance of the 2nd Annual Progress Report.

    • 30% upon receipt and acceptance of the 3rd interim progress report

    • 20% upon receipt and acceptance of the final progress report


    Nprp achievements

    NPRP Achievements

    • QNRF Launched three NPRP cycles since April 2007.

    • QNRF received over 700 proposals through its in-house developed submission solution.

    • Each proposal was sent to 5 internationally renowned PRs.

    • Strict PRs screening criteria were applied (at least assistant professor with min. 20 publications, has no conflict of interest, etc).

    • Funding was increased from US$25 to US$ 86 million per cycle.

    • Size of grants per year was increased from $250k to $350k per project.


    October 2009 dr abdul sattar al taie executive director qnrf

    1st & 2nd NPRP Cycles General Statistics


    October 2009 dr abdul sattar al taie executive director qnrf

    Distribution of Proposals per Disciplines


    Results of the nprp 2nd cycle

    Results of the NPRP 2nd cycle


    To sign in sign up www qnrfsubmission info prog

    QNRF website ( www.qnrf.org )

    To sign in/sign up: (www.qnrfsubmission.info/prog/)


    Qatar development

    Qatar Development


    Doha 2025

    Doha 2025


    Thank you for your attention dr abdul sattar al taie executive director qnrf

    Thank You for Your AttentionDr. Abdul Sattar Al-Taie Executive Director, QNRF


    Qatar science technology park

    Qatar Science Technology Park

    • 600,000-square-meter campus.

    • State-of-the-art facilities.

    • Free trade zone.

    • Business incubator QF.

    • Promotes economic diversity, job

    • creation and commercial investment

    • in Qatar.

    • - Anchor tenants include Microsoft,

    • Shell, ExxonMobil, Total, GE.


    Sidra medical and research centre

    Sidra Medical and Research Centre

    • All-digital 348-bed academic medical center.

    • Specialty care for women and children plus clinical/surgical services for all patients.

    • - World-class biomedical research center.

    • Teaching facility for Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar.

    • Working in concert with Hamad Medical Corporation.

    • - 8 billion US dollar endowment.

    • - Opening 2012.


    Weill cornell medical college

    Weill Cornell Medical College

    - 2 year Premedical Program.

    - 4 year M.D. Program.


    Carnegie mellon universit y

    Carnegie Mellon University

    • - Business Administration.

    • Computer Science.

    • Information Systems.


    Texas a m university in qatar

    Texas A&M University in Qatar

    - Chemical Engineering.

    - Electrical Engineering.

    - Mechanical Engineering.

    - Petroleum Engineering.


    Virginia commonwealth school of the arts in qatar

    Virginia Commonwealth School of the Arts in Qatar

    - Graphic Design.

    - Interior Design.

    - Fashion Design and Merchandising.


    Qatar national convention centre

    Qatar National Convention Centre

    - Opening in 2011 and setting a new benchmark in global venue design.

    - QNCC will feature 40,000 sqm of exhibition space over 9 halls with the capacity for a conference or gala dinner for 10,000 guests, a 4,000-seat conference hall, 2,300-seat lyric style theatre, three tiered auditoria, an additional 52 meeting rooms, all adaptable to accommodate the full range of events.


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