QNRF awards QAR440 million in research funding to projects
The Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) recently held its 5th Annual Forum where the national agency announced its five-year strategy.
Dr. Abdul Sattar Al Taie, executive director at QNRF told The Edge that the new phase of growth will expand the role of the QNRF as the prime enabler of research by allocating funding to research that is of national priority. Under the National Priorities Research Program (NPRP), more than 29 research organisations based in Qatar have benefitted from research grants worth QAR1.8 billion over the past five years. The newly announced strategy includes setting up a Research Outcomes Centre to share details with the public and relevant stakeholders. The success rate so far for research projects has been 20 percent for projects awarded. Dr. Taie reveals that the QNRF funded research has so far led to 15 patents filed with two being granted so far. This year QNRF announced research grants worth QAR440 million. The NPRP, its flagship programme focuses on research that is of national interest to Qatar and “addresses the grand challenges of the country,” said Dr. Al Taie.