QRDI/QNRF Funding Opportunities

Qatar Research, Development and Innovation Council (QRDI)/Qatar National Research Fund Grants (QNRF)

The QRDI/QNRF stands as Qatar’s principal national research funding entity. Renowned for its commitment to nurturing human capital, QRDI/QNRF awards grants designed to enrich Qatar’s societal fabric while making significant contributions on a global scale, thus elevating Qatar’s prominence within the international research arena.

For a concise overview of currently available QRDI grant opportunities such as the Academic Research Grant (ARG), the National Research Program (NRP) and the Research Talent Program (RTP), please refer to the information provided below.

Further details can be viewed on the QRDI website.

1. Academic Research Grant (ARG) – 2nd Cycle1.1. The Academic Research Grant (ARG) – 2nd Cycle
ARG is a program designed to support investigator-led Research and Development (R&D) initiatives and projects broadly aligned with National Research, Development, and Innovation (RDI) priority areas.

– Each award can receive funding of up to QAR 900,000 per year for a duration of up to three years
– Submission Deadline: 7 May 2024
2. National Research Program (NRP)2.1. Food Security Call (MME) – 5th Cycle
This initiative aims at addressing key priorities in Qatar’s Food Security Strategy and it is a joint call with the Ministry of Municipality-Qatar

Research priority areas include: 
1. Assessment and monitoring of local & international food supply chains
2. Policy and community initiatives for localized and sustainable food production
3. Sustainable fisheries and aquaculture
4. Technologies and practices to develop healthy farm animals

– Each award is up to QAR 533,000 per year for up to three years
– Submission Deadline: 30 April 2024
2.2. Path Towards Precision Medicine (PPM) – 7th Cycle
The 7th cycle of Path Towards Precision Medicine (PPM) in Qatar targets genomic research to improve healthcare, emphasizing community engagement and implementation policies for impactful clinical practice changes and it is a joint call with Qatar Genome Programme.

Research priority areas include:  
1. Artificial Intelligence, Informatics, and Technology Solutions in Precision Medicine
2. Community Engagement, Ethics, Policies, and Implementation Strategies in PM
3. Disease Risk Stratification in Population Groups
4. Integration of Genomics and other Omics in Clinical Diagnostics
5. Pharmacogenomics from Discovery to Implementation

– Each award is up to QAR 800,000 annually for up to three years
– Submission Deadline: 30 April 2024
3. Research Talent Program (RTP)3.1. Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP) – 31st Cycle
UREP aims to foster research culture and develop research capacity by promoting “Learning by Doing” and “Hands-On” research activities as effective methods for undergraduate education. Students will gain experience in research with faculty members, research staff, and other students through their one-year involvement in the UREP grant. 

– One-year award for a total of QAR 18,000 per student (maximum 6 students)
– Submission Deadline: 29 April 2024
3.2. Conference and Workshop Sponsorship Program (CWSP) – 23rd Cycle
The Conference and Workshop Sponsorship Program (CWSP) aims to connect researchers and research institutions in Qatar to their counterparts, both at home and abroad, and expose them to new research directions, findings, and techniques. The Program aims to sponsor research and innovation-oriented events that are broadly aligned to QRDI national areas

– CWSP award is up to QAR 150,000
– Submission Deadline: 23 April 2024
3.3. Graduate Student Sponsorship Research Award (GSRA) – 11th Cycle
GSRA aims to enable local institutions to support prospective researchers through a competitive sponsorship program. The program provides sponsorships to undertake research-based graduate studies toward master’s or doctoral degrees through two tracks: GSRA local and GSRA international.

– The duration of the award is up to four years for a doctoral degree and up to two for a master’s degree
– More information on funding type and its components can be found on the QRDI Portal
– Submission Deadline: 25 June 2024
For further inquiries on program guidelines and project submission, please contact the Office of Research Compliance at guqgrants@georgetown.edu.