National Priorities Research Program (NPRP)

Funding Agency:
Qatar Foundation

The National Priorities Research Program (NPRP) is the main funding program of QNRF and the primary means by which QNRF seeks to support research that addresses Qatar’s needs. These needs have been specified as Grand Challenges in the Qatar National Research Strategy (QNRS) 2013 and QNRS 2014. QNRF established stakeholder committees to collect input into what are considered Priority Research Themes within those Grand Challenges.

The objective of the program is to competitively select research projects that will address national priorities through supporting basic and applied research as well as translational research/experimental development.

Through this NPRP-S cycle, QNRF intends to stimulate partnerships between academics and research end-users.

The NPRP-S aims to focus on meritorious research projects that demonstrate a potential impact on the development of Qatar’s society and economy with an emphasis on:

  • tackling needs and challenges that local research end-users face;
  • supporting projects with tangible impacts;
  • focusing on subjects that are highly promising in terms of commercial and technological potential;
  • promoting a public-private partnership culture in Qatar;
  • encouraging a more cross-cutting / interdisciplinary approach to projects;
  • stimulating scientific excellence and the advancement of knowledge in Qatar.

Deadline: Feb. 25, 2020

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Amount Description

For up to four-year awards, application budget may not exceed US $200K for a one-year project, US $400K for a two-year project, US $600K for a three-year project and US $700K for a four-year project. For projects exceeding one year, the budget may not exceed US $250K in any year. This amount includes personnel, capital equipment, consumables, materials, services, travel, miscellaneous and indirect costs as applicable. 

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
International Opportunities
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational
Social Sciences

External Deadline

February 25, 2020