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Frequently Asked Question

Office of research support manages more than 400 projects awarded every year, from different funding sources. Each awarded project has its own research team members, budget details, collaborators and co-funders (depends on the research program). The research programs varies at ORS with collaborations, starting from the high school level until the internationally renowned researchers’ level.

A guideline is provided hereunder on how to extract the data easily from the public available sources.


Q1: How many Internal Grants can I handle in the same time?

Maximum of 3 Internal Grants from the following ones: HIG,CG,T2RP and NCBP-2 could be handled in the same time under any role (LPI or PI)

The IRCC and any short grant (of duration less or equal than one year) are not considered by this limitation. They can be awarded on the top of HIG,CG,T2RP and NCBP-2.

Q2: What is the maximum number of participations as LPI/PI for this cycle?

Maximum of 3 participations as LPI/PI in (HIG,CG,T2RP and NCBP-2) are allowed in this cycle (unless you are already involved in three active Internal Grants (HIG,CG,T2RP and NCBP-2) as LPI or PI.

Q3: Is an overlaping possible between Internal Grants?

Lead PIs with any of these active grants HIG/CG/T2RP/NCBP-2 from the previous cycle are not eligible to submit for the current cycle.

Q4: I have an active 2 years grant, can I apply for the same grant on the current call?

No, overlapping of any same grant is not allowed (for ex; if the LPI has been already awarded IRCC on the latest cycle, he/she is not eligible to submit another IRCC proposal to this current cycle)

Q5: Where can I find the link for the submission?

Each link is sent with the broadcast of the call, kindly check QU Announcement emails

Q6: Can I resubmit my proposal?

Resubmission is only allowed for proposals ranked B. The proposals are allowed to be resubmitted with rebuttal only once in the current or in the following cycles.

Data/ Statistics

Q1: Where can I find QU Internal grants Submission and award projects' data?

Submission and Awards’ details related to projects funded by QU are on ORS Submission & Awards Rubric

Q2: Where can I find QU Internal grants statistics and data?

Statistics and data by colleges and centers could be found and extracted from Cycle Statistcs rubric

Q3: Where can I find QU Facutly outcomes ( such as publications) statistics and data?

Technical data related to QU faculty and researchers’ outcomes could be extracted from the SciVal public database

Q4: Where can I find QNRF grants data?

QNRF Projects' details ; Awards’ details related to QNRF projects could be extracted from QNRF public database

TRL/SRL and commercialization

Q1: Where can I find QU TRL/SRL Readiness levels?

TRL and SRL QU list could be found on Project Life Cycle section, submission rubric

Q2: How can I consider a possible commercialization for my project’s outcomes?

QU Projects’s leaders or students interested in a possible commercialization of their outcomes may contact QU Office of Strategic Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Economic Development (SIEED) or be in touch with ORS PreAward team to connect them with SIEED.

General FAQ

Q1: Where can I find possible infrastructure in QU and Qatar?

You can access to different Qatar Infrastcures on QRDI Portal

Q2: Where can I find Sustainable Development Goals?

For research programs focusing on Sustainable Devlopment Goals

Q3: When will the results be announced?

The announcement date will be announced by QU Announcement and on the blog

Qatar Research Development and Innovation Council (QRDI)

Q1: What are the number of roles allowed for the PIs?

Each program/call has different regulations. Please refer to PIs Eligibility Criteria in the relevant RFA of the program/call that you are applying for.

Q2: Where to get information and documents related to the University’s policies?

For questions about bylaws/ policy content interpretation, please contact the ‘Responsible Office’ listed in the heading of each bylaws/ policy:

Please contact the Institutional Data and Policy Management office via email:

Q3: The Budget Components document provided on the QRDI Document Library states that indirect costs should not exceed 10% of the direct costs. The question is whether this 10% limitation applies to all applicant (i.e., outside of QRDI-approved Research Offices) or just to the internal applicants from Qatar University?

The University charges indirect cost on external research programs by applying an indirect cost rate negotiated and agreed upon with the sponsor at the pre-award phase. The negotiation of the rate should be based on the rate calculated by the finance department. Exemption, or reduction of, the indirect cost can be done with a written approval of the VP for Research.

Please see QU Research Handbook “Guidelines to QU Research Policies and Procedures”

Q4: Does the term KI (Key Investigator) refer to both LPI (lead principal investigator) and PI (principal investigator), or just the LPI as per QNRF/QRDI definition?

Member of the research team involved in the scientific execution of the research project supported by QRDI. Key investigators include LPIs, Co-LPIs and PIs.

Q5: Can we use QDRI budget for consultant payment?

Unfortunately, according to the Budget and component guideline, Section The LPI is required to provide a description of the consultant’s involvement in the project. Consultants shall not be paid from QNRF grants.

Q6: What is the maximum effort day for PI/Postdoc/RA at QU?

Based on research need.

Q7: What is the incentive per year for LPI and PIs? Can the PIs get more than one month per year?

Incentive payments should not exceed 2 months' basic salary per academic year
(Daily rate= basic/ 30 days).
Please note not to exceed 2 basics per year from all active grants or active external grants
(2 basics= 60 days)

Q8: The daily rate of research assistants (full time)?

For the research assistants and post docs, the daily rate is not specified. You can allocate up to $50,000 per year for the RA and $95,000 per year the post doc (maximum of 265 days).

Q9: From where to get ethics approval for Institutional Review Board (IRB) & Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)?

For Research Ethics and Regulatory, please visit the link below of the needed documents:

Contact information:
For IRB Please email QU-IRB@qu.edu.qa, Phone Number: +974 4403 5307.
For IACUC Please email QU.IACUC@qu.edu.qa, Phone Number: +97444036676 .

Q10: To whom I can send the Letter of Support for signature?

The support letter for collaboration with any other institution (inside or outside of Qatar) from the institution itself. However. if needed please send it to the Associate Dean of Research in your College and Center director in Research Centers

Q11: What are the institutions that are entitled to an honorarium?

Academic institutions are entitled to an honorarium. However, non-academic private institutions are not entitled.

Q12: Can we dedicate an honorarium for patient included in the study?

Yes, under miscellaneous, however, if the amount is not sufficient, we can send a request to QDRI to add to Equipment. This will to be added under “Services” under “Equipment” during the Post-award stage.

Q13: Is it possible to hire technical staff in ARG, MME, PPM, or CCEC?

Yes, but they will be paid by QNRF. If the “technician” term is not available choose RA and inform the post-award team after the Pre-fund stage.

Q14: Do we need contracts for collaboration with industries?

At the pre-award stage you only need supporting letters. When the proposal is awarded, the contracts will be arranged with the legal team.

Q15: Do PIs from an international collaborative institution need to be a full-time employee؟

Yes, all PIs need to be full-time affiliated with their institutions.

Q16: Is it possible to hire Post-doc from the Collaborative Institutions outside Qatar. If yes, is it permissible to include the Post-doc in the travel budget to travel to Qatar to attend training?

Yes, you can hire post-doc outside Qatar, however, he/she will be paid from the Collaborative Institution budget. For more information about the travel budget guidelines, please visit the travel policy at (https://connect.qrdi.org.qa/qrdi-program-policies).

Q17: Do students who were accepted in postgraduate diploma, Pharm-D or graduate certificate programs eligible to apply for GSRA?

GSRA does not support postgraduate diploma, Pharm D or graduate certificate.

Q18: Who are considered a collaborative institution?

Collaborative institution means any institution collaborating on a project whether it was industrial or academic, or other categories.

Q19: Can an institution which is collaborating within a project as a stakeholder (industries for example) provide a support as cost-sharing, providing a corresponding cost-sharing commitment letter?

Yes, collaborative institution can also provide cost-sharing in the same proposal.