Aug 21, 2012
Results of a systematic analysis of what is needed to ensure the sustainability of the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) and recommendations for future actions to achieve this goal. The QNRF must make measurable progress in its core mission of fostering a research culture in Qatar and must evolve its governance structure, related infrastructure, and funding model to accommodate new responsibilities mandated by Decree-Law No. (24) of 2008.
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Established in 2006 by the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) awards research grants to recipients, from undergraduate to professional, in a wide range of disciplines in Qatar and abroad. In view of recent developments, most notably the passing of Decree-Law No. (24) of 2008, which promises to expand the QNRF's mandate dramatically when it is implemented, RAND was asked to investigate what might be needed to ensure the QNRF's sustainability in the decades to come. This report presents the results of that investigation. A systematic analysis of the issue indicated that the QNRF will need to (1) make measurable progress toward achieving its core mission of fostering a research culture in Qatar and (2) evolve its governance structure and related infrastructure to accommodate its new responsibilities. The report assesses how well the QNRF has done to date in its efforts and presents recommendations for future activities to continue pursuing these parallel objectives. The QNRF has made progress in evolving its infrastructure as originally envisioned, but challenges remain. The former QNRF acting director has been named the permanent director, but a governing board has not yet been established. In addition, the funding model, organizational structure, and staffing levels, which are geared toward investigator-driven research in clearly defined fields, would have to be modified to respond to the projected expansion of the QNRF's roles and responsibilities called for in the new legislation.
Ensuring Long-Term Sustainability: Making Measurable Progress Toward Fostering a Research Culture in Qatar
Ensuring Long-Term Sustainability: Evolving QNRF's Infrastructure to Accommodate New Responsibilities
Measurements of the U.S. National Science Board
Selected Bibliography of Measuring Research and Development
Literature on Balancing Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivations
Establishment of Qatar Foundation for the Support of Scientific Research (QFSSR)