One of the core activities of OARI is to identify project opportunities and funding support. There are numerous funding mechanisms in Qatar and abroad to support CNA-Q’s applied research and development activities. The following is a sample and by no means a comprehensive list of funding sources available to CNA-Q researchers. Please discuss your project ideas with OARI staff so we can help you with your applications.


Capstone/Tech Thesis Projects

Senior undergraduate/diploma students in many programs at CNA-Q are required to complete a final year applied research investigation into a “real life” opportunity or problem. The project enables the student to demonstrate the application of skills and knowledge developed throughout their program of study.

We welcome the opportunity to present project ideas from Qatar’s industry and community sectors as a means to bring real world concerns to the student’s academic journey. This projects are a vital addition to the student’s experiential leaning at CNA-Q.

Students work with minimal supervision on a project, under the guidance of a faculty member. Depending the project, students work independently or in teams of two to carry out an in-depth study of a problem, design a technological application and fully document and present their findings. Regular meetings with a faculty supervisor are scheduled to guide the student through the project. Industry members with a direct interest in the project are also invited to provide feedback into the projects progress as it proceeds.

Please contact OARI if you wish to engage with our student population on a capstone project. 

Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP)

Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP), part of Qatar Foundation Research, Development, and Innovation (QF RDI), is a Free Zone and a hub for applied research, technology innovation, incubation, and entrepreneurship. QSTP fosters a vibrant ecosystem that facilitates the development of new high-tech products and services, supports the commercialization of market-ready technologies, and offers state-of-the-art offices and facilities specifically designed for tech-based companies.

Located in Qatar Foundation's Education City, QSTP has access to a cluster of leading universities, colleges and research centers. Members of QSTP's Free Zone – including international corporations, SMEs, and research institutions – are collectively committed to investing in new technology development programs, creating intellectual property, enhancing technology management skills, and developing innovative new products.

Operating across four overarching themes – Energy, Environment, Health Sciences, and Information & Communication Technologies – QSTP's programs and services are designed to support Qatar's drive toward sustainable economic development and diversification.


  1. Product Development Fund

    QSTP aims to strengthen the private sector and contribute to the diversification of Qatar's economy by funding SMEs and Startups that develop products and services relevant to the local market needs.

    Selected companies will have access to funding of up to QAR 1.4M with funding of up to 50% of the cost of the product or service proposal coming from QSTP.

  2. Tech Venture Fund
    Provides an opportunity for tech founders and entrepreneurs to source seed-stage capital when they are first embarking on their journey.

QSTP also offers a number of other activities to stimulate innovation in Qatar including:

  • QSTP Technovate 

  • QSTP XLR8: An intensive two-month program designed to provide aspiring entrepreneurs with Training, Coaching, and Mentorship to help determine if the idea has commercial potential and take the tech-based service/product from idea stage to a validated minimum viable product (aka Prototype). 

  • Incubation Centre

  • Start-up in Residence 


CNA-Q can be a leader in Qatar for applied research that directly addresses an industry or societal concern or opportunity. Many companies in Qatar are willing to sponsor research through grants or contracted research. Please consult with the Office of Applied Research and Innovation (OARI) on how best to work in partnership with these agencies.

SEED Applied Research Fund – CNA-Q

The Seed Applied Research Program (the “Seed Program”) has been established to encourage faculty, staff and students at the College of the North Atlantic - Qatar to engage in applied research that builds on the expertise and capabilities found at the College and supports the development of Qatar.

The program is managed by the Office of Applied Research and Innovation (OARI). It offers support for small-scale research projects at the College of the North Atlantic - Qatar that have strong potential to create mutually advantageous partnerships with local and/or international industry and organizations. Projects should also have future potential to attract funding from external granting agencies. Furthermore, the Seed Program also aims to educate the College research community on issues of research ethics and compliance. Finally, the Seed Program is envisioned as an incubator for UREP, NPRP and other external funding programs. Therefore, applicants will note the close correlation between the Seed Program application and Qatar National Research Fund's Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP). 

The Seed Program supports research projects that are in the start-up or early stage of development. Funding is short-term and ideally suited for, but not necessarily limited to, the following activities

  • undertaking pilot studies
  • collecting and analyzing initial data
  • validating new methodologies or approaches
  • prototype development 

Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF)

Qatar National Research Fund is the national funding body to support research and development in the State of Qatar. It aims to foster original, competitively selected research in engineering and technology, physical and life sciences, medicine, humanities, social sciences and the arts. In addition to funding, Qatar National Research Fund aims to encourage dialogue and partnerships. Information on their programs is available on their website. Of particular interest to CNA-Q applicants:

  1. Undergraduate Research Experience program (UREP) with two annual applications periods;

  2. National Priorities Research Program with an annual call for applications.

CNA-Q faculty and students can apply through the application information in the OARI section of SharePoint. Any external partners wishing to partner with CNA-Q members should contact OARI staff to determine how to proceed.

British Council

The British Council is the UK's international organization for cultural relations and educational opportunities. Through a variety of funding mechanisms, the British Council supports research, generally in partnership with fellow UK researchers and institutions.

Funding programs can be found here

Open funding, grants and opportunities are found here (note that this page is regularly updated)

Canadian Research Funding

CNA-Q is in a unique situation as being closely linked with the Canadian college system, and of course, the College of North Atlantic in Newfoundland and Labrador. Consider partnering with researchers in Canada, whether they are in colleges or universities, on projects that complement both Qatar and Canada. Canadian researchers will be able to apply to the Tri-Council funding agencies (NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR) as well as any number of provincial or private funding sources, which can be levered against Qatar generated funds.