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.


SEED Applied Research Fund

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 OARI. It offers support for small-scale research projects at CNA-Q 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).

Application forms should be submitted to our admissions office, accompanied by a sponsorship letter giving consent to the employee throughout the required years of study.

Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP)

Product Development Fund

British Council

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 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.

David Fullerton
Chair, Research and Innovation, Applied Research & Innovation