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QNRF to collaborate with QSTP on intellectual property opportunities

Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) to team up with QNRF to exploit opportunities
QNRF recently announced that it is partnering with Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) to launch the Intellectual Property Management project. The aim of the joint project is to evaluate and govern potential intellectual property emanating from QNRF sponsored research in Qatar.

In another step towards the diversification of Qatar's economy and the creation of a knowledge-based society, the two Qatar Foundation members are working on a detailed evaluation, along with the Lead Principal Investigators, of all 259 National Priority Research Program projects over three funding cycles. Those projects which display promising intellectual property value that can lead to patenting and commercialization will then be offered additional support to assist the research teams in exploiting their innovations to generate revenue.

The collaboration brings the strength of both parties to the fore. QNRF specializes in funding basic research in natural science, engineering, technology, humanities, medicine, health, agriculture and social sciences, whereas QSTP is charged with executing applied research and provides hands-on assistance to entrepreneurs with the skills and confidence to launch innovative projects and technology-based ventures.

Dr. Eulian Roberts, Managing Director of QSTP, welcomed the initiative, "QSTP currently has 41 member organizations, 914 employees, and over 100 research partnerships delivering results which directly address the needs of Qatar. In addition we have built an early-stage incubator through our Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program were we work directly with research projects to create viable innovations and ventures. We look forward to leveraging our intellectual property capabilities through our collaboration with Qatar National Research Fund to help translate the results of their funded research into innovations and further develop an intellectual property infrastructure in Qatar.

Executive Director of QNRF Dr. Abdul Sattar al Taie said that the joint project is an important milestone in fostering research in the country. He said, "It will result in cultivating the fruits of QNRF-funded projects, particularly the National Priorities Research Program which has provided, over its first three cycles, more than $230million to fund 266 research projects involving more than 620 researchers. Around half of the researchers are in Qatar and the rest are from over 30 different countries."

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