Computer Science research at CMU-Q is made possible through a variety of funding opportunities. A key partner in this is the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), the main research funding agency in Qatar. Sources of funding for CS research include:
- National Priorities Research Program (NPRP)
This QNRF program seeks proposals for cutting-edge research activities in all disciplines and encourages multi-year, multi-investigator, multi-institution applications. Call-for-proposals are annual. Funding amounts to up to 350,000 USD per year for up to 3 years. A variant of this program, the NPRP-EP, provides a limited number of 3 to 5 year grants for up to 5 millions USD total.
- Junior Scientists Research Experience Program (YSREP)
This QNRF program aims to further the research career of scientists under 40 by offering them an opportunity to lead research projects. Call-for-proposals are bi-annual. Funding amounts to up to 100,000 USD per year for up to 3 years.
- Seed funding
These internal startup grants are offered to new faculty on a long-term extended contract to maintain an active research agenda as they transition their activities to Qatar. There is no application deadline.
- Industry funding
CMU-Q faculty are increasingly engaged with industrial and government partners, which has materialized in several collaborations and funding opportunities. These include both local and international companies and institutions.
Funding for undergraduate research
While undergraduate students often carry out research under the above initiatives, some opportunities are available specifically for them:
- Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP)
This QNRF program offers grants up to 10,000 USD intended to foster research awareness and appreciation among undergraduate students in Qatar. Call-for-proposals are bi-annual.
- Student Initiated Undergraduate Research Program (SIURP)
This internal research funding opportunity is intended to support student-initiated research and encourage them to develop cross-disciplinary projects. Funding is for up to 5,000 USD for 8-10 week full-time projects, typically during the summer. It is modeled after CMU's SURP program.
CS faculty at CMU-Q have established a wide network of collaborators. These include CMU Pittsburgh (Computer Science Department, Robotics Institute, Language Technology Institute, Dynamic Decision Lab), State University of New York at Binghamton, Hamad Medical Corporation, University of California in San Diego, University of Toronto, Columbia University, Qatar University, Texas A&M University in Qatar, University of Arizona, International Computer Science Institute, IT University of Copenhagen, and IBM.
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