Qatar Foundation Research, Development, and Innovation (QF RDI)

With Qatar’s national priorities at its core, the Qatar Foundation Research, Development, and Innovation (QF RDI) division is at the forefront of the nation’s innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem. By identifying and addressing challenges across ICT, energy, environment, healthcare, and agribusiness sectors, QF RDI is accelerating Qatar’s economic development through the commercialization of market-ready technologies and the creation of new high-tech products and services.

The RDI efforts across Qatar Foundation are led by Dr Richard O’Kennedy, Vice President for QF RDI, who ensures the organization’s research agenda is aligned with the nation’s goal of building a sustainable and diversified economy.

Core Functions

QF RDI carries out its mission through three key functions:

Policy, Strategy, and Planning

We believe that viable strategies, robust planning, and sustainable policy-making are key to QF’s active and competent participation in and contribution to the global research and innovation landscape. The Policy, Strategy, and Planning (PSP) function is responsible for aligning the business plans and strategies of QF’s RDI actors with QF corporate and national RDI strategies.

Through monitoring national and international research policy and regulation developments, identifying improvement opportunities through comprehensive analyses, and formulating recommendations on policy issues as well as long-range plans, the PSP function works to enhance and standardize QF RDI policies, creating a conducive environment for stakeholders across QF’s research and innovation value chain.

Industrial Development, Intellectual Property, and Commercialization

We recognize ideas that disrupt traditional ways of doing things and have the potential to enhance the nation’s economic prosperity and social well-being. The Industrial Development, Intellectual Property, and Commercialization (IDIPC) function serves to identify projects created with the support of QF, and to transform them into market-ready innovations.

IDIPC also captures the advances, discoveries, and inventions from around QF’s RDI ecosystem and aids their development into broadly-available and licensed technologies. Through its services in intellectual property management and commercialization, IDIPC helps our homegrown researchers and innovators accelerate Qatar’s economic development and diversification.


We collaborate with organizations and institutions from around the world to facilitate the transfer of ideas, jointly address areas of interest, as well as multiply the reach and benefits of research and innovation. The Partnerships function plays an integral role in pursuing and developing mutually beneficial partnerships with leading national and international organizations, recognizing them as key contributors of knowledge and expertise toward achieving QF RDI’s mission.

These partnerships lead to new collaborations and impactful programs that complement as well as enhance QF’s RDI ecosystem. By actively engaging with stakeholders and reaching out to the broader community in Qatar, the function effectively conveys the outcomes and benefits of strategic RDI partnerships.

An ecosystem for impact.

QF’s research and innovation ecosystem is comprised of RDI actors spanning the spectrum of academia, industry, technology entrepreneurship, healthcare, and public policy. QF RDI is responsible for translating national priorities into specific initiatives and actions for Qatar Foundation’s various RDI entities, ensuring alignment and synergy to deliver maximum national benefit and global impact.

Entities administered by QF RDI

  • Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP)

    QSTP is a Free Zone and Qatar’s premier hub for applied research, technology innovation, incubation, and entrepreneurship. This technology hub fosters a vibrant environment 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.

  • Qatar Biobank for Medical Research (QBB)

    QBB is a population-based research initiative that develops, manages, and utilizes a repository of biological samples and information on health and lifestyle of Qatari citizens and long-term residents. This enables local scientists to conduct vital medical research on prevalent health issues in Qatar, thereby giving our people a better chance of avoiding serious illnesses, and promoting better health for our future generations.

  • Qatar Genome Programme (QGP)

    The QGP is a population-based project aimed at positioning Qatar among the pioneering countries in the implementation of precision medicine. Through generating large databases combining whole genome sequencing and other omics data with the comprehensive phenotypic data collected at Qatar Biobank, QGP provides a wealth of information and empowers researchers to make breakthrough discoveries while supporting policy-makers to better plan for future healthcare directions in Qatar.

Research Centers of Hamad Bin Khalifa University

  • Qatar Biomedical Research Institute (QBRI)

    QBRI is a global hub for biomedical and translational research. It aims to improve and transform healthcare through innovation in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases affecting the Qatari population and the region, with the aim of improving personalized medicine. It operates research centers of excellence in areas such as diabetes, neurological disorders, and cancer.

  • Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI)

    QCRI is focused on tackling large-scale computing challenges that address national priorities for growth and development. It conducts cutting-edge research in areas such as Arabic language technologies, social computing, data analytics, and cyber security.

  • Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI)

    QEERI conducts and coordinates long-term and multidisciplinary research that addresses critical national priorities related to water security, energy, and environment. The research is conducted at QEERI’s world-class facilities, which include Core Labs, Micro- and Nano- Fabrication Labs, and a 35,000 square meter Outdoor Test Facility.

Other research and innovation entities of QF

  • Sidra Medicine

    Sidra Medicine is an ultramodern medical center which provides world-class patient care, especially for women and children. Through investment in medical research and collaboration with educational institutes, Sidra helps to advance scientific discovery in healthcare.

  • Doha International Family Institute (DIFI)

    DIFI is a global policy and advocacy institute working to become a global knowledge leader on issues facing the Arab family through research, policy, and outreach. In advancing knowledge on Arab families, the institute promotes evidence-based policies that foster healthy, educated, and cohesive families.

  • World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE)

    As our flagship education forum, WISE is an international, multi-sectoral platform for creative thinking, debate, and purposeful action. Through its biennial summit and range of ongoing programs, WISE is promoting innovation and building the future of education through collaboration.

  • World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH)

    As our flagship healthcare forum, WISH hosts some of the most important researchers and innovators in healthcare. The summit provides an invaluable opportunity for cooperation that explore areas in line with Qatar’s national healthcare priorities.

  • Stars of Science

    Stars of Science is the Arab world’s leading scientific ’edutainment’ reality TV program. Launched in 2009, the program allows young, talented innovators from across the Arab world to exhibit their scientific innovations and find solutions to the scientific challenges facing the region.

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