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Education City Road Closures

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Taking Your Research to New Heights

Partnering with researchers, the Industry Development and Knowledge Transfer (IDKT) office makes the most of QF discoveries by protecting them, finding their place in the market, and licensing them to established companies and startups. We are also cultivating an innovation culture by recognizing and rewarding QF researchers.

For Researchers

What We Offer


Online Invention Reporting

Using our online system to file your invention disclosure starts the process for maximizing the value and impact of your research. We examine the commercial potential for your innovation and identify the best option for protecting the intellectual property (IP) and pursuing commercialization.

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Entrepreneurial Support

QF researchers interested in launching a startup based on their discoveries can tap into a wealth of support offered by IDKT and our innovation ecosystem partners, including Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP). We can help you understand and prepare for the challenges of entrepreneurship, empowering you to be successful in pursuing your new venture.

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Guidebooks and Training Videos

We offer a variety of resources to help you learn the various processes associated with technology commercialization. These tools will help you engage effectively with IDKT and your industry partners.

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Collaboration with the Private Sector

We introduce you to external partners and work with you to define the right form of collaboration, such as sponsored research, consulting, fees-for-service support, or sharing data.

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How Commercialization Works


We partner with you and participate with industry throughout the process, serving as a valuable liaison to form a win-win relationship. Questions? Contact us

Resources for Researchers

  • QF Policies
    These documents provide clear information regarding QF policies for IP, innovation and entrepreneurial activities, conflicts of interest/commitment, and more.
  • An Inventor’s Guide to Technology Transfer at Qatar Foundation
    This guidebook outlines the essential elements of technology transfer at QF and provides a broad overview of the process and services available for QF researchers and employees.
    PDF - 6.3 MB
  • A Guide for Successful Institutional-Industrial Collaborations: Researcher Guidebook
    Developed by the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP)—a U.S. National Academy of Sciences affiliate—this guidebook serves as a strategic tool to promote greater understanding of the collaborative engagement process and relationship building with industry. It is designed to help both parties effectively interact for mutual benefit.
    PDF - 5.7 MB
  • Innovation Fellowship
    Designed for pre-commercialization technology advancement, this innovation support mechanism for RDI activities enables QF researchers to take time off from their regular employment duties to assist in de-risking technologies prior to potential startup activities. These efforts might involve increasing the Technology Readiness Level, developing a business model/plan, or addressing regulatory matters. Contact us for more information.
  • Technology Development Fund
    This program provides 6 to 12 months of funding to advance a technology from prototype to the ready-for-market level. Participation is by invitation and requires a technology disclosure submission to IDKT. Contact us for more information.
  • Entrepreneurial Leave
    QF research staff have the opportunity to take leave of their normal duties to help with the smooth transfer of technology and knowledge to increase the commercialization success of the product/service. Contact us for more information.
  • Qatar Science & Technology Park’s Innovation and Incubation Programs
    QSTP offers several programs designed to teach researchers how to determine the commercial viability of tech-based ideas, develop and launch a tech startup, and bridge the divide between industry and academia.