Qatar University (QU) and Qatar Foundation (QF), two of the pioneering organisations spearheading education and research and development in the country, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Thursday to strengthen their existing collaboration.
The agreement was signed by QU vice president for research and graduate studies professor Mariam al-Maadeed and QF research and development (R&D) executive vice president Dr Hamad al-Ibrahim, in the presence of QU president Dr Hassan al-Derham, as well as other officials from both organisations.
“This agreement will serve to advance QU research, inventions and intellectual property rights, and to establish an information management system that will make research knowledge readily accessible by the community, industry and researchers,” al-Maadeed said.
QF will collaborate with QU in the evaluation, protection, maintenance, commercialisation and/or licensing of QU inventions, and provide periodic reports of all changes and key performance indicators (KPIs).
QF will also collaborate with QU in its strategic planning in research tools and methods developed by QF’s R&D such as pillar diagnostics, KPIs, portfolio analysis, and landscape and hotspot analysis.
As both institutions collaborate on creating a national knowledge management information system, QU will provide QF access to its database of research activities financed through direct funding, an overview of potential national and international collaborations, and research white spaces.
QU will also contribute to the analysis and development of policy frameworks and regulations.
The terms of the agreement also include collaboration on co-recruiting professional staff in the areas of intellectual property strategy and management, data analysis, and R&D policy development.
“Through this agreement, the methods and tools developed by QF R&D to support strategic planning and comprehensive research analysis will have wider application for the benefit of Qatar,” al-Maadeed added.