Technology transfer is the movement of knowledge and discoveries to the public. It can occur through publications, students entering the workforce, exchanges at conferences, and relationships with industry. From an institutional perspective, technology transfer refers to the formal licensing of technology to third parties, under the guidance of professionals employed by universities, research institutes, and businesses, within specialist departments focused on these activities.


  • The mission of Qatar Foundation Research and Development’s Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer (IPTT) is to capture the advances, discoveries and inventions assigned to or developed by Qatar Foundation (QF), or developed through QF funding; and to transform them into innovations (broadly-available inventions) that will enhance Qatar’s global reputation, and attract investment and commercial opportunities with which to build the nation’s sustainable and diversified economy.

  • IPTT’s role reflects the recognition that wealth creation in knowledge-based economies comes from the generation of new ideas that disrupt traditional ways of doing things and displace them with innovations that, when commercialized, enhance a nation’s economic prosperity and social well-being.

Intellectual Property Management Support

With a team of industry-experienced professionals, all with technical backgrounds, IPTT provides QF and non-QF researchers with support across the full cycle of research.

  • Intellectual Property Management Support
  • Protecting research results in the form of Intellectual Property (IP)
  • Educating researchers in IP rights through workshops and seminars 
  • Drafting, negotiating and managing IP agreements and IP terms in research agreements, including Non-Disclosure Agreements, Material Transfer Agreements, and License Agreements
  • Supporting Qatar’s inventors and entrepreneurs with advice and assistance on protecting their IP through the Al-Khabeer Program for Technical Assistance Services
  • Providing IP portfolio management on behalf of Qatari institutes and companies beyond QF
  • Distributing income from royalties

Intellectual Property Analytical Support
  • Identification of white spaces/technology hotspots for targeted research (Landscape Analysis)
  •  Evaluating research proposals for their potential commercial outcomes
  • Conducting due diligence of QF inventions, investments and acquisitions
  • Identification and assessment of intellectual assets resulting from research studies (Intellectual Asset Management)
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Below are some of the analyses that IPTT has conducted for its stakeholders. The IPTT team welcomes your questions regarding these analyses.

Hotspot Analysis for NPRP 10:

The analysis aims to identify the technologies considered as research hotspots - technologies which are attracting global research attention, are NOT saturated, have innovation and commercialization potential, and are gaining interest from the research community. The analysis has been a vital component for Qatar National Research Fund in steering the research strategy for the 10 th cycle of its National Priorities Research Program, and has been conducted in the following areas:

Al Khabeer Program for Technical Assistance Services

The Al Khabeer Program for Technical Assistance Services is an IPTT service that helps Qatari inventors and local technology-based start-ups overcome IP and technical barriers to commercialize their technologies. It provides local inventors and startups with IP consultation and the opinions of technical experts to help in addressing their specific questions or needs regarding IP and technology.

Examples of assistance

  • IP review and protection
  • Technical feasibility reviews and technology expertise opinions
  • Market screenings
  • Agreements review for IP terms and ownership

Eligibility Requirements

Those eligible for this program are Qatar-based startups and individual Qatari inventors that are not benefiting from QF funding programs and where QF does not have an ownership interest in their IP. 
Sponsorship and funding services are not available within the scope of this program. 

Application Process 

If you meet the eligibility criteria and would like to benefit from the Al Khabeer Program for Technical Assistance Services, please register your interest by emailing IPTT@qf.org.qa.

After receiving your request: 

You will receive, by email, an application form that will outline how the program can support you. An initial meeting will be conducted to gather more information and initiate assistance.

General Inquires & Al Khabeer:


Inventions & Partnerships: 





Information for those in industry and research who are interested in potential partnering and licensing opportunities is available here. It includes featured technologies; a database of inventions in our growing database searchable by title, technology type, market, features, inventors and commercialization managers; links to commercialization managers by portfolio; as well as a questions portal. Read more


Information specific for our esteemed researchers and inventors is available here. It includes instructions on how to submit an invention disclosure, an Inventor’s Guide to intellectual property and technology transfer, Qatar Foundation applicable policies and procedures, and links to commercialization managers by portfolio. Read more


Technologies are available for mutually-beneficial collaborative development and/or licensing. The list on the Technologies page represents a sampling of available inventions. For more information please click;  

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