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 Research Strategy and Impact Management (RSIM) 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.
  • RSIM’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, RSIM 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 Commercialization Support
  • Classifying inventions according to whether they are best marketed as improvements to existing products in small or large businesses or as entirely new offerings whose value is best realized through startups
  • Negotiating and drafting IP license agreements
  • Building a network of potential licensees and investors
  • Making resources available to increase the value of QF inventions

For non-QF Researchers, please see the Al Khabeer Program for Technical Assistance Services in the ‘Inventors’ section of this website. If RSIM is managing IP on behalf of your institution, please refer to the Inventors section or contact  rsim@qf.org.qa for any information .

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)


Hotspot Analysis for QNRF's NPRP

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 its National Priorities Research Program, and has been conducted in the following areas:

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