Inventor's Guide

The Inventor’s Guide to Technology Transfer outlines the essential elements of technology transfer and commercialization at Qatar Foundation.
This guide is intended to provide a broad overview of the international standards-based technology transfer process and service available for researchers.


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Submit Your Invention

To have your invention, software or creative work reviewed for protection and commercialization, please click on the following link, login and fill out an Invention/Software/Creative Works Disclosure Form.


Access to the IP management system is restricted to QF researchers and non-QF researchers where RSIM is managing IP on behalf of your institution. Please request access as above and submit your inventions through the system (link above). If you are not a member of either and wish to disclose a new idea, please refer to the Al Khabeer Program. If you do not have a username/forgot your password or if you have any questions about the submission or review process, please contact us by clicking here.

Note: RSIM cannot process your idea or consider it for patenting, copyrighting and licensing until we receive a completed form from you.


IP Agreement Support

Intellectual assets created from Qatar’s investments in R&D are strategic assets managed by RSIM to assist in establishing a knowledge based economy in Qatar. Ensuring that such assets are protected and managed appropriately in agreements throughout the R&D lifecycle is critical.  RSIM manages all QF agreements related to intellectual property and technology transfer in accordance with the QF IP Policy, such as:

  • Non-Disclosure/Confidential Disclosure Agreements
  • Material Transfer Agreements
  • License Agreement (Including Options)
  • Patent/Copyright Assignments
  • Intellectual Property Management/Income Sharing Agreements
  • Copyright/Publishing/Authorship Agreements
  • IP Assignments/IP Services Agreements 
In addition to managing the above agreements, QF reviews all IP Terms in all QF agreements (for example: awards, sub-awards, R&D agreements such as partnership/collaboration agreements, joint/faculty appointment agreements, employment/contractor agreements). If you need to establish one of the above agreements or have IP terms that need to be incorporated/reviewed in an agreement, click here to contact us.
Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)
An NDA, also known as Confidential Disclosure Agreement (CDA), is an agreement aimed at creating a confidential relationship between two or more parties to protect the dissemination of confidential information to be exchanged between the parties. 
Material Transfer Agreement (MTA)
A Material Transfer Agreement is an agreement between two or more parties who wish to share/ acquire various biological and research materials which are a necessary component of a research project.

Submit a Request for a CDA or MTA

A. Incoming CDAs and MTAs

Contact the IP Agreements team by clicking here.

B. Outgoing CDAs and MTAs

  • Log onto Sophia using your account details. 
  • Go to ‘Request New Online MTA or CDA’ on the homepage.
  • Complete the online form providing as much detail as possible on the purpose and scope of the agreement.
  • Submit the request to RSIM.
  • To request changes to the scope of a CDA or MTA, please contact us by clicking here.

Policies and Procedures

QF R&D Research Strategy and Impact Management is responsible for managing the intellectual property assets of QF and its affiliate organizations for the benefit of Qatar. 

Details regarding our policies & processes are provided below (click link below for full documents). 


   QNRF – IP Submission Guidelines

   Intellectual Property Policy

   IP Policy Notification for QNRF Awarded Projects

   Royalty Collection and Distribution Policy and Procedure

   Procedure on Marketing and Licensing

   Procedure on Intellectual Property Protection and Maintenance

   Procedure on Intellectual Property Identification and Evaluation

Al Khabeer Program for Technical Assistance Services

The Al Khabeer Program for Technical Assistance Services is an RSIM 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 contacting us here.

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. 

Technology Development Fund (TDF)

The objective of the Technology Development Fund is to provide gap funding for early-stage, promising technologies in order that they may be further developed to increase their commercialization potential. Often times, researchers lack the funding necessary to take an early-stage technology from something theoretical or simulated to something that is prototyped. These funds are aimed at taking technologies from Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 2-3 to TRL 6-8. By doing this, technical risk is minimized and the potential for commercialization is increased. Market validation is a critical component in this process as well. In summary, the objectives for TDF are as follows:

  • Make promising technologies less risky and more attractive to potential licensees
  • Through commercial collaborations, increase licensing and the new application of intellectual property (IP) created here in Qatar
  • Deploy such technologies (prototype, pilot, demo) leading to further collaboration, development, and commercialization
  • To build a robust, valuable IP portfolio in Qatar’s priority research areas
  • To build knowledge, create jobs, and address Qatar’s needs

How to Apply

We are currently in an initial testing phase, please check back for more updates in the near future.