R&D Grand Challenges for Qatar A Time of Opportunity – A Time for Innovation President of Research and Development Global trends today: Observations and Opportunities • Greatness can be fueled by excellence in research and innovation • Opportunity for leadership: – Energy, Digital Economy, Health & Life Sciences – No nation has yet established a dominant position • For the foreseeable future, education and research coupled with innovation will provide competitive advantage The Qatar National Research Strategy (QNRS) Will Apply R&D to Achieve Our National Vision The Qatar National Research Strategy 2012 specifies R&D actions to achieve QNV 2030 Qatar’s National Vision for 2030 sets priorities for research and innovation Our R&D Vision Is Ambitious and Achievable Vision: Qatar will be an international center for research and development excellence and innovation. Mission: The national research program will be based on inclusiveness and intellectual merit to: • • • • • Develop the capabilities of Qatar’s people and institutions Build and maintain a competitive and diversified economy Improve the health and social well-being of Qatar’s population Support Qatar’s distinctive culture and the security of its people Preserve and improve the natural and built environment To achieve the nation’s R&D mission, we will: • • • • Strategically guide the nation’s R&D strategy Ensure good stewardship of its R&D investments Optimize synergies Support, facilitate and conduct research and development QNRS Defines Our Path Forward to Address Specific National Priorities Four research themes support national priorities Energy and Environment Computing and Information Technology Health and Related Life Science and Technologies Social Sciences, Arts, Humanities Enterprise-wide interdisciplinary research and development Developing capabilities and capacities across research institutions and organizations Stakeholders Will Advance the R&D Value Chain Basic→ Applied → Tech Development → Prototype/Test → Commercialization QNRS defines our research objectives based on National priorities QNRF: Enable the research community to achieve objectives Qatar’s R&D entities: Conduct research that contributes to objectives QSTP: Facilitate innovation and the transition of ideas into markets QF R&D will facilitate, monitor and evaluate research activity Research: From Inspiration to Results QNRF QRIs QSTP Research Funders Basic→ Applied → Tech Development → Prototype/Test → Commercialization Universities QRIs QSTP and tenants Research Performers Qatar Foundation Leads Qatar’s Collaborative R&D Enterprise • Major investments to achieve an ambitious national vision: Transform Qatar into a knowledge economy • Participatory process among key stakeholders • From Vision to Strategy • From Strategy to Grand Challenges R&D Grand Challenges Qatar National Research Strategy Research & Development Enterprise Qatar’s 2030 Vision & development goal s Grand Challenges Add Focus to the R&D Enterprise Multiple Actors Are Needed to Achieve QNV 2030 QNV 2030 and QNDS Development Pillars: Human – Social – Economic – Environmental • • Other Government (laws, policies, standards, services) Public Engagement (awareness, uptake, behaviors) Education Enterprise • Education: K12,university, professional • Training: management, leadership, vocational R&D Enterprise • Informed by QNRS • Grand challenges build on QNRS to propel the country’s R&D agenda forward toward Qatar’s Vision 2030 Innovation Enterprise • Technology accelerators • Science & technology park • Commercialization Criteria for Grand Challenges and for R&D Success: Research Need and Capacity Shape Impact Need • Responsive to a national priority • R&D will solve specific, important problem • Problem unique to Qatar, potentially regional and global impact Capacity • Realistic R&D investment • Multi-sector engagement & collaboration • Sustainable innovation capacity Impact • • • • • Address national priorities Transform the economy Build sustainable innovation capacity Strengthen education for R&D Enhance the knowledge base & society Grand Challenge Ideas from March 2013 Meetings Relate Clearly to QNDS and QNV 2030 Grand Challenge Idea Specified Policy Challenge (from QNDS 2011-16) Energy security Improved energy efficiency, hydrocarbon diversification Water security Reforming unsustainable water consumption patterns Food security (Linked to water security and agro-food sustainability) Cyber security ICT Development strategy Modernized, integrated health care system Rebalancing the health care system Sustainable urbanization Encouraging sustainable urbanization & consumption Managing the social dimensions of change Modernization and preservation of culture & traditions Mobility and road safety Improved road traffic safety, (add value to megaprojects) Culture, arts, and media Preserving traditional Qatari culture & Arab identity Sport culture & WC2022 Environment and society Human capacity development Healthy and active living through sports Environmental awareness Meeting needs for high-quality workforce (X-sectors) QNV 2030 Pillars Economic Human Social Environmental Grand Challenges Are Inter-Related Integrated mobility Built environment Road Safety Modern, Sustainable Cities and Society Sport Cyber Security Modern, Integrated Health Care Human Capacity Development Grand Challenges Reflect Many QNRS Objectives R&D Grand Challenges: QNRS Goals/Objectives: EW1- Governance EW2- M&E EW3- Ecosystem EW4- Workforce EW5- Partnerships EE1- Oil and gas EE2- Renewable energy EE3- Energy efficiency EE4- Nat. environment EE5- Env. sustainability EE6- Climate change EE7- Cross-cutting ICT1- Infrastructure ICT2- Computing, analytics ICT3- Arabic lang. technol. ICT4- Systems, robotics ICT5- Cross-cutting HE1- National priorities HE2- Enabling platforms SAH1- Society SAH2- Culture SAH3- Public & economic life SAH4- Cross-cutting • • • • • • • • • • • • Energy Security Water Security Food Security Cyber Security Modern, integrated health care Sustainable Urbanization Social dimensions of change Mobility & Road Safety Sport Culture WC2022 & Legacy Environment & Society Human Capacity Development We Will Develop a Plan for Each Grand Challenge Grand Challenge R&D Activities Grand Challenge • List of research projects/activities to be undertaken – across institutions and sectors • List of R&D outcomes generated from the activities above R&D Outcomes • Government: Laws/enforcement, policies, standards, programs/services Translation • Public: Awareness, uptake, behaviors GC Goal Success: Achievement of the ultimate goal of the Grand Challenge We Want to Ensure Progress on Grand Challenges 2030 2013 Grand Challenge Idea Energy security Water security Food security Cyber security R&D Grand Challenges Basic Applied/Translational Commercialization Uptake/Use QNV 2030 Impact Economic Modernized, integrated health care system Human Sustainable urbanization Managing the social dimensions of change Mobility and road safety Sport culture /or/ Culture, arts, media, sport WC2022 & legacy Environment and society Human capacity development Plan R&D Implement R&D Monitor R&D Social Environmental We Will Partner with Industry to Apply R&D Innovations Collaborative R&D agreements Creation and growth of businesses based on R&D technologies developed in Qatar Venture capital relationships Aggressive outreach QSTP Since 2009: ?? new companies $?? million investment $?? million in revenues ??? new jobs We Are Building a World Leading Innovation Ecosystem to Address R&D Grand Challenges • We have important problems to solve – Energy, Water, Food, Environment, Health • We have a vision, strategy and unwavering leadership commitment to tackle these problems and transition solutions to society • We are blessed with world leading people with whom to collaborate • We are building unsurpassed research facilities and will invest significant resources to address Grand Challenges and achieve Qatar’s National Vision for 2030.