Most faculty members contribute to the CMU-Q body of work through studies funded by Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) and internal seed research funds. Funded projects fall within the core disciplines of biological sciences, business administration, computational biology, computer science and information systems, as well as complementary areas like mathematics, languages, environmental science and social sciences.

Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF)

Qatar Foundation established the QNRF in 2006 as part of its ongoing commitment to establish Qatar as a knowledge-based economy. QNRF grants support the mission to advance knowledge and education with an emphasis on the four pillars of the Qatar National Research Strategy:

  • Energy and Environment
  • Computer Sciences and ICT
  • Health and Life Sciences
  • Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities

Since the inception of Qatar Foundation’s QNRF funding program, Carnegie Mellon Qatar has been awarded over $40 million in grants as a submitting institution.

Seed research projects

Research seed funds encourage long-term faculty members to explore new areas of research and obtain preliminary data that can develop into QNRF research proposals. Our high success rate in obtaining QNRF awards attest to the importance of seed funding. As well, this program is an important component of faculty development and enhances the environment for undergraduate research. Seventy-four awards have been granted since the program began in 2004.

Featured projects

Arabic Author Profiling for Cyber Security

Arabic Author Profiling for Cyber Security

Anis Charfi, associate teaching professor of information systems, was awarded an NPRP grant in Cycle 9 of Qatar National Research Fund’s (QNRF) flagship program. Charfi’s proposal included principal investigators Paolo Rosso of the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain, and Abdelmajid Ben Hamadou from CETIC – Centre de Recherche en Informatique, Multimédia et Traitement Numérique des Données de Sfax, Tunisia.

Alice Middle East

Alice Middle East

‘Alice’ is a software for teaching K-12 students, the fundamental skills of programming and computational thinking by having them  build 3D interactive animations.   Originally created at Carnegie Mellon University by the late Randy Pausch, professor of computer science and human-computer interaction and design, Alice came to the attention of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. At her request, CMU-Q developed a Middle Eastern version that incorporates the culture and traditions of Qatar in the animation landscapes and characters.



Khaled A. Harras, associate teaching professor of computer science at CMU-Q, Heba Abdelnasser of Alexandria University and Moustafa Youssef of the Wireless Research Center at the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology have created a system that could revolutionize home monitoring of respiration. Simple, cost-effective, non-intrusive and reliable, their method could benefit people with sleep apnea and help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Ongoing research projects

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Mohamed Bouaouina, NPRP 7-1872-1-331

Role of the PDZ and LIM containing protein Zasp in integrin-mediated cell adhesion

Hasan Demirkoparan, NPRP8-2424-1-477

New mathematical models for the large strain swelling response of biological tissues: Applications to edema, inflammation, and pregnancy

Khaled Harras, NPRP8-1645-1-289

Towards mobile opportunistic cloud computing: Enabling generic computational offloading to extreme heterogeneous entities

Kemal Oflazer, NPRP8-1337-1-243

Testing English reading comprehension through deep text analysis and question generation

Silvia Pessoa, NPRP8-1815-5-293

SLATE-Q: Scaffolding literacy in academic and tertiary environments: The case of communication in information systems

Recently completed NPRP projects