• If such a research project is to be conducted in multiple institutions inside Qatar, the LPI must submit separate IRB approval for each institution involved in the project as applicable. QNRF reserves the right to review procedures before and after the fund release to ensure the LPI’s compliance with the MOPH policies and guidelines.
  • If you are collecting data from HMC, you need to obtain ethics approval from Medical Research Centre through https://abhath.hamad.qa/abhath
  • A student, a non-HMC employee, can submit an application in Abhath, but the one is not eligible to be a study PI. However, student proposals can still be conducted in HMC under the supervision of HMC delegate as a PI and Mentor at the same time. In this case, a student can only be Co-Investigator (Co-I)
  • Student, HMC employee, can submit a proposal in Abhath and be the PI, but the student requires a mentor, senior delegate with research experience from the same research field to be added under the delegation list
  • If a proposal is a collaboration between an external institution and HMC, the proposal can be submitted in Abhath, by the external PI from an external, leading institution. In this case, HMC PI will be reflected in Abhath as a
  • HMC- External Submission guideline
  • Student Submission guideline
  • HMC Protocol template
  • HMC requires all research team members to receive the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) certificate
  • Dean’s approval is needed for HMC application submission, even though the online application doesn’t require Dean’s approval
  • QNRF Research Ethics Guide (REG).

LPI and RO must ensure proper ethics certifications are active and up to date. Studies can be closed when all contact with participants has ended (including data pulls and follow-up phone calls, interviews, mail-outs, and etc. report writing/manuscript preparation has nothing to do with it. If the study has US federal funding, there needs to be an active certificate if they are analyzing identifiable participant data, and sometimes grants need an active certification.

Conflict of Interest

A Conflict of Interest is defined in the University’s Code of Conduct policy and the Procedure for Conflict of Interest. A Conflict of Interest may be actual or perceived. Generally, a Conflict of Interest occurs when, in the course of carrying out their university responsibilities, an individual takes any action that may result in an actual or perceived benefit to them or to a related person or related entity. Academic Staff Members should note that they may have additional conflict of interest obligations and disclosure requirements in their role as Researchers.