The government vision is to improve healthcare services via research and innovation for better prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases affecting the Qatari population and the region.
The National Health Strategy’s goal seven “High Quality Research” is central to Qatar’s National Health Strategy (NHS) 2011-2017 and 2018-2022. The Government, the Qatar Foundation Academic institutions, the Qatar National Research Fund, the academic health systems, the tertiary education sector, the health sectors, and private enterprises, all have particular roles in making the NHS successful.
The Department develops and implements programs reflective of the needs to perform world class and state-of-the-art biomedical research in Qatar by pursuing integrated administrative, scientific and training programs.
The department's objectives, as defined by the Amiri Decree (14), 2019, are to:
- Set forth legislative acts, policies and regulations of health research for initiating a safe and innovative research ecosystem.
- Develop the policies and mechanisms that define the national strategic pathway of heath research.
- Implement mechanisms for inspection and monitoring of health research activities to ensure that research is being conducted with the highest scientific and ethical standards, and to maintain the safety, and the privacy of personal, health, genetic and genomic information.
- Registration of research review committees and provide assurance certificates for human, animal, and basic research.
- Build, in collaboration with corresponding departments, data sets for collection and analysis of national and international research activities. Apply evidence-based research to improve institutions' performance and health services.
- Support the research activities, researchers, infrastructure and resources, and to provide fund to meet the needs of health research in the country.
- Act as the focal point responsible for organizing, supporting, and improving policies required for monitoring the conduct of research conducted on human, tissues, stem cell, and genetic/genomic personalized medicine.
- Activate the collaboration mechanisms between research institutions, for best application and practical exchange of information, innovations, financial and existing resources.
- Support practical execution of new and important medical discoveries that would improve healthcare services and treatment.
- Support training and practical transfer of knowledge from experts to students in the field of health research.