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Frequently Asked Questions

Stars of Science is an original format, owned by Qatar Foundation, created to shine a spotlight on young Arab innovators and to foster the process of innovation.

Stars of Science will be aired on several local channels across the region – please see our Broadcasters page for more details of airing times. You can also catch up on episodes via our website

Applications are open to candidates of Arab origin throughout the world.

A technical team of science experts reviews the online applications based on the following criteria:

  • Complexity: How much time would the innovation require to be developed?
  • Use: What problem is the product trying to solve? Is there a use for the product in society once it is developed?
  • Marketability: Could there be a demand for this product?
  • Patentability: Could the intellectual properties of this invention be protected?

Promising candidates from across the Arab world are invited to attend pitching sessions in Doha, Qatar. Potential projects that respond to the selection criteria are shortlisted for further review and final selection by Jury members and industry leaders. Please see our jury section for more information about them.

  • 1st Prize - $300,000
  • 2nd Prize - $150,000
  • 3rd Prize - $100,000
  • 4th Prize - $50,000

Following the selection of the top 4 finalists in episode 10, TV viewers will get the chance to vote via the Stars of Science website the last week of the finals, at parity with the Jury who will cast their vote at the live Finale that airs on November 19th 2016. More details can be found on our home page once voting commences.

The candidates are not filmed 24 / 7. The filming covers only the work of the candidates on their innovation projects as well as the outings organized in the framework of the contest

The candidates will own the sole rights to their innovation ideas and project.

Candidates have access to a wide variety of specialists from the universities and institutions that are the official programs’ partners. Moreover, they are helped by the permanent mentors on the program

The partners are:

  • TEXAS A&M University at Qatar
  • Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar
  • College of the North Atlantic Qatar
  • Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar
  • Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar
  • Qatar University
  • Qatar Science and Technology Park
  • Qatar National Research Fund
  • Qatar Biomedical Research Institute
  • SIDRA

Please see our partners section for more information.

Applicants must be aged between 18 and 35

In prototyping they are looking at:

  • Prototype performance 
  • Industrial Design
  • Resourcefulness and Leadership                                   

In customer validation they are looking at:

  • Marketability
  • Social, economic and/or environmental Sustainability  
  • Resourcefulness and Leadership
  • Health and Biomedical
  • ICT and computer sciences
  • Energy and environment

We consider projects of different levels, whether in the early stages of design, or a basic prototype, a patented idea, etc. all levels are welcome. However a finished product does not fit the requirements of this competition.

If you want to increase your chances of being selected, we strongly recommend you have worked on the sketches for your innovation, or a plan of how you see the innovation being realized. The more information you have that communicates your ideas clearly, the better your chances for success will be in making it to the final selection.

You can submit as many as you like however please note that if you are shortlisted it will be for one of your ideas only, so please consider your strongest project when applying.

No. There are no costs to applying or auditioning, and no cost to participate if your idea is chosen. The program will be covering all costs of travel, accommodation and development of the selected innovators.

If your idea solves a problem or makes an existing product better, we would like to take a look at it, provided it does not violate any existing patent rights.

Please send an email found on our contact us page and add your application number if you have already filled one and your contact phone numbers.

At this stage of the competition we only need you to send us your most essential material in an attachment form that must not exceed 2MB and as long as you have filled in the questionnaire fully to explain your innovation concept, our team of experts will be in touch with you if needed. In any case we require more material, you can send it to the address: starsofscience@khayalprod.tv

The general public will be invited to vote online for their favorite innovator & project based on the four finalists selected between 18th November and 23rd November.