National Funding Agencies

1: National Research Program for Universities (NRPU)

 Introduction

Dearth of research literature / equipment is a major impediment to the productivity of many creative and talented faculty members / researchers in all disciplines in Universities/Degree awarding institutions. In most cases these researchers need substantial financial support for research projects to allow them in their research pursuits.

In the absence of such facilities the researchers, specifically the young ones, are discouraged and are looking for better opportunities in developed countries. To avoid this brain-drain, HEC has initiated a research grant program under which creative researchers are awarded research grants. 

To meet the current challenges of researchers working in local universities/DAIs of Pakistan and to promote the R&D with facilitation, HEC has modified the existing policy of National Research Program for Universities (NRPU) as per researcher’s needs / requirements. The new policy of NRPU is implemented w.e.f. 01-12-2010.

Objectives

  • To encourage research in all disciplines.
  • To strengthen the indigenous capacity and reduce exodus of talent from the country.

Areas:

  • The research grant program provides financial support for research projects in Social Sciences, Management Sciences, Humanities, Basic Sciences, Natural Sciences, Medical Sciences, Engineering & Technology and Agricultural Sciences.

Eligibility Criteria

All Faculty Members & Researchers holding full time position of Public Sector Universities and some selected Private Sector Universities.

Terms & Conditions, Duration:

The research grants normally be provided for a period of one to three years. 

Application and Agreement:-

Application form is available on the HEC website. Six hard copies and one soft copy are required to be submitted by registered mail/courier to Director (R&D) HEC; there is no deadline for submission of the research proposal.

An agreement on stamp paper will be signed between HEC, the Principal Investigator and the concerned host institution. Equipment, material and literature provided for the project through research grant program will remain the property of the institution after the research project is completed.

Financial Assistance:-

HEC Provides research grants to a maximum of Rs. 20.00 million (w.e.f. 01-12-2010) as per table below:

For Physics, Chemistry and Biology

For Remaining Disciplines

Impact Factor

Eligible Amount

Impact Factor

Eligible Amount

100 or above

20 million

50 or above

20 million

50-99

17 million

25-49

17 million

20-49

15 million

10-24

15 million

10-19

12 million

5-9

12 million

0-9

10 million

0-4

10 million

 

Meritorious Scientists may apply for grant up to 20 million.

Final Report:-

PI is required to submit progress report annually to HEC along with the expenditure statement duly vetted by the Audit of University/Institute concerned.

How to Apply

Application form is available on the HEC website. Six hard copies and one soft copy are required to be submitted by registered mail/courier to Director (R&D) HEC; there is no deadline for submission of the research proposal.

Application form (can be downloaded from given web site/ please see index)

Other Related Information

Processing Producers:

Research Proposals submitted to HEC for funding are forwarded to Focal Point of the respective discipline who, after going through the project details, forwards the project to three Reviewers. On the favorable recommendation of two Reviewers the project is approved for funding or otherwise. On the recommendation of the Reviewers, the same is sent back to PI for revision along with reviewer's comments for revision of the project. After receiving the revised project the same is forwarded to Reviewers for final decision. This whole process may take 3 to 6 months. 

The present status of the project can be viewed on the HEC website Link

HEC funded projects:

The list of presently HEC funded projects under National Research Program for Universities is available on the HEC website Link

Website Address: http://www.hec.gov.pk/InsideHEC/Divisions/RND/ResearchGrants/NRPU/Pages/Default.aspx

Contact of Concerning Official:

Abdul Hameed

Director Research & Development Higher Education Commission Sector H-9 Islamabad.

Phone No. : 051-90401908 

E-mail: ahameed@hec.gov.pk 

 

2: University Industry Technology Support Program (UITSP)

 

Introduction

University – Industry Technology Support Program of the Higher Education Commission is an important step towards fostering high level of tangible cooperation between academia and industry for capitalizing on emerging international demands for products and processes in discrete and continuous manufacturing that shall contribute to national economy. This program is focused on industrial sectors where the country is already a major contributor to world trade. It focuses on harnessing the potential of highly competitive sectors for international trade which need developments both for local and international consumption. The focused sector wise identification of products and processes in discrete and continuous as well as import and export trends is available from public domain local and international statistical data.

University – Industry Technology Support Program (UITSP) of the Higher Education Commission proposes that the researchers preferably with PhD degree and affiliation with international professional bodies collaborate with local industry involved in discrete and continuous manufacturing for tangible results in terms of improvement of product and processes leading to decreased import of raw material and increased export of the finished product and processes. The products and processes needing improvement should ideally be in priority areas relevant to national needs for socio-economic development of the country.

University – Industry Technology Support Program (UITSP) are awarded on competitive merit by HEC for high-level and promising industrial research projects of direct relevance to current needs of the industry to be carried out in Pakistan by creative scientists of public-sector universities and degree-awarding institutions in collaboration with professionals from local industry. The purpose of these grants is to promote scientific research in applied sciences in the country, to strengthen the indigenous capacity for industrial competition in the world market.

The research grant will be provided for a maximum period of two years with a budget up to Rs.

6.0 Million.   

 

Objectives

The increased globalization of trade, formulation of policies and procedures to streamline the globalization trend and application of international standards by national, international and professional organizations has increased the trade competitiveness and thus has opened new avenues for worldwide industrial sector. To avail these new opportunities, the local industry and the universities at home shall be competitive and compliant with the international standards. The result of this collaboration exercise between industry and academia should be tangible and should reflect in the Gross National Product of the country. Generally, applied sciences section of the academia and discrete and continuous manufacturing sector of the industry needs high level of cooperation to improve products and processes in order to compete worldwide.

University – Industry Technology Support Program of the Higher Education Commission is an important step towards fostering high level of tangible cooperation between academia and industry for capitalizing on emerging international demand for products and processes in discrete and continuous manufacturing that shall contribute to national economy. This program is focused on industrial sectors where the country is already a major contributor to world trade. It focuses on harnessing the potential of highly competitive sectors for international trade which need developments both for local and international consumption. The focused sector wise identification of products and processes in discrete and continuous as well as import and export trends is available from public domain local and international statistical data.   

Eligibility Criteria

The applicant (Principal Investigator, PI) should:

  • Have an advanced academic degree and relevant research experience,
  • Be a member of the international professional organization and hold a position in a public University/Institution.

Applications should be submitted in English on a ‘University – Industry Technology Support Program Form’ by electronic mail, and five hard copies along with floppy disk by registered mail/courier service may also be provided. The applications shall be reviewed and processed in (at least) 06 months.

How to Apply

Applications should be submitted in English on a ‘University – Industry Technology Support Program Form’ by electronic mail, and five hard copies along with floppy disk by registered mail/courier service may also be provided.  Proposes should allow at least 06 months for review and processing.

Application form (can be downloaded from given web site/ please see index)

 

Terms & Conditions, Duration:

Purpose and Nature: University – Industry Technology Support Program are awarded on competitive merit by HEC for high-level and promising industrial research projects of direct relevance to current needs of the industry to be carried out in Pakistan by creative scientists of public-sector universities and degree-awarding institutions in collaboration with professional from local industry. The purpose of these grants is to promote scientific research in applied sciences in the country, to strengthen the indigenous capacity for industrial competition in the world market. The grants (for 2 years duration) are given only to the best proposals after a vigorous peer review.

Research Domain:The University – Industry Technology Support Program provides support for research projects in disciplines of industrial importance.

 

Duration:A research grant will normally be provided for a period of two years.

Entitlement:Purchase of scientific apparatus/equipment, expendable supplies, specialized literature, on-line literature search and other items needed for the project. The grant covers the honoraria of the Principal Investigator (and co-principal investigator ideally from the industry with advance academic degree), and salaries of research associate(s) and supporting staff. It may also cover travel within the country for project-related activities.

Agreement:After the Research Grant is approved for funding, a written agreement is required between the HEC, the collaborating Industry and the grantee (PI) and his/her institute. The host institute must administer the grant according to the Agreement and must agree to provide laboratory space, salaries and other facilities necessary for the project. The equipment, material and literature provided for the project through the University – Industry Technology Support Program remains the property of the institute after the project is completed. The total project cost shall be borne by the HEC and the Industry where HEC shall contribute 80% of the total project cost while the rest of the amount shall be disbursed by the industry before the commencement of project to HEC. The HEC Finance Division usually makes the award (first year grant) to the PI’s institute in approximately 30 days after the agreement deed and other requirements are formalized.

Report:

A short annual report is required from the PI within fifteen days of the completion of each year to both HEC and collaborating industry. Progress report should highlight major achievements during the reporting period and completion of targets/goals as envisaged in the Proposal for the subject year. The release of the subsequent year award is tied up with the receipt and review of the Annual Progress Report. 

  • The grantee (PI) is required to submit a Final Report including a financial report within one month (three months) of the completion of the project.
  • The grantee must keep HEC and the collaborating industry properly informed about applications of the results obtained and must acknowledge support from HEC and the collaborating industry in all publications or presentations. Any research result under this Research Grant shall be the joint property of HEC and collaborating industry based on the proportion as in equity supplied to researcher by the HEC and the collaborating industry. The researchers shall be able to present/publish the results in all types of normal academic publication mediums.

 

Financial Assistance by HEC: The research grant will preferably have a duration of 2 years with a budget of upto 6.0 million where HEC component will be 80% of the total budget and the participating industry will share 20% of the total budget. In very special cases, where the PI has proven track record of applied research or have patents, research proposal with a maximum budget of uptoRs. 8.00 ( Eight) million may be considered.

Arbitration:In case of any dispute, related to any matter pertaining to subject research grant, the decision taken by HEC shall be final and binding

Other Related Information

Website Address:

http://www.hec.gov.pk/InsideHEC/Divisions/RND/IndustrialLiaison/Programs/UITSP/Pages/Def

 

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Contact of Concerning Official:

NoshabaAwais

Deputy Director

Research & Development

Higher Education Commission Sector H-9 Islamabad.

Phone No. : 051-90401923 

E-mail: nawais@hec.gov.pkMuhammad Naveed

Project Manager

Research & Development

Higher Education Commission Sector H-9 Islamabad.

Phone No. : 051-90401929 

E-mail: mnaveed@hec.gov.pk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3: Pak US Joint Academic & Research Program By HEC

 

Introduction

In 2003, the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Government of Pakistan and the United

States Department of State signed a comprehensive Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement that established a framework to increase cooperation in science, technology, engineering and education for mutual benefit and peaceful purposes between the science and education communities in both countries.  In 2005, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) joined with the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and the

Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan to support the joint Pakistan-US Science and

Technology Cooperation Program.  Beginning in 2008, the United States Department of State (DOS) joined USAID as US co-sponsor of the program. This program, which is being implemented by the US National Academy of Sciences on the US side, is intended to increase the strength and breadth of cooperation and linkages between Pakistan scientists and institutions with counterparts in the United States.

Each country has contributed funds to support projects under this program that would enhance the ability of the science and technology community to positively contribute to human and economic development in Pakistan.  

 In 2005, 11 projects were selected for funding, receiving a combined total of more than $4.9 million from the Pakistani and US sides, in 2006, 13 more projects were funded for a total of more than $5.2 million, and in 2007 another 19 new projects were chosen to receive more than

$6 million. Lists of all projects selected to date may be accessed at http://www7.nationalacademies.org/dsc/PAKUS.html).  The US-side budgets of the grants have ranged from $40,000 for a one-year project to $350,000 for each of several three-year projects.  On the Pakistani side, budgets have ranged from $30,000 to $500,000. The Financial support from HEC side is subject to availability of funds from Government of Pakistan.

Applicants are reminded that priority is given to projects in which the main locus of activity is in Pakistan, not the United States, so budgets should be allocated accordingly.

 Proposal submission deadline will be announced with the call for proposal 2010-11.

 

Objectives

Cooperative relationships in one or more of the following ways:

  1. Improving the quality, relevance, or capacity of education and research at Pakistani institutions of higher education in science and technical fields.
  2. Improving the capacity of Pakistani public and private science institutions to support industry competitiveness.
  3. Increasing the capacity of science and technology to improve the well-being of ordinary Pakistani people. Topics include, but are not limited to, education, health, nutrition, water/sanitation, agriculture, democracy and governance, environment, and economic development.

Proposals should clearly explain how the project would facilitate capacity building at the institutional level in Pakistan.  Projects that would only enhance the capabilities of their individual participants, with no demonstrated broader impact, will be at much lower priority for funding.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to review the lists of projects funded in 2005, 2006, and 2007 to gain a better understanding of the types of activities supported under this program.  Additional weight will be given to projects that demonstrate a clear strategy for uptake or adoption of research outputs, including via further investment by the public or private sectors.    

Eligibility Criteria

PI Eligibility Limit:  Proposals are to be developed by partnerships that should include at least one Pakistani partner and one US partner. Projects involving participants from only one country (Pakistan or the United States) are ineligible and will not be reviewed.  In developing proposals, proposing partners are urged to take advantage of the widest range of Pakistani talent capable of contributing to the achievement of objectives.  In particular, partners should explain in their proposals how they will encourage the participation of women and ensure that they are provided equal opportunities for involvement in the proposed projects, whether as coinvestigators, post-doctoral researchers, students, trainees, or conference participants.

Topical Eligibility Limit:  Due to US government regulations, the program cannot fund research involving “testing or breeding, feasibility study, variety improvement or introduction, consultancy, publication, or training in connection with the growth or production [of a crop] in a foreign country for export if such export would compete in world markets with a similar commodity grown or produced in the United States." Before preparing their proposals, applicants intending to submit proposals involving research on citrus crops, sugar cane, or cotton are advised to e-mail a brief explanation of their proposed projects to pkcontract@nas.edu for an advance determination of eligibility by program staff in consultation with USAID and DOS.

Private sector universities of Pakistan eligible to participate in the program

  • Institute of Business and Technology, Karachi.
  • National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Islamabad.
  • National Textile University, Faisalabad.
  • Indus Institute of Higher Education, Karachi.
  • Aga Khan University, Karachi.
  • GIK Institute of Engg. & Tech, Topi.
  • Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore.
  • Foundation University, Islamabad.
  • Ripah International University, Islamabad.

Terms & Conditions:

Anticipated Type of Awards: Requests for funding can vary in amount and length but should not exceed three years.  In order to achieve significant progress towards one of the program objectives, proposals are generally expected to involve multiple individuals and contribute to building strengths of key institutions in Pakistan.  Project funding is generally expected to be in the range of $100,000 to $300,000 per year (combined total for the Pakistani and US partner institutions); however, proposals requesting support for brief visits for project development purposes will also be considered. Capital costs for the construction of new buildings will not be covered.  Salary costs for senior individual participants are expected to be covered from other sources, but salary support for junior team members and technical support staff may be included as appropriate.  An annual progress report will be required.  Continuing-year funding of multi-year projects will be contingent upon a merit-based annual evaluation of progress. 

Proposals should include all activities and costs necessary to achieve the results stated in the application.   Leveraging of resources is encouraged; therefore, the entire cost of the project should be included.  Applicants are required to disclose any other funding received or applied for from other sources that would support the proposed project.

Projects funded through this solicitation will not be given any preference for funding under future USAID- and DOS-supported programs.

 

Selection Criteria: Proposals will be evaluated in separate peer review processes organized by the Pakistani and US sponsors according to 1) relevance to the goals enumerated above under “Program Objectives,” 2) the scientific and technical merit of the proposal, 3) the costeffectiveness of the project, 4) the capabilities of the participating institutions and individuals to successfully complete the project, and 5) the nature and quality of the collaboration, including the demonstrated commitment of the proposing partners to ensuring the participation of women in the project.  Final funding decisions will be reached by consensus among the Pakistani and US sponsors. 

How to Apply

  1. Proposal Deadline Date:Check on website
  2. Proposal Preparation Instructions :Please click here to see the full text of this solicitation for further information on the format and procedure for submitting proposals
  3. Submittal Addresses: Proposals should be submitted electronically to all three of the following web sites, simultaneously.  Submissions not sent to all three addresses may not be reviewed.

pakusrd@hec.gov.pk dea2@most.gov.pk

pkcontract@nas.edu

 

Application form (can be downloaded from given web site/ please see index)

Proposal Preparation and Submission Instructions:

Proposal Submission Overview

Proposals to be submitted for review under this program are to be developed by Pakistani and US institutions or consortiums of institutions.  

All submittals are to be submitted electronically as specified in the procedures in this solicitation.  Paper submissions are not accepted.

Proposal Instructions:

The text of the proposals should be in single-spaced 12-point type.   Tables and lists in the project description may be in smaller but readable type.  

The required format for proposals is indicated below.  The proposal must include the information requested.  Successful proposals will address the Selection Criteria listed above and will include clear statements of the project goals and explanations of how these goals will be addressed.

(1.) Cover sheet.  In the indicated space below the project title, please note the field and subfield of the proposed project: for example, “Medicine – infectious diseases,” “Biology – plant virology,” or “Environment – water resources.”  For planning purposes, July 1, 2010, should be shown as the start date.  Specify the lead (principal) investigator on both the Pakistani and US sides. 

(2.) Project summary (one page).   The summary should be succinct and clearly state the goals of the project.  It should be informative to specialists in the same or related fields as well as understandable to a well-informed non-technical reader.   Include the title of the project, the names of the co-director(s), and the names of the US and Pakistani partner institutions at the top of the page.   Include a clear description of the project, stating its specific aims and longterm goals.  Briefly indicate the unique aspects of the project and interdisciplinary composition (if any).

(3.) Project description. The project description (sections 3.a through 3.k described below) is limited to the equivalent of 10 printed pages including all figures, tables, and charts but not including lists of additional participants, advisors, and supporters (if any).  All applicants must use the standard proposal forms provided.  The project description should be prepared with reference to the review criteria and the guidance provided in this and the preceding sections of this solicitation.  Incomplete proposals, those not submitted on the standard forms, and those exceeding the established page limits may not be considered.

(3.a) Background and rationale.  If relevant, present a critical and comparative summary of the literature justifying the activity proposed.

(3.b) Problem statement.  Describe accurately the problems or opportunities to be addressed by the project.

(3.c) Prior experience/capability. Describe relevant prior efforts by applicants to address the problems identified. Illustrate how the proposed work will build upon existing expertise, if applicable. Proposals offering to contribute to program objective #2, Improve the capacity of Pakistani public and private science institutions to support industry competitiveness, should further demonstrate the role that industry played in developing the proposal and articulate how the program builds upon other measures undertaken by industry to improve competitiveness.

(3.d) Scope and objectives.  Specify the scope of the project accurately and list the specific aims of the project.  It is important that the specific aims be compatible with the requested proposal duration.

(3.e) Methods.  Describe the project design, conceptual framework, procedures, and analyses to be used to accomplish the specific aims of the project.  If relevant, include how the data will be collected, analyzed, and interpreted as well as any data-sharing plan. Describe any new methodology and its advantage over existing methodologies. Describe any novel concepts, approaches, tools, or technologies for the proposed activity. Discuss the potential difficulties and limitations of the proposed procedures and alternative approaches to achieve the aims. Describe proposed strategy for encouraging and ensuring the participation of women in the project. As part of this section, provide a tentative sequence or timetable for the project.

(3.f) International cooperation.  Explain in detail which elements of the project will be carried out by which counterpart involved and why such a division of labor is appropriate both for the project and for the overall program goals of promoting capacity building in Pakistan.

 

(3.g) Relevance.  Indicate which of the three “Program Objectives” listed above will be addressed through the project. Discuss the potential for uptake of research outputs through policy decisions, commercialization or other means.

(3.h) Results statement. Clearly and concisely state the final results expected from the activity.  The ability of the project to positively impact the goal area should be obvious.                                                                                                                 

(3.i) Additional benefits.  Explain any other anticipated scientific, technological, or economic benefits that will accrue to Pakistan besides those already articulated in the Results Statement.

(3.j) Executive matters/Budget requirements.  Provide a timetable for execution of the project.  Give a detailed justification for each piece of equipment or service to be purchased for which the expected cost is more than $5,000. Provide the duration, location, timing, and justification for any project-related trips planned by project participants on either side.

(3.k) Budget.  Provide an itemized budget for the project separately for US and Pakistani partners, using the budget forms provided.  Projects may last no more than three years.  Proposals for multi-year projects must provide budgets separately detailing the resources required for each year of implementation.  Value for the investment will be an important consideration in proposal evaluation and selection.

As noted above, capital costs for building construction are not to be included.

Remuneration for professional leadership on the two sides is discouraged and must be thoroughly justified if requested. Remuneration for other researchers, technical personnel, and students working on the project is allowed.

Contingency costs are not allowed as line items on either side of the budget.

Travel costs for US participants should be included on the US side of the budget only. It is strongly recommended that travel costs for Pakistani participants be included on the Pakistani side of the budget, but such costs may be included on the US side if necessary.

Proposal budgets may not contain indirect costs exceeding 15 percent on the US side of the budget or more than 2 percent on the Pakistani side of the budget.

For further details on allowable costs on the Pakistani side of the budget, Pakistani applicants are advised to refer to HEC’s standard financial guidelines. (The Financial support from HEC side is subject to availability of funds from Government of Pakistan.)

(3.l) Curricula vitae.  Provide brief CVs—1 or 2 pages each—for all Pakistani and US project participants.   Please do not include extended CVs, lengthy publications lists, or copies of publications, as they will not be forwarded to the reviewers.

HEC provides funds as per following details:

SR#

ITEMS

TOTAL ALLOCATION

1

Equipment

As per requirement of the project

 

2

Chemical / Glassware(with full justification and details of quantity required for the project)

 

As per requirement of the project

3

Accessories (with full justification)

As per requirement of the project

 

4

Publication / on line material

 

Rs.10,000/- per Annum

5

Remuneration to P.Is.

 

One month Basic Pay per year

6

Remuneration to Co-PIs ( if justified)

 

One month Basic Pay

7

 

Senior Research Associate (must be a Ph.D. Degree Holder and if justified by PI and approved by the reviewers)

 

Maximum Rs.30,000/- per month w.e.f.1stSeptember 2008

8

Research Associate /Assistant / Field Assistant

@ Rs.10,000/- per month for MS/M.Phil. student @Rs.13,000/- per month for PH.D. student w.e.f. 1stJanuary 2008

9

Secretariat Staff ( if required)

Rs.18,000/- per year w.e.f 1st September 2008

10

Stationary / Contingencies

Rs.10,000/- per year

 

11

Audit / Accounts Fee

Rs.20,000/- (maximum)

 

12

Other specific requirements

Depending upon the nature of the project

 

 

Other Related Information

Website Address:

http://www.hec.gov.pk/InsideHEC/Divisions/RND/ResearchGrants/PakUSJointAcademicResearchProgra m/Pages/Default.aspx

Contact of Concerning Official:

SyedaNosheen Fatima

Project Manager

Pak-Us Joint Academic & Research Program

Research & Development Higher Education Commission Sector H-9 Islamabad.

Phone No. : 051-90401927

E-mail: snfatima@hec.gov.pk

INSPIRE: International Strategic Partnerships in Research and Education

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4: HEC-BC INSPIRE Strategic Partnerships

 

Introduction

In order to facilitate research and development in the higher education learning system, a partnership was established between the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan and the British Council Pakistan under the project of Higher Education Links with British Universities in two phases. 50 higher education links between Pakistani and UK universities/education institutions were activated under the projects.

Seventeen more partnerships and exchanges are expected through INSPIRE, by which collaboration between HEC and British Council will be expanded so that the immense potential of the higher education sector in Pakistan can be enhanced and strengthened.

INSPIRE funding is being made available to support the development of higher education academic and research partnerships between the UK and Pakistani Institutions.

INSPIRE Strategic Partnerships are part of a five-year programme designed to grow high level strategic relationships between UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and Higher Education Institutions in Pakistan. Selection of projects for support will be according to clear criteria that include high quality, innovative research and / or academic excellence.  

For the purposes of this project, a Strategic Partnership is one that is based on the development of collaboration at institutional level.  Over the course of the partnership, institutions should aim to involve diverse teams at different levels and multiple departments within the university to create a multi-dimensional, international relationship.

Objectives

  • To strengthen UK - Pakistan links by encouraging the development of a wider partnership agenda;

Chapter 4: HEC-BC Inspire Strategic Partnerships          

  • To raise the profile of the UK - Pakistan partnership as innovative and high quality through demonstrating how researchers and academicians can collaborate effectively;
  • To contribute to capacity building in HEIs through contributing to the further development of staff, their professional skills and international research competencies;
  • To facilitate and build effective and sustainable partnerships based on research and / or teaching agendas which grow across the institutions involved;
  • To trial possible models for future co-operation between the UK and Pakistani HEIs.

How to Apply

Funding will be made to seventeen projects which include both bilateral and / or multilateral partnerships in the following fields. 

  • Education (including English language)
  • Law Governance and Leadership
  • Economics
  • Clean Drinking Water
  • Health Sciences (non clinical)
  • Environment
  • Power and Energy
  • Intercultural Understanding and Relations


Other Related Information

Website Address:

http://www.hec.gov.pk/InsideHEC/partners/HECBCISP/Pages/Default.aspx

Contact of Concerning Official:

SairaAndleeb

Project Manager

Research & Development Higher Education Commission Sector H-9 Islamabad.

Phone No. : 051-90401931

E-mail: sandleeb@hec.gov.pk

 

 

Zarsher Khan

Deputy Director

Research & Development Higher Education Commission Sector H-9 Islamabad.

Phone No. : 051-90401928

E-mail: zkhan@hec.gov.pk

 

 

5: Pakistan Program for Collaborative Research (PPCR)

Introduction

Pakistan Program for Collaborative Research (PPCR) primarily targets the Faculty of Pakistani Universities and the Faculty Members and Researchers of Foreign Universities.  The experts from foreign universities will be involved in developing curriculum, updating laboratory techniques, and provide guidance to post graduates students in Pakistani universities. Community of foreign experts will be encouraged to develop joint-research programs with local faculty and to provide expertise for the overall development of concerned departments.

Innovative support and encouragement of collaborative research between faculty at Pakistani Universities/Institutions and those abroad, through PPCR research program, will also support the faculty and students at Pakistani Universities. Such foreign visits will also be very useful for Pakistani researcher to conduct certain short experiments/analysis during the research projects which would not be possible to perform in the local institution.

Under PPCR, grant is extended to scholars for short-term visits to the foreign institution taking up joint research studies. Such visits help develop joint research proposals, ready for submission to foreign/international funding agencies. This program also provides the opportunity to foster collaboration between the universities/DAI’s and the academics abroad to advance research, higher education and high tech industry in Pakistan.

Objectives

General Objectives of the Program:

The purpose of PPCR is to promote the quality academic research in all disciplines in the country by initiating collaboration between faculty members abroad and those in Pakistan which will strengthen the indigenous capacity in academic research and will, in general, raise the overall standard of teaching and research.

 

Specific Objectives:

In consonance with the general objectives of the program, the specific objectives of different components/activities in quantifiable term are:

 

  1. Foreign Expert Visit to Pakistan:
    1. To foster collaborative research efforts among the host institute and parent organization by initiating at least one joint research proposal, which should be submitted to foreign/international funding agency for funding. (core objective)
    2. To conduct at least two workshops/seminars during the visit.
    3. To conduct lectures/courses in the host institute.
    4. To train the host institution’s faculty.
    5. To update laboratory techniques and provide guidance to post graduates students.
    6. To assist in curriculum development/course contents.
    7. To participate in policy guidelines and/or standards of education in the host institute.
    8. To develop shared resources.
  2. Foreign Visit of Local Faculty Members:
    1. To develop/initiate at least one joint research proposal in the relevant field for submission to foreign/international funding agency. (core objective)
    2. To establish a linkage between foreign Institute/University and Pakistani University.
    3. To develop collaborative programs with foreign university.
    4. To sign MOU’s/agreements.
    5. To learn, exchange, collaborate and share related information.
    6. To share national and international educational & research activities/ resources.
  3. Short Term (4 months or less) consultant at HEC for PPCR program:
    1. To assist in curriculum development.
    2. To provide consultancy in the specific field, as desired.
    3. To conduct workshops/seminars/symposia etc.

 

 

 

 

Eligibility Criteria

Sr. No

Category

Eligibility Criteria

Financial Assistance

1.

Foreign Experts Visit to Pakistan

 

Duration: Maximum three Months.

Rector/Dean/Faculty members of Public

Sector Universities/ approved for funding

Private Sector Universities/Degree

Awarding Institutions can apply under PPCR Program. The Faculty Member includes. ·Appointed on Tenure Track System (TTS).

·Engaged through FFHP of HEC.

·Hired on contract for at least two (2) years

1.     Economy class international return airfare, maximum up to Rs.

125,000/-

2.     Local hospitality up to Rs. 2500/ - per day maximum for 3 months will be paid as remuneration.

3.     Accommodation will be provided by the host university/Institute.

2.

Foreign visit of Local Faculty Members of Public Sector Universities / Degree Awarding Institutions

Duration: Maximum one Month.

Faculty Member of Public Sector

University/approved for funding Private

Sector Universities/Degree Awarding Institution can initiate the proposal through his/her university/institute. The Faculty Member includes.

·Appointed on Tenure Track System (TTS).

·Engaged through FFHP of HEC.

·Hired on contract for at least two years

1.     Economy class international return airfare, maximum up to Rs.

125,000/-

2.     Daily allowance USD 1500/- or UK₤1000/-or € 1200/- maximum for one months will be paid as remuneration.

3.

Short Term consultant at HEC for PPCR program  

 

Duration: Maximum 4 months or less.

The request can only be moved by the focal person (Head of R&D division) of HEC.

1.     Economy class international return airfare, maximum up to Rs.

125,000/-

2.     Local hospitality up to Rs. 2500/ - per day maximum for 4 months will be paid as allowance/remuneration. 

3.     Accommodation will be provided by HEC.

 

Note: The faculty member in Pakistan, holding a full time position in a public sector university/approved for funding Private Sector Universities/degree awarding institution can submit the application. Application should be submitted in English by registered post or electronic mail on the prescribed form at least three months before the commencement of the proposed activity. There is no deadline for submission of the application. 

 

How to Apply/Application Procedure

Application Procedure for Foreign Expert Visit to Pakistan & Foreign Visit of Local Faculty Members

  1. There is no deadline for submission of the application.
  2. Applicants can apply in more than one component of PPCR program.
  3. Applicants can apply under PPCR program once in one financial year.
  4. Applicants, once availing the PPCR grant will be considered for next grant, only upon provision of the status/outcome of the proposal developed as a result of previous PPCR grant.
  5. The faculty members in Pakistan holding a full-time position with a public sector university/degree awarding institution can submit the application 3 months prior to the commencement of the proposed activity.
  6. The application should be signed by the Principal Investigator/Focal Host Person/ Local Faculty Member and dully signed by VC/Rector/Head of Institution or his nominee.
  7. Application (two sets) should be submitted in English by registered post & electronic mail (MS word format) on the prescribed application form. The application form can be downloaded from HEC website.
  8. In case of Foreign Visit of Local Faculty Member, the invitation letter from the Foreign Collaborator must be attached with the application form.
  9. In case of Foreign Expert Visit to Pakistan, the invitation letter from the Principal Investigator and the consent letter/acceptance letter from the foreign expert must be attached with the application form.
  10. For the component, short-term consultant at HEC for PPCR Program, Head of R&D Division, as the focal person, initiates the proposal on prescribed form. An invitation letter from HEC and acceptance letter/consent letter from the consultant must be attached with the application form.
  11. Application, furnished on prescribed application form must reach HEC, at least three months prior to the proposed date of the activity.
  12. Applications meeting the prescribed criteria are sent for peer-review, subsequently it is placed on the agenda of the meeting for consideration & approval of the Management Committee.
  13. Award letter is issued to the successful  
  14. For approved cases, funds are released in 2 phases:

 

  1. 1st installment equivalent to 80% of the total approved amount is released to the applicant, subject to the submission of following documents:
  • A copy of visa,
  • A copy of air ticket.
  • An NOC/study leave for the entire period of foreign visit, approved under this program, from parent department/university.
  1. After completion of foreign visit, the applicant should submit claim for the remaining amount equivalent to 20% along with following documents:
  • Audited expenditure statement.
  • Project comprehensive report duly signed/endorsed by the supervisor, clearly reporting the outcomes of visit in-line with the proposal initially submitted.
  • Copy of joint research proposal along with acknowledgment receipt of the foreign funding agency (on the prescribed form/format of the foreign funding agency). (Core objective of the program)
  • Notification of joining the parent university/department after successful completion of foreign visit.
  • Copy of used air ticket along with boarding cards.

Terms & Conditions:

Preference will be given to those faculty members who have teaching/research experience.

Foreign Expert Visit to Pakistan:

  • The duration of visit of Foreign Expert should be minimum of two weeks and maximum of 12 weeks.
  • Foreign Expert has to conduct/teach a course/part of course at Pakistani University.
  • The Foreign Expert must have minimum 10 years of relevant experience in his field of specialization.
  • Assignment will be discussed in advance with the Foreign Expert before his/her joining by the host university itself.

 

Foreign Visit of Local Faculty Member:

  • The duration of visit of local faculty member to foreign should be minimum of two weeks and maximum of 4 weeks.
  • The applicant must develop a joint research proposal and submit for funding to any funding agency after the visit.
  • A copy of joint research proposal must be submitted to HEC.
  • A foreign PhD degree holder can visit the same foreign university under PPCR, after one

(01) year of completion of the PhD.

Consultant at HEC:

  • For short term consultant at HEC for PPCR Program, the request can only be moved by the focal person (Head of R&D division) of HEC.
  • The duration of visit of Consultant should be minimum of two weeks and maximum of 12 weeks.

Other Related Information

Website Address:

http://www.hec.gov.pk/InsideHEC/Divisions/RND/ResearchGrants/POCR/Pages/Default.aspx

Contact of Concerning Official:

Farida Anjum

Deputy Director

Research & Development Higher Education Commission Sector H-9 Islamabad.

Phone No. : 051-90401916

E-mail: fdanjum@hec.gov.pk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Monograph & Text Book Writing

Introduction

There is a need to develop a tradition of authorship in Pakistan, particularly in scientific and technical disciplines. In addition to that, the lack of detailed information on several topics of syllabi for students needs to be dealt with effectively. There is also serious shortage of quality textbooks and other supporting material. The available imported books are very expensive and are thus beyond the purchasing power of teachers and students.

Although local publishers in Pakistan are providing the requisite services at college and school levels, they are reluctant to enter the field of publications at the university level. Therefore, in order to cater to the publication needs at university level, Higher Education Commission has embarked upon a publication scheme of "Monograph and Textbook Writing" based on national curriculum topics in all disciplines including specialized subject areas. The 5 year PC-1 based scheme, approved at a capital cost of Rs.35.3 million comprises of national curriculum topics in all disciplines as well as specialized subject areas. The Scheme has been especially developed to provide high quality literature reagarding various topics.  

The Monograph and Textbook Writing Scheme aims to rectify the shortage of textual and support materials and encourages academicians to write high quality monographs/text book, giving them due recognition as writers. This publication scheme, therefore, attempts to create a cadre of authors.

Objectives

The Scheme has following set of objectives.

Qualitative Objectives

  • Making available low-cost textbooks and reading material to university and college students and teachers.
  • Encouraging, identifying and promoting talent while developing authorship in universities and post-graduate colleges.
  • Developing monographs that shall provide incisive knowledge in core areas along with special topics.
  • Developing textbooks in specified areas of subjects of the curriculum.

Quantitative objectives

  • To produce at least 60 (36 Master level and 24 Bachelor level) monographs on selected topics of the curricula in 5 years in Basic, Social, Management, Behavioral Sciences, Art & Humanities, IT, Agriculture, Engineering and Health Sciences.
  • To produce at least 78 Textbooks on the specified areas of curriculum related subjects in 5 years in Basic, Social, Management, Behavioral Sciences; Arts & Humanities, IT, Agriculture, Engineering and Health Sciences.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Who can write?

 

The opportunity to write is open to teachers/ researchers/professionals either in service - or retired from public or private sector universities, Centres of Excellence, Area Study Centres, Woman Study Centres, Pakistan Study Centres, degree awarding colleges/institutions and research/professional organizations across the country.

 

  1. What topics can be covered?

The authors  may choose from a diverse range of topics-keeping in view the HEC approved curricula-in new emerging fields such as IT, Robotics, Biotechnology, as well as Basic Sciences, Social Sciences, Management Sciences, Behavioral Sciences, Arts & Humanities, Agriculture, Engineering and Health Sciences.

  1. How to submit the proposals?

In service authors may submit their monograph/text book through proper channel along with documentary proof of expertise in their particular field. However, retired participants shall be required to submit two reference letters establishing credentials with a research organization. 

  1. What support HEC provides?
  2. Cost of Remuneration: The author is paid remuneration equivalent to that of of Rs.1,00,000/- for the textbook(250-350 pages)for the M.A. /M.Sc. A writer aspiring to write a monograph at M.A./ M.Sc. level (150-250 pages) will be paid remuneration of Rs.80,000/ and Rs.60,000/- for monograph prepared for the B.A./B.Sc. students (150-250 pages). In case a monograph or a textbook is written by two or more authors, the remuneration will be distributed equally among them.

 

  1. Cost of Production: Actual expenditure incurred in preparing the manuscript of textbooks to be paid to the author/s on submission of relevant/actual receipts will be equivalent to Rs.12,000/- while that for the Manuscripts for monographs including M.A./M.Sc. and B.A/B.Sc. levels will be Rs.8,000/- which shall be paid to the author/s on submission of relevant/actual receipts.
  • The Higher Education Commission will publish 500 copies of each monograph / textbook. Hundred copies will be provided to the author free of cost. Copies will be distributed gratis amongst central libraries, departmental libraries of universities and post-graduate colleges of the public sector wherein the concerned subject is taught. The remaining copies will be maintained in the Commission for sale on individual demand of institutions, teachers and students.
  1. Besides the publication of 500 copies, on-line subscription of monograph / textbook will also be available on clicking“Book – House”. Whereas, the payment on account of sale of monograph or textbooks to students, teachers and or/others shall be received through bank/draft in favor of Director Finance, the Higher Education Commission.

How to Apply

Publish with HEC:-

Introductory Procedure comprises of six steps which shall be strictly followed during the publishing process. It follows as:

  1. A teacher / researcher, inspired to write must first develop a book project proposal. The proposal must include a rationale of the project, its research plan, its relevance to the subject taught and its expected market. In case of a university teacher, the proposal must be officially certified by vice-chancellor of the concerned university. In case of a postgraduate college teacher, the proposal must be officially certified by principal of the concerned college. In case of researcher, the proposal must be officially certified by director/chairman of the concerned research organization/institute.The certified proposal must then be sent to the Project Director ‘Monograph & Textbook Writing Scheme’ Publication Division, of the Higher Education Commission for its further processing.
  2. The proposal is reviewed at the Higher Education Commission and the author is subsequently informed of its acceptance or rejection. All administrative requirements are fully observed before starting the review process.
  3. The synopsis for monograph or textbook outline, as the case may be, is then referred to two subject specialists for evaluation. In case of radical difference amongst the two subject’s specialists, a third subject specialist is appointed for the job. These subject specialists are selected from institutions other than the one wherein the aspirant author is teaching.
  4. Once the subject specialists have approved the synopsis / textbook outline, the author/s are advised to write the monograph or textbook manuscript keeping in view the subject specialists' comments and are expected to submit the same in 4 - 6 months for monograph & textbooks.
  5. After the manuscript is finalized by the author, he sends it to the Higher Education Commission from where it is redirected to the specialists for comprehensive review and final evaluation.
  6. Upon clearance given by the subject specialists, the monograph / textbook is accepted by HEC wherein it is processed for printing.

Author Booklet: The booklet has been developed for monograph / textbook authors to provide them a standard format. The guidelines would ensure uniformity in preparation of the submission form, writing a book presenting the author’s research plans/findings in a standard style. The manuscript according to the guidelines would also facilitate its speedy publication at the Higher Education Commission. It provides accessible information in three documents that are easily downloaded.

Book Proposal Submission Form

Synopsis Writing (Textbook/Monograph)

Manuscript Writing (Textbook/Monograph)

Reviewer Booklet: This booklet contains two downloadable evaluation forms. Occasionally, reviewers may ask for soft copies so that the process may be expedited.

Book Writing Evaluation Form – Synopsis Stage

Book Writing Evaluation Form – Manuscript Stage

 

 

Terms and Conditions

  1. HEC accepts only book proposals from in-service persons who will apply through proper channel, while retired persons may submit two reference letters stating that he/she has either taught in a university/college or conducted research in a research organization. Professionals may also submit through proper channel along with documentary proof of expertise in that particular field.

 

  1. Topics / subject areas should be based on recent changes introduced in the national curriculum approved by the various HEC Committees established by Curriculum Division of the Higher Education Division.

 

  1. A book proposal should be submitted on ‘Format for Book Proposal Submission’ while manuscript should be submitted also on ‘Format for Manuscript Writing’ respectively (details are available at link page Publish with HEC).

 

  1. The book proposal should be forwarded to the Project Director ‘Monograph & Textbook Writing Scheme’ Publication Division, of the Higher Education Commission through administrative channels of a university/ institution/post-graduate college.

 

  1. A finalized manuscript is accepted for publication only after clearance is given by two subject specialists or evaluators.

 

  1. A manuscript once accepted by HEC shall not be published elsewhere as ‘All rights reserved by HEC’ shall apply. However, in case the author asks for the transfer of rights for reprinting/second edition to an organization other than HEC,an agreement may be sorted out between both parties as per intellectual rights.

 

  1. A complete and final text of the manuscript is expected to be submitted error free. The author may employ an editor for his publication where the charges for the same shall be drawn within limits of Rs. 12, 000/- for textbook and Rs.8, 000/- for Monograph. The cost of production of book will be reimbursed by HEC on submission of actual bills.

 

  1. The Scheme accepts only fresh and original book proposals as there is no provision for revised or second edition in the Scheme.

FAQs

Q.1:Can I write a textbook at the graduate level?

Ans: No. There is no provision to write a textbook at the graduate level. However, you may write a monograph at the graduate level.

Q.2:Please mention, at which level a textbook can be written?

Ans: A textbook could be only written at the post-graduate level on all topics of HEC approved curricula.

Q.3: May I invite someone as co-author in writing a monograph / textbook and what is the procedure of remuneration distribution?

Ans: Yes, a book can be written by more than one author. The sum of remuneration would then be equally distributed among all participating writers as per rules of the Scheme. Q.4At what level can I write a Monograph?

Ans: A monograph can be written at both levels. i-e graduate and post-graduate. Q.5: Is there any provision for second or revised edition in the Scheme?

Ans: No. there is no provision for processing of any second or revised edition in the scheme.

The Scheme accepts only fresh and original book proposals either Monographs or Textbooks. Q.5What is a Monograph?

Ans: According to the definition of monograph as spelled out by Dr. Saeed A. Durrani in his book on Technical Writing (HEC-Publication, 2005) it is as follows: “By Monograph is meant a special book on a single – usually scientific – subject. There are two slightly different variant formats: it is a book written by a single author; or by two or more authors; or it is collection of articles or chapters written by several authors – covering different aspects of the given subject – and edited by one or two Editors. Q.6:What is HEC – Book House?

Ans:  HEC – Book House is particularly developed to develop/create interest of teaching /researcher community for writing and in general terms to give information.

Other Related Information

Website Address:

http://www.hec.gov.pk/insidehec/divisions/rnd/others/MTBW/Pages/Default.aspx

Contact of Concerning Official:

Mr. Samiullah

Assistant Director

(Monograph & Textbook Writing Scheme)  Higher Education Commission,  Sector H-9, Islamabad.

Email: smullah@hec.gov.pk

 

 

7: Research Project of Punjab Agricultural Research Board (PARB)

Introduction

PARB will finance research projects to resolve stake holder’s issues in Punjab. Any individual (local or foreigner), public and private sector in Pakistan and International companies can bid for these projects. The project proposals will be evaluated by the Technical Working Groups (TwGs) specially formulated for this purpose.

The institution outside the province however will have to designate its Project Manager from any public or private sector research organization of the Punjab province. The research proposals maximum for three years with additional two years for testing, adaptation, and commercialization will be funded.

High Priority Research Areas:

Our main objective is to transform the agricultural production system into a commercial, competitive, and diversified system that can meet the market needs, enhance farmers’ income, and generate new employment opportunities in rural areas. In this transformation, we believe that the research system can play an important role by enabling farmers’ to adjust their production system to meet emerging high-value demands.

To meet these goals, we will focus not only on major agriculture commodities produced traditionally in the country, but also identify new emerging markets and prepare farmers and processors for these markets by resolving technological and institutional constraints on participating in these markets. This will enable farmers to shift to these new products when productivity enhancement in traditional commodities reduces their prices and profitability.

What are new emerging markets? Consumers in the domestic and international markets want balance, quality, diversified, and safe food. In our research strategy, we will introduce the production systems rich in micronutrient, and generate high income and employment to farmers such as fruits, vegetables, and pulses. Oilseed crops are especially important to our economy, because of its large import bill.

The importance of marketing and agricultural business activities in agriculture growth, job creation, and poverty alleviation is increasingly being recognized. We will expand our research beyond farms gate, and will focus on resolving marketing issues of crops, develop technologies for value addition, improve food processing methods, and reduce post-harvest losses. This will improve the competitiveness of agriculture sector in the domestic and international market, and enhance bioavailability of food nutrients.

The impact of agricultural production on climate change is increasingly a concern of various stakeholders. It has been estimated that the health and environmental cost of pesticide use in cotton is Rs. 2.2 billion per annum. The intensification of agriculture production has caused the mining of soil and water aquifer, and reduced organic matter in soils. PARB will pay special attention to develop technologies that can reduce the environmental impact of agriculture production. Similarly, we also want to give high priority to research which can generate technologies for the production of safe and quality foods. This will not only safe our environmental, but also reduce farmers cost and increase their income. PARB will also focus on developing cropping systems and production technologies to improve crop production per drop and per unit of external inputs. Similarly, we can tackle environmental change through research by analyzing how temperature change will impact our production system, and design new systems that can fit in the new climate.

In summary, the research priorities of Punjab Agricultural Research Board will have five major themes:

Sr.

No. 

Theme

%

Res.

Alloc.

Goal

Detail/ Link

1

Enhance productivity  with sustainability of major cropping system

35%

Enhance total factor productivity of various production systems in the province with emphasis on those system where large number of poor lives

http://www.parb.gop.pk/ documents/theme1.pdf

2

Promote

diversification & commercialization 

15%

Eradicate poverty by increasing small farmers’ income, employment & nutritional security through improved production & marketing efficiency of high value crops 

http://www.parb.gop.pk/ documents/theme2.pdf

3

Conserve Resources

& Protect

Environment  

25%

Conserve natural resources (land, water, range, pasture) and environment by improving resource use efficiency in the long and medium terms 

http://www.parb.gop.pk/ documents/theme3.pdf

4

Improve

Competitiveness by

15%

Enhance agri. competitiveness and vertical divers.  of rural incomes by promoting agri. processing,

http://www.parb.gop.pk/

 

Value Addition 

 

Reducing post-harvest losses, & improving marketing efficiency 

documents/theme4.pdf

5

Cross Cutting issues,

& knowledge based

agri. Policies

10%

To take research on policy issues to enhance research efficiency and promote knowledgebased policy formulation 

http://www.parb.gop.pk/ documents/theme5.pdf

 

Note: To Download High Priority Research Areas Complete File, visit/browse the following link.                                                                          http://www.parb.gop.pk/Documents/AllThemes.pdf

Research Strategies:

Demand Based:

We transform the research system from supply-oriented to demand based. Rather than asking the scientists what they are researching for, we will ask our agricultural stakeholder every year what issues we should resolve through research. The PARB is setting up a Research Planning Cell that will continuously consult with agriculture stakeholders, bring emerging issues for agriculture research, and use scientific methodologies to prioritize these issues. Shifting from scientists to stakeholders for setting up research strategies is a big change, which will bring growth by resolving high priority problems in agriculture sector.

Multi-disciplinary and Multi-institute:

Our Coordination Cell will announce the issues and challenges the scientists to come forward to propose research to resolve these issues. As the challenge is to resolve the issues, the proposed projects must be multi-disciplinary and multi-institute. In this way, we want to break the wall built around research institute by encouraging cross-institute cooperation. 

Competitive:

The Coordination Cell will set up anonymous Technical Working groups who will evaluate these proposals and judge the competency of the team proposing the research. The projects will be awarded based on competency of the proposal and the professional team. Special marks will be given for those teams which is multi-disciplinary and multi-institutes. The project will also include activities to promote the research results to stakeholders.

Incentives to Researchers:

Each scientist in the team will have clear activity, and budget will be assigned for each activity. Depending upon the delivery of output (i.e., solving the issue), each scientist will receive a fixed proportion of the cost handled as a personnel reward.

 

Monitoring and Evaluation:

We have also set up a Monitoring and Evaluation Cell which will oversee the progress of the project and suggest measures to overcome problems in its implementation. It will also analyze the impact of the farmers on various stakeholders.

 

Import of Technologies: 

PARB will also facilitate to import of technologies and materials, and adapt these technologies to the local environments. Our main strategy will be to overcome the shortage of germplasm the research system is starving with now-a-days. Moreover, the import of parental lines, genes, and machinery models will be funded. During the short-term training visits, the scientists will be encouraged to import relevant technologies and materials. Funds will also be allocated for this purpose. 

 

 

International Collaboration: 

We strongly feel that lack of resources as well as bureaucratic procedures involved in getting clearance for the scientists to go abroad has limited the collaboration of our scientists with international agriculture research centers and advance laboratories. We will link each project with these centers of excellence in agriculture research and facilitate our scientists to go shortterm training in these centers. Reasonable funds will be allocated for foreign training in each project wherever it is appropriate.

 

Involvement of Private Stakeholders: 

We should realize that we cannot resolve all the problems facing to agriculture sector through research in the public sector. Our main strategy will be to involve the private sector as much as possible in setting up research priorities and conducting research. The board of directors of PARB consists of farmers, agricultural business people, politicians, bureaucrats along with research professional who will guide us in setting research priorities. I would like to point out here that the research to formulate solution of the problem can be suggested by any provincial and federal public sector institute, and/or private sector with in the county, or abroad. 

 

 

Funding to Corporate Companies:

We are setting up Research and Development Companies in major crops which will perform in corporate mode and improve the collaboration with the private sector. The independent board of directors of these bodies will set up research priorities of these companies and each will be autonomous in managing their resources. Initially, corporate companies in rice, cotton, sugarcane, citrus, and mango have been established. These corporate will compete or research funds from PARB and they will be free to get additional funds from any other sources as well.

 

Guidelines &Proformas:

PARB will finance research projects to resolve stakeholders issues in Punjab. Any individual (local or foreigner), public and private sector in Pakistan and International companies can bid for these projects. The project proposals will be evaluated by the Technical Working Groups (TwGs) specially formulated for this purpose. The institution outside the province however will have to designate its Project Manager from any public or private sector research organization of the Punjab province. The research proposals maximum for three years with additional two years for testing, adaptation, and commercialization will be funded.

 

Please, read the following Guidelines and Proformas to submit CGS Project:

Sr.

No.

Guidelines

Detail/ Link

1

Preparation of Research Proposal

 

http://www.parb.gop.pk/documents/ guidelinesforproposalpreparation.pdf

 

2

Standing Instructions

 

http://www.parb.gop.pk/pdf/standing_instructions_consolidated.pdf

 

3

SOP: Procedure of CGS Projects After Board Approval 

 

http://www.parb.gop.pk/documents/ sopcgsproject.pdf

 

4

TWG Criteria

http://www.parb.gop.pk/pdf/twgcriteria.pdf

 

 

Sr.

No.

 

Proformas

Detail/Link

1

Research Proposal

 

http://www.parb.gop.pk/documents/ researchproposalproforma.doc

 

2

Curriculum Vitae

 

http://www.parb.gop.pk/documents/ cvformat.doc

 

3

Six Monthly Physical Progress

http://www.parb.gop.pk/documents/ halfyearphysicalprogressreportproforma.doc

 

4

Quarterly Planning  

http://www.parb.gop.pk/documents/ quarterlyplanningreportproforma4cgsproj.doc

 

5

Annual Research Progress

http://www.parb.gop.pk/documents/ annualresearchprogressreport.doc

 

6

Annual Performance Evaluaton

http://www.parb.gop.pk/documents/ annualperformanceevaluationreport.doc

 

7

Administrative and Financial Monitoring, Project

Manager

http://www.parb.gop.pk/documents/ adminstrativefinancialmonitoringproforma.doc

 

8

Administrative and Financial Monitoring, Team Leader

http://www.parb.gop.pk/documents/ adminstrativefinancialmonitoringproformateamleader.doc

 

9

Project Proposal Evaluation 

http://www.parb.gop.pk/documents/projectproposalevaluationproforma.doc

 

10

Contract Agreement

http://www.parb.gop.pk/documents/ contracagreement.doc

 

 

Funding Procedures:

Please visit the following website: http://www.parb.gop.pk/pdf/FundingProcedure4Projects.pdf

 

Other Related Information

Website Address:

http://www.parb.gop.pk/index.aspxMailing Address:

Punjab Agricultural Research Board (PARB) ZTBL Building, 3rd Floor, 47-The Mall, Lahore.

PHONE: +92-42-37232744      

FAX: +92-42-37247594

EMAIL:  info@parb.gop.pk

 

8: Research Project of Pakistan Science Foundation

Introduction

The Promotion of Scientific Research and related activities is the major objective of Pakistan Science Foundation, which provides funding for research projects in the areas of Agricultural Sciences, Biological Sciences, Bio-technology and Genetic Engineering, Chemical Sciences, Computer/Information Technology, Mathematical Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Engineering, Earth sciences, Medical sciences and Physics. The Foundation provides grants to universities and other R&D organizations for projects undertaken by individuals or groups of scientists. The Foundation has developed requisite infrastructure for carrying out its research support activity.

Research projects funded by the Foundation produce trained manpower in the form of M.Phil and Ph.D graduates and otherstaff appointed in the projects,patents and a number of local and international publications. Some projects with industrial base have also gone from Lab to land resulting in utilization of results of PSF Supported projects for Socio-economic development of the country.

The Foundation has so far funded 1031 research Projects in various fields of Science and Technology that have resulted in publication of 612 research papers in national and international journals and 5 patents have been filed from PSF sponsored projects. 169 research scholars have acquired their M.Phil degrees and 115 have done their Ph.D.s out of work done in PSF supported research projects.

 

Areas:

AGRICULTURAL SCEINCES    CHEMICAL SCIENCES

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES         EARTH SCIENCES

BIOTECHNOLOGY     ENGINEERING SCIENCES

 

 

 

 

 

Procedure for Project Funding:

Flow chart of the process step 1:

Flow chart of the process step 2:

Projects proposals, submitted to the Foundation, are evaluated initially by Subject Experts in the relevant fields and then by the PSF Technical Committees which recommend the projects for approval on the basis of technical merit and relevance to the socio-economic needs of the country. Research grants are released to P.Is on 6-monthly basis. The progress of research is monitored through evaluation of semi-annual and annual reports from grantees.

Other Related Information

Website Address: http://www.psf.gov.pk/http://www.psf.gov.pk/rsupport.php

Mailing Address:

Pakistan Science Foundation, 

1-Constitution Avenue, 

Sector G-5/2, Islamabad (Pakistan).

Tel: + 92 51 9202469-70

Fax: + 92 51 9202468

 

 

 

 

9:Research Grant/Project of Pakistan Medical Research Council

Guidelines for Applying For A PMRC Research Grant:

http://www.pmrc.org.pk/guidelines.htm

Introduction:

One of the major functions of the Pakistan Medical Research Council (PMRC) is to organize, coordinate and promote scientific research in various disciplines of medical sciences and public health. PMRC also provides support to investigators wishing to carry out research on important national health problems.

 

The purpose of these guidelines is to assist investigators applying to PMRC for a research grant, in filling in the prescribed application form as completely and accurately as possible, so as to enable the reviewers to take the decision promptly.

 

Please visit the following link.

 

Application Form:      http://www.pmrc.org.pk/downloads.htm

Check List:                  http://www.pmrc.org.pk/downloads.htm

Sample CV:                 http://www.pmrc.org.pk/downloads.htm

Guidelines:                 http://www.pmrc.org.pk/downloads.htm

Guidelines:

Submission of Research Projects:

Research projects can be submitted to PMRC throughout a year.

Review of Research Projects:

Research projects received in the organization will be reviewed by the panel of experts in the relevant field of research. Only those projects will be sent for peer review which are prepared according to the guidelines. Each project will be sent to two reviewers of relevant field.

 

 

Approval of Research Project:

After reviewing, projects are discussed in the meetings of T AC which are scheduled in the First Half of the year (first meeting) and Second Half of the year (second meeting) to consider the projects for funding. The final decision for funding is made by T AC on the relevance of the application to the important national health problems and on its scientific quality as judged by the reviewers.

Funding of Approved Projects:

Approved projects are funded by the Council on yearly basis subject to availability of funds, as per PMRC Funding Policy

Payments:

Payments will be made in Three Installments, as 1st. Installment (50% of the approved cost of the project) initially; 2nd. Installment (30% of the approved cost of the project) after completion of field work/laboratory investigations, etc. and submission of bills/vouchers justifying the expenditure made so far; and 3rd. Installment after completion of the project and submission of Final Report  All prescribed forms/bills should reach head office as early as possible to make payments quickly.

Principal Investigator and Institution:

The Principal Investigator is the individual who shall be responsible for the direct supervision of the project and will participate in it. 

The institution is the organization with which principal investigator is associated and to which he is responsible.

The principal investigator, through his institution will be responsible for all matters connected with the implementation of the project. In addition principal investigator will provide following information for each project proposal:

i). Research facilities available in the institute including equipment and manpower.  ii).He/she should provide the time schedule and the commencement of research.

Equipment and Supplies:

Consumable supplies for the project being supported includes chemicals, reagents, drugs, glassware and other items may be purchased from PMRC funds. The principal investigator and Centres are responsible for the care and maintenance of equipment provided. PMRC reserves the right to supply equipment to the centre for a project, instead of providing the institution with the funds to make the purchase itself. Funds provided by PMRC should not be used for the maintenance, repair, or other matters except as otherwise agreed with the Council.

Funds allocated for the purchase of equipment should be utilized within one year of the availability of funds alternately any balances of such funds will revert to PMRC.

Other Costs:

PMRC will consider financial support only for services or materials clearly itemized and justified in the budge accompanying the proposal. Request for "overhead" or administrative costs will not be considered.

Reports:

The principal investigator shall submit a quarterly progress report, and annual report in the required format at the time specified, to PMRC. This report constitutes a part of the project evaluation and is necessary for continuation of support for the project. Final reports of each project are required at completion and shout summarize the course of research and give in some detail the positive and negative findings of the work.

Publications:

The principal investigator/institution may publish in any journal the results of work supported by the PMRC research programmes. In instances of a collaborative research projects involving more than one institution, is recommended that the publication be submitted in the name of all investigators who participated in the project. All publications should have a foot note identifying PMRC having supported the research, for example:

"This work received financial support from the Pakistan Medical Research Council, Pakistan".

In the event of publication, five reprints or copies should be sent to Pakistan Medical Research Council, head office, Islamabad.

 

Departure or Change of Principal Investigator:

If the principal investigator leaves, the institution/centre with which the agreement is made must notify PMRC which shall have the right to terminate the agreement. If another principal investigator is appointed by the institution centre, the project may be continued, provided the consent of the PMRC is obtained.

Submission of Applications:

Applications should be submitted using the PMRC application form. Complete information is essential for rapid consideration of a project.

 

Application can be submitted to respective PMRC centres for onward transmission to head office, Islamabad, or can be sent directly to PMRC head office addressed to:

 

PC-1 submitted to Ministry of Health for approval

 

  1. Establishment of National Cancer Registration Programme (NCRP)
  2. Second Round of Health Survey of Pakistan-II (NHSP-II)
  3. Determination of disease Vs healthy status of Hepatitis B & C using serological markers.
  4. Strengthening and expansion of PMRC: Construction of an additional floor on existing PMRC Head Office Building.
  5. Pakistan Health Information Online: Capacity building of PMRC Health Information Resource Centre (HIRC)
  6. Establishment of Biosafety / Biosecurity system of 4 Public Sector Hospitals / Health Institutions dealing with infectious materials
  7. Establishment of Molecular Diagnostic Lab at PMRC Central Research Centre, NIH Islamabad

PMRC Routine Research Grant (0.2M)

The maximum Limit for this Grant is Rs. 0.2 Million. Projects should deal with a health problem of national importance / related to public health. PMRC does not support basic research studies. A list of PMRC funded projects is available on the website (on the left hand).

 Projects under this grant are accepted through out the year. Projects are peer reviewed by the expert panel and if approved by them then are presented to PMRC Technical Advisory

Committee (TAC) for final evaluation and approval for funding. The TAC meeting is held twice in a year (i.e. 1st and 2nd half of the year) depending upon the number of approved projects to be presented in the meeting.

 For submission of project please see the Check List which is very important and should be strictly followed especially the instructions for budget. One Page CV of Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator should be submitted along with the project.

 PMRC Research Grant for Projects in High Priority Areas of Health (0.3 M)

The maximum Limit for this Grant is Rs. 0. 3 Million. This grant has recently been announced. Recently, PMRC invites research projects for funding in high priority areas of health in which the country’s National Health Programs are working. The theme for the projects should be chosen in the following priority areas:

  1. Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI)
  2. AIDS Prevention & Control
  3. Nutrition
  4. Hepatitis Prevention & Control
  5. Blindness
  6. TB Control
  7. Malaria Control
  8. Maternal, Neonatal & Child Health (MNCH)
  9. Family Planning and Primary Health Care
  10. Lady Health Workers (LHW) Problems, Assessment & Evaluation
  11. Food Fortification
  12. Trauma Prevention and Care

Projects can be submitted through out the year. The instructions for submission of research projects under this grant are same as for Routine Research Grant except the maximum limit for budget i.e. Rs. 0.3 Million.

 

Dr. SarwarJehanZuberi Research Grant (0.5 Million)

The maximum limit for the grant is Rs. 0.5 Million.

Each year one research project is funded under this grant. The theme is chosen from one of the priority areas for health research in Gastroenterology & Hepatology by the PMRC Technical Advisory Committee (TAC).

The Theme is circulated to all health institutions of the country and posted on the PMRC website. The deadline for submission of projects is also given.

Projects are peer reviewed by PMRC Expert Panel and those recommended are presented to PMRC Technical Advisory Committee for final evaluation and selection of the best project to be awarded the grant.

The Dr. S. J. Zuberi Grant is awarded to one project only in a year.

The instructions for submission of projects are same as for other PMRC grants but the Theme and deadline for submission of projects are given.

 

Other Related Information

Website Address:

http://www.pmrc.org.pk/

Mailing Address:

Pakistan Medical Research Council

Shahrah-e-Jamhuriat, G-5/2

Islamabad, Pakistan

Tel: +1 92-51-9216793; 9207386, Fax: +1 92-51-9216774

Email: pmrc@comsats.net.pk

 

10:Research and Advocacy Fund

 

Introduction:

Pakistan’s maternal and child mortality rates are the sixth highest in the world. Despite the Government of Pakistan (GoP) targeting improvements in maternal and child health over the last 15 years, maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity remain significant challenges. An estimated 30,000 women die each year because of complications during pregnancy and delivery – the equivalent of one woman dying every 20 minutes.

 Nearly all maternal deaths worldwide are preventable. The Maternal and Newborn Health Research and Advocacy Fund (RAF) recognises that policies implemented accountably through interventions that aim to improve health outcomes for poor and marginalised women and children can reduce the premature death of women in pregnancy and childbirth and increase their chances of survival. And when they survive, their families, communities and countries thrive. It’s a virtuous circle.

 RAF is working to help change the future for Pakistan’s women and newborns and their families alongside other stakeholders to help put Pakistan on track for MDG 4 and 5.

What kind of work does RAF fund?

Experience shows that a strong credible evidence base that is translated into clear, relevant and achievable policy recommendations through advocacy can have a direct impact on the policy uptake of research, and the development of informed and relevant development strategies that can benefit the lives of poor and marginalised women and communities.

 RAF aims to fund research and advocacy proposals which are clearly focussed on bringing about policy and practice change. RAF looks particularly favourably on those research and advocacy proposals that aim to provide deep insights into those context-specific behaviours, attitudes, practices that shape maternal and newborn health for the poor and address issues of quality of services, lack of investment in public sector facilities, lack of skills and training amongst health sector staff and discrimination by service providers.

 All research and advocacy initiatives seeking RAF funding must clearly define the desired policy and practice change.

Advocacy:

RAF will encourage and support innovative communications, networking and advocacy projects to get key messages out to target audiences with the potential to implement policy and practice reforms. RAF funded advocacy should demonstrate that advocacy messages are evidence-based, and have been developed on the basis of an analysis of rigorous and robust research.

 Advocacy proposals can be stand-alone, targeted initiatives but should include analysis which informs the development of the key messages. This analysis can be built upon primary or secondary research, and RAF-funded advocacy strategies may include a situational analysis that is based upon primary research. In either case, proposals should aim to push for effective policies and scaling up cost effective interventions that address the MNH needs of poor women. Advocacy proposals should support the capacity and voice of local communities to act as advocates for their MNH needs to service providers and policy makers.

Research:

RAF funded research work should aim to rigorously analyse the realities of poor people’s needs and experiences. It should also draw on existing research and programming experience - both in Pakistan and from other country contexts – in order to develop innovative models that address real gaps in a meaningful way. Rigorous and inclusive research methodologies and innovative dissemination ideas are also required.

A research proposal which addresses one or more of the following components is considered eligible for funding:

Analysis: Address key gaps in understanding the factors that affect maternal and newborn health, poor people's care-seeking behaviour, and the quality of services they receive.

Lessons learned: Review experiences from recent or existing models and programmes in Pakistan, and from other country contexts to uncover important findings and insights and assess the potential of interventions for replicability, scalability and sustainability.

Operational research: Pilot interventions based upon a robust review of existing work, and a clear identification of key gaps, in order to develop scalable, sustainable models for improving MNH outcomes.

 

Funding Models

Open Competition:

The Open Call is designed to build a body of work on a given priority area and to encourage organisations with relevant experience, knowledge as well as innovative research and advocacy ideas to apply for funding. 

RAF issues bi-annual Calls for Proposals through print and e-media. These Calls seek advocacy and/or research concept notes on specified priority areas Applicants can apply for small grants of up to GBP 50, 000 or large grants of up to 500,000 GBP. Concept notes that are shortlisted are then invited to develop full proposals that undergo assessment and appraisal process before selection for grant funding. 

RAF encourages local organisations with strong roots in their community to apply. Such organisations can request technical assistance and guidance for carrying out the project. Please review"Who can Apply"for more details on eligibility criteria and Terms and Conditions for Applicants. 

Invitation for Expression of Interest (EOI)

Organisations may also access RAF's funding by responding to RAF's Invitation for Expressions of Interest (EOI). Organisations submitting the EOI documents as per RAF specified format and within the stipulated deadline may be shortlisted for potential opportunities to access funding through limited competition or in special cases through direct commissioning.

Organisations working in MNH, health, gender, political and policy analysis, poverty and social equity and social development are eligible to apply. 

Who Can Apply?

RAF recognises the need for much greater understanding about the lived realities for poor women and communities, in terms of their access to services, the quality of care that they receive and the extent to which these processes are empowering or disempowering. To this end, RAF proactively encourages organisations from multiple disciplines - including social science, health, economics and political/policy analysis to apply.

 RAF strongly encourages applications from national/international organisations working in partnerships and consortiums.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Organisations registered with a public authority under relevant acts in Pakistan:
  • For a minimum of 5 years if applying for a Large grant.
  • For a minimum of 2 years if applying for a Small grant.
  • Only Pakistani nationals may apply as Individuals for a small grant for research.
  • International Organisations with presence and valid permission to work in Pakistan from a competent authority of Pakistan. Organisations must be authorised to open bank account in Pakistan and receive funds in Pak Rupees.

 

 

 

Terms and Conditions for Applicants:

  1. The maximum duration of any one project will not be more than two years.
  2. Organisations may apply for multiple grants but they can be recipients of only one grant per call.
  3. All funds are processed in PAK Rupees only.
  4. All organisations/individuals excluding ‘not for profit’ and government institutions, must demonstrate availability of funds to carry out activities as no advance payment will be
  5. Applicants with a conflict of interest are required to declare their interest and in case of direct association with RAF will not be eligible to apply (e.g. consortium partners).

 Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals will be publicized through national and regional newspapers, and RAF's website.

 

Expressions of Interest

The next Invitation for Expression of Interest will be publicized through national and regional newspapers, and RAF's website.

Other Related Information

Website Address: http://www.rafpakistan.org/raf/contents/Home/1.html

 

11: Pakistan-US Science and Technology Cooperation Program

Synopsis of Program and Background

In 2003, the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Government of Pakistan and the United States Department of State signed a comprehensive Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement that established a framework to increase cooperation in science, technology, engineering, and education for mutual benefit and peaceful purposes between the science and education communities in both countries. In 2005, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) joined with the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) to support the joint Pakistan-US Science and

Technology Cooperation Program. Beginning in 2008, the United States Department of State (DOS) joined USAID as US co-sponsor of the program. This program, which is being implemented by the US National Academy of Sciences on the US side, is intended to increase the strength and breadth of cooperation and linkages between Pakistan scientists and institutions with counterparts in the United States.

Each country has contributed funds to support Cooperation Program projects under this Agreement that would enhance the ability of the science and technology community to positively contribute to human and economic development in Pakistan.

In November 2005 (Phase 1), 11 projects were selected for funding, receiving a combined total of more than $4.9 million from the Pakistani and US sides. In December 2006 (Phase 3), 13 more projects were funded for a total of more than $5.2 million, plus3 additionalprojects received more than $1 million in a special competition devoted to earthquake-related collaboration. In February 2008 (Phase 3), 19 new grants were awarded, and the most recent batch of selections (Phase 4) was announced in September 2010. The US-side budgets of the grants have ranged from $40,000 for a one-year project to $350,000 for each of several threeyear projects. On the Pakistani side, budgets have ranged from $30,000 to $500,000.

 

Applicants are reminded that priority is given to projects in which the main locus of activity is in Pakistan, not the United States, so budgets should be allocated accordingly.

Program Objectives

Projects funded under this solicitation should contribute to building capacity in Pakistan and strengthening US-Pakistan cooperative relationships in one or more of the following ways:

  1. Improving the quality, relevance, or capacity of education and research at Pakistani institutions of higher education in science and technical fields.
  2. Improving the capacity of Pakistani public and private science institutions to support industry competitiveness.
  3. Increasing the capacity of science and technology to improve the well-being of ordinary Pakistani people. Topics include, but are not limited to basic education, basic health, nutrition, water/sanitation, environment, and economic development.

Proposals should clearly explain how the project would facilitate capacity building at the institutional level in Pakistan. Projects that would only enhance the capabilities of their individual participants, with no demonstrated broader impact, will be at much lower priority for funding. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to review the lists of projects funded in 2005, 2006, and 2007 to gain a better understanding of the types of activities supported under this program.

As part of the current call for proposals, we are pleased to offer a special opportunity for proposals in the biological sciences, with emphasis on human and animal infectious disease, as well as best practices in laboratory management.Another special opportunity exists for proposals in the chemical sciences that focus on best practices in chemical management, pesticide management, and chemical safety education.

Eligibility Information:

PI Eligibility Limit:  Proposals are to be developed by partnerships that should include at least one Pakistani partner and one US partner. Projects involving participants from only one country (Pakistan or the United States) are ineligible and will not be reviewed.  In developing proposals, proposing partners are urged to take advantage of the widest range of Pakistani talent capable of contributing to the achievement of objectives.  In particular, partners should explain in their proposals how they will encourage the participation of women and ensure that they are provided equal opportunities for involvement in the proposed projects, whether as co-investigators, post-doctoral researchers, students, trainees, or conference participants.

Topical Eligibility Limit:  Due to US government regulations, the program cannot fund research involving “testing or breeding, feasibility study, variety improvement or introduction, consultancy, publication, or training in connection with the growth or production [of a crop] in a foreign country for export if such export would compete in world markets with a similar commodity grown or produced in the United States." Before preparing their proposals, applicants intending to submit proposals involving research on citrus crops, sugar cane, or cotton are advised to e-mail a brief explanation of their proposed projects to pkcontract@nas.edu for an advance determination of eligibility by program staff in consultation with US government sponsors.

 

 

 

Award Information:

Anticipated Type of Awards: Requests for funding can vary in amount and length but should not exceed three years.  In order to achieve significant progress towards one of the program objectives, proposals are generally expected to involve multiple individuals and contribute to building strengths of key institutions in Pakistan.  Project funding is generally expected to be in the range of $100,000 to $300,000 per year (combined total for the Pakistani and US partner institutions).  Capital costs for the construction of new buildings will not be covered.  Salary costs for senior individual participants are expected to be covered from other sources, but salary support for junior team members and technical support staff may be included as appropriate.  An annual progress report will be required.  Continuing-year funding of multi-year projects will be contingent upon a merit-based annual evaluation of progress. 

Proposals should include all activities and costs necessary to achieve the results stated in the application.   Leveraging of resources is encouraged; therefore, the entire cost of the project should be included.  Applicants are required to disclose any other funding received or applied for from other sources that would support the proposed project.

Projects funded through this solicitation will not be given any preference for funding under future USAID- or DOS-supported programs.

Selection Criteria:

Proposals will be evaluated in separate peer review processes organized by the Pakistani and US sponsors according to 1) relevance to the goals enumerated above under “Program Objectives,” 2) the scientific and technical merit of the proposal, 3) the cost-effectiveness of the project, 4) the capabilities of the participating institutions and individuals to successfully complete the project, and 5) the nature and quality of the collaboration, including the demonstrated commitment of the proposing partners to ensuring the participation of women in the project.  Final funding decisions will be reached by consensus among the Pakistani and US sponsors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Projects:

The current running projects detail is available at the following web site:

http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/dsc/PGA_052577

Other Related Information

Website Address:

http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/dsc/pakistan/index.htmhttp://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/dsc/index.htm

Mailing Address:

DSC, The National Academies

500 5th St NW - KWS 502, Washington, DC 20001, USA

Email: dsc@nas.edu

Tel:  (202) 334-2800       Fax: (202) 334-2139

 

 

12: Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of Pakistan

Overview and Introduction:

  • Planning, Coordinating and directing efforts to initiate and launch scientific and technological programs.
  • Responsible for the preparation and implementation of all science and technological research policies and plans.

Objectives:

Scientific and Technological Research Division

  • Preparation of and implementation of S&TR Policies and Plans.
  • To promote the S&TR for achieving rapid economic development Enhancingself reliance through the S&TR inputs.
  • To develop and maintain an adequate national science and technology system.
  • To improve the living standard of masses and ensuring the national security through S&TR applications.

Functions:

Charter of Functions/Duties Assigned to Scientific and Technological Research Division

(As per Rules of Business)

  • Establishment of Science Cities
  • Establishment of Institutes and Laboratories for Research and Development in the Scientific and Technological Fields.
  • Establishment of Science Universities as specifically assigned by the Federal Government.
  • Planning, Coordination, Promotion and Development of Science and Technology monitoring and evaluation of research and development works, including scrutiny of development projects and coordination of development programs in this field.
  • Promotion of applied research and utilization of results of research in the Scientific and Technological fields carried out at home and abroad.
  • Coordination of utilization of manpower for scientific and technological research.
  • Promotion of scientific and technological contacts and liaison nationally and internationally, including dealing and agreements with other countries and international organizations.
  • Initiate promotional measures for establishment of venture capital companies for technological development and growth.
  • Support of NGOs concerned with development of Science and Technology.
  • Promotion of Technology, Standards, Testing and Quality Assurance System.
  • Support to NGOs concerned with development of science and Technology.
  • Promotion of metrology Standards, Testing and Quality assurance System.
  • National Commission for science and Technology.
  • Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.
  • Omitted videcab: Div: Notification No.4-6/97-Min. I dated 3.3.1998.
  • Pakistan council of research in water resources.
  • Drainage and Reclamation Institute of Pakistan.
  • Council for works and Housing Research.
  • National Building Research Institute.
  • Pakistan Council of Appropriate Technology.
  • Center of Applied Molecular Biology.
  • Pakistan Science Foundation.
  • National Institute of Electronic.
  • Pakistan Council for Science and Technology.
  • National Institute of Oceanography.
  • National Institute of Power.
  • National Institute of Silicon Technology.
  • Scientific and Technology Development Corporation.
  • National University of Science and Technology.
  • Pakistan Standards Institute.
  • Prescription of standards and measure for quality control of manufactured goods.
  • Establishment of standards of weight and measures.
  • Development, Deployment and demonstration of renewable sources of energy.

Other Related Information

Website Address:

http://www.most.gov.pk/

Concerning Official:

Akhlaq Ahmad Tarar, Secretary for Ministry of Science and Technology

 

13: Pakistan Council for Science & Technology (PCST)

 

What is PCST:

Pakistan Council for Science and Technology (PCST) is responsible to advise the Government on S&T policies and plans and suggest measures for the promotion, development and application of science and technology in the country. For seeking expert opinion and advice in different S&T areas the Council constitutes “Think Tanks / Expert Committees” as and when required.

PCST is also the Secretariat of the National Commission for Science and Technology (NCST), the apex decision-making body for S&T development, headed by the Prime Minister of the Country. PCST, in consultation with the federal ministries and provincial departments, major R&D organizations and universities, eminent scientists and technologists, and representatives of industrial sector, plans for civilian S&T and R&D activities in the country. These plans are reviewed by the Executive Committee of the National Commission for Science and Technology (ECNCST) before they are presented to NCST for approval.

Research Productivity Award (RPA):

Considering the fact that the Universities, as well as the R&D organizations are experiencing problems of retaining high quality S&T manpower, NCST, in its 2nd meeting, decided, inter-alia, that the salaries of highly qualified Scientists and Technologists should be brought at par with those prevailing in Industry, so as to attract the brightest students to opt for careers in various Scientific and Technological fields. The Ministry of Science and Technology, in consultation with PCST, decided to grant Research Productivity Allowance to active scientists on the basis of their publications in international Journals and their performance, as evaluated empirically by Journal Impact Factors, Citations and Peer Review.

Criteria for the award of RPA as recommended by the review committee and duly approved by the competent authority:

  1. The RPA scheme is achieving its main objective of increasing the number of research papers published internationally from Pakistan. This number has already shown a more than five-fold increase since the introduction of the scheme and the rising trend is continuing. The scheme should, therefore, be continued, as it is good for the promotion and internationalization of Pakistan science.
  2. The scheme has been rationalized to broaden its base on the basis of annually achievable JIF+CI scores. The following revised categorization based on JIF+CI scores and the corresponding amounts will be followed:

Category

Impact Factor + Citation Index

Amount

(Rs)

A

30.000 and above

350,000

B

25.000 – 29.999

250,000

C

20.000 – 24.999

200,000

D

15.000 – 19.999

150,000

E

10.000 – 14.999

100,000

F

5.000 – 9.999

75,000

G

1.000 – 4.999

50,000

 

  • The scheme is renamed as Research Productivity Award, as it is an award by an independent agency and not an allowance paid by the parent organization.
  1. Applied research that is not published in the form of research papers but is, nevertheless, of national importance has now been included in the purview of the scheme. The output of applied research in the form of products and processes that are patented nationally or internationally and approved crop varieties are eligible for award under RPA. The following equivalence applies:

Output of Applied Research

JIF+CI Score

International Patent (commercialized)

19.5

International Patent (granted)

14.5

Local Patent (commercialized)

9.5

Local Patent (granted)

4.5

Approved crop variety

19.0

The score shall be divided equally, where there is more than one scientist.

  1. Researchers working in the universities and institutions in the private sector should be eligible for RPA, as their research papers published from Pakistani institutions contribute to the total number of international research publications from the country. Inclusion of these researchers would encourage the institutions in the private sector to give more emphasis to research, which would eventually lead to raising the quality of education in these institutions.
  2. Foreign faculty working in Pakistani universities in the private as well as the public sector should be eligible to receive RPA provided that

    They were employed there for at least one year, and their papers were published with address of the Pakistani institutions.

Criteria:

Applications are invited forResearch Productivity Awardfor the year 2011. Scientists/Engineers working in public and private sector universities, S&T/R&D organizations and ministries / divisions as well as foreign faculty working in Pakistani institutions for at least one year who are engaged in basic and applied research and who have published research papers in international impact factor journals with address of Pakistani institutions are also eligible to apply. Applicants are required to send their applications alongwith the following supporting documents:

An updated resume and list of research publications alongwith attested copies of first page of reprints for the last FIVE YEARS (2006-2010) published in international journals having impact factor.

The applied researchers should send details of their patents / crops varieties approved by concerned authorities of Pakistan alongwith the proof.

Incomplete applications and those received after the due date will not be considered. The last date for receipt of applications is 31st October 2011.

ONLY those applications will be accepted which are received through COURIER SERVICE/ REGISTERED mail.

PCST reserves the rights to postpone / cancel grant of RPA 2011 without giving any reason.

Note: Research Productivity Awards are usually announced in September/October of every year.

 

Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (STPRI):

PCST has submitted a proposal for the establishment of STPRI at Islamabad. STPRI will provide the institutional arrangement to review Science and Technology Policies regularly. Details can be obtained from the following link http://www.pcst.org.pk/pcst_webpages/introduction/STPRI.htm

 

 

Productive Scientists of Pakistan:

Scientists and Engineers working in Public Sector Institutions / R&D Organizations who are involved in Basic and Applied Research may provide... Details an be obtained from the following link http://www.pcst.org.pk/pcst_webpages/RPA%20Ads/RPA%20Ads%202006-07.htm

 

Other Related Information

Website Address:

http://www.pcst.org.pk/index.htmhttp://www.pcst.org.pk/pcst_webpages/RPA%20Ads/RPA%202011.html

Concerning Official:

Please send complete information to: 

MRS. SHIREEN TAJ

Senior Research Officer / Officer Incharge

Pakistan Council for Science and Technology Shahrah-e-Jamhuriat, Sector G-5/2 Islamabad-44000.

Tele: 051-9222625     

 

14: World Wildlife Fund Pakistan (WWF)

Introduction

From the jagged, snow-covered mountains in the north to the deep waters of the Arabian Sea, Pakistan contains a diverse topography of geographical features. Because of this, it is home to an incredible diversity of flora and fauna. As with the rest of the world, in the last century, lack of understanding and awareness led to human practices that exploited the country’s natural resources without replenishing them. Population explosion and growing infrastructure needs also led to decimation of animal habitat and forests, and resulted in loss and endangerment of animal and plant species that are only found in Pakistan. This unsettled the delicate balance of nature. There was an urgent need for a conservation organisation to meet and counter the growing conservation and environment issues, and so WWF – Pakistan was formed in 1970.

 

Small Grants Programme:

 

WWF-P's Small Grants Programme (SGP) was established to encourage nature conservation initiatives in Pakistan.

The Small grants Programme(SGP) of WWF - Pakistan was launched in 1986 to support the community led initiatives that work towards the conserving the environment. The SGP is concerted efforts to consolidate various local NGOs, CBOs and researchers to work towards the common goal of improving local environment through addressing issues such as conserving threatened and endangered species pollution control, conserving and protecting the forest, maintaining freshwater, marine life and coastal ecosystem balance and addressing climate change issues and their implications.

The core objective is not only to address issues of environmental concerns but to involve the local communities in order to help them better understand their fundamental dependence on environment and their responsibilities towards conserving it.

SGP Objectives

  • Capacity building of individuals/organizations, working at the grassroots level

14: World Wildlife Fund Pakistan (WWF)

  • Provide technical & scientific assistance to WWF – Pakistan.
  • Address local and national environmental issues.
  • Establish linkages and partnerships with actors at the grassroots level.

SGP is administered by the Scientific Committee, which includes scientists from various fields of environmental conservation, such as forestry, wildlife, and oceanography.

Note: Applications for SGP are considered quarterly throughout the year. The researchers are requested to visit the site frequently to check the quarterly dead line.

 

Other Related Information

Website Address:

To download the English version of the Project proposal Format, Please visit the following website/link:

http://www.wwfpak.org/sgp/index.php

To download the Urdu version of the Project proposal Format, Please visit the following website/link: http://www.wwfpak.org/sgp/pdf/sgpproposal_form_urdu.pdf

Concerning Official:

Please return the completed Form to WWF-Pakistan at the following address:

Humaira Ayesha

Small Grants Programme

WWF – Pakistan

PO Box 5180, Ferozepur Road

Lahore 54600

Email:      hayesha@wwf.org.pk

Tel: 042-111 993 725

Fax: 042-5862358

 

 

 

 

 

 

15: Pakistan Academy of Science

Introduction:

It is generally recognized that any progressive country, which aspires to occupy a befitting place in the comity of nations, encourages the establishment of a supreme scientific organization, usually designated as the Academy of Sciences devoted to the promotion of science and its applications for the general welfare of humanity. While these organizations may not carry out actual laboratory researches, they do provide a forum for the advancement of scientific research, popularization of science, motivation of scientists and technologists, as well as studies on new areas of S&T. 

 

As utmost importance is attached to the membership of such an academy, only scientists of the highest merit, who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of scientific knowledge, are elected its Fellows. The Academy is regarded by the public and the government

as a repository of the highest scientific talent available in the country, and is generally supported and consulted in all matters relating to scientific education, research and development. 

 

The idea of establishing Pakistan Academy of Sciences was mooted in November 1947, soon after the creation of Pakistan, at the first National Educational Conference held at Karachi. Subsequently, nine senior and eminent scientists were elected as Foundation Fellows of the proposed Academy. One of the Foundation Fellows, Dr. M. Raziuddin Siddiqi, drafted the constitution of the Academy which was approved. The Pakistan Academy of Sciences was inaugurated by the then Prime Minister of Pakistan, KhwajaNazimuddin, on 16th February 1953, during the fifth Pakistan Science Conference at Lahore. On 19th February 1953, the Foundation Fellows elected Prof. M. Afzal Hussain as President and Dr. M. Raziuddin Siddiqi as Secretary of the Academy. 

 

The Pakistan Academy of Sciences is a non-governmental and non-political supreme scientific body of distinguished scientists in the country. The Government of Pakistan has given the consultative and advisory status to the Academy on all problems relating to the development of scientific efforts in the country, and generally on such matters of national and international importance in the field of science as may be referred to the Academy. The affairs of the Academy are regulated by its Charter and Bye-Laws approved by the Fellows. 

 

The Academy is governed by a 17-member Council that includes Prof. Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman, FRS,

N.I., H.I., S.I.,T.I., as its President, two Vice Presidents, Secretary General, Associate Secretary General and Treasurer. At present, there are 87 Fellows and 22 Foreign Fellows, and 8 Members, who have been elected by the General Body.

 

Aims & Objectives:

  • To promote higher studies and research on pure and applied sciences in Pakistan and to disseminate scientific knowledge.
  • To formulate standards of scientific effort and achievement in Pakistan and to recognize outstanding contributions to the advancements in science.
  • To publish and assist in the publication of scientific Proceedings, Journals, Transactions, Monographs, Books and other scientific literature.
  • To establish and maintain association and relations among Pakistani scientists and the international groups and unions of scientists and organize meetings including coordination of scientific activities of Pakistani and overseas scientists.
  • To award grants, scholarships, fellowships, prizes and medals for scientific research.
  • To undertake such scientific work of national or international importance as the Academy may be called upon to perform by the Government of Pakistan.
  • To have advisory and consultative status with the Ministries and Divisions of the Government dealing with scientific and technical matters, and to represent internationally the scientific work of Pakistan.
  • To secure and administer funds, endowments and other grants for the promotion and development of scientific research or projects of a scientific nature, and for the attainment of the aims and objectives of the Academy.
  • To do all other lawful things that the Academy may consider conducive to or necessary for the attainment of its aims and objectives.

 

Fellowship:

The Academy consists of Foundation Fellows, Fellows and Foreign Fellows.

 

Foundation Fellows are persons borne on the Register of the Academy as Fellows immediately prior to the coming in force of the Charter of the Academy.

Fellows are Pakistani Scientists eminent for their original contribution to science, who are elected according to the procedure laid down in the Bye-Laws. Not more than five Fellows may be elected in any one year until the total number of Fellows reaches the limit of one hundred.

Foreign Fellows are scientists who are nationals of countries other than Pakistan and who are eminent for their contributions to science and who are elected according to the procedure laid down in the Bye-Laws. Not more than three Foreign Fellows may be elected in any one year until the total number of Foreign Fellows reaches the limit of thirty.

The procedure for the election of Fellows and Foreign Fellows is laid down in the Bye-Laws.

Financial Resources:

The Ministry of Education, Government of Pakistan has been providing grant-in-aid regularly to the Academy since its inception (1953) to carry out scientific activities. Occasionally, the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of Pakistan, has helped the Academy financially. The Fellows also voluntarily make annual contributions to the Academy. Besides, the Academy receives yearly grants from Higher Education Commission, Islamabad, Pakistan, Pakistan Science Foundation and Hamdard Foundation, Karachi, Pakistan. The management of the funds of the Academy is under the control of a full time Treasurer who receives and holds for the use of the Academy all moneys paid to the Academy, disburses all sums due from the Academy and keeps proper accounts of all such receipts.

Other Related Information

Website Address:

http://www.paspk.org/indexa.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16: Pakistan Agriculture Research Council

 

3-Constitution Avenue, G-5/2, Islamabad, Pakistan.

President: Tel:            +92-51-9225159      , Fax:+92-51-9225159

Secretary General: Tel:            +92-51-9204657      

Editor-in-Chief: Tel:            +92-51-9207140      , Cell:            +92-308-5203032        

Fax:+92-51-9206770, E-mail: pas.editor@gmail.com

Research Establishments:

 PARC has following major research establishments in Pakistan conducting research according to the agro-ecological needs of various regions. Please click on the links below for details of research work undertaken at these establishments:

1

National Agricultural Research Centre(NARC),

http://www.parc.gov.pk/NARC/narc.html

Islamabad

2

Southern Zone Agricultural Research

Centre(SARC), Karachi

http://www.parc.gov.pk/1SubDivisions/SARCKHY/sarc.html

3

Arid Zone Research Centre(AZRC), Quetta

http://www.parc.gov.pk/1SubDivisions/AZRCQTA/azrc.html

4

Arid Zone Research Institute(AZRI),Bhawalpur

http://www.parc.gov.pk/NARC/azrc-bwalpur.html

5

National Tea Research Institute(NTRI),

Mansehra

http://www.parc.gov.pk/ntri.html

6

National Sugar Crops Research Institute(NSCRI),Thatta

http://www.parc.gov.pk/1SubDivisions/SARCKHY/nscr.html

7

Mountain Agricultural Research Centre,(MARC),Gilgit

http://www.parc.gov.pk/marc.html

8

Research Station Shaheed Benazir Bhuttoabad (RSSBB), Sakrand, Sindh

(Page under construction)

9

Summer Agricultural Research Station(SARS),

http://www.parc.gov.pk/1SubDivisions/NARCCSI/HARI/hari.html

Kaghan.

Besides, PARC has Coastal Area Research Station, Karachi; Federal Pesticide Research Lab, Multan; and PARC-IPM Lab, Multan.. Agricultural Economics Research Units (AERUs) are functioning in all the provinces and Azad Jammu and Kashmir. PARC also has its Liaison Offices in Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar and Quetta and its research units in Rice Research Institute, Kala Shah Kaku, Lahore and Dokri, Sindh.

 

 

Research for Agricultural Development Program

Introduction

The Research For Agricultural Development Program (RADP) an umbrella research project of Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) was approved by the ECNEC on 7th March 2007 at total cost of Rs.2963 million (FEC  Rs. 876 million). The project started from 3rd April 2007 with first release on 21st May 2007. It has completed 49 months by 30th June 2011.

Background:

The background for approving this project is the overwhelming evidence of very high rate of returns to investment in agricultural research and gross under investment in Pakistan as compared to other countries of the region. Therefore, government of Pakistan approved the RADP – a program in support to achieve long term objectives of agriculture sector.

Management Structure:

The management structure of the project authorizes the Program Executive Committee (PEC)of the project to approve and fund research projects on priority basis. Mechanism for approvalsand implementation of the project has been provided in the project.Programe SteeringCommittee(PSC)under Seceratary MINFA provides overall guidance and authorizes technical revision and reappropriation of funds within approved cost and scope.

Scope of Program:

  1. Research Themes: 22, Research Activities in priority areas: 120
  2. Upgradation of research facilities (Green house, Labs etc):
  3. Scientific Equipment for Labs & Fields.
  4. Human Resource Development
  5. International / National Research Collaboration

Program Objectives:

  • Address the current and emerging needs of science based agricultural development to achieve food security on sustainable basis, poverty reduction, economic efficiency and export competitiveness as articulated in MTDF (2005-2010);
  • Serve as a mechanism for timely response to emerging research issues and problems such as pest epidemics for crops and livestock, nutrient deficiency, climate change, etc;
  • Maximize productivity per unit of land, water, animal, labor and capital;
  • Move from research output to innovations in terms of products, technologies and services suitable for smallholders.
  • Upgrade research equipment, laboratories, green houses.

Other Related Information

Website Address:

http://www.parc.gov.pk

http://www.radp.gov.pk/

17:Directorate of Science and Technology (DoST)

The Department of Science & Technology and Information & Technology was created in October 2003 under the National Policy on Science and Technology.  The Directorate of Science and Technology (DoST) was established in December 2006 with the joining of the start up team comprising of Director, Deputy Director and Assistant Director with a small start up support staff.

Director S&T was notified as the Head of the Attached Directorate. The DoST has been mandated to promote and develop science and technology in every sphere of life in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. 

DoSTunder the developmental scheme, PILOT RESEARCH STUDIES, is endeavoring to provide financial assistance to the academia to come up with innovative and indigenous technologies/ solutions for problem faced by the country.

In this Regard DoST invites Research Proposals on prescribed format (available on www.dost.gov.pk) from interested Scholars, Engineers, Professors, & Scientists from R&D Organization/ SMEs and individuals based in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Pilot studies in partnership with Organizations/ Individual, would be focused preferably on topics that are based on best global practices or on areas that are clearly relevant to an issue requiring immediate attention in the nearest future or is meant to fill identified gaps in earlier studies or projects.

General Guidelines:

 1.Financial assistance will be provided to: a) Those lab scale R&D completed studies that are justifiably needed to be studied on pilot scale. b) Those studies which are Need/ Demand based, Replicable, Up-scalable, and Solution oriented.

2. Short-termed Projects preferably of 1 year duration.

3. Components including Salaries or procurement of Lab Equipment will be discouraged.

4.Applicant while submitting research proposals should give brief justification whether proposal, he/she is submitting, falls in the ambit of pilot study.

 

http://dost.gov.pk/call_for_pilot_research_study.php

 

DIRECTORATE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

GOVT of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Peshawar.

TF: 250 3rd Floor, Deans Trade Center, Saddar CANTT, Peshawar.

091-9212254

Web: http://www.dost.gov.pk