Guide to Research Grant Programs

  1. Access to Scientific Instrumentation (HEC)
  2. Agricultural Development Policy Research Program Strategy ACIAR
  3. Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP) Fellowship
  4. Biosafety Research in Pakistan Grants Program (BRPGP)
  5. Commonwealth Local Government Good Practice Scheme
  6. Department for International Development
  7. Dr. S. J. Zuberi Research Grant
  8. DEBRA International
  9. DAAD Research Grants for Young Faculty of Pakistani Universities
  10. Embassy Islamabad Academic Linkages & Education Grants Program
  11. European Research Council Starting Grant
  12. European Research Council Consolidator Grants
  13. European Research Council Advanced Grants
  14. European Research Council Proof of Concept Grant
  15. Fund for Innovative Training (FIT)
  16. Fulbright Scholarship Support Program
  17. Georg Forster Research Fellowship (HERMES)
  18. Grant for Organizing Seminar, Conference and Training Workshop (HEC)
  19. International development funding : The Agri-Tech Catalyst
  20. IDF Global Innovation Fund
  21. International Foundation for Science (IFS)
  22. Knowledge Economy Partnerships Pakistan – UK
  23. New Investigator Awards by Welcome Trust
  24. National Research Program for Universities (HEC)
  25. Pakistan Program for Collaborative Research (HEC)
  26. Pak-US S&T Cooperation Program (HEC)
  27. Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) Science
  28. Pakistan Science Foundation(Grants for Awards and Fellowships)
  29. Pakistan Science Foundation(Grants to Science Conferences, Seminars and Workshops)
  30. Research for Agricultural Development Program (RADP)
  31. Research Grant Program for Social Sciences and Humanities
  32. Student Research Grant Programme - WWF Pakistan
  33. Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development
  34. TWAS-COMSTECH Joint Research Grants
  35. TWAS Research Grants Programme in Basic Sciences (Consortia)
  36. TWAS Research Grants Programme in Basic Sciences (Individuals)
  37. The Leadership Development for Higher Education Reform (LEADHER) - IAU
  38. Thematic Research Grant Programme (HEC)
  39. Travel Grant for Pakistani Researchers (HEC)
  40. Textbook & Monograph Writing Scheme (HEC)
  41. University Industry Technology Support Program (UITSP) (HEC)
  42. U.S Ambassador's Fund Program for empowering Vulnerable Populations
  43. U.S. Ambassador's Fund Program for encouraging Social Entrepreneurship
  44. U.S. Ambassador's Fund Program for developing Small-Scale Energy Solutions
  45. U.S. Ambassador's Fund Program for promoting Culture and the Arts
  46. Contact Us.

1. Access to Scientific Instrumentation (HEC)

Description:

The non-availability of hi-tech research equipment in the universities acts a major impediment to the development of scientific research in Pakistani universities. Due to the high cost of acquiring and maintaining modern equipment, Higher Education Commission has initiated a unique program of sharing the scientific instrumentation facilities which would enable the scientific community to have access to sophisticated equipment while providing a source of funding to those institutions which make their instruments available.
The objectives of this program are:

  1. Provide spectroscopic, analytical, chromatographic and other services to researchers working in different public sector universities on cost plus basis, which will be paid by the Higher Education Commission;
  2. Through this program the institutions with instrumentation facilities will get financial resources to optimally utilize their instruments;
  3. The scientists of Pakistan will have access to available facilities within the country, which will promote research collaboration and save foreign exchange, which is otherwise, required.

Area of Research:

Provide spectroscopic, analytical, chromatographic and other services to researchers working in different public sector universities on cost plus basis, which will be paid by the Higher Education Commission. The scientists of Pakistan will have access to available facilities within the country, which will promote research collaboration and save foreign exchange. Moreover this program is open for all disciplines.

Criteria:

The facility is available to postgraduate students (MS/Ph.D. and equivalent) enrolled with HEC recognized public sector local universities and admitted as per HEC admission criteria.

Contact Detail:
Noshaba Awais
Deputy Director
Research & Development
Higher Education Commission
Sector H-9 Islamabad.
E-mail: nawais@hec.gov.pk
Website: www.hec.gov.pk

2. Agricultural Development Policy Research Program Strategy ACIAR

Description:

The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) is a statutory authority that operates as part of the Australian Aid Program. The Centre encourages Australia’s agricultural scientists to use their skills for the benefit of developing countries and Australia.

ACIAR funds research projects that are developed within a framework reflecting the priorities of Australia’s aid program and national research strengths, together with the agricultural research and development priorities of partner countries.

Our mandate directs activities to developing countries in five regions: Papua New Guinea and Pacific island countries; East Asia; Mekong countries and China; South and West Asia; Sub- Saharan Africa; and Middle East and North Africa. Research is also allocated across regions through funding to other International Agricultural Research Centres (IARCs).

Our functions are to:

  1. Commission research into improving sustainable agricultural production in developing countries;
  2. Fund project related training;
  3. Communicate the results of funded research

Area of Research:

  • Macroeconomic management and economic governance;
  • Public expenditure providing basic institutional and infrastructure capacities;
  • Environmental management;
  • Trade restrictions;
  • Property rights;
  • Taxation regimes, subsidies

Criteria:

The developing countries which includes China, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Pacific island countries Vietnam and Pakistan are eligible for this program.

Contact Detail:
Street address
38 Thynne Street Fern Hill Park BRUCE ACT 2617
GPO Box 1571 Canberra ACT 2601 Australia
Tel: 61+ (02) 6217 0500
Fax: 61+ (02) 6217 0501
Australian Business Number: 34 864 955 427
E-mail: aciar@aciar.gov.au: Website: www.aciar.gov.au

3. Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP) Fellowship

Description:

The APLP seeks outstanding individuals from all walks of life (government, business, NGOs, health sciences, media, monastic orders, and education) to participate in an innovative leadership development program at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawai. The Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP) is the center of excellence for leadership education in Asia Pacific and a signature program of the East-West Center. The program links advanced and interdisciplinary analysis of emergent regional issues with experiential leadership learning.

APLP graduates leave the East-West Center with an expanded regional perspective. They are knowledgeable about the societies and issues of the Asia Pacific region and empowered to exercise leadership and promote cooperation in a variety of cultural, geographical and institutional environments.

Area of Research:
The program focuses on three areas:

  • Interpreting emerging issues facing the Asia Pacific;
  • Developing leadership capacity;
  • Professional development

Criteria:

All participants must have at least a Bachelor's degree and preferably have a Master's degree. APLP participants come from 53 countries and have tremendous range of backgrounds for example; science, business, development, politics, government, civil society, medicine, religious orders, art, finance, academia or research. The age of participants ranges from mid-20s to mid-40s with an average of over 30.

Contact Detail:
Nina Dutra, Senior Program Officer
E-mail: APLP@eastwestcenter.org
Link: http://www.eastwestcenter.org/education/aplp
Website: www.eastwestcenter.org

4. Biosafety Research in Pakistan Grants Program (BRPGP)

Description:

The Biosafety Research in Pakistan Grants Program is managed by the Center for Environmental Risk Assessment (CERA), ILSI Research Foundation, as part of the biosafety component of the Pakistan Strategy Support Program (PSSP). The PSSP is financially supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) through the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), which manages PSSP. The Biosafety Research in Pakistan Grants Program recognizes the need for biosafety research as part of a broader effort to support science-based decision-making and policy development and will fund research aimed at addressing the effects of agricultural biotechnology, particularly transgenic crops, on the environment and biodiversity in Pakistan.

Area of Research:

Projects must address biosafety research relevant to agriculture and the environment in Pakistan.

Criteria:

Applicants may come from agricultural or environmental research institutions or universities in Pakistan or from international agricultural research centers involved in research relevant to Pakistan. The pre-proposal must include a collaborator that resides in Pakistan, although this collaborator does not necessarily have to be the lead investigator.

Contact Detail:
Center for Environmental Risk Assessment (CERA)
ILSI Research Foundation
International Life Sciences Institute
1156 Fifteenth Street NW, Suite 200
Washington D.C. 20005-1743 USA
Tel: +1 (202) 659-3306
Fax: +1 (202) 659-3617
E-mail: cera@ilsi.org
Twitter: @CERA_ILSI
Facebook: ILSI Global
Youtube: ILSI Global -http://www.cera-gmc.org
Website: http://www.cera-gmc.org/The_Biosafety_Research_in_Pakistan_Grants_Program

5. Commonwealth Local Government Good Practice Scheme

Description:

CLGF works to promote and strengthen effective democratic local government throughout the Commonwealth and to facilitate the exchange of good practice in local government structures and services. Phase 3 of the Good Practice Scheme is now underway, and working with councils and local government associations in 6 Commonwealth countries, with projects in each country falling under a specific theme, as below:

  • South Africa (local economic development);
  • India (governance and service delivery);
  • Ghana (local economic development);
  • Jamaica (strategic planning for service delivery);
  • Sierra Leone (service delivery);
  • Pakistan (strengthening governance)

Area of Research:

  • Democracy and governance;
  • Economic development

Criteria:

Eligible countries are Ghana, India, Pakistan, Sierra Leone and South Africa.

Contact Detail:
Commonwealth Local Government Forum 16a Northumberland Avenue London WC2N 5AP Tel: +44 (0)20 173891490 | Fax: +44 (0)20 73891499
E-mail: info@clgf.org.uk
Website: https://www.gov.uk/international-development-funding/commonwealth-local-government-good-practice-scheme#how-to-apply

6. Department for International Development

Description:

The fund will use market-based approaches to meet low-income household needs in developing countries around water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and energy. It will fund and provide technical and operational support to business and research projects.
Projects which will create transformative, and financially viable, social businesses capable of meeting WASH and energy needs. This research informs how businesses can deliver more effective behavior change. A particular focus will be on the use of mobile and digital technologies.

Areas of Research:

  • Business Management;
  • Life Sciences;
  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Criteria:

Research may be based in any of the DFID’s priority countries, however we particularly encourage research proposals relevant to Kenya, Ghana or Nigeria. Proposals are requested both for innovative business ideas and research projects. Proposals should meet all 3 Criteria:

  • Aim to meet WASH and/or energy needs and alleviate poverty
  • Come under at least one of the business or research themes listed
  • Be applicable to sub-Saharan Africa, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Burma, or Nepal

Contact Detail:

British High Commission Diplomatic Enclave Ramana 5 PO Box 1122 Islamabad Pakistan
E-mail: enquiry@dfid.gov.uk
Tel.+92 51 201 2000
Fax+92 51 201 2048
Website: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-international-development

7. Dr. S. J. Zuberi Research Grant (Pakistan Medical Research Council)

Description:

The Pakistan Medical Research Council (PMRC) is the apex body in Pakistan in public sector for the promotion, organization and coordination of biomedical research in Pakistan. 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 investigators wishing to carry out research on important national health problems. Research projects up to Rs. 0.5 Million can be submitted to PMRC under this program throughout a year. Research projects received in the organization will be reviewed by the panel of experts in the relevant field of research. Each year a theme is chosen and announce from one of the priority areas given below for health research in Gastroenterology & Hepatology by the PMRC Technical Advisory Committee (TAC).

Areas of Research:

  • Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI);
  • AIDS Prevention & Control;
  • Hepatitis Prevention & Control;
  • Maternal, Neonatal & Child Health (MNCH);
  • Family Planning and Primary Health Care;
  • Lady Health Workers (LHW) Problems;
  • Nutrition;
  • Blindness;
  • TB Control;
  • Malaria Control;
  • Food Fortification;
  • Trauma Prevention and Care

Criteria:

All the faculty members, researchers and scientists can apply through a proper channel. Individuals are not eligible to apply.

Contact Detail:
Executive Director
Tel: 00-92-51-9217146
Shahrah-e-Jamhuriat, G-5/2 Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: 00-92-51-9216793; 9207386; Fax: 00-92-51-9216774
E-mail: pmrc.rdc@gmail.com; Website: www.pmrc.org.pk

8. DEBRA International

Description:

DEBRA International is a worldwide network of national groups working on behalf of those affected by the genetic skin blistering condition EpidermolysisBullosa (EB). DEBRA vision is to ensure that people living with EB have access to the best quality support and medical care, while also driving the development of effective treatments and cures. One of DEBRA International's main activities is supporting research to gain a better understanding of the causes of all forms of EpidermolysisBullosa (EB), with the aim of developing improved treatments and diagnostics.

Area of Research:

  • Improve understanding of the biology and genetics of all forms of EB, as better understanding can lead to new approaches to diagnose and treat EB;
  • Work towards the development of therapies (including possible gene-therapies, cell-therapies, drug therapies or protein therapies);
  • Understand the nature of wound healing and the development of skin cancer in EB, and seek to develop better treatments and prevention strategies;
  • Support clinical care research to improve the management of EB through symptom relief.

Criteria:

The applicant Principal Investigator is assumed to have tenure at the university or hospital where the research is to be carried out and, as such, would normally have at least a PhD degree and a senior track record of research and publication relevant to the application.

Contact Detail:
DEBRA UK
DEBRA House, 13 Wellington Business Park
Dukes Ride, Crowthorne
Berkshire, RG45 6LS
Website: www.debra.org.uk
E-mail: debra(at)debra.org.uk
Tel: +44 1344 771961
Fax: +44 1344 762661
Facebook: DebRA UK

9. DAAD Research Grants for Young Faculty of Pakistani Universities

Description:

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the largest funding organization in the world supporting the international exchange of students and scholars. Since it was founded in 1925, more than 1.9 million scholars in Germany and abroad have received DAAD funding. Its activities go far beyond simply awarding grants and scholarships. The DAAD supports the internationalization of German universities, promotes German studies and the German language abroad, assists developing countries in establishing effective universities and advises decision makers on matters of cultural, education and development policy. DAAD research grants provide young foreign academics and scientists with an opportunity to carry out research and continue their education in Germany. There are funding programmes for various qualification phases and stages in a career.

Area of Research:
DAAD offer the following four attractive programs:

  • Research Grants- Doctoral Programmes in Germany;
  • Research Grants- One year Grants;
  • Research Grants- Short Term Grants;
  • Research Grants- Bi-nationally Supervised Doctoral Degrees

Criteria:

Excellently-qualified young academics and scientists who have completed a Master's degree or Diploma, or in exceptional cases a Bachelor's degree at the latest by the time they begin their grant-supported research are eligible to apply for above DAAD Research Grants.

Contact Detail:
DAAD Information Center Islamabad Pakistan
F-7/4, Street 55, House 23
Tel.: +92 (0) 51 - 26 56 382
E-mail: postmaster@daad.de
Website: www.ic.daad.de
European Research Council Starting Grant

10. Embassy Islamabad Academic Linkages & Education Grants Program (US Department of the State, U.S. Embassy Islamabad Public Affairs Section)

Description:

The U.S. Embassy Islamabad Public Affairs Section (PAS) invites organizations to submit a proposal focused on education that addresses two key PAS strategic priorities; enhancing people-to-people activities, and building and strengthening local partners between the United States and Pakistan. These activities should expand people-to-people relationships between non-officials from the educational community (e.g. academics, educational leaders, education policy makers, educational trainers), strengthen academic relationships, and increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of Pakistan. Proposals of up to $500,000 may be submitted under one of the thematic areas.

Areas of Research:

  • Strengthening Academic Linkages & Cooperation;
  • Facilitation of Visits of U.S. Experts;
  • High School linkages between Pakistan and U.S

Criteria:

The U.S. Embassy Islamabad Public Affairs Section will only accept applications from U.S., Pakistani and International registered not-for-profit, civil society/non-governmental, organizations, and educational institutions with at least two years of programming experience.

Contact Detail:
Katherine Malarkey, Grants Manager
Academic Linkages & Education
Public Affairs Section
U.S. Embassy Islamabad
E-mail: USINFOISB@State.gov
Website: www.islamabad.usembassy.gov

11. European Research Council Starting Grant

Description:

European Research Council (ERC) grants support individual researchers of any nationality and age who wish to pursue their frontier research. The ERC encourages in particular proposals that cross disciplinary boundaries, pioneering ideas that address new and emerging fields and applications that introduce unconventional, innovative approaches. ERC Starting Grants are designed to encourage young talented research leader to gain independence in Europe and to build their own careers. The scheme targets promising researchers who have the proven potential of becoming independent research leaders.

Areas of Research

  • Physical Sciences and Engineering;
  • Life Sciences;
  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Criteria:

The PI must have scientific excellence of researcher and research proposal and have researchers of any nationality with 7-12 years of experience since completion of PhD, a scientific track record showing scientific talent and an excellent research proposal.

Contact Detail:
European Commission
ERC Executive Agency
COV2 [Office nr] BE-1049 Brussels
Tel: +32 2233 3760
E-mail support@epss-fp7.org erc-info@ec.europa.eu
Website: https://erc.europa.eu/funding-and-grants/funding-schemes/starting-grants

12. European Research Council Consolidator Grants

Description:

European Research Council (ERC) grants support individual researchers of any nationality and age who wish to pursue their frontier research. The ERC encourages in particular proposals that cross disciplinary boundaries, pioneering ideas that address new and emerging fields and applications that introduce unconventional, innovative approaches. ERC Consolidator Grants are designed to back up researchers who want to establish their research teams and continue developing a successful career in Europe. The scheme also strengthens independent and excellent new individual research teams that have been recently created.

Areas of Research

  • Physical Sciences and Engineering;
  • Life Sciences;
  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Criteria:

The PI must have scientific excellence of researcher and research proposal and have researchers of any nationality with 7-12 years of experience since completion of PhD, a scientific track record showing scientific talent and an excellent research proposal.

Contact Detail:
European Commission
ERC Executive Agency
COV2 [Office nr]
BE-1049 Brusselshttp://erc.europa.eu
E-mail support@epss-fp7.org erc-info@ec.europa.eu
Website: https://erc.europa.eu/consolidator-grants

13. European Research Council Advanced Grants

Description:

The European Research Council (ERC) is a European funding initiative, designed to support the best scientists, engineers and scholars in Europe. ERC Advanced Grants are designed to allow outstanding research leaders of any nationality and any age to pursue ground-breaking, high-risk projects in Europe.
The scheme targets researchers who have already established themselves as top independent research leaders.

Areas of Research

  • Physical Sciences and Engineering;
  • Life Sciences;
  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Criteria:

PI of any nationality, any age. Applicants must be leaders in their respective field(s) of research and must demonstrate significant achievement in the last 10 years.

Contact Detail:
European Commission
ERC Executive Agency
COV2 [Office nr]
BE-1049 Brussels
Tel: +32 2233 3760
E-mail support@epss-fp7.org, erc-info@ec.europa.eu
Website: https://erc.europa.eu/funding-and-grants/funding-schemes/advanced-grants

14. European Research Council Proof of Concept Grant

Description:

The European Research Council (ERC) is a European funding initiative, designed to support the best scientists, engineers and scholars in Europe. ERC Proof of Concept Grants are designed to support ERC grantees with the commercial or societal application of the results of their funded research.

Areas of Research

  • Physical Sciences and Engineering;
  • Life Sciences;
  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Criteria:

All PI’s benefitting from an ERC Advanced, Consolidator or Starting Grant that is either ongoing, or where the project has ended less than 12 months before the publication date of an ERC Proof of Concept call. The Principal Investigator must be able to demonstrate the relation between the idea to be taken to proof of concept and the ERC frontier research project (Starting, Consolidator, Advanced or Synergy) in question.

Contact Detail:
European Commission
ERC Executive Agency
COV2 [Office nr]
BE-1049 Brussels
Tel: +32 2233 3760
E-mail support@epss-fp7.org erc-info@ec.eurpoa.eu
Website: https://erc.europa.eu/proof-concept

15. Fund for Innovative Training (FIT)

Description:

The Fund for Innovative Training (FIT) has been set up as an instrument to assist the TVET reform in Pakistan through stimulating and supporting innovative approaches to skills development. Designed as a funding facility providing support to organizations in Pakistan, the FIT aimed to develop, introduce, expand or pilot skills development initiatives in line with National Skills Strategy priorities, and thus potentially generated new experience about how best to address access, equity, quality and relevance challenges in the Pakistani TVET system.
FIT was designed to generate innovation in the skills development landscape of Pakistan. FIT-funded projects therefore brought new solutions to identified quality, relevance, access and cost challenges. This included new avenues to training delivery, new partnership models between training providers and stakeholders, new curricular concepts or new approaches to include neglected target groups.
FIT aims at:

  1. Increasing the employability of Pakistani youth and women and other defined target groups by facilitating access to appropriate and relevant training in a flexible manner;
  2. Generating lessons learnt, best practice and replicable models for skills development in Pakistan.

Areas of Research:

  • FIT have the following funding areas;
  • Support the creation of green jobs and new enterprises in the fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency;
  • Promote the development and dissemination of sustainable agricultural practices;
  • Foster the development and dissemination of “green” technologies;
  • Financial assistance schemes such as vouchers or stipends to allow students from poor households to participate in skills development initiatives;
  • Innovative strategies to increase access of underserved communities to training opportunities;
  • Distance and e-learning initiatives;
  • New market models (e.g. franchising) for increasing outreach of training programmes;
  • Skills development opportunities for women in non-traditional and technology-based occupations;
  • Introduction of new training opportunities for youth and women in Fata, Gilgit-Baltistan and Baluchistan;
  • New skills development options for particularly vulnerable women, street children, hijra (transgender), people with disabilities etc.;
  • Projects that improve the quality, recognition and reputation of training;
  • New approaches to cooperation between enterprises or industry associations and training institutions including public private partnerships;
  • Pilot approaches to modernize apprenticeship training in the formal sector;
  • Training initiatives by companies, groups of companies or industry associations;
  • Staff training geared to improve enterprise competitiveness;
  • New approaches to self-employment and entrepreneurship skills promotion;
  • New approaches to link skills development with other business/entrepreneurship development services, e.g. through incubators, or appropriate microfinance products;
  • Skills development related to the development and market introduction of new products and services;
  • Skills development in the context of value chain development programmes;
  • Development of employment and self-employment promotion programmes.

Criteria:

Organizations eligible for implementing FIT-supported projects include:

  • Larger, established public and private training institutions;
  • Business membership organizations;
  • NGOs with a track record in education, training, business development;
  • Public institutions and organizations, professional bodies, and others;
  • Companies, including consultancy firms

Contact Detail:
Ms. Constance Heinig
Tel: 051 111 449 376
E-mail: constance.heinig@giz.de
Website: www.tvetreform.pk
Facebook ID: https://www.facebook.com/Pakistan.TVETRSP
Twitter ID: https://twitter.com/TVETRSP

16. Fulbright Scholarship Support Program (Masters / PhD, USA)

Description:

Education plays a key role in development of a country. To ensure development of the nation, a network of good educational institutions with qualified and well informed staff is needed. So that their institutions become capable of producing students/researchers who can effectively handle the multifaceted nature of work required to build a nation. Government has badly felt that need and while assessing the requirements of the newly established public sector Universities established at remote areas, Chairman ECNEC and Chairman HEC stressed at the development of a scholarship scheme especially designed for the uplift of these public sector institutions, so as to bring them at par with other universities and to fulfil Government promise of providing quality education for all.

Areas of Research: Although all disciplines (except for clinical medicine) are eligible, priority fields are:

  • Energy (All aspects including policy, mining of indigenous gas, petroleum and coal resources, hydro-electric power, alternate energy resources, energy conservation etc.);
  • Water and environmental issues including water resource management, water pollution, ground water hydrology, climate change impact etc.);
  • Humanities and social sciences with focus on education, public policy, law, film & television, media and tourism;
  • Veterinary sciences, value added agriculture, agriculture extension, agriculture waste processing;
  • Nursing, allied health professions, medical technology.

Criteria:

Eligible applicants will have a Master's, M. Phil or comparable degree (a minimum of 16 years of formal education for Master's and 18 years for PhD) from an accredited university. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for all applicants.

Contact Detail:
Jehanzeb Khan
Project Director
Higher Education Commission, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Website: www.hec.gov.pk
E-mail: jkhan@hec.gov.pk

17. Georg Forster Research Fellowship (HERMES)

Description:

In providing Georg Forster Research Fellowships (HERMES) for postdoctoral researchers, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables highly-qualified scientists and scholars from abroad who are just embarking on their academic careers and who completed their doctorates less than four years ago to spend extended periods of research (6-24 months) in Germany. The research fellowship programme is financed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and co-financed by the European Union (EU) in the 7th Framework Programme. The programme is scheduled to run from 01/07/2013 to 30/06/2018.

Areas of Research:

This program is open for all disciplines.

Criteria:

Postdoctoral researchers and experienced researchers from all disciplines in developing and transition countries have until mid-2015 to apply for a Georg Forster Research Fellowship (HERMES).

Contact Detail:
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Press, Communications and Marketing Jean-Paul-Str. 12 53173 Bonn
Tel: +49 228 833-257/-144 Fax: +49 228 833-441 E-mail: presse@avh.de
Website: https://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/newsletter-1-2014-2-en.html

18. Grant for Organizing Seminar, Conference and Training Workshop (HEC)

Description:

Organizing seminars, conferences, symposiums and training workshops provide tremendous opportunities to academic and scientific community to share the scientific knowledge and research outcomes. This also helps promote research culture in higher education institutions. HEC encourages Pakistani universities to display their academic achievements at national and international forums. To this end, the HEC gives financial support to public sector universities and private universities eligible for public funding for organizing seminars, conferences, symposia and workshops. The universities are encouraged to host national and international level events to this effect so as to afford learning opportunities for the indigenous Pakistani researcher community who are geographically distributed, helping them keep abreast of the contemporary research. Such seminars and conferences provide a forum for university-industry interaction as well.

Areas of Research:

Proposals for hosting seminars, conferences, symposia and workshops in any discipline may be submitted to HEC.

Criteria:

  • All public sector universities/degree awarding institutions, Centers of Excellence, Area Study Centers, Pakistan Study Centers;
  • Private universities/ degree awarding institutions eligible for public funding.

Contact Detail:
Mr. Humayoun Awan
Project Manager Research & Development Higher Education Commission Sector H-9 Islamabad.
Tel: 051-90401921 E-mail: hawan@hec.gov.pk
Website: www.hec.gov.pk

19. International development funding : The Agri-Tech Catalyst

Description:

The £70 million Agri-tech Catalyst funding scheme helps businesses and researchers commercialise their research and develop innovative solutions to global challenges in the agri-tech sector.
The scheme will help to take innovations all the way from research to as close to commercial viability as possible, awarding grants for:

  • Early-stage feasibility studies;
  • Industrial research;
  • Late-stage experimental development;
  • Primary crop and livestock production, including aquaculture;
  • Non-food uses of crops including ornamentals (for example, for biomass);
  • Food security and nutrition challenges in international development;
  • Challenges in downstream food processing, provided the solution lies in primary production.

Areas of Research:

  • Agriculture, Private sector/business, and Technology

Criteria:

Agri-tech Catalyst funding is offered through an open competition run by Innovate UK in conjunction with the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).
Any UK business or academic researcher can apply. All projects must be collaborative except for late-stage awards which can support individual companies or business partners working together through collaboration. Developing country partners must be involved for applicants targeting international development.

Contact Detail:
E-mail: agritechstrategy@bis.gsi.gov.uk
Website: https://www.gov.uk/international-development-funding/the-agri-techcatalyst#how-to-apply

20. IDF Global Innovation Fund

Description:

The Global Innovation Fund (GIF) provides funding at 3 stages: pilot, test and scale – and is open to ideas from any sector and any country provided that the innovation targets those living on under $5, or preferably, under $2 a day. At GIF, we believe that good innovations could come from anywhere and anyone and so we are interested to hear from social enterprises, researchers, governments and corporate organizations with an idea to deliver development results more effectively, quicker or cheaper than standard practice.
GIF offers grants, loans (including convertible debt), and equity investments ranging from £30,000 to £10 million.

Areas of Research:

  • Management Sciences;
  • Excellent science;
  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Criteria:

The eligible organizations are Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), UK-based non-profit organizations, UK-based small and diaspora

Contact Detail:
Website: http://www.globalinnovation.fund/apply-to-gif
Twitter: @GlobalInnovFund

21. International Foundation for Science (IFS)

Description:

The IFS Programme aims to support excellent individual and collaborative research, to build capability of early-career scientists in the developing world, and to contribute innovation to the sustainable management of biological and water resources. In particular, to enable young scientists to contribute to a global research community that is aiming to reduce poverty and supporting sustainable development.

The primary focus remains the promotion of excellent science through early-career research grants and capability enhancing support to individual researchers in developing countries.

Areas of Research:

The IFS Strategy 2011-2020 describes the goals and strategies of the organization for the current decade and presents the new IFS Programme divided into three parts:

  • Sustainable Natural Resources Management (Including but not limited to: research on biodiversity, forestry, natural products, renewable energy and climate change);
  • Water and Aquatic Resources (Including but not limited to: water resources research, brackish and marine aquatic organisms and their environments);
  • Food Production, Food Security and Nutrition (Including but not limited to: research on food production, animal production, crop science including underutilized crops, food science and nutrition and food security issues).
Criteria:

  • Must be citizens of eligible countries (see below), and carry out their research in an eligible country (this does not have to be the country of citizenship);
  • Must have a minimum of an MSc, MA or equivalent academic degree;
  • Must be (for men) younger than 35 years of age, and (for women) 40 years of age [If the applicant’s 35th (men)/40th (women) birthday is on or after the closing date of the call, he/she is still eligible];
  • Researchers, who are already IFS grantees, are eligible to apply for a renewal grant irrespective of age.

    Contact Detail:
    IFS Secretariat
    International Foundation for Science (IFS)
    Karlavägen 108, 5th floor, SE-115 26 Stockholm, Sweden
    Tel: +46 8 545 818 00; E-mail: info@ifs.se
    Website: http://www.ifs.se/about ifs/contact-us.html

22. Knowledge Economy Partnerships Pakistan – UK

Description:

The Pakistan Higher Education Commission (HEC) medium-term development plan explicitly puts ideals of knowledge economy at the centre of higher education development for this 5 year period: to unlock and exchange the knowledge and expertise held by the universities for the benefit of communities and economies.

The British Council and HEC have been working together to support the development of knowledge exchange activities and strategic thinking in higher education institutions (HEIs). This has been realized in knowledge exchange training for knowledge exchange leads, academics, vice-chancellors; a grant programme supporting universities to develop institutional knowledge exchange strategies (DISKE) in conjunction with their UK HEI partners’ knowledge exchange teams; extension of existing international research collaborations with knowledge exchange activities (SPEKE) and the initiation of talks to create sector specific university-industry groups that will guide strategy and activity.

The latest initiative is a round of knowledge economy partnerships which will provide a grant of up to £15,000 to link academia with non-university partners with the objective of facilitating joint research between UK and Pakistani Universities.


Areas of Research:

This program is open for all disciplines.


Criteria:

Applicants must be based within a HEI in Pakistan or in the UK and have backing by their head of institution. Technical and vocational institutions and colleges based in Pakistan and UK are eligible to apply.


Contact Detail:
British Council Customer Service UK Bridgewater House 58 Whitworth Street Manchester M1 6BB
Tel: +44 (0)161 957 7755 E-mail: Hamza.salim@britishcouncil.org.pk
Website: https://www.britishcouncil.org/education/ihe/oportunities/knowledge-economy-partnerships-pakistan-uk


23. New Investigator Awards by Welcome Trust

Description:

Investigator Awards provide flexible support at a level and length appropriate to enable researchers to address the most important questions of relevance to human and animal health and disease. Awards may be small or large, but you should set out a compelling case for your research vision and plan, while ensuring that your proposal and requested funding are appropriate to your experience to date and distinct from other research income that you may already hold.


Areas of Research:

The research should contribute to the Wellcome Trust's vision to achieve extraordinary improvements in human and animal health, and the proposal should describe how it will address one or more of the major challenges which are mentioned at website in “Strategic Plan for 2010-2020”.


Criteria:

To be eligible for an Investigator Award you must be based at an eligible higher education or research institution in the UK, Republic of Ireland or a low- or middle-income country. You should be employed in an established academic post: a permanent, open-ended or long-term rolling contract, salaried by your host institution.
You are also eligible if you have a written guarantee of an established academic post at your host institution, which you will take up by the start of the award.


Contact Detail:
About your eligibility, the application process or general queries about grants
E-mail: grantenquiries@wellcome.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 7611 5757
About the content of your project or proposal
E-mail: sciencegrants@wellcome.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 7611 5757
About our online application system
E-mail: gtsupport@wellcome.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 7611 8383


24. National Research Program for Universities (HEC)

Description:

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.

Areas of Research:

The research grant program provides financial support for research projects in following areas:

  • Social Sciences;
  • Management Sciences;
  • Humanities;
  • Basic Sciences;
  • Natural Sciences;
  • Medical Sciences;
  • Engineering & Technology and Agricultural Sciences
Criteria:
  • The PI has to be a full-time regular faculty member (BPS or TTS) or on contact not less than project life;
  • Period of execution of the Research project should not be exceeding three (03) years;
  • Maximum funding under NRPU may be up to 20 million, however, permissible limit for funding is linked with cumulative Impact Factor of the PI, as mentioned in NRPU Application Form 2016;
  • PI can execute or submit only two (2) research projects simultaneously under NRPU;
  • All Faculty Members & Researchers holding full time position of Public Sector Universities and selected Private Sector Universities.
Contact Detail:
Director (R&D), Higher Education Commission Sector H-9, Islamabad Tel: 051-90401908; E-mail: adhussain@hec.gov.pk Website:http://hec.gov.pk/INSIDEHEC/DIVISIONS/RND/RESEARCHGRANTS/NRPU/Pages/HowtoApply.aspx


25. Pakistan Program for Collaborative Research (HEC)

Description:

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 researchers to conduct certain short experiments/analysis during the research projects which would not be possible to perform in the local institution.


Areas of Research:

It is open to all fields of research.


Criteria:

Faculty Member of Public Sector Universities/Degree Awarding Institutions can initiate the proposal through university/institute.


Contact Detail:
Assistant Director
Research & Development
Higher Education Commission
Sector H-9 Islamabad.
Tel: 051-90401936
E-mail: rjamil@hec.gov.pk
Website:http://www.hec.gov.pk/InsideHEC/Divisions/RND/ResearchGrants/POCR/Pages/HowtoApply.aspx


26. Pak-US S&T Cooperation Program (HEC)

Description:

In 2003, the Governments of Pakistan and the United States 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-United States Science and Technology Cooperation Program. Beginning in 2008, the United States Department of State (DoS) joined USAID as a U.S. co-sponsor of the program. This program is implemented by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in the U.S. and by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) in Pakistan


Areas of Research:

The program welcomes proposals across a wide range of topics, including but not limited to:

  • Education;
  • Health / Public Health / Medicine;
  • Nutrition;
  • Water and Sanitation;
  • Agriculture;
  • Environment / Biodiversity;
  • Energy and Renewable Energy;
  • Social Sciences;
  • Economic Development;
  • Democracy and Governance
Criteria:
  • Proposals are to be developed by partnerships that should include at least one Pakistani partner and one U.S. partner. Pakistani partners must be based at a Pakistani university or research institute officially recognized by HEC.
  • Contact Detail:
    Syeda Nosheen Fatima
    Project Manager Pak-Us Science & Technology Cooperation Program Research & Development Division Higher Education Commission, Sector H-9 Islamabad
    Tel: 051-90401927; E-mail: snfatima@hec.gov.pk; Website: www.hec.gov.pk


    27. Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) Science

    Description:

    The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Sciences Foundation (NSF) are working together to support the third cycle of Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) Science. PEER Science is a competitive grants program that invites scientists in developing countries to apply for funds to support research and capacity building activities on topics of importance to USAID and conducted in partnership with their NSF-funded collaborators. PEER Science is being implemented by the National Academies, manage the proposal review process and disburse and monitor grants awarded.


    Areas of Research:

    Areas in which both NSF and USAID have strong mutual interests include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Food security topics such as agricultural development, fisheries, and plant genomics;
  • Climate change impacts such as water sustainability, hydrology, ocean acidification;
  • Climate process and modeling, and environmental engineering;
  • Other development topics including disaster mitigation, biodiversity, water;
    Renewable energy

    Criteria:


    Principal investigators (PIs) must be affiliated with and based at an academic, non-profit, or government-managed research institution in a PEER Science-eligible country.

    Contact Details

    DSC The National Academies
    500 5th St NW - KWS 502
    Washington, DC 20001 USA
    Tel: (202) 334-2800
    Fax: (202) 334-2139
    E-mail: peer@nas.edu
    Website: www.nationalacademies.org

    28. Pakistan Science Foundation (Grants for Awards and Fellowships)


    Description

    Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) is the apex body for promotion and funding of scientific and technological research and science popularization in the country. PSF has two subsidiary organizations i.e. Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH) and Pakistan Scientific and Technological Information Center (PASTIC).

    The Foundation functions as a link of PMNH/PASTIC agency for the establishment of comprehensive scientific and technological information dissemination centers, promotion of research in the universities and other institutions, establishment of science centers, museums, promotion of scientific societies, organization of periodical science conferences, exchange of visits of scientists with other countries, prizes and fellowships to individuals engaged in developing processes of consequence to the economy of the country.


    Areas of Research:

    Research related to developing processes, products, invention/innovations.


    Criteria:
    • The Candidate must be enrolled for M.Phil/Ph.D. in a Public Sector University;
    • He/She should have throughout 1st Division in his/her academic career;
    • He/She should not have any other source of income.
    Contact Detail:
    Constitution Avenue, G-5/2, Islamabad
    Tel: 051-9215067-68 Fax: 051-9202468
    Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf
    Tel: 051-9204522 051-9215067-68(Ext 102) Fax: 051-9202468 E-mail: chairman@psf.gov.pk, ashrafbot@yahoo.com
    Website: http://www.psf.gov.pk/


    29. Pakistan Science Foundation (Grants to Science Conferences, Seminars and Workshops)


    Description:

    Conferences, Seminars, Symposia etc. provide forum to scientists to share their knowledge and research experience with each other. The Foundation provides financial assistance to universities and R&D Organizations for organizing Science Conferences, Seminars, Workshops and Symposia on important scientific topics where scientists present their research findings. Each year, Foundation provides a reasonable amount to concerned institutions for organizing such events.


    Areas of Research:
    • Physical Sciences;
    • Life Sciences
    Criteria:

    The Organizers of the Conference/Seminar/Workshop/Symposia are required to make a formal request on the prescribed PSF Performa and submit it through proper channel. On approval of the grant, a Contract Agreement is signed between PSF & the organizer for utilization of the grant and submission of audit & utilization report for adjustment of accounts.


    Contact Detail:
    Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf
    Tel: 051-9204522 051-9215067-68(Ext 102) Fax: 051-9202468 E-mail: chairman@psf.gov.pk, ashrafbot@yahoo.com
    Website: http://www.psf.gov.pk/


    30. Research for Agricultural Development Program (RADP)

    Description:

    The Research for Agricultural Development Program (RADP) is an umbrella research program of Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) approved by the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) on 7th March 2007 at total cost of Rs.2963 million including FEC Rs. 876.49 million (from own sources) for a period of 05 years (later extended up to June 2017).


    Objectives:

    i. To address the current and emerging needs of science based-agriculture development, food security, poverty reduction, economic efficiency & export competitiveness;
    ii. To serve as a mechanism for timely response to emerging research issues (Pest/disease epidemics, nutrient deficiency, climate change);
    iii. Develop technologies for maximizing productivity (per unit Land, labor, water, capital etc.);
    iv. Move from research output to innovations as products and services for small holders

    Areas of Research:


  • 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;
  • 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;
  • 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.

    Criteria:


    All faculty members & researchers holding full time position of public sector universities.

    Contact Detail:

    Project Director: Dr. Sarfaraz Ahmad
    Office No: 051-9207500
    E-mail: s_ahmadazrc@yahoo.com
    Website: www.parc.gov.pk


    31. Research Grant Program for Social Sciences and Humanities

    Description:

    Higher Education Commission (HEC) has established the "Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)" to promote research collaboration, strengthen research networks, and encourage wide dissemination of research findings in Social Sciences and Humanities sector.
    The research grant program is exclusively designed to encourage and promote research culture in all disciplines of Social Sciences and Humanities, preferably on topics of contemporary issues or those having direct impact or relevance to the socio-economic development of the country.


    Areas of Research:

    Social sciences and Humanities

    Criteria:


  • Regular faculty members of;
  • HEC recognized Universities and Degree awarding Institutes in public sector;
  • Pakistan/ Area study Centers;
  • Centers of Excellence

    Contact Detail:

    Faisal Shehzad Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council Higher Education Commission Sector H-9, Islamabad E-mail: sfshehzad@hec.gov.pk
    Website: http:www.hec.gov.pk


    32. Student Research Grant Programme - WWF Pakistan.

    Description:

    The student research grant programme is a component of the SGP which exclusively supports thesis related research projects. The programme gives a unique opportunity to students to carry out field research. Almost 50 research grants have been awarded to students from universities all across Pakistan.

    Areas of Research:

  • Conservation;
  • Natural Resource Management;
  • Species;
  • Freshwater;
  • Climate Change etc.

    Criteria:


    The Candidate must enrolled in full time postgraduate degree programme at a Higher Education Commission (HEC) recognized university The student will be required to publish at least one scientific paper in any HEC recognized Journal in Pakistan or abroad The candidate must not be availing any other grant for the same research.

    Contact Detail:
    Head Office P.O. Box 5180 Ferozepur Road, Lahore. UAN: 042 111 993 725 Tel: 042 3586 2359-60 Fax: 042 3586 2358 Contact Person: Warda Javed
    E-mail: sgp@wwf.org.pk, info@wwf.org.pk
    Website: http://www.wwfpak.org/sgp/sgp_studentgrant.php


    33. Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS: Project Type Technical Cooperation)


    Description:

    This program is designed to promote international joint research in which both Japanese research institutions and those of recipient countries work together based upon the social needs in recipient countries. Its aims are to obtain new knowledge and to utilize research outcomes to the benefit of the society with a view to resolving global issues such as the environment and energy, biological resources, disaster prevention and infectious diseases. In conjunction with this, it also aspires to improve the development of human resources and research capabilities in recipient countries by conducting joint research.

    Areas of Research:

    Environment and Energy, Bioresources, Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, Infectious Diseases Control are currently selected as the eligible fields of research.

    Criteria:
  • A specific joint research structure must be well-prepared between the research institutions in the recipient country concerned and those in Japan that will undertake the joint research;
  • The substantive and practicable structure for the operation in the research institutions in the recipient country concerned must be confirmed in order for the joint research to be appropriately carried out;
  • There must be a request for assistance through Official Development Assistance (ODA) pertaining to the joint research from the recipient country concerned, and it must be confirmed that the requested project will contribute to the development or restoration of the economy and society in the areas around;
  • In conjunction with the ODA request mentioned above in the paragraph, research institutions in Japan must submit a research proposal to JST/AMED, and the content of the proposal must be evaluated by JST/AMED as a research worthy of being selected.

    Contact Detail:

    Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
    Nibancho Center Building 5-25,
    Niban-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8012
    Tel: +81-3-5226-6660/6661/6662/6663
    Website: http://www.jica.go.jp/english/our_work/science/satreps.html


    34. TWAS-COMSTECH Joint Research Grants

    Description:

    TWAS-COMSTECH Joint Research Grants are intended for young scientists in countries belonging to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to enable them to purchase the research facilities they need to enhance their productivity. The programme aims at encouraging the pursuit of scientific excellence in OIC countries by identifying and supporting the best young scientists there; reinforcing and promoting scientific research and strengthening the endogenous capacity in science and technology and counteracting the brain drain and reducing the exodus of scientific talent from the OIC countries.

    Areas of Research:

    Earth sciences, engineering sciences, information technology and computer sciences, materials science including nanotechnology, pharmaceutical sciences and renewable energy.

    Criteria:

    Individual applicants must be nationals of OIC member states, with a PhD and some research experience, but at the beginning of their careers. They should hold positions at universities or research institutions in one of the OIC countries. As a general rule, the grants are awarded to competent scientists under the age of 40 years.
    Scientists who submit a satisfactory final report on a previous grant may apply for a renewal.

    Contact Detail:
    Ms. P. Patel TWAS
    ICTP Campus
    Strada Costiera 11, 34151 Trieste, Italy
    E-mail: researchgrants@twas.org.
    Website: http://twas.org/opportunity/twas-comstech-joint-research-grants


    35. TWAS Research Grants Programme in Basic Sciences (Consortia)


    Description:

    The TWAS Research Grants Programme in Basic Sciences was established in response to the needs of researchers in developing countries, particularly those attached to institutions that lack appropriate research facilities. Under this scheme, grants can be awarded to individual young researchers or to research units in the 81 science-and-technology-lagging countries (S&TLC) identified by TWAS, to enable them to purchase the research facilities they need to enhance their productivity.
    Area of Research:
    The TWAS Research Grants Programme supports research in the basic sciences only; proposals focusing on more applied research should therefore be submitted to IFS.

    Criteria:
  • Applying research consortia must be led by a principle investigator (PI) who is a national of a developing country, who holds a PhD and who has good research experience. The PI will be responsible for the coordination of the research, submission of requested documentation, management of the funds and reporting of the expenses. All TWAS correspondence will be with this ‘consortium PI’;
  • Each member of the consortium should operate in a university or research institution in one of the 81 S&T-lagging countries and should also be represented in the proposal by a PI. No age limit is applied to the consortia PIs;
  • Applications from women scientists and those working in Least Developed Countries are especially encouraged;
  • Individual young scientists or leaders of research units currently holding a TWAS Research Grant in the Basic Sciences are not eligible.

    Contact Detail:

    Ms. P. Patel,ICTP Campus Strada Costiera 11, 34151 Trieste, Italy
    E-mail: researchgrants@twas.org; Website: http://twas.org/opportunity/twas-research-grants-programme-basic-sciences-consortia


    36. TWAS Research Grants Programme in Basic Sciences (Individuals)


    Description:

    The TWAS Research Grants Programme in Basic Sciences was established in response to the needs of researchers in developing countries, particularly those attached to institutions that lack appropriate research facilities. Under this scheme, grants can be awarded for research projects in biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics either to individual young researchers, or to research units in the 81 science-and-technology-lagging countries (S&TLC) identified by TWAS, to enable them to purchase the research facilities they need to enhance their productivity.

    The TWAS Research Grants Programme in Basic Sciences aims to:

  • Reinforce and promote scientific research in basic sciences in developing countries;
  • Strengthen developing countries' endogenous capacity in science;
  • Reduce the exodus of scientific talents from the South;
  • Build and sustain units of scientific excellence in S&TLC over a longer period to help them achieve a critical mass of highly qualified and innovative scientists capable of addressing real-life problems facing their countries.

    Areas of Research:
  • Biology;
  • Chemistry;
  • Mathematics;
  • Physics

    Criteria:

    Individual applicants must be nationals of developing countries. They must hold a PhD, be at the beginning of their careers, but already have some research experience. They must hold a position at a university or research institution in one of the 81 S&TLCs and be under 45 years of age. Applications from women scientists and those working in Least Developed Countries are especially encouraged. Individual scientists who submit a satisfactory final report on a previous grant may apply for a renewal.

    Contact Detail:
    Ms. P. Patel
    ICTP Campus
    Strada Costiera 11, 34151 Trieste, Italy
    E-mail: researchgrants@twas.org; Website: http://twas.org/opportunity/twas-research-grants-programme-basic-sciences-individuals


    37. The Leadership Development for Higher Education Reform (LEADHER) - IAU


    Description:

    Committed to be of service to its Member Institutions, the International Association of Universities (IAU) offers a programme in support of professional development of the next generation of higher education leaders as they prepare to meet the multiple and complex pressures of today. Making the best possible use of the Association’s dynamic and diverse global membership, the Leadership for Higher Education Reform (LEADHER) Programme connects professionals in higher education institutions working to improve the match between societal demands and what higher education institutions offer.


    Areas of Research:

  • Revenue generation, diversification of funding sources and financial accountability;
  • Application of internal quality assurance measures;
  • Institutional governance and decision-making structures;
  • Research planning, management and dissemination;
  • Use of ICTs in learning, research and/or management;
  • Recruitment and professional development of faculty and staff (HRM);
  • Student access and equity policies, including actions to secure success;
  • Student counseling, guidance and social services;
  • Outreach, community and extension services;
  • Incorporating sustainable development into the curriculum and campus management (greening);
  • Internationalization strategies, including curricular reform and cross-border activities.

    Criteria:

    The proposed project, including the learning visit(s), must be international in scope; that is, the institutions involved must be based in different countries. Partnerships that involve South-South or North-South cooperation are particularly encouraged. As per the Donors’ requirements, it is necessary that at least one of the partner institutions be located in a Low Income Country Each applicant institution must be members of IAU in good standing (no arrears in Membership fees). At least one of the partner institutions must be located in a low income economy or lower-middle-income economy.


    Contact Details
    UNESCO House 1, rue Miollis 75732 Paris Cedex 15 Tel.: (33 1) 45 68 48 00 Fax: (33 1) 47 34 76 05; E-mail: iau@iau-aiu.net
    Website: http://archive.www.iau aiu.net/LEADHER/how_to_apply.html


    38. Thematic Research Grant Programme (HEC)


    Description:

    The Higher Education Commission — Pakistan invites proposals for Thematic Research Grant Program 2015-16, especially designed to address the contemporary issues of the country. The Social Sciences scholars/researchers having theoretical, conceptual and methodological or policy orientation background may apply for grants under the subject program. The research projects may belong to any one of the Social Sciences & Humanities disciplines or may be interdisciplinary in nature. Full time faculty members from Public and selected.

    Area of Research:


    Private sector Universities/Degree Awarding Institutions [DAIs] can submit their proposals against one of the following Thematic Research Themes:


  • Theme-1: Politics, Constitution and Governance;
  • Theme-2: National Security and Foreign Policy;
  • Theme-3: Society and Culture;
  • Theme-4: Economy: Issues and Prospects;
  • Theme-5: Education Policy, Leadership and Management;
  • Theme-6: History, Archaeology and Anthropology studies;
  • Theme-7: Print, Electronic and Social Media;
  • Theme-8: Literature and Languages

    Criteria:


  • All Faculty Members & Researchers holding full time position of Public Sector Universities;
  • All Faculty Members & Researchers holding full time position of following selected Private Sector Universities

    Contact Detail:

    Dr. Muhammad Tahir Ali Shah
    Deputy Director (Academics)
    Higher Education Commission
    Sector H-9, Islamabad.
    Tel: +92-51-90402116,
    Fax: 051-90402102
    E-mail: tshah@hec.gov.pk
    Website:http://www.hec.gov.pk/insidehec/divisions/aeca/socialsciencesartshumanities/pages/trgp.aspx


    39. Travel Grant for Pakistani Researchers (HEC)


    Description:

    Higher Education Commission’s Travel Grant Program aims at providing the opportunity to the academic and scientific communities to boost their research activities in the public and private sector universities and degree assistance for presentation of their research papers at national or international forums, which facilitates the interaction with skilled academia and researchers in the relevant field. This grant will also facilitate scholars proceeding abroad for the purpose of pursuance of PhD studies in foreign universities, post-doctoral studies, and for the visits performed under cultural exchange program. The objectives of this program are:

  • To extend financial assistance to faculty and researchers from public and private universities and degree awarding institutes to present their research work at national and international events;
  • To share academic and research experiences and achievements at national as well as international level;
  • To share scientific ideas with national and international research community and get exposure to latest trend and techniques in research;
  • To explore opportunities for national and international academic collaborations.
    Area of Research:
    This program is open for all disciplines.

    Criteria:

    Faculty members from HEC recognized universities/degree awarding institutions in public and private sector. Non-teaching University Staff HEC recognized universities/degree awarding institutions in public and private sector who are employed for research related activities and Pakistani Ph.D. Scholars can apply. HEC employees cannot apply.


    Contact Detail:
    Mr. Aziz ur Rehman
    Assistant Director Research & Development Higher Education Commission Sector H-9 Islamabad.
    Tel: 051-90401932;E-mail: arehman@hec.gov.pk
    Website:http://www.hec.gov.pk/insidehec/divisions/rnd/conferencesandmeetings/tgtmsmphilphd/pages/Default.aspx


    40. Textbook & Monograph Writing Scheme (HEC)


    Description:

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

    Areas of Research:

    Basic Sciences, Social Sciences, Management Sciences, Behavioral Sciences, Arts & Humanities, Agriculture, Engineering and Health Sciences.

    Criteria:

    The opportunity to write is open for researchers and faculty members from HEC recognized public, private universities and R&D organizations across the country.

    Contact Detail:
    Muhammad Javad Iqbal
    Director Library Higher Education Commission, Sector H-9, Islamabad.
    Tel: 051-90401912
    Fax No: 051-90401913
    E-mail: tmws@hec.gov.pk
    Website:http://www.hec.gov.pk/InsideHEC/Divisions/RND/IP/MTBW/Pages/HowtoApply.asp


    41. University Industry Technology Support Program (UITSP) (HEC)


    Description:


    University–Industry Technology Support Program (UITSP) 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.
    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 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.Area of Research:

    This program is open for all disciplines.

    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.


    Contact Detail:
    Agha Muhammad Raza
    Assistant Director, Research & Development Higher Education Commission Sector H-9 Islamabad. Tel: 051-90401926 E-mail: mhraza@hec.gov.pk
    Website:http://www.hec.gov.pk/InsideHEC/Divisions/RND/IP/UITSP/Pages/HowtoApply.asp


    42. U.S Ambassador's Fund Program for empowering Vulnerable Populations

    Description:

    The U.S. Ambassador’s Fund supports small scale, high impact projects to improve communities throughout Pakistan. This five-year program provides resources for initiatives designed by Pakistan’s grassroots organizations and community groups. It is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and implemented by the National Rural Support Program (NRSP).The size of each grant can be up to $75,000 to support activities for up to one year in duration. Grants in this sector seek to empower vulnerable populations such as persons with disabilities, widows, orphans, the elderly, religious and ethnic minorities, victims of violence, street children, displaced persons, and other vulnerable groups. Applicants may propose a variety of mechanisms to counter vulnerability, such as legal assistance, rights protection, or increasing employment opportunities. Some examples include providing free legal assistance or improving physical facilitates for litigants in courts; providing vocational training; improving facilities at homes for orphans or the elderly and raising awareness of gender-based violence, forced and early marriages, or racial discrimination.

    Area of Research:

  • Life Sciences;
  • Social Sciences and Humanities

    Criteria:


    To be eligible for a grant under the Ambassador's Fund the applicant organization/ proposed project should:
  • Demonstrate adequate ability to manage and implement donor funded projects with adequately functional management systems;
  • The application for funding assistance must fall under the USAID priority areas;
  • Be completed in one year or less;
  • Have significant community participation and contribution in cash, labor or material;
  • Focus on inclusive development (women, men, girls, boys, disabled & minorities);
  • Have Gender sensitive approach

    Contact Detail:

    U.S. Ambassador's Fund Program SGAFP
    Postal address at 5-C, 2nd Floor Khayban-e-Ittehad, Phase VII, DHA, Karachi
    Fax: 021-35390410; E-mail: applications@sgafp.org.pk; Website: www.sgafp.org.pk


    43. U.S. Ambassador's Fund Program for encouraging Social Entrepreneurship

    Description:

    The U.S. Ambassador’s Fund supports small scale, high impact projects to improve communities throughout Pakistan. This five-year program provides resources for initiatives designed by Pakistan’s grassroots organizations and community groups. It is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and implemented by the National Rural Support Program (NRSP).The size of each grant can be up to $75,000 to support activities for up to one year in duration.Grant applications in this sector should identify economic or social problems and propose innovative, sustainable, and scalable business opportunities through formation of social enterprises. Social enterprises measure success through social change more than wealth creation (though both are important.) Social enterprises provide products or services in difficult market conditions, re-invest income, are democratically owned, hold stakeholders accountable, and are autonomous in their decision making. Some examples include innovative methods to provide affordable, clean drinking water to poor communities; low-cost solar-based solutions for remote communities offering viable alternative to kerosene oil-based lanterns and solid waste recycling.


    Area of Research:

  • Life Sciences;
  • Social Sciences and Humanities;
  • Physical Sciences and Engineering

    Criteria:


    To be eligible for a grant under the Ambassador's Fund the applicant organization/ proposed project should:

  • Demonstrate adequate ability to manage and implement donor funded projects with adequately functional management systems;
  • The application for funding assistance must fall under the USAID priority areas;
  • Be completed in one year or less;
  • Have significant community participation and contribution in cash, labor or material;
  • Focus on inclusive development (women, men, girls, boys, disabled & minorities);
  • Have Gender sensitive approach

    Contact Detail:
    U.S. Ambassador's Fund Program SGAFP
    Postal address at 5-C, 2nd Floor Khayban-e-Ittehad, Phase VII, DHA, Karachi
    Fax: 021-35390410; E-mail: applications@sgafp.org.pk; Website: www.sgafp.org.pk


    44. U.S. Ambassador's Fund Program for developing Small-Scale Energy Solutions

    Description:

    The U.S. Ambassador’s Fund supports small scale, high impact projects to improve communities throughout Pakistan. This five-year program provides resources for initiatives designed by Pakistan’s grassroots organizations and community groups. It is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and implemented by the National Rural Support Program (NRSP).The size of each grant can be up to $75,000 to support activities for up to one year in duration. Communities and civil society groups should ensure significant local contribution in cash, labor or material.

    Applicants are encouraged to propose sustainable, small scale renewable energy projects and locally adapted energy solutions that result in knowledge and technology transfer to communities. Examples include provision of energy efficient stoves in areas where communities are dependent on forest wood; construction of bio-gas plants at household or cluster level; construction of micro-hydro power stations and construction of solar dehydration plants for drying fresh fruit.

    Area of Research:

  • Life Sciences;
  • Social Sciences and Humanities;
  • Environmental Management

    Criteria:

    To be eligible for a grant under the Ambassador's Fund the applicant organization/ proposed project should:

  • Demonstrate adequate ability to manage and implement donor funded projects with adequately functional management systems;
  • The application for funding assistance must fall under the USAID priority areas;
  • Be completed in one year or less;
  • Have significant community participation and contribution in cash, labor or material;
  • Focus on inclusive development (women, men, girls, boys, disabled & minorities);
  • Have Gender sensitive approach

    Contact Detail:
    U.S. Ambassador's Fund Program SGAFP
    Postal address at 5-C, 2nd Floor Khayban-e-Ittehad, Phase VII, DHA, Karachi
    Fax: 021-35390410; E-mail: applications@sgafp.org.pk; Website: www.sgafp.org.pk


    45. U.S. Ambassador's Fund Program for promoting Culture and the Arts

    Description:

    The U.S. Ambassador’s Fund supports small scale, high impact projects to improve communities throughout Pakistan. This five-year program provides resources for initiatives designed by Pakistan’s grassroots organizations and community groups. It is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and implemented by the National Rural Support Program (NRSP).The size of each grant can be up to $75,000 to support activities for up to one year in duration. Communities and civil society groups should ensure significant local contribution in cash, labor or material. Grant applications in this sector aim to preserve key components of Pakistan's rich heritage while creating income for host communities. Projects can preserve languages and dialects, cuisine, aesthetics (art, music, dances, and fashion), architecture, and traditional recreational activities such as festivals and sporting events. Examples include recording folk singers and establishing profit-sharing mechanisms; training artisans in traditional handicrafts; training actors to demonstrate folklore; or renovating and repurposing traditional buildings.

    Area of Research:

  • Life Sciences;
  • Social Sciences and Humanities

    Criteria:

    To be eligible for a grant under the Ambassador's Fund the applicant organization/ proposed project should:

  • Demonstrate adequate ability to manage and implement donor funded projects with adequately functional management systems;
  • The application for funding assistance must fall under the USAID priority areas;
  • Be completed in one year or less;
  • Have significant community participation and contribution in cash, labor or material;
  • Focus on inclusive development (women, men, girls, boys, disabled & minorities);
  • Have Gender sensitive approach

    Contact Detail:
    U.S. Ambassador's Fund Program
    SGAFP
    Postal address at 5-C, 2nd Floor Khayban-e-Ittehad, Phase VII, DHA, Karachi
    Fax: 021-35390410; E-mail: applications@sgafp.org.pk; Website: www.sgafp.org.pk


    Contact Us
    In case you need more information, please do not hesitate to contact us:
    Dr. Bilal Mirza, (Director, ORIC)
    Tel: +92-42-35880007, Ext: 123 Email: bilal.mirza@ucp.edu.pk
    Ms. Ambreen Khursheed, (Research Associate, ORIC)
    Tel: +92-42-35880007, Ext: 458 Email: ambreen.khursheed@ucp.edu.pk
    University of Central Punjab, 1 - Khayaban-e-Jinnah Road, Johar Town, Lahore