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NRPU INTRODUCTION

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 initiated National Research Program for Universities (NRPU).

 

Dead line for submission of application is 15th May 2014.

Program

Objectives

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

 

 

Program

HEC Provides research grants to a maximum of Rs. 20.00 million, the amount to which a researcher is eligible is conditional with his impact factor.

Principal Investigator will run only two projects simultaneously either there cost will be within the eligible amount or less as per his impact factor.

 

Purpose and Nature

Research grants are awarded on competitive merit for high-level and promising scientific research projects to be carried out in by university teachers. The purpose of these grants is to promote scientific research in areas relevant to national needs.

 

Research Domain

The Research Grants Program provides support for research projects in all disciplines of Science, Engineering and Technology, Social Sciences, and Humanities.

Duration

A research grant will normally be provided for a maximum period upto three years. However, there is no restriction on the lower limit.

 

Eligibility and Qualification

The applicant (Principal Investigator, PI) should be a full time faculty member of a university. He/she should have an advanced academic degree and relevant research experience.

 

Approval Procedure

HEC has designated focal points in all disciplines / sub disciplines. They are the top experts in their fields. All research grants proposals are forwarded to these focal points for evaluation by at least three experts. Focal points will do initial screening of the projects sent to them by HEC. In case they do not consider a project suitable for funding, they can reject the project at their level or send it back to HEC for revision by PI, if they so desire.

 

The comments of focal points and reviewers are considered as the final decision in the case.

 

Categorization of Research

Please identify your research in following categorization

·       basic research

·       applied research

·       community/social research

·       thematic research

·       Commercialized/industrial research

 

Areas

Research proposal should be in following fields of studies; Social Sciences, Management Sciences, Humanities, Basic Sciences, Natural Sciences, Medical Sciences, Engineering & Technology and Agricultural Sciences.

 

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility criteria

 

1.     All Faculty Members & Researchers holding full time position in Public Sector Universities and eligible Private Sector Universities

2.     Principal Investigator will run only two projects simultaneously either there cost will be within the eligible amount or less as per his impact factor.

 

Eligible universities/institutions

 

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

  1. GIK Institute of Engineering & Technology, Topi
  2. Aga Khan University, Karachi
  3. Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore
  4. National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences (FAST), Islamabad
  5. Indus Institute of Higher Education, Karachi
  6. Institute of Business and Technology, Karachi
  7. Foundation University, Islamabad
  8. Riphah International University, Islamabad
  9. University of Management Technology, Lahore
  10. Zia ud Din University, Karachi
  11. The University of Faisalabad
  12. Institute of Business Management, Karachi
  13. Dadabhoy Institute of Higher Education, Karachi
  14. The University of Lahore
  15. Beaconhouse National University, Lahore
  16. Iqra University
  17. Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science & Technology (SZABIST)
  18. Forman Christian College, Lahore
  19. Sarhad University of Science & Information Technology, Peshawar
  20. Baqai Medical University, Karachi
  21. Isra University, Hyderabad
  22. Hamdard University, Karachi
  23. Jinnah University for Women, Karachi
  24. Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi
  25. University of Wah, Wah Cantt
  26. National College of Business Administration & Economics, Lahore
Terms & Conditions

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

Impact Factor

Eligible Amount

100 or above

20 million

50-99

17 million

20-49

15 million

10-19

12 million

0-9

10 million

 

For Remaining Disciplines

Impact Factor

Eligible Amount

50 or above

20 million

25-49

17 million

10-24

15 million

5-9

12 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

How to Apply

 

Applications should be submitted on NRPU Application form which is available on the HEC website. Soft copy of the application should be submitted through email before 15th May 2014 on the nrpu2014@hec.gov.pk. Six hard copies are required to be submitted by registered mail/courier to Director (R&D) HEC.

Please mention your discipline & area of specification and project title in the subject line of email in following Major/Minor/Project Title (Chemistry/Organic Chemistry/Project Title)

In email please also provide atleast contact details of 3 experts in your project field. 

Please also provide GANTT Chart of the project activities in MS Project or MS Excel sheet

 

Download Application Form in PDF format

 

Download Application Form in WORD format

 

Other Related Information

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 three Reviewers the project is approved for funding or other wise. 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. Click Here

 

 
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mhraza@hec.gov.pk

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Research & Development
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Phone No. : 051-90401932
E-mail: arehman@hec.gov.pk

 

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