The Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan invites faculty members of public and private sector universities/Degree Awarding Institutions to submit research proposals that can help address issues pertaining to Pakistan’s socio-economic development, in general, and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), in particular, through joint research by the universities of Pakistan and China, drawing upon research potential of academia on both sides.
The amount of funding will range up to PKR 50 million, with a maximum project duration of 3 years. In exceptional cases, budgets may go up to PKR 100 million. The last date to submit a proposal online is March 31, 2021.
Key Features of HEC CPEC Research Grant CPEC-CRG
The CPEC Collaborative Research Grant (CPEC-CRG) is one of the key components of the recently launched HEC initiative namely Academic Collaboration under the CPEC Consortium of Universities. The CPEC-CRG is anticipated to support promising research partnerships between Pakistan and China in specific priority thematic areas of national interest, utilizing research potential and past experience of China in resolving national challenges in these areas. The CPEC-CRG awards will be selected competitively using a merit-based, independent, transparent evaluation and selection process based upon international standards. The amount of funding will range up to PKR 50 million, with a maximum project duration of 3 years. In exceptional cases, budgets may go up to PKR 100 million.
Eligibility Criteria for HEC CPEC Research Grant CPEC-CRG
The Principal Investigators (Pl) must be a faculty member (Ph.D. or FCPS/MCPS/FRCS) working on a regular/contract basis (contract duration equivalent to project duration) in the Higher Education Institutions (public or private) of Pakistan that are members of CPEC Consortium of Universities, as per the list provided on HEC website.
The project team may include researchers from one or more universities and must include at least one Co-Pl from CPEC Consortium member universities of China.
Proposal Submission Procedure
Applications on the prescribed template along with requisite documents must be submitted via HEC online portal, i.e., research.hec.gov.pk
For further information regarding proposal submission requirements and evaluation process, please see Call for Proposals Guidance available on http://www.hec.qov.pk/site/cpec-crg
Deadline for Full Project Proposal Submission: Wednesday, March 31, 2021