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GCF Workshops

​​​​Learn how to write winning grants proposal
from renowned national and international experts –
absolutely free and improve your chances to
win upcoming multiple HEC research grants worth up 1,000,000 USD in Pakistan

HEC is offering multiple research grants under the Higher Education Development in Pakistan (HEDP) project, to promote research and development to support research excellence in strategic sectors of Pakistan economy. To equip the applicants with appropriate skills and write winning grant proposals, HEC is conducting a series of Grants Capacity Building Workshops. 

  • 2-3 workshops every week by renowned experts, scientists, and researchers
  • Brief online sessions that you can attend from anywhere
  • A unique opportunity to interact with global grant experts via live Q&A
  • Series of sessions covering basics to advance proposal writing skills  

Our Experts / Panelists:

Dr. Adil Najam

Dean, Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University. (Ex-VC LUMS, Pakistan) 

Dr. Jawwad Dar

Professor, Dept of Chemistry,
University College London, UK

Dr. Afshan Huma

Professor, Allama Iqbal Open University

Ms. Karlee Silver

Co-CEO, Grand Challenges, Canada

Dr. Ali Imran

Professor, Prof. Univ. of Glasgow, Scotland

Dr. Nadeem ul Haq

Vice Chancellor, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics

Dr. Athar Osama 

Science & innovation policy adviser /consultant, Founder and CEO of Pakistan Innovation Foundation 

Dr. Nicola Lowe

Professor of Nutritional Sciences & Co-Director, IINSFSS, University of Central Lancashire, UK

Dr. Asma Hyder

Associate Professor& and Chairperson Economics Department, IBA

Dr. Sarosh Lodi

Vice-Chancellor NED University of Engineering & Technology

Dr. Graham Harrison

Associate Professor, School of Government & International Affairs, Durham University, UK

Dr. Shaheen Safdar Ali,

Vice Chancellor, National Academy of Higher Education 

Engr. Imtiaz Rastgar

Founder & Chairman of Rastgar Pvt. Ltd, Board member of several reputed organizations

Dr. Syed Noman ul Haq

Dean, Institute of Liberal Arts, UMT, Lahore

Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta

Physician/Professor, University of Toronto & The Agha Khan University, Pakistan

Dr. Parveen Ali

Sr. Lecturer, The University of Sheffield, UK

Dr. Teresa Stoepler

National Academies of Science, Washington DC

Workshops Schedule:

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Requirements of a Good GCF Proposal 
Thursday July 2, 20205-7pm 
Dr. Athar Osama (GCF Chair) &
 Dr. Graham Harrison (WB)

​Session Recording
2.     Writing A Successful Proposal-I - Elements and Characteristics of a Successful Research ApplicationFriday July 3, 2020



Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta (AKU)

Session Recording
3.     What does Good Medical/Social Science/Engineering Research Look Like - Panel DiscussionMonday July 6, 2020



Dr. Adil Najam (Boston),
Dr. Nomanul Haq (UMT), 
Dr. Sarosh Lodi (NED)


Writing A Successful Proposal II - Developing a Theory of Change

Wednesday July 8, 2020
Athar Osama (GCF Chair) and Dr. Adnan Khan (RDS)
Session Recording
5.     Applying a Social Science Lens to Grand Challenges- Panel DiscussionFriday July 10, 20205-7pm

Dr. Noman ul Haq (UMT), Dr. Adil Najam (Boston), & Dr. Nadeem ul Haq (PIDE)

​​Session Recording
6.     Value of Gender and Inclusivity in GCF Research Projects
Monday July 13, 20203-5pmDr. Asma Hyder (IBA), 
Dr. Shaheen Safdar (NEHA), Parveen Ali (UCL), and 
Dr. Afshan Huma (AIOU), 
Dr. Shaheen Sardar

​​Session Recording
7.     Learnings and Best Practices from Other Experiences: USAID DIV Partnerships Wednesday July 15, 20205-7pm

Dr. Graham Harrison (WB) & 

Teresa Stoepler (National Academy of Sciences, USA)

​​Session Recording
8.     Learning and Best Practices from Other Experiences: Grand Challenges Canada 
Friday July 17, 20206-8pm
Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta

​​Session Recording


​Collaboration Workshop for Principal Investigators 

​Saturday July 18, 2020

10 am to 2 pm ​

Dr. Athar Osama and 
Dr. Jawwad Dar (UCL) 


Learnings and Best Practices from Other Experiences: National Centers and Other Initiatives from Pakistan

Monday July 20, 2020


Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta 

​​Session Recording


Learnings and Best Practices from Other Experiences: GCRF UK 

Tuesday July 21, 20205-7pm
 ​Dr Athar Osama (GCF Chair) & Imtiaz Rastgar
 (former TDF Chair) 

Session Recording
12.   Writing Successful Proposals - Value for Money: Linking Budget with Theory of Change

Thursday July 23, 2020


​Dr. Zain-ul-Abdin (HEC)

Will be available soon


Writing A Successful Proposal - Forging Effective Research2Policy Partnerships for Impact

Friday July 24, 20203-5pm

​Ali Shaikh
Session Recording (Part1 & Part 2)

Why good reviewers are also successful grant applicants: How to write an outstanding review?

Saturday,  August 8, 2020

5 - 6:30 pm

Dr. Graham Harrison (WB)

Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta (AKU)

Dr. Zain-ul-Abdin (HEC)

Will be available soon