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Eligibility Criteria

Lead Principal Investigators (PIs) must:

  • Be university faculty members (with PhD or FCPS/MCPS/FRCS) from research intensive institution as notified for GCF Call 2020 vide notification no R&D/GCF/01/2020/284 (List of Research Intensive Universities) dated January 20, 2020. 

Project Team may include:

  • A consortia of faculty members from multiple university departments and/or multiple universities
  • Private sector participants, particularly when they bring prior IP or capability to the consortium and/or significant deployment, implementation, or scale up capability
  • International partners​

International collaborations are encouraged:

  • When the international partner brings a unique added value to the project team

The detailed eligibility criteria of Institutions are available in the link Eligibility Criteria for HEC Competitive Research Grants Partnerships are viewed as a key component of Grand Challenge Fund projects. Principal Investigators should be faculty members at research intensive institutions in Pakistan, but should also build a research team capable of completing a comprehensive research agenda over the project lifetime. This research team can include faculty members from the PI's home institution, any other academic institutions in Pakistan, and/or international academic institutions. In addition, where appropriate sectoral stakeholders (private enterprise, including, but not limited to, multinational, regional, national or local Enterprises; Ministries and other public authorities; chambers of commerce; trade groups and professional associations; hospitals; policymakers; and other appropriate stakeholders) can be included in the research team. To take full advantage of the national research capacity, PIs are encouraged to build teams including junior and senior academic staff, as well as both male and female researchers.​