Grand Challenge Fund (GCF)

GCF Call for Proposals (2020) is now closed. Deadline for submission of Project Outline (PO) was 14th Februrary, 2020 


The Grand Challenge Fund (GCF) is a key element of the Higher Education Development in Pakistan Project supported by the World Bank and implemented by the Higher Education Commission (HEC).  The GCF is anticipated to promote research excellence in strategic sectors of the economy, and will provide funds to selected institutions based upon a competitive, peer-reviewed evaluation of proposals. 

GCF will support large, multisectoral/multidimensional research projects.  Successful GCF projects are anticipated to be collaborative in scope, with research teams working cooperatively to accelerate research progress for societal impact.  Projects are expected to use a systems-type approach in developing the research agenda, where separate projects come together to achieve a broad-based thematic research advance. Projects should include:  relevant and cutting-edge research activities and postgraduate student training. Further detail regarding research on Grand Challenges around the world can be found in HEC-GCF 2020 - History, Approach, Thematic Areas.

Key Features

  • Expected No. of Grants:  25 per year
  • Max Project Duration: Three (03) years
  • Individual Grant Value: Rs. 15 - 225 million

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Last Updated: 18-02-2020 14:31



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