Technology Development Fund is a five-year PSDP (Public sector development programme) to promote the academia-industry joint ventures to convert research ideas into products/services to accomplish the mission of 2025 of knowledge-based economy and to promote made in Pakistan culture.
After successful implementation of first phase, the project has been extended for another Call for proposals. For further details please visit http://hec.gov.pk/site/tdf
The proposals shall be submitted by PhD scholars who have completed their PhD with their industrial partners, have ready research in the following focused areas.
1. Climate Change and its impact on socioeconomics of Pakistan (Agriculture, Food Security, Urban development, Pollution, Floods, Biodiversity Conservation, any other)
2. Information and Technology/Computers (applications in Govt. services, health, textile, agriculture, dairy etc.) and Telecommunication
3. Engineering Sciences, Micro Electronics, Water, Power Energy and Fleet Management
4. Biotechnology and Allied fields (in health, agriculture, textile, leather, dairy etc.)
5. Material Sciences/Man Made Material (Nanotechnology)
6. Robotics, Defense and Military needs
7. Any other applied discipline which is inductive or conducive to success of products developed or upscale the process of Industrial level manufacturing, commercialization, and business development.
A list of sorted topics identified during roundtable with leading chambers of commerce and industry can also be found in the guidelines Annex A in the downloads section.
Yes, PIs can apply with new proposals, even if they have already applied and availed grant under TDF call for proposals.
Delayed projects in any grants of HEC will not be entertained.
HEC will deposit the amount to the account of the Vice Chancellor/Rector of the university/institution. Thereafter university will open joint accounts of PI and the treasury office member to maintain a track record of each transaction for upcoming annual reports and audit requirements.
University Treasury/ Finance is encouraged to ensure timely release of funds, purchase and audit and help comply with HEC guidelines on utilization of funds and its report in timely manner.
Yes, PIs should have an industrial partner who will help the PIs in the mass production and marketing of products/services.
In some cases a start up can be proposed but still commercialization partner/ mentor is mandatory. Start must provide an exit strategy with TDF project and sound Business plan.
1. Must have NTN/STN
2. Must agree to contribute in kind/ financially (preferred)
3. Hold hand till the product/ process/ prototype developed and commercialized
4. Agree to sign NDA, MTA and Licenses on terms mutually decided between PI, HIS university, ORIC and Industry partner