Key Objectives & Features

The objective of the NRPU programme is to support university-based researchers for conducting cutting-edge research with an emphasis on:

  • tackling needs and challenges that local researchers and end-users face
  • supporting projects with tangible impact
  • focusing on subjects that are highly promising in terms of commercial and technological potential
  • encouraging a more cross-cutting/interdisciplinary approach
  • stimulating scientific excellence and the advancement of knowledge in Pakistan
  • Improving the capacity of Pakistani research institutions to support industry competitiveness

The budgets for NRPU projects are anticipated to range between PKR 5–20 Million, with a maximum project duration of 3 years. Co-financing – including in kind and cash  contributions– by industry partners will be considered a merit and an indicator of industry support. The allocation of the overall budget between the two themes will be as follows:

  • Basic Research – 60%
  • Applied Research – 40%