HEC invites research proposals on university developed technologies

ISLAMABAD: Higher Education Commission (HEC) has asked the faculty members of public and private sector universities or degree awarding institutions to submit research proposals focused on transfer of university-developed technologies and products to the industry and commercial sector under the Technology Transfer Support Fund (TTSF).

According to an official source, the TTSF would provide funds to selected institutions based upon a competitive, peer-reviewed evaluation of proposals.

The budgets for TTSF awards might range between Rs. 7.5 – 15 million with a maximum project duration of two years.

Principal Investigators would be required to obtain co-financing including in-kind and/or cash contributions from the industry collaborators. Industry co-financing must equal at least 50 percent of the funding requested from HEC for the academic portion of the collaboration while greater amounts of industry co-financing were encouraged.

About the applicant eligibility, the source revealed that the Principal Investigator (PI) must be a regular faculty member (PhD or FCPS/MCPS/FRCS) working on regular/contract basis (contract duration must not be less than project duration) in the Higher Education Institutions either public and private of Pakistan.

The co-financing including in kind or cash contribution by the industry partner was mandatory.

The priority sectors for TTSF support included Telecommunications; Information Technology and its application in health, textile, agriculture and agri-business like dairy and horticulture; Engineering sciences, including microelectronics, water, power, energy and fleet management; Biotechnology and Materials sciences, for example nano-technology.

About the proposal submission procedure, the official source said the project proposals on prescribed application template must be submitted via HEC online portal.

The deadline for project proposal submission is November 19, (Friday).

For further information and application submission requirements, the applicant can visit http: //www.hec.gov.pk/site/TTSF or Email info-r&d@hec.gov.pk.

The TTSF 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 TTSF is anticipated to support promising partnerships between academia and industry to facilitate the transfer of university developed technological research to industry and the commercial sector.