Faculty may submit research proposals for Technology Transfer Support Fund by October 16

The Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan has invited faculty members of public and private sector Universities/Degree Awarding Institutes to submit research proposals focused on transfer of University developed technologies and products to Industry and commercial sector.

The priority sectors for Technology Transfer Support Fund (TTSF) include Telecommunications; Information Technology and its application in health, textile, agriculture and agri-business such as dairy and horticulture; Engineering sciences, including microelectronics, water, power, energy and fleet management; Biotechnology and Materials sciences, for example nano-technology.

Principal Investigator (PI) must be a regular faculty member (PhD or FCPS/MCPS/FRCS) of the Higher Education Institutions (public and private) or hold a contract equivalent to the length of project duration. Co-financing (including in kind or cash contribution) by the industry partner is mandatory.

The amount of funding for TTSF award may range between Rs. 7.5 million to Rs. 15 million with a maximum project duration of two years. Project proposals on prescribed application template must be submitted via HEC online portal. Deadline for project proposal submission is October 16, 2020.

The Technology Transfer Support Fund (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. The TTSF will provide funds to selected institutions based upon a competitive, peer-reviewed evaluation of proposals.

The TTSF seeks to support university technology research that has previously developed an existing prototype or an advanced model (or equivalent). The anticipated portfolio of TTSF projects will support higher education institutions across Pakistan to undertake research and development activities focused on technology transfer. TTSF projects are expected to develop products or services that are marketable and can generate positive cash flow.

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