Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan has invited Pakistani researchers/scholars to submit applications for HEC Research Awards competition. Applications can be submitted via HEC online portal. Last date for application submission is February 1, 2021.
The purpose of HEC Research Awards is to recognize and reward excellence in research, contributions to intellectual development, and social welfare and promote publications with higher impact. The award includes a certificate and a cash prize.
Separate awards shall be given in three broad disciplinary domains:
- Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Law, Education, Management, or Public Policy
- Physical Sciences, Engineering, Technology, Computer Science, Statistics, or Mathematics
- Life Sciences, Biological Sciences, Health Sciences, Pharmacy, Agriculture, or Veterinary Sciences
The award categories include Best Researcher (PKR500,000/- cash prize), Best Young Researcher (PKR500,000/- cash prize) and Best Publication (PKR1,000,000/- cash prize). Applicants, if eligible for both first two categories can apply for only one. A complete eligibility criterion in respect of each category is available on HEC’s official website.
“Best Researcher Award aims to recognize and reward the researchers for their research contribution judged to be of highest quality. The potential awardees under this category will be the researchers who have contributed the most to intellectual and social development through their writings (i.e., not simply through their formal titles or positions). As such, while this is an award for a lifetime of achievement rather than a single publication or contribution, it does not preclude recognizing a single publication with a huge impact. On the other hand, the lifetime of achievement should be characterized by outstanding publications with demonstrated major impact.
“Best Young Researcher Award will be presented to the early researcher under the age of 40, who is judged by the scientific panels to show the most promise of stimulating further research, addressing or resolving social problems, and enhancing the quality of research in Pakistan. The objective of this award is to recognize both the contribution and future potential of early-career researchers in terms of their research and publications. Here, too, selection should place due weight on particular outstanding and impactful discoveries and publications.
“Best Publication shall be awarded to the publication i.e., book or journal article, that is judged by the scientific panels as likely to produce the greatest impact on human welfare, either by stimulating and opening up new areas of further research or by contributing to the resolution of a critical problem facing Pakistan and the world at large. The objective is to recognize and reward the publication that has produced a lasting impact on future research as well as socio-economic development in the country.”