The Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan has invited the faculty members of private and public sector Universities/Degree Awarding Institutions to submit research proposals that can help address issues pertaining to Pakistan’s socio-economic development, in general, and China-Pakistan Corridor (CPEC), in particular, through joint research by the universities of Pakistan and China, drawing upon research potential of academia on both sides.
The CPEC- Collaborative Research Grant (CPEC-CRG) is one of the key component of recently launched HEC initiative namely “Academic Collaboration under CPEC Consortium of Universities”. The CPEC-CRG is anticipated to support promising research partnerships between Pakistan and China in specific priority thematic areas of national interest, utilizing research potential and past experience of China in resolving national challenges in these areas. The CPEC-CRG awards will be selected competitively using a merit-based, independent, transparent evaluation and selection process based upon international standards.
The amount of funding will range up to PKR50 million, with a maximum project duration of 3 years. In exceptional cases, budget may go up to PKR100 million.
The Principal Investigators must be a faculty member (PhD or FCPS/MCPS/FRCS) working on regular/ contract basis (contract duration equivalent to project duration) in the Higher Education Institutions (public or private) of Pakistan that are members of CPEC Consortium of Universities, as per list provided on HEC official website.
The project team may include researchers from one or more Universities and must include at least one Co-PI from CPEC Consortium member universities of China. Deadline for full project proposal submission is March 31, 2021.