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Technology Development Fund

Dear faculty members,

We are pleased to share the opportunity to avail The Technology Development Fund by Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan.

Under this program, HEC shall finance proposals of completed interdisciplinary applied research projects for prototype development and industrial value addition for technology development.

- The proposals shall be submitted by PhD scholars who have completed their PhD and have a ready research in the following specified areas:
- Telecommunication, Information and Technology/Computers (applications in Govt. services, health, textile, agriculture & dairy etc.)
- Engineering Sciences, Micro Electronics, Water, Power, Energy and Fleet Management
- Biotechnology and Allied fields (in Health, Agriculture, Textile, Leather & Dairy etc.)
- Material Sciences/Man Made Material (Nanotechnology)
- Robotics, Defence and Military needs
- Any other applied discipline which is inductive or conducive to success of products developed or upscale the process of Industrial level manufacturing

The proposed funded projects would be expected to develop a product or service which would positively impact the economy, solve a current problem, meet a market need, utilize local raw materials, move current products up the value chain or create large scale employment.

The proposals need to be academia-industry joint projects leading to products or services which solve a current problem or identify a new opportunity; are marketable, leading to positive cash-flows.

The deadline to submit proposals is Wednesday, November 15, 2017.

Please find the details below and feel free to contact us in case of any concern.

Kind regards,


The Higher Education Commission, in pursuance of its mission, has initiated this new PSDP project titled "Establishment of Technology Development Fund for Scholars, Researchers and industrialists to introduce new technologies in Pakistan". This exemplary initiative is of its first kind to bridge Academia and Industry gap which will have positive impact on socioeconomic condition of Pakistan. The Technology Development Fund in other words is right approach to support the government of Pakistan Vision 2025 to lead Pakistan towards knowledge economy. Which has completed its 1st round of call for proposals for the fiscal year 2016-2017, against the 1st call for proposal HEC had received 116 proposals, out of which 35 projects have been approved for funding in 14 applied sectors after a tedious evaluation process.

Application Deadline: November 15, 2017

Any researcher having an idea or has done initial research for product development is eligible to apply for this technology development grant. She /He would be required to submit proposal in collaboration with prospective industry, who can take up the product for its commercialization and marketing. Co-PI could be from R&D institutions.

Duration of project; life of each project will be for a period of not exceeding two years.

Application Procedure
- The applicants have to submit their research proposals on prescribed forms to the Research Office of their respective universities/DAIs
- The Research Office will initially scrutinize the proposals and then send to HEC

All the relevant forms are enclosed within the email.

Link to Official Website for Further Information: http://www.hec.gov.pk/english/services/students/TDF/Pages/Intro.aspx

- Application Form
- Application Form Guidelines
- TDF Budget Format
- TDF Guideline for Business Plan Development 2017-18
- TDF Proposal Information Sheet 2017-18
- List of Private Universities Eligible for Public Funding
- TDF List of 35 Awarded Proposal