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USAID Ambassador’s Fund Grant Program (AFGP)

USAID Ambassador’s Fund Grant Program (AFGP), being managed by the Trust for Democratic Education and Accountability (TDEA), is inviting applications, along with other entities, from start-upsacademic institutions, research organizations, media etc. under following priorities defined by the US Ambassador to Pakistan as of January 2018:
  1. Empowering Vulnerable Populations
  2. Supporting Governance Institutions in KP-NMD
  3. Engendering Free Information and Free Press Organizations
  4. Expanding Social Tolerance to Reduce Conflict
  5. Provide Technical Assistance
AFGP is a five-year program, began in October 2017 and will continue until September 2022. Ambassador's Fund receives applications on a rolling basis from any part of the country for research projects spanning over 6-12 months. Grant size at Ambassador's Fund is up to USD 50,000. Exceptionally innovative ideas can go up to USD 100,000.
For further detail and applying online, kindly visit

Note: Above mentioned priorities may change during the implementation of the AFGP, contingent upon the priorities set forth by each new U.S. Ambassador.

Technology Transfer Support Fund (TTSF) 2021


LOcal Challenge Fund (LCF)


Title of Funding Opportunity


PEER Call for Research Proposals


Interdisciplinary Research Fund




Innovative & Collaborative Research Grant (ICRG)


Ambassador’s Fund Grant Program (AFGP)


Pak-France PERIDOT Research Program


Pak-Turk Researchers' Mobility Grant Program 2019-20


Call For Proposals Under Competitive Research Programme


NGIRI 2019


Grant and Fiscal Sponsorship Programs


SERI Call for Mobility Grants with South Asia and Iran 2019


National Geographic Society to Support Participatory Science


Documenting Human Migrations


Research Grants to support Research in Human Nutrition in LICs and LMICs


Filmmaking Grants Program


Grants to Protect Natural Resources


Applications Open for Artists to submit their Arts


Global Fund for Women


Call for Mobility Grants at Swiss Universities


RASTA Competitive Grants Program for Policy-Oriented Research


Local Challenge Fund (LCF) Grant Program


Collaborative Research Program (CRP)


Research Grants on Women’s Role in the Economy during COVID-19 Pandemic


Ignite Seed Covid Solution Fund


Joint EMRO*/TDR Small Grants Scheme


COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists


Research to Support Covid-19 Response in Humanitarian Settings


Global Climate Action Awards


Call For Innovation Via Transform Fund 2020


Fonds Ernest Solvay




Standard Chartered Women in Tech programme


AI For Earth Innovation


Support For Commodity Development


Skills Challenge Innovation Call: Finding Solutions To Skills Mismatch


The Sub-National Governance Programme-Grant for Innovative Solutions


Competitive Research Grant


RAPID Research and Innovation Initiative (RRII)


FUI Internal Funding Program


Call for Proposal under Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy Research Initiative


Grand Challenge Fund


HEC Rapid Fund

Igniting University Innovation (NGIRI 2020)

Call for Resaerch Proposal

Innovative & Collaborative Research Grant (ICRG)

Innovative & Collaborative Research Grant (ICRG) supports research partnerships between Pakistani and UK universities, research bodies and existing centers of excellence that focus on any of the emerging disciplines/priority areas. Key objective of ICRG is "to support collaborative research between Pakistan and UK for cutting-edge research and innovation in emerging disciplines of knowledge."

Key Features:
  • Expected Number of Grants:  6
  • Maximum Project Duration:  3 years
  • Individual Grant Value: Up to Rs. 50 million
Key Areas:
  • Medical and allied health sciences
  • Energy (generation, distribution and conservation)
  • Climate Change
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Robotics
  • Nanosciences
  • Big Data – Cloud Computing
  • Social Sciences
Eligibility Criteria:
Principal Investigator (PI) must be a faculty member of Higher Education Institutions (public and private) in Pakistan collaborating with U.K partner institution and non-academic partner. The Consortia may include: Centre of excellence in related fieldResearch partner from third country (with ready financial contribution) 
Application Procedure:
Call for Proposals is currently open and applications must only be submitted through HEC online portal ( for Call for proposal and Online application are available under "Downloads" section.
For Project Outline Submission:  Monday, December 2, 2019
For Full Proposal Submission:   Friday, January, 31, 2020   
Funding Details:
  • Salaries for PI and co-PIs based on the amount of time spent on the project
  • Stipends for Bachelors, Master's, doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars to help take the prototype or proposed product to market
  • Travel to national and international meetings to present research results obtained and to support the proposed research
  • Equipment purchase and maintenance as appropriate & approved to conduct the proposed research
  • Purchase of research supplies necessary to conduct the proposed research
  • Processing fee for open access journals/ publications for disseminating research results obtained
  • Doctoral fellowship for six months
  • Prototype/ Product Development Cost (If applicable)
For further details, kindly visit following links:

National Research Program for Universities (NRPU)

PSF Call for Proposals under Competitive Research Program (CRP)
Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) under its “Competitive Research Program” has invited research proposals from scientists/technologists/engineers/technopreneurs to achieve socio-economic goals through indigenous research and innovation. Researchers from HEC recognized public & private sector universities, public sector R&D organizations and industry can apply through proper channel under the funding criteria given below:

Funding Categories: 
  • Consortium Research Grants to finance research to resolve mega national issues through consortium of scientists from multiple professions and organizations with specific target of socio-economic gains.
  • Triple Helix Model (Research in collaboration with industry) to resolve industrial issues to substitute imports and enhance value addition of indigenous goods especially exportable commodities.
Salient Features:
  • Funding limit for these categories is Rs. 20.0 Million.
  • Maximum project duration should not exceed 3 years.
  • Project costing should be based on actual market rates.
  • Project should be prepared on prescribed proforma of Competitive Research Program.
  • Grants of award will be determined by subject experts, technical committees, Project Award Committees and Steering Committees. The decision of PSF will be final.
  • Proposals under Triple Helix Model must be supported by the Business Plan.
  • Proposals under Consortium Research Grants must be supported by the Consortium Research Plan.
  • The priority areas are available at PSF website.
Forms, priority areas and guidelines can be downloaded from PSF website

Project proposals duly endorsed by organizational heads should reach PSF no later than August 30, 2019.
National ICT R&D Fund
Ignite, National Technology Fund (Formerly known as National ICT R&D Fund) has launched National Grassroots ICT Research Initiative (NGIRI) 2019. The program aims to assist final year undergraduate students of ICT related disciplines by providing them financial assistance for developing prototypes / working models of their Final Year Projects (FYP) in order to increase creativity, innovation and hands on engineering and development skills.
Late date to submit FYP Applications has been extended till 17th June 2019. For more information about NGIRI, Eligibility Criteria, T&C and Application Procedures, kindly visit Ignite webpage.

For any query,kindly contact FUI Focal Person for Ignite/NGIRI at below details.

Mr. Asif Javed

Manager Research Operations & Development (ORIC)

Ph: +92-51-5788450 Ext: 155