Pakistan Science Foundation is all set to execute “Competitive Research Programme” targeting socio-economic development in areas: water, medical sciences, biotechnology, energy etc.
Funds are released for Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) research support “Competitive Research Programme. This program is targeting to bring socio-economic development in areas related to water, medical sciences, biotechnology, and energy.
“Planning Commission approved PKR two billion for this program. Initial funding for Competitive Research Programne has been released”, Syeda Rehana Batool, Principal Scientific Officer, PSF told APP.
Through Competitive Research Program (CRP) the Foundation invited indigenous nature applied proposals from scientists, technologist, engineers, and techno-preneurs through proper procedure, in which 1200 research proposals received to PSF, she further told.
The research proposals received from the candidates belonging to different parts of the country will be evaluated by different technical experts and concerned officials as well as the relevant departments, universities and institution to check their effectiveness to address country’s needs on the larger spectrum, Rehana Batool said.
The research proposals were submitted in to two categories including Consortium Research Grants and Triple Helix Model (Research in collaboration with industry).
Consortium Research Grants are aimed at financing research to resolve mega national issues through consortium of scientists from multiple professions and organizations with specific target of socio-economic gains.
While Triple Helix Model will target resolving industrial issues to substitute imports and enhance value addition of indigenous goods especially exportable commodities.
She informed that an amount of Rs. eight million would be allocated for Individual Research and Rs. 20 million for Consortium Research.
Rehana Batool said this project would prove as instrumental in fostering impactful research culture in the country. The research conducted through this project would help address country’s urgent needs through suggesting viable solutions for resolving issues.