ISLAMABAD-Larger Schooling Fee (HEC) has acquired above seven hundred purposes within the Grand Problem Fund (GCF) program launched to encourage college scientists to unravel the issues of the nation.

A press release issued by HEC stated that greater than 700 purposes have been acquired within the GCF launched by HEC in February 2020. Supported by The World Financial institution-funded Larger Schooling Improvement in Pakistan (HEDP) venture, GCF is a singular analysis programme. Its purpose is to encourage college professors to assist resolve the urgent issues going through the nation.

 “GCF is different; its very ethos is to assess the quality of research on how it will contribute to socio-economic development in Pakistan, how it will help solve the problems that confront us, and how it will support our communities, our businesses, our farmers, and our government agencies in making decisions that improve the lives of ordinary citizens. GCF is a very competitive grant. The success rate is no more than 3 or 4 per cent. Grants will go through a peer-reviewed evaluation by high-level committees. We do expect papers to be published in the best journals. But we also expect to see results on the ground,” stated Chairman HEC Tariq Banuri in an announcement issued right here in Islamabad.

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In Part-I (yr 20-21), 25 proposals will probably be chosen out of over 700 submissions. The utmost period of every grant venture is three years, and the utmost grant quantity is Rs150 million. On this section, the problem statements (i.e., issues to be solved) have been stored comparatively broad. These are in 9 thematic areas, specifically Meals Safety; Water Administration and Sustainability; Sustainable Power; Sociology and Philosophy; Improvement Economics; City Planning; Local weather Change and Setting; Info Know-how and Telecom; and Modern Governance and Reforms.

To make sure prime quality of analysis, 32 analysis intensive universities from throughout the Pakistan are recognized by HEC, who would be the key companions in GCF. School members from these universities have been requested to collaborate with college members from different universities, each inside and outdoors Pakistan, as wanted.

The proposals will undergo a rigorous cycle of analysis and evaluate by specialised panels of consultants.

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To make sure the transparency of the analysis course of, the reviewers have been requested to declare any potential battle of curiosity. Anybody who has a possible battle of curiosity has to recuse themselves from the panel.

Additionally, consistent with greatest apply internationally, the detailed feedback will probably be stored in confidence. Each accepted and rejected proposal candidates will probably be intimated by HEC.

HEC has funded hundreds of analysis initiatives prior to now, and this has led to a 15-fold variety of analysis articles printed in acknowledged journals yearly, along with some trade agreements and new startups. Nevertheless, the influence on the bottom may be very restricted.

With GCF, a brand new system of choice in addition to monitoring and analysis has been launched to orient researchers in direction of attaining extra concrete outcomes, akin to greater productiveness and effectivity, extra equitable allocation techniques, higher well being techniques, and extra exports.

The Larger Schooling Improvement in Pakistan (HEDP) is a five-year venture (2019/20 – 2023/24) being applied by HEC, with assist from the World Financial institution.

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It goals to assist analysis excellence in strategic sectors of the economic system, enhance instructing and studying, and strengthening governance in greater training.