Innovative and 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 Objectives

  • 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
  • Humanities


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 field
  • Research partner from third country (with ready financial contribution


Joint proposals by Pakistani and UK partners can be submitted in response to a call for proposals. Submission must be made to the HEC and British Council though online portal according to the guidelines provided in the call for proposals

Proposal Submission Stages

  • Project Outline Submission
  • Full Proposal Submission

Evaluation Process

  • The research proposals are assessed by peer reviewers having great expertise in the field.
  • The assessment is conducted in an objective, impartial and transparent manner and is of high quality.


  • Salaries for PI and co-PIs based on the amount of time spent on the project
  • Stipends for Bachelors, Master's, doctoral students and post-doctoral 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)


Deadline for Project Outline Submission:  Monday, December 2, 2019
Deadline for Full Proposal Submission:   Friday, January, 31, 2020

If you are interested to apply, please see the documents below for details.