Innovative and Collaborative Research Grant (ICRG) supports research partnerships between Pakistani and UK universities, research bodies and existing centers of excellence that focus on the emerging disciplines/priority areas. Through this initiative eight UK-Pakistan university partnerships will undertake joint research projects jointly funded by the British Council and Higher Education Commission (HEC).

Key Objectives

  • To support collaborative research between Pakistan and UK for cutting-edge research and innovation in emerging disciplines of knowledge
  • Establish stronger links across the board between UK and Pak, among multiple areas, and between the industry, academia and government for collaborative research programmes
  • Establish a research excellence framework for Pakistan Higher Education Sector and improve the delivery and application of research  knowledge, tools and skills
  • Identify new sources of funding for joint research programs between Pakistan and UK Universities
  • Engage the industry on board for the application of research and tap into new fields for more innovative research and industry/employer engagement
  • Build and encourage the research culture through various professional development programmes; capability building programmes for academics who choose research and scholarship as a career

Key Features

  • Number of Grants Awarded: 8
  • Maximum Project Duration: 3 years

The partnership details between Pakistani Institute and UK Institute along with thematic area and project name are mentioned below.


P #

Project Name

Name of  Institute (Pakistan)

Name of Institute (UK)



Deforestation in Pakistan: Combating through Wireless Sensor Networks (DePWiSeN)

Balochistan University of Information Technology & Management Sciences, Quetta

University of Glasgow

Climate Change


Investigation in Advanced Energy Harvesters and Energy Storage Devices for Self-powered Flexible Energy Systems

International Islamic University, Islamabad

University of the West of Scotland (UWS)

Energy (generation, distribution and conservation), Nanoscience


Diagnostic, prognostic and predictive biomarkers for oral squamous cell carcinoma

Khyber Medical University, Peshawar

University of Sheffield, UK

Medical and allied health sciences


ICRG:  Development of Nanomaterials based Tactile Sensors for Tele-Manipulation in Robotic Surgery

National University of Sciences & Technology, Rawalpindi/Islamabad (NUST)

The University of Edinburgh

Robotics and Artificial Intelligence


Archaeology and Heritage of the British Period in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa

Hazara University, Mansehra

University of Leicester UK

Social Sciences


Development and characterization of drug free bioactive glass nanoparticles for biomedical applications

Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad (IST)

The University of Sheffield

Energy (generation, distribution and conservation), Nanoscience


The bifacial field effect passivation of dielectric AlOx/SiNx stacks in PERC solar cells for improved performance

Government College University, Faisalabad

University of Oxford  Department of Materials

Energy (generation, distribution and conservation), Nanoscience


Development of advanced pro-angiogenic wound dressings for  patients in Pakistan with diabetic ulcers and burns injuries

COMSATS University Islamabad

The  University of Sheffield

Medical and allied health sciences