The Higher Education Commission aims “to facilitate institutions of higher learning to serve as engines for socio-economic development of Pakistan” as stated in the mission. Along these lines, Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan took an initiative to finance proposals of completed interdisciplinary applied research projects for prototype development and industrial value addition for technology development. In this way, HEC envisages to help the productive minds of Pakistan to impact economy through new and emerging technologies.


The proposals shall be submitted by PhD scholars who have completed their PhD and have a ready research in the following specified areas;

  1.  Information and Technology /Computers (applications in Govt. services, health, textile, agriculture, dairy etc.)
  2. Micro Electronics
  3. Biotechnology (in health, agriculture, textile, dairy etc.)
  4. Material Sciences/Man Made Material
  5. Telecommunication
  6. Robotics.


The proposed funded projects would be expected to develop a product or service which would positively impact, inter alia,  the economy, solve a current problem, meet a market need, utilize local raw materials, move current products up the value chain, create large scale employment

The proposals need to be academia-industry joint projects leading to products or services which solve a current problem or identify a new opportunity; are marketable, leading to positive cash-flows.

Eligibility Criteria:

Any researcher having an idea or has done initial research for product development is eligible to apply for this technology development grant. She /He would be required to submit proposal in collaboration with prospective industry, who can take up the product for its commercialization and marketing.

Duration of project; life of each project will be for a period of not exceeding two years

How to Apply:

The applicants have to submit their research proposals on prescribed forms to the Office of Research Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC) / Research Office/Registrar Office of their respective universities/DAIs. The ORIC/ Research Office/Registrar Office will initially scrutinize the proposals and then send to HEC on or before December 2016

  • Application Form
  • Guidelines for TDF

Application Deadline

Applications sent till December 2016 will be entertained on a first come first served basis.




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