CPEC Collaborative Research Grant – HEC calls for proposals

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) invites proposals for the CPEC Collaborative Research Grant (CPEC-CRG), the initiative being one of a key component of “Academic Collaboration under CPEC Consortium of Universities”.

CPEC- Collaborative Research Grant -HEC calls for proposals

The CPEC-CRG is an initiative which will support research partnership between the two countries, the project aims towards CPEC-related problems and finding their solutions. The universities of both the countries will jointly participate in the research project.

HEC encourages both male and female staff of the universities, not only that but junior and senior academic staff can participate in this joint venture. CPEC-CRG awards would be “selected competitively using a merit-based, independent, transparent evaluation and selection process based upon international standards”.

The faculty members of public and private sector universities/Degree Awarding Institutions can submit research proposal by 31st March 2021. The research proposal should be submitted through HEC-R&D online portal. The proposal is required to be made in accordance with the guidelines provided in Call for proposals.

It is mandatory to submit the proposal online as no other means will be accepted by HEC.

Dead Line

The deadline for submission of the application is 31st March 2021 (11:59 PM PST). The applications must be submitted online through HEC-R&D online portal any other means will not be accepted. The proposals should be made in accordance with the guidelines provided in Call for Proposal.

Eligibility Criteria

Principal Investigator (PI) must:

Project Team:


Priority Themes

The CPEC-Collaborative Research Grant is focused on supporting research in the following priority thematic areas of national interest, utilizing the full potential of Chinese experiences and lessons learned in these areas;

Funding Details

Budgets for CPEC- CRG awards will range up to Rs. 50 Million, with a maximum project duration of 3 years.  In exceptional cases, budgets may go up to Rs. 100 Million. Principal Investigators are encouraged to seek co- and complementary financing from the project collaborators from China. The awards will be made to the host higher education institution of the lead Principal Investigator in Pakistan.

The PI may cover cost of Chinese research partners and other international collaborator(s) under the Short Term Consultant budget head. All the budget requests should be consistent with HEC financial rules for Competitive Research Grants available in the link given below;

Financial Rules Governing Competitive Research Grants

Members of CPEC Consortium of Universities

People’s Republic of China

(1) Fudan University, Shanghai
(2) Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
(3) Nanjing University, Nanjing
(4) Peking University, Beijing
(5) Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai
(6) Shanghai University, Shanghai
(7) Tsinghua University, Beijing
(8) University of Science & Technology of China, Hefei
(9) Zhejiang University, Hangzhou
(10) Xi’an Jiaotong University
(11) Harbin Institute of Technology
(12) Wuhan University
(13) South-Central University for Nationalities
(14) Yunnan University
(15) Shanghai University of International Business and Economics
(16) Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment
(17) Xi’an University of Architectural and Technology
(18) Sias University
(19) Northwest University


(1) Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering &
Management Sciences (BUITEMS), Quetta
(2) COMSATS University of Information Technology, Islamabad
(3) Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi
(4) Sukkur IBA University, Sukkur
(5) Institute of Management Sciences (IMS), Peshawar
(6) Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Lahore
(7) National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences (NU)
(8) National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST), Islamabad
(9) Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE), Islamabad
(10) University of the Punjab, Lahore
(11) University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore
(12) Karakoram International University, Gilgit
(13) Mehran University of Engineering & Technology, Jamshoro
(14) University of Engineering & Technology, Peshawar
(15) NED University of Engineering & Technology, Karachi
(16) Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad
(17) University of Agriculture, Faisalabad
(18) Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water & Marine Sciences, Lasbela
(19) University of Karachi, Karachi
(20) University of Balochistan, Quetta
(21) University of Peshawar, Peshawar
(22) Azad Jammu & Kashmir University, Muzaffarabad
(23) International Centre for Chemical & Biological Sciences, Karachi
(24) University of Agriculture, Peshawar
(25) Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam
(26) Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan
(27) International Islamic University, Islamabad
(28) University of Sargodha, Sargodha
(29) National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad (NUML)
(30) Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi
(31) National University of Technology (NUTECH), Islamabad
(32) Foundation University, Islamabad
(33) University of Haripur, Haripur
(34) Lahore College for Women University, Lahore
(35) National Defence University (NDU), Islamabad
(36) National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS), Islamabad

How to Apply

Applicants can apply online through HEC-R&D online portal. Visit the portal by clicking the following link;

HEC Research Management System (HEC-R&D online portal)

Contact Details

Research and Development DivisionHigher Education Commission, Sector H-9, Islamabad
UAN: 051- 111-119-432
Complaint/Query Portal:onlinehelp.hec.gov.pk
Email: Info-r&d@hec.gov.pk

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