How to Apply

​​​​​​Submit your Research Proposals Online through HEC Web Portal


On or before 20 October, 2017 

Application Guidelines for Applicant/Principal Investigator (PI)

  1. ​The applicants will submit their research proposals online through HEC web portal on or before 18 October, 2017

  2. The Principal Investigator (PI) has to submit one complete set of original hard copy of the proposal duly singed from all relevant authorities of the university along with soft copy of duly filled Application Form 2017 to the Office of Research Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC)/Research Office/Office of the Registrar of respective university to make it available -via surface mail/Special Messenger– along with complete record of all the proposals to Director (R&D) on or before  18-10-2017 .​ 
  3. The PI has to be a full-time regular faculty member (BPS or TTS) or on contact not less than project life of any public sector university/DAIs or private sector university/DAIs eligible for public funding ( list of 29 private sector universities/DAIs is given in Eligibility Criteria section).
  4. ​Period of execution of the Research project should not be exceeding three  years
  5. Maximum funding under NRPU may be up to 20 million, however, permissible limit for funding is linked with cumulative Impact Factor of the PI, as mentioned in NRPU Application Form 2017.
  6. PI can execute or submit only two (2) research projects simultaneously under NRPU.
  7. Any application will not be considered if
    1. Incomplete
    2. Receive on old Application Forms (Application Form 2017)
    3. Either PI does not submit original hard copy of proposal to the respective ORIC Office/Research Office/Registrar Office or ORIC/Research offices does not submit original hard copies to R&D Division of HEC on or before the closing date, 18-10-2017.
    4. PI is executing any NRPU project whose completion is delayed by three (03) years.
    5. PI is currently executing or has submitted two or more NRPU projects simultaneously for consideration.
    6. PI has been black listed by HEC.
    7. Original hard copy of application is directly submitted to HEC, bypassing ORIC/Research Office/Office of the Registrar of the respective university.
    8. Application forms are not signed/countersigned/endorsed by head of institution, vice chancellor/Rector/Director of DAIs.
    9. CV of PI or Co-PI are not attached.
    10. Quotations of required equipment, worth over Rs. 0.1 Million are not attached.
    11. Report generated by Turnitin is not attached.
    12. A clearance certificate from Institutional Bioethics Committee (IBC) of the university/DAI concerned (if required) is not attached.
    13. Industrial support letter (if required) is not attached.
    14. Copy of appointment letter is not attached.
    15. Proposals has already submitted under "Thematic Research Grants Programme 2017-18" for funding.

Processing Procedures

All research proposals submitted to HEC under the NRPU program are forwarded to dedicated committees with relevant discipline based expertise. Each committee comprises of three subject experts who will review the proposals and provide feedback to approve, decline, or revise the application. HEC may decide to call PIs to present their proposal before the committee.

After the completion of the review process, successful applicants will be issued the award letter within approximately a month.


Mandatory Documents to be uploaded on HEC Web Portal

  1. Please upload Detailed CVs of PI and all Co-PI duly singed by all.
  2. Appointment letter of PI must be uploaded
  3. Letter of Support for Industry Problem to be uploaded (Section-2C).
  4. A Letter of Consent from Collaborating Partner/Agency Expressing Willingness to Collaborate to be uploaded?  (Section-7)
  5. Turnitin Report of the Proposal to Be Uploaded.
  6. Clearance Certificate from Institutional Bioethics Committee (IBC) Of the University/Dai Concerned To Be Uploaded.
  7. A Brief of the Impact of Research Project to Be Uploaded (Section-5).
  8. One Page Summary of Each Project of PI Already Completed/ Ongoing/ Submitted to any Funding Agency/HEC to Be Uploaded. (Section-9).
  9. Original invoices / quotations for permanent equipment costing over rs.0.1 million or more to be uploaded? (Section-10B).
  10. Tentative and detailed schedule of local visits (annual plan) with justification and rates been provided (if study involves field survey/field work). Please note that TA/DA is not allowed, however, estimated expenditure as per original may be demanded? (Section-10D).
  11. Please upload project activities on Gantt chart.
  12. Please Upload Year-Wise Cost and Quantities of Each Expendable Item Demanded With Full Justification (Section-10C)?
  13. Please Uploaded Page (Section H. of cover sheet for proposal "H. Declaration/Certificate") after Getting Signed from relevant university authorities with date & stamps on the declaration certificates?. Please download template.
  14. ​Please upload page "head of institution duly endorsed the application (section-14) of the application form? Please download template.
  15. Please upload a certificate from the Director ORIC of your university stating that PI has handed over original hard copy of the proposal after submitting same on NRPU Automania for onward submission to HEC.
  16. Please upload any other document that you need to be mandatory. Optional