National Research Program for Universities


Higher Education Commission invites applications from Full-time Faculty Members (BPS/TTS) of Public Sector Universities/Degree Awarding Institutions, and Private Sector Universities eligible for Public Funding (list of Private Sector Universities eligible for Public Funding is available at HEC website:

Online Application Deadline

The applicants will submit their research proposals online through HEC web portal on or before October 31, 2017.

Due to numerous requests, the deadline for submission of Research Proposals under NRPU has been extended to October 31, 2017.

Research proposals already submitted under "Thematic Research Grants Programme 2017-18" of HEC will not be entertained for funding under this program.


Dearth of research literature/equipment is a major impediment to the productivity of many creative and talented faculty members/researchers in all disciplines in universities/degree awarding institutions. In most cases, researchers need substantial financial support for research projects to allow them in their research pursuits.


In the absence of such facilities researchers, specifically the younger ones, are discouraged and are forced to seek better opportunities in developed countries. To avoid this brain drain, the HEC has initiated a research grant program under which creative researchers are awarded research grants. 


To meet the current challenges of researchers working in local universities/DAIs of Pakistan and to promote the R&D with facilitation, HEC is running the National Research Program for Universities (NRPU) as per researcher's needs/requirements. Following are the existing guidelines of NRPU that have been modified from time to time to address different aspects.

Last Updated: 17-10-2017 13:26

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