Terms and Conditions

​Principal Investigator can execute or submit only two research projects simultaneously under any of HEC funded research grant programs either under NRPU or UITSP or TDF or TRGP or Pak-US etc. (either ongoing, submitted, under review, etc).



A research grant will normally be provided for a period of one to three years. However, there is no restriction on the lower limit. 


Financial Assistance:

Permissible limits of HEC are with reference to the cumulative Impact Factor of the Principal Investigator, are as follows:

For Physics, Chemistry and Biology

Impact FactorEligible Amount
100 or above20 million
50-9917 million
20-4915 million
10-1912 million
0-910 million


For Remaining Disciplines

Impact FactorEligible Amount
50 or above20 million
25-4917 million
10-2415 million
5-912 million
0-410 million


Approval Procedure

  1. HEC has designated focal points/Reviewers in all disciplines / sub disciplines. They are the top experts in their fields. All research grants proposals are forwarded to these focal points for evaluation by at least three experts. Each of the reviewers is paid Rs=8000/- as a token of their valuable contribution to review the research proposal as per HEC policy. 
  2. Focal points/Reviewers will do initial screening of the projects sent to them by HEC.
  3. In case they do not consider a project suitable for funding, they can reject the project at their level or send it back to HEC for revision by PI, if they so desire.
  4. The comments of focal points and reviewers are considered as the final decision in the case.



  1. After the Research Grant is approved for funding, a written agreement is signed between the HEC, the grantee (PI) and his/her institute.
  2. The host institute must administer the grant according to the agreement and provide laboratory space, and other facilities necessary for the project. The equipment, material and literature provided for the project through the Research Grants Program remains the in the custody of the institute after the project is completed.
  3. The grantee must keep the HEC properly informed about any applications of the results obtained and acknowledge support from HEC in all publications or presentations. Any research result obtained under the NRPU must be made freely available without restrictions
  4. The Project(s) will be cancelled, if PI is not following the terms & conditions laid down by HEC.


Annual Report:

The PI is required to submit a short annual report along with audited funds utilization report of the project within fifteen days of the completion of each year. Progress report should highlight the major achievements during the reporting period and completion of targets/goals as envisaged in the Proposal for the subject year.

The release of the subsequent year award is tied up with the approval of the Annual Progress Report by the experts as satisfactory.



HEC provides funds as per the following details:  

Sr. #ItemsTotal Allocation
1.        EquipmentAs per requirements of the project


(with full justification and details of quantity required for the project)

As per requirements of the project
3.        AccessoriesAs per requirements of the project (with full justification)
4.        Journal Publication fee/online materialAs per requirement of the project up to Rs. 50,000/-

Honorarium  for PI

One month initial basic pay of scale per year on mentioned rates either PI is working on BPS or TTS

Assistant Professor  @ Rs. 59210/-

Associate Professor: Rs. 69090/-

Professor:    Rs. 76720/-


Honorarium  for Co-PI (if justified)

One month initial basic pay of scale once in entire project life on mentioned rates either Co-PI is working on BPS or TTS

Assistant Professor: Rs. 59210/-

Associate Professor: Rs. 69090​/-

Professor:    Rs. 76720​/-



·         MS/M.Phil. students

·         PhD students


@ Rs. 20,000/- per month

@ Rs. 25,000/- per month


Local Travel

(if required and fully justified)

(Tentative schedule of visits for all the years of project life along with full justification and rates/calculations as per actual expenditure)


Maximum 0.2 million per year or as per actual expenditure if field work/survey is involved; Moreover, students would be allowed only to reimburse actual expenditures incurred during their field visit if any.
9.        Secretariat Staff (if required)Rs. 18,000 per year
10.    Stationary/ContingenciesRs. 10,000 per year
11.    Any type of entertainmentNot Allowed
12.    Audit/AccountsRs. 20,000 (maximum)
13.    Other specific requirementsDepending upon the nature of the project if fully justified
14.    University overhead




If ORIC is fully functional as per HEC criteria


15% of total direct cost to meet office support and utilities etc. of ORIC
 If ORIC is not established2% of total direct cost to meet research office support and utilities, etc.

Note: - If a university teacher working as PI or Co-PI in more than one project, he/she may get only one month's Initial Basic Pay under any one of his/her project.