Establishment of National Centers for Research and Innovation in Emerging Disciplines of Science and Technology

Note: who have already submitted the proposals for National Centre for Human Nutrition, may update and re-submit their proposals as per enclosed amended EOI in extended period till September 15, 2018. Closing date for other EOIs will remained same.

Higher Education Commission (HEC) has successfully launched four National Centers in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation, Data Analytics and Cloud Computing and Cyber Security early this year. In addition, two additional centers were also established in Applied Mathematics (CMS at PIEAS) and Livestock Breeding, Genetics, and Genomics (at PMS University of Arid Agriculture).

These National Centers are designed to create national capacity in key emerging areas that have received a lot of attention and focus in the recent years and where a bit of investment and focus may create a competitive advantage for Pakistan. Each of these National Centers comprise of a series of 'affiliated labs' at a number of universities across the country selected on the basis of; (i) a demonstrated capability and track record of accomplishments, and (ii) a problem-orientation that is either nationally relevant or globally cutting-edge, and (iii) partnerships with leading National Institutions and Private Sector players to ensure sustainability in 3-5 years.

Following the pattern of the above National Centers, HEC intends to establish top-tier science and technology research centers focused on the following areas:   

i)    Nano Science and Technology

ii)   GIS and Space Applications

iii)  ​Human Nutrition

Research groups from HEC recognized public and research-active private universities/ degree awarding institutions are invited to submit their interests/proposals on the below prescribed format at the following address by September 10, 2018.

Dr. M. Mazhar Saeed

Director General (P&D)

Higher Education Commission, H-9, Islamabad

Ph: 051-9040 1200, Fax: 051 – 9040 1202


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