FAQs

Q: Can an applicant submit more than one proposal under the same grant?

A: No, only one proposal can be submitted by an applicant under the same grant


Q: Can a foreign national apply for ICRG?

A: All the R&D grants of HEC are open to faculty members as PI or Co-PI who are currently employed at Pakistani universities irrespective of their citizenship. In case they are not employed at Pakistani universities, they can still join the project as Co-PI but HEC will not be funding their participation.


Q: Does an applicant need to submit hard copy of application?

A: No, hard copy of an application is not required


Q: Do the Pakistani PI and the UK PI need to submit separate applications?

A: No, only single joint application needs to be submitted by the Pakistani PI on HEC online portal


Q: The financial budget guidelines are also applicable for UK budget part?

A: No, the financial guidelines available on the website only apply to Pakistani part of budget

 

Q: Is PhD student eligible to submit a proposal?

A: No, only faculty member is eligible to submit a proposal

 

Q: Is the budget template/sheet required to be submitted at PO stage?

A: Yes, the budget template is required to be submitted at Project Outline stage

 

Q: Is financial contribution of industry is mandatory for ICRG?

A: No, financial contribution of industry is not mandatory under ICRG

 

Q: Is it mandatory to include centre of excellence in relevant area of research?

A: No, it is optional

 

Q: It it mandatory to include non-academic partner?

A: yes, it is mandatory

 

Q: Can a UK PI submit the application?

A: No, the application will be submitted by the Pakistani PI

 

Q: Can a Co-PI be from non-university/faculty?

A: No, Co-PI will be from university faculty


Q: Can two people from different universities be PIs for the same project?

A: No, there will be one PI for the project

 

Q: Can there be one PI for two Projects?

A: No

 

Q: Can a PI be the Co-PI in other Project?

A: Yes

 

Q: will any variation to the budget indicated at stage-1 be permitted at stage-2 of the application?

A: Major variations may not be entertained at stage-2

 

Q: will the deadline date for proposal submission be extended?

A: No

 

Q: Do the quotations for budget need to be submitted at PO stage or FPP stage

A: Submitting quotations at PO stage would be highly encouraged, however it is mandatory at FPP stage.

 

Q: HR cost for faculty and students are much higher in UK than the cost specified in the budget guideline?

A: HEC only covers the cost for Pakistani partners. Please contact British Council for the budget Guidelines for UK partners

 

Q: How many partners can be taken for Pakistan side under ICRG?

A: Centre of excellence or other university having required potential and expertise in the relevant area can be engaged depending upon the scope and requirement of the project


Q: Is there a possibility to add another co-investigator in the FPP submission?

A: Yes, CoPI can be added (subject to justification) to strengthen the consortium. 


Q: In the FPP submission, can  budget be requested that is different than the initial requested budget, but still meeting the funding guidelines?

A: Yes, Budget can be edited in FPP submission


Q: Any letter of support is required for potential industrial partners?

A: For the industrial partner, they need to submit a letter of support. But the application of industrial partner will be on in-kind model.


Q:Any letter of support is required for potential industrial partners?

A: For the industrial partner, they need to submit a letter of support. But the participation of industrial partner will be on in-kind model.