Local Challenge Fund (LCF)

Call for Proposal for Local Challenge Fund (LCF) is now open. Project Outlines (PO) can be submitted through the online portal (eportal.hec.gov.pk).

Last date for PO Submission is 1.9.2020 (11:59 PM Pakistan Standard Time)1.gif


The Local Challenge Fund (LCF) is a key element of the Higher Education Development in Pakistan Project supported by the World Bank and implemented by the Higher Education Commission (HEC). The LCF is anticipated to support research projects that address locally relevant socio-economic issues (and may also address topics associated with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)), and will provide funds to selected institutions based upon a competitive, peer-reviewed evaluation of proposals.

Key Objectives

  • To support cross-disciplinary research projects that address any of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the district level.
  • To strengthen the local university research capacity and to contribute to the research mission of the host institution in solving local issues.

The portfolio of awards supported through the Local Challenge Fund will address a broad range of local issues. It is anticipated that awards will be distributed at academic institutions across Pakistan and that a significant proportion of the PIs will be female.


Last Updated: 22-08-2020 02:30



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