IGNITE announces the Challenge-Driven Innovation Fund supports collaborative research and innovation fund. of PKR: 10 Million to 100 Million. The Challenge-driven Innovation Fund aims to stimulate collaborative interdisciplinary research within the strategic priority areas of relevance to present or future Pakistan-based industry and society. The objective is to ask the innovators to help solve the problems facing the country. A consortium of (applicants from) universities, industry, and/or research organizations will be eligible to submit research proposals. Project participation from industry, public authorities, or other relevant organizations will be considered merit.
The proposal must be submitted by the coordinator on behalf of the consortium that includes at least two independent Pakistan-based legal entities (i.e., university/research organization and industry). The legal entities may for example be universities, research organizations, large companies, or SMEs. , the application deadline is August 07, 2022.
IGNITE Research funding priority themes
- Transport & Smart Mobility
- Climate Change & Environment
- ICT- enabled Agriculture
- Health & Well-being
- Education & Learning
- Smart Energy
- Smart Cities & Communities
- Digital Life
- Safety, Security & Reliability
- Digital Industry Connectivity & Interoperability
Grant awards will be made through an open, rigorous, transparent, competitive and merit-based process consistent with international standards for funding research and innovation projects.
DURATION 2- 3 year
The budgets for Challenge-driven Innovation projects are anticipated to range between Rs. 10 million – 100 million, with maximum project duration of 3 years. Co-financing – including in kind and cash contributions – by industry partners will be considered a merit and is an indicator of industry support. Complementary financing for the projects is desirable. The grant awards will be made and administered through the lead partner institution. The project budget can finance the following activities:
Salaries for PI and co-PIs are based on the amount of time spent on the project
Stipends for bachelors, masters, doctoral students, and post-doctoral scholars to conduct the research and innovation activities including product development and testing
Travel to national and international meetings to present research results obtained and in support of the proposed research
Processing fee for open access journals for disseminating research results obtained
The purchase and maintenance of appropriate approved equipment and supplies to conduct the research proposed
A component of the grant will be earmarked for the problem solving (i.e., it will be released only if there is demonstrable evidence of success in solving a problem). Limited research and development costs