Pakistan Science Foundation under “Competitive Research Programme” invites research proposals from scientists / technologists / engineers / technopreneurs to carry out indigenous research to better understand and address challenges pertaining to the recent spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and allied issues.
Who Can Apply
Researchers from HEC recognized public & private sector universities public sector R&D organizations and industry can apply under the funding criteria given below. Principal investigator should be from HEC recognized University or public sector R&D organization and private industry can be on board for pilot scale/commercial trials, production and marketing activities.
i). Consortium Research Grants involving multiple organizations/institutions from multiple profession / disciplines
ii). Triple Helix Model (Research in collaboration with industry)
iii). Individual Researchers
Indigenous Technology and Materials Development (Low-cost Diagnostic Kits and/or rapid point-of-care diagnostic test for detection of COVID-19, Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) including Masks (Especially N95 and others); Tyvek Suits, Gloves, Goggles, Head Covers, Sanitizing agents for individual use and/or mass level using indigenous raw materials, ventilators for medical applications, Temperature Screening Devices and Microsystems for COVID-19).
Targeted Studies tor Infection Prevention and Control COVID-19 outbreak in Pakistan and its pattern of spread, Population cohort studies including vulnerable populations, Test ranges, Recovery ratio, gender division and geographical division, ICT-assisted Augmented Discovery of Potential Inhibitors, Evaluation of Intervention Strategies in Response to the COVID-19 Outbreaks, Harnessing human mobility and surveillance data for disease forecasting during the COVID-19 epidemic, Multi-node Telehealth system for COVID-19).
Epidemiology (Causes) Clinical manifestation and diagnosis, Critical aspects of viral infection, replication, parthenogenesis and transmission, long-term protection against disease).
i. Funding limit per project is Rs. 20.0 Million (Rs. 8.0 Million for individual Researchers)
ii. The research is to combat COVID-19
iii. Project costing should be based on actual market rates
iv. Project should be prepared on prescribed proforma of Competitive Research ‘Program
v. PI. and Co-P.ls can mention their budget requirement separately but total cost of a project should not exceed Rs. 20 million (Rs. 8.0 Million for individual Researchers)
vi. Grants of aware will be determined by subject experts, technical committees, Project Award committees and Steering Committees. The decision of PSF will be final.
vii. Proposals under Triple Helix Model must be supported by a viable Business Plan.
viii. Proposals under Consortium Research Grants must be supported by the Consortium Research Plan between the team members from universities/R&D organizations etc.
Project proposals for immediate solutions should be emailed to PSF before April 12, 2020.
i). Forms and guidelines can be downloaded from PSF website http://www.psf.gov.pk/CRP
ii). Soft copy of the complete project proposals along-with CVs (in single file of MS Word format) should be sent at PSF.COVID19@GMAIL.COM.