ISLAMABAD - US Charged’ Affaires Ambassador Richard Hoagland announced $4 million in new grants for Pakistani and American researchers to collaborate on projects in science and technology during the launching ceremony of Phase-V of Pak-US Sciences & Technology Cooperation Programme held at Higher Education Commission (HEC). 

Together with the Secretary of Federal Ministry of Science and Technology Akhlaq Ahmad and Tarar, Executive Director of the HEC Prof Dr Sohail H Naqvi, Ambassador Hoagland praised the success of the 70 joint projects funded over the previous four phases.

He also encouraged Pakistani scientists and researchers to apply for the Pakistan-US Science and Technology Cooperation funds before the November 30, 2012 deadline, with one goal in mind: improving life for the people of Pakistan throughout the country. 

“The US-Pakistan Science and Technology Cooperation Programme is one of the highlights of the US-Pakistan bilateral relationship. By supporting joint US-Pakistan research across a wide range of issues critical to Pakistan’s prosperity - like education, economic development, and energy  - this program will bring the fruits of research into the hands of Pakistan’s private sector and support broad-based economic growth in Pakistan,” Ambassador Hoagland stated.

During the event, a select cadre of scientists shared their innovative work with the U.S. Embassy guests.  Ambassador Hoagland was impressed to see the impact of a telemedicine project at Holy Family Hospital in Rawalpindi that brings doctors to remote areas of Pakistan through the use of teleconference technology.  Speaking to scientists working on a solar energy project housed at COMSATS Institute of Information and a sewage treatment project at Quaid-e-Azam University, the Ambassador commended these projects for improving access to energy and clean water for residents of the community.

The Secretary Ministry of Science & Technology Akhlaq Ahmed Tarar termed the program as a great success. He was of the view that   this program represents a true collaboration between the Pakistan and United States. He, on the behalf of government of Pakistan, assured the utmost cooperation in implementing the Phase-V of the program.

Presenting overview of the program, HEC Executive Director Prof. Dr. Sohail H. Naqvi informed that this joint program had been greatly helpful in   facilitating capacity building in science, technology, and research at higher education institutions of Pakistani, with the goal of application of science and technology for the socio-economic development of Pakistan and well being of ordinary Pakistani people.

From 2005 onwards, Pakistani government provided 889 million Pakistani rupees to support the Pak-US collaborative research grant program and 200 million rupees have also been committed for the phase V of the program.

“The grant proposals are evaluated on the basis of scientific merit, relevance to program objectives, qualifications of participants, and cost effectiveness”, he added.

The program welcomes proposals across a wide range of topics, including but not limited to education, health, nutrition, water and sanitation, agriculture, democracy and governance, environment, energy, social sciences, and economic development.  Proposals focused on technology transfer, entrepreneurship, innovation, and commercialization will be given special consideration.  For more details on the cooperation program and how to apply for funding candidates can visit http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/dsc/pakistan/index.htm