Last Date to Apply: 15th September 2018​

Pak-Turk Researchers’ Mobility Grant Program 2017 is one of the upshot of Turkish-Pakistani cooperation within the scope of internationalization effort of higher education systems. It is implemented in Turkey by the Council of Higher Education (CoHE) and in Pakistan by the Higher Education Commission (HEC).

The objective of this program is to develop new scientific and technological cooperation between Turkish and Pakistani higher education institutions by supporting the mobility of graduate students and academic staff.

The program aims at provision of only mobility grant for any research project to be initiated at HEIs, supported by the own institution or by other donors. HEC and the Turk counterpart will provide funding for travel and living expenses to the researchers for their approved projects.

The priority areas in 2018 are;

  • Energy Technologies
  • Food Technologies
  • Sustainable Environmental Technologies
  • Material Science
  • Smart Transportation Systems
  • Robots and Smart Systems

Eligibility criteria

  • Projects are invited in the following priority fields only (for 2018 entries)
    • Energy Technologies
    • Food Technologies
    • Sustainable Environmental Technologies
    • Material Science
    • Smart Transportation Systems
    • Robots and Smart Systems
  • The major cost of the project will be borne by the participating universities from Pakistan and Turkey.
  • The program will support only mobility of the researchers to and from Pakistan.
  • Active participation and mobility of young researchers, especially doctoral students (enrolled under supervision by the PI) is one of the key objective.
  • Applicant must hold a regular faculty position at public/selected private sector university eligible for HEC research funding.
  • Each project must be submitted simultaneously in Pakistan and Turkey.
  • The proposals must be signed by the head of institutions as well.
  • The host institution must guarantee having the needed capacities (e.g. working space) to accommodate the visiting fellows.
  • Partner universities are required to sign Mevlana Exchange Programme Protocol for Turkey side.
  • Maximum two research projects can be submitted by one PI for funding.
  • Project life will be for one to three years.

Project Funding

  • The funding of the projects will be shared equally by the HEC and Turkey counterpart.
  • The funding for the core research project will be borne by the concerned Pakistani and the Turkey Universities/Labs/Institutes.
  • HEC and the Turkey counterpart will provide funding only for travel and living expenses of the researchers involved in the projects for visiting Pakistan and Turkey
  • The HEC Pakistan will cover;
    • Travel expenses of Pakistani Researchers to foreign: round trip including inland travel: @Rs.100,000
    • Living allowance of Pakistani Researchers in Turkey: @Rs.3000 per diem
VisitsHow many times?How long?
Graduate Students1 max / per year1 semester min. / 2 semesters max.
Academics1 max / per year15 days min. / 3 months max.

 

  • Contribution by the Turkey will cover:
    • Travel and Living expenses of Turkish researchers​
  • The funds will be provided on an annual basis, for maximum three consecutive years (till the life of project), according to the approved budget.
  • The renewal of the annual funding is subject to the submission of scientific and financial progress report at the end of each year.

How to Apply

  • ​Projects will be submitted on prescribed application form (click here for the form)
  • Partners will have to submit the project simultaneously in Pakistan and Turkey.
  • Maximum two research projects can be submitted by one P.I. for funding.
  • CVs of Turkish and Pakistani researchers participating in the project should be attached to the application form.
  • Completed application (4 sets/copies) should reach at the following contacts by the 15th September, 2018.

FOCAL POINTS FOR LINKAGES

In Turkish universities: Director of International Relations in the concerned university.

  • In Pakistani universities: Director (ORIC), while for non ORIC HEIs, Director Board of Advance Studies & Research of the university.

EVALUATION

The projects will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance of to the priority areas
  • Scientific quality of the proposed research
  • Research track and experience of the visiting fellow
  • Suitability of the Principal Investigator and the host institute
  • Complementarity of co-applicants (benefit for each co-applicant)
  • Potential for long-term collaboration
  • Impact on economy & society.

SELECTION

  • Applications will be assessed and ranked according to their scientific quality.
  • Active participation and mobility of young researchers, especially doctoral students is one of the primary criteria for selection.
  • The proposals will be reviewed by the experts.
  • A joint-committee will proceed to the final selection of projects.

MONITORING

  • The renewal of the annual funding is subject to the submission of a scientific and financial progress report at the end of each year.
  • A joint final report is required no later than three months after the completion of projects.
  • All progress reports will be reviewed by the experts.

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