Office of Research, Innovation & Commercialization

Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC) was established to encourage meaningful research by FCCU’s faculty and students to forge linkages between industry, civil society and academia.

The Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC) was established in July 2011 to encourage meaningful research by faculty and students to forge linkages between industry, civil society and academia. ORIC’s responsibilities are to:

  • Identify research grant opportunities for faculty to apply for funding
  • Facilitate faculty to apply for research & travel grants
  • Provide legal, administrative and financial management support of research grants
  • Support commercialization, licensing, etc. of the university research products

ORIC also holds lectures and seminars with guest speakers to create awareness about various opportunities and themes for research in both social and natural sciences. This initiative increases the quality of undergraduate and graduate teaching at FCCU.


  • Grow our research and economic development efforts and output as to improve our industry competitiveness using innovation and becoming the driving force behind research and the economic development of Pakistan


  • To promote strategic partnership with industry in global knowledge economy to intensify the partnerships that go beyond the traditional funding of discrete research projects
  • To promote entrepreneurship, technology-transfer and commercialization activities that energize and support the local and national economy


ORIC’s vision is to enable and lead Pakistan’s transformation to a knowledge-based economy dependent upon innovation and entrepreneurship. It aims to promote a culture of research at FCCU and to develop strong university-industry linkages in order to encourage and accelerate the process of innovation.

MoUs and Industry Linkages

ORIC has signed MOUs with the following organizations:

  • PLAN 9
  • LUMS
  • WWF
  • LCCI (Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry)
  • BF Biosciences Ltd
  • Pioneer Pakistan Seeds Ltd
  • Waste Busters, Lahore
  • Chugtai Lahore Labs
  • International Center for Theoretical Physics
  • HBL Foundation
  • Allama Iqbal Medical College (AIMC)/Jinnah Hospital

Frequently Asked Questions

Which organization should I apply to for funding for my Research?

You can apply for funding to the following organizations depending on the nature of your proposal.

  • Higher Education Commission (HEC)
  • Punjab Higher Education Commissions (PHEC)
  • Pakistan Science Foundation
  • ICT-R&D Fund

How do I fill my application?

There are clear guidelines giving on most of the applications, however if something is unclear ORIC staff can be of assistance.

What is the procedure to submit a Travel Grant Application?

There is some variation in the procedure of HEC and PHEC.

To learn about applying for the HEC travel grant for Pakistani researchers, click here. 

To learn about applying for HEC’s International Travel Grants, click here.

How can I apply for seminar or conference funding?

Seminar or conference funding can be applied for by filling the respective organization’s form.

Information about Predatory Journals

Respected Faculty and Researchers

For researchers across all disciplines, research dissemination is the intellectual core of scholarly work. Publishing in a high-quality peer-reviews journal remains a prime goal for academics.

Selecting the most appropriate journal based on disciplinary reputation, peer-review quality and selectivity standards is an important first step for scholars when submitting a manuscript for publication.

It is very important that scholars carefully evaluate and select the publications and journals in which they wish to disseminate their work. While many journals are respectable, adding important conversations and discoveries to the scholarly landscape, others are not. Of greatest concern are those that engage in predatory practices, they are called predatory journals.

Predatory journals are those that lack discernible scholarship, academic rigor or credibility. They use aggressive practices to recruit authors and editors. They will at times require authors to pay for editing, printing, marketing and distribution of the finished product, but the authors will not benefit from the same high peer-review and editorial standards.

Predatory practices even extend to conferences and associated conference proceeding. Organizers of such forums use pushy tactics for gathering submissions.

Common characteristics of predatory publishers:

  • High manuscript acceptance rates or acceptance grantees
  • The publisher send you an un-solicited invitation to submit an article for publication
  • Minimal (or non-existent) peer review process
  • Little attention paid to digital preservation
  • Not necessarily indexed in electronic databases
  • Journals may be short lived
  • No archiving policy

For further guidance on predatory journals you may contact the library.

ORIC Rescources