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Public Call for CAS-EN Research Grants for Applied Research Projects
USAID funded Center for Advance Studies in Energy at NUST (CAS-EN) is a new initiative with the aim to address some of the outstanding challenges faced by the energy sector in Pakistan and to facilitate applied research and education partnership between USA and Pakistan. Strategic goals behind CAS-EN are to evolve into a Centre of Excellence in Applied Research catering to the Energy Sector and economy of Pakistan with the aim to establish efficient governance structures –sustainability, value-added curriculum and capacity building; promote applied research to serve public/private sector and NUST-US students/faculty exchange programs.

 Under the Cooperative agreement with USAID, CAS-EN has to develop a research agenda that will form the basis for the research grants and applied projects over the life of the project and beyond. While, changes can be made in this research agenda responding to changing market needs, it aims to serve as a policy document to assist in the strategic planning of research over the years

 Mandatory Activities:

 Under the CA, CAS-EN has to fulfill the following research related activities over the LOP

 1.      Disburse 20 Research grants each valued between $10,000 -            $100,000

2.       50 Applied Research projects in Energy

3.      Establish Research and Policy Committee to assist in research related activities and to work to become a platform to provide expert opinion to policymakers

 Research Areas

 Any energy-specific or energy related field including energy economics, planning and policy domains. 

 Research Grant Mechanism

 It aims to select those grants that have the following features

 1.      It is awarded on competitive merit

2.      It aims to promote high end scientific research

3.      It should also result in applied project of any nature

 The mechanism suggested by CAS-EN is a multi step process which is defined below.

 1.            CASEN will issue a call of proposals

2.            Faculty/Applicants will apply using the research grant Form available from HoD CAS-EN

3.            Submission to HoD and forward to Principal/Dean

4.            A committee consisting Principal/Dean, Project Director, HoD, Research Directorate representative, ASU Technical Advisor will receive presentation from the applicants and shortlist proposals

5.            Principal/Dean to get blind reviews from relevant experts

6.            Principal/Dean to forward the case to Research Dte for approval by competent authority

7.             One of the applicants/invetigators i.e., either PI or the Co-PI has to be from the CAS-EN. 

 It is also important to emphasize that projects with an applied nature will be given preference. For detailed instructions, candidates are referred to the attached file. 

Competitive proposals may be submitted to HoD:

Dr. Zuhair S. Khan

Tel: +92-51-90855276

E-mail: zskhan@ces.nust.edu.pk ; hod@ces.nust.edu.pk



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