The Directorate of Research forms an integral part of the Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Equipped with the mission of developing NUST into a leading research led university, it plays the lead role in promoting and facilitating research, both academic and sponsored, within the University.
The Directorate of Research has been instrumental in facilitating the Constituent Colleges, Schools and Centers of NUST to undertake multiple sponsored projects for capacity building and applied research over the years. These have been funded through different agencies, including the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), Higher Education Commission (HEC), National ICT (R&D) Fund, British Council, Pak-US Science and Technology Support Program, etc.
Apart from the R&D projects successfully completed, NUST has the capacity and the ability to undertake many more research initiatives. Through this Directorate in particular, the researchers are consistently encouraged to think of new innovative projects, mainly focusing on applied research.
The Directorate also encourages and facilitates NUST faculty and students, to actively participate in and present their research findings at various national and international conferences, seminars and workshops. They are also encouraged to make their research known by publishing their research findings in journals of repute.