National Research Program for Universities (NRPU)


National Research Program for Universities (NRPU) is one of the great initiative taken for the betterment of research and development in Pakistan. Dearth of research literature / equipment is a major impediment to the productivity of many creative and talented faculty members / researchers in all disciplines in Universities/Degree awarding institutions. In most cases these researchers need substantial financial support for research projects to allow them in their research pursuits.

In the absence of such facilities the researchers, specifically the young ones, are discouraged and are looking for better opportunities in developed countries. To avoid this brain-drain, HEC has initiated a research grant program under which creative researchers are awarded research grants.

To meet the current challenges of researchers working in local universities/DAIs of Pakistan and to promote the R&D with facilitation, HEC has modified the existing policy of National Research Program for Universities (NRPU) as per researcher’s needs / requirements. The new policy of NRPU is implemented w.e.f. 01-12-2010.


  • To encourage research in all disciplines.
  • To strengthen the indigenous capacity and reduce exodus of talent from the country.


The research grant program provides financial support for research projects in Social Sciences, Management Sciences, Humanities, Basic Sciences, Natural Sciences, Medical Sciences, Engineering & Technology and Agricultural Sciences.


All Faculty Members & Researchers holding full time position of Public Sector Universities and following selected Private Sector Universities.

  1. GIK Institute of Engineering & Technology, Topi
  2. Aga Khan University, Karachi
  3. Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore
  4. National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences (FAST), Islamabad
  5. Indus Institute of Higher Education, Karachi
  6. Institute of Business and Technology, Karachi
  7. Foundation University, Islamabad
  8. Riphah International University, Islamabad
  9. University of Management Technology, Lahore
  10. Zia ud Din University, Karachi
  11. The University of Faisalabad
  12. Institute of Business Management, Karachi
  13. Dadabhoy Institute of Higher Education, Karachi
  14. The University of Lahore
  15. Beaconhouse National University, Lahore
  16. Iqra University
  17. Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science & Technology (SZABIST)
  18. Forman Christian College, Lahore
  19. Sarhad University of Science & Information Technology, Peshawar
  20. Baqai Medical University, Karachi
  21. Isra University, Hyderabad
  22. Hamdard University, Karachi
  23. Jinnah University for Women, Karachi
  24. Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi
  25. University of Wah, Wah Cantt
  26. National College of Business Administration & Economics, Lahore

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