Research to Support a New Framework for Sustained Economic Growth of Pakistan

Call for Applications for the First Annual Competitive Grants Program

In May 2011 the National Economic Council of Pakistan adopted a new Framework for Economic Growth recommended by Deputy Chairman Dr. Nadeem Ul Haque and the Planning Commission. The new Framework aims at fostering sustained higher growth and enhanced quality of life through improved governance, vibrant markets, energetic youth and communities, and creative and connected cities. The Framework calls for Pakistan to adopt an ongoing process of reform to improve public service delivery, foster economic competition and international trade, enhance innovation and entrepreneurship, increase youth employment, and raise labor and total economic productivity.

In July 2011, with the support of the Planning Commission, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), in collaboration with Innovative Development Strategies (Pvt.) Ltd., launched the Pakistan Strategy Support Program (PSSP). The PSSP is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and guided by a National Advisory Committee chaired by Dr. Nadeem Ul Haque. The PSSP agenda overall supports the Framework for Economic Growth with a particular focus on agriculture and the rural economy. It addresses policies designed to increase agricultural productivity and sustainability, create more competitive agricultural input and output markets, and accelerate income growth, food security and poverty reduction taking into account intra-household, inter-sectoral, inter-regional, and inter-temporal growth dynamics.

Fostering innovation within the academic and policy-oriented research communities of Pakistan is vital to the new growth strategy. Under the leadership of Dr. Nadeem Ul Haque, the PSSP joins with the Planning Commission of Pakistan to announce a first annual Call for Applications for Research Competitive Grants. The Competitive Grants Program will be guided by a Research Advisory Committee comprised of fifteen senior Pakistani and international economic development scholars.

View the Pakistan Strategy Support Program's Call for Applications for the First Annual Competitive Grants Program for more information on:

  • Eligible Research
  • Categories of Grants
  • Applicant Qualifications
  • Application Guidelines
  • Submission Process and Deadline
  • Selection Criteria and Process
  • Disbursement of Funds
  • Expected Outputs and Grant Program Workshops
  • Grant Program Administration 

Proposals open January 31.  Proposals are due 31 March 2012. 

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