Local Challenges Grants Programme

The primary aim of the programme is to help upgrade key sub-sectors of our industry around eight key natural resources of KP through scientific interventions. 

Program Aim

The primary aim of the programme is to help upgrade key sub-sectors of our industry around eight key natural resources of KP through scientific and technological interventions. Research grants will be offered to consortia to develop measures for enhancing the value chain that will ultimately help in increasing annual production and therefore revenue for the province. 

Eligibility

The highly competitive grants will be awarded to research consortia in any of the three areas composed of coPIs from academia, startups, industry, non-profits, NGOs and research institutions, both public and private, national and international bringing unique and complementary strengths. Each consortium will have one Corresponding PI (domiciled in KP) who will be responsible for reporting and communication purposes with the Directorate General. 

Eight thematic areas

  • Gemstones

  • Bees and Honey

  • Fruits and Vegetables

  • Herbs and Biodiversity

  • Micro-hydro Power

  • Fisheries

  • Archeology

  • Urban Environment 

Benefits

The research grants, of upto 20m rupees each, are highly competitive and will be awarded to consortia. The research grants will mainly cover HR salaries, equipment, consumables and reagents, community engagement and outreach activities and overheads. 

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The applications of EOI for R&D Consortia shall be submitted in hard form in the office of Directorate of Science and Technology.