Pakistani scientists must avail EU funding for Research & Innovation Programme: Dr. Ashraf

European Union (EU) will fund research projects under its Research & Innovation Programme HORIZON-2020, which is a great opportunity for Pakistani scientists to avail this funding through sound research proposals, said Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, Chairman Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF).

He was addressing “Awareness Seminar on EU Research & Innovation Programme HORIZON-2020” at University of Karachi, Karachi on August 19, 2015.

PSF, which was designated in March, 2015 as focal organization for Govt. of Pakistan to EU Research & Innovation Programme HORIZON-2020, with the collaboration of University of Karachi organized the Seminar on EU funding.

Mr. Stefano Gatto, Acting EU Ambassador to Pakistan provided brief of the Programme. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Qaiser, Vice Chancellor, University of Karachi welcomed all the scientists from across Sindh. Mr. Denis Dembois, EU Counselor Scientific Affairs provided detail procedure to prepare research proposals. The faculty members and researchers were invited from all the public & public sector institutes across Sindh.

This seminar was third of its kind in Pakistan and earlier two seminars were held in Lahore and Islamabad. The Chairman, PSF and EU Ambassador to Pakistan decided to conduct the series of such seminars across the country. The next would held in Quetta and Peshawar within next few weeks.

EU HORIZON-2020 programme contains more than £ 70 billion in the shape of research grants. Pakistani researchers will collaborate with its global partners for joint research proposals through HORIZON-2020.

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