Briefing Session on 4th Call of Technology Development Fund 2022-23 held on November 17, 2022 at the Board Room of 99 Campus SZABIST Karachi.

“The 4th Call for Proposals for Technology Development Fund (TDF) 2022-23 is now open. The last date for submission of applications is December 20th, 2022”.

Ms. Amber Nasreen Anjum the Manager Research Operation & Development of the Office of Research Innovation & Commercialization informed faculty members of  SZABIST University on November 17, 2022 held in the Board Room of the 99 Campus Karachi.

She shared with the faculty that around two hundred (200) project approved against three calls of TDF during 2006-2019. Out of 200 awarded projects 176 are completed and whereas remaining are at different stages of implementation with expected completion by December 2022. Over 100 impact factor publications are made, while others are submitted to international peer-reviewed journals, 150 prototypes/processes have been developed while 23 are under development against the PC-I target of developing 75 prototypes. 160 products licensed to Industry and over 20 launched as spinoffs spearheaded by faculty against the PC-I target of 20 products. 41 National/ International Patents granted/ 50 plus filed while many are in the preparation phase.

Similarly, TDF bridges the academia – industry gap through chambers of commerce & Industry and achieved following objectives:

  1. ​University-Industry Linkages Committees by regional Chambers of Commerce & Industry
  2. More than dozens University-Industry Linkages meetings and Roundtables
  3. Identification of Areas of cooperation/ collaboration to solve problems of local industry
  4. 200 TDF projects partnered with 175 Industries across Pakistan
  5. Enabled academicians came out of HEIs and talk to industry for their problem solution​

Faculty members of the SZABIST University may start proposal write-up independently or in collaboration with other higher educational institute members. Up to fourteen (14) million financial support may be available under this opportunity. The duration of research project under TDF program is 24 months which may extended for further 12 months in some special cases. Dr. Bilal the Director ORIC shared some details of TDF.

Through this opportunity knowledge will be transformed for creativity and entrepreneurship to benefit students, industry and communities. Moreover, use of new technologies will help business and industry for value addition of goods and services. Finally Commercialization of cognitive knowledge would be the aftermath for entrepreneurs and society. Nayyar Ahmed Siddiqui, the Research Associate of ORIC SZABIST shared the opportunities of TDF Fund.

Session ends on the note of thanks from chair.

Nayyar Ahmed Siddiqui

Research Associate