PSF funds 1,031 S&T research projects
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Pakistan Science Foundation has so far funded 1,031 research projects in various fields of science and technology that have resulted in publication of 612 research papers in the national and international journals.
Around 169 research scholars have acquired their MPhil degrees and 115 have done their PhDs, PSF Spokesperson Rehana Batool told this agency. She said the promotion of scientific research and related activities is the major objective of PSF. “We provide funding for research projects in the areas of agricultural sciences, biological sciences, biotechnology and genetic engineering, chemical sciences, computer/information technology, mathematical sciences, environmental sciences, engineering, earth sciences, medical sciences and physics.”
The foundation provides grants to universities and other research and development (R&D) organizations for projects undertaken by individuals or groups of scientists. The Foundation has developed requisite infrastructure for carrying out its research support activity, she added.
“Research projects funded by the foundation produce trained manpower in the form of MPhil and PhD graduates.” Besides, PSF is also granting awards and prizes to individuals engaged in developing processes, products, invention and innovations in order to provide incentive for valuable scientific Research.
Dr. Z.A. Hashmi Gold Medal has been instituted in the memory of PSF founding chairman to acknowledge his efforts and services for the development of science and technology in the country. The gold medal is awarded each year on competitive basis to principal investigators of PSF supported research projects on the basis of results achieved and published during last ten years. This activity has encouraged scientific community to conduct quality research, perform well and produce fruitful outcome, she said.
Courtesy: The NEWS