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Pakistan-U.S. Science and Technology Cooperation Program 

Synopsis of Program and Background

In 2003, the Governments of Pakistan and the United States signed a comprehensive Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement that established a framework to increase cooperation in science, technology, engineering and education for mutual benefit and peaceful purposes between the science and education communities in both countries. In 2005, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) joined with the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan to support the joint Pakistan-United States Science and Technology Cooperation Program. Beginning in 2008, the United States Department of State (DoS) joined USAID as a U.S. co-sponsor of the program. This program is implemented by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in the U.S. and by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) in Pakistan, and is intended to increase the strength and breadth of cooperation and linkages between Pakistani scientists and institutions with counterparts in the United States.

Program Objectives

Projects funded under this solicitation should contribute to building research capacity in Pakistan while strengthening U.S.-Pakistan cooperative relationships in one or more of the following ways:

  1. Enhancing the ability of the science and technology community to spur human and economic development in Pakistan.
  2. Improving the quality, relevance, or capacity of education and research at Pakistani institutions of higher education in science and technical fields.
  3. Improving the capacity of Pakistani research institutions to support industry competitiveness
Phase 6 Update

Congratulations to the below PIs, whose projects have been selected for Phase 6 funding! These projects are being funded on the Pakistani side by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and on the U.S. side by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Application of Molecular Methods for the Development of a Pathogen-Free Certification Program for Grapevine in Pakistan
US partner: Adib Rowhani, University of California, Davis
Pak partner: Shagufta Naz, Lahore College for Women University

Assessing the Cause of Groundwater Nitrate Pollution in Pakistan and the Development of Environmental Chemistry Research and Curriculum at Abdul Wali Khan University
US partner: Greg Michalski, Purdue University
Pak partner: Muhammad Balal, Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan

Capacity Building in Research, Education, and Practice for High-Performance Energy-Efficient Buildings and Homes

US partner: Salman Azhar, Auburn University
Pak partner: Muhammad Khan, University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore

Codec: Composition and Management of E-Government Processes in the Cloud of Public Services
US partner: Nabil Adam, Rutgers University
Pak partner: Basit Shafiq, Lahore University of Management Sciences

Empowering of Pakistani Women Through Translational Research in the Sciences: Waste-to-Energy Conversion and Water Purification Technology Development
US partner: Abdessadek Lachgar, Wake Forest University
Pak partner: Najma Memon, University of Sindh

Genome-Wide MicroRNAs and Single Gamete Based Genetic Profiling of Sweet Sorghum Varieties for Biofuel Production
US partner: Ahmad Aziz, Tennessee State University
Pak partner: Muhammad Younas Barozai, University of Balochistan

Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Production for Economic Development and Conservation in Swat Valley, Pakistan: Improving Livelihoods and Mitigating Climate Change
US partner: Rainer Bussmann, Missouri Botanical Garden
Pak partner: Hassan Sher, University of Swat

Multidrug-Resistant Pathogen Surveillance in Pakistani and U.S. Hospitals
US partner: Gautam Dantas, Washington University
Pak partner: Saadia Andleeb, National University of Science and Technology

Novel Compounds by Structural Modifications of Anti-HIV Drug (Delavirdine) and their Antiviral Screening
US partner: Raymond Schinazi, Emory University (No funding requested on the U.S. side) 
Pak partner: Sana Aslam, Government College for Women University, Faisalabad

Research Collaboration Between Pakistan and the United States on the Development of Innovative Technical Textiles and Medical Textile Products
US partner: Martin King, North Carolina State University
Pak partner: Tahir Jamil, University of the Punjab, Lahore

A Sustainable Point-of-Use Filtration Unit for Treating Pesticide Contaminated Groundwater
US partner: Eakalak Khan, North Dakota State University
Pak partner: Asad Khan, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore

Targeted Surveillance of Avian Influenza in High Risk Groups of Avian and Human Population
US partner: Richard Webby, St. Jude's Children Research Hospital
Pak partner: Mamoona Chaudhry, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences

Understanding the Mechanism of Arsenic and Fluoride and Reducing Exposure by Targeting Low Arsenic and Fluoride Aquifers in Rural Punjab, Pakistan
US partner: Alexander Van Geen, Columbia University
Pak partner: Abida Farooqi, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad
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