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 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.
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:
- Enhancing the ability of the science and technology community to spur human and economic development in Pakistan.
- Improving the quality, relevance, or capacity of education and research at Pakistani institutions of higher education in science and technical fields.
- Improving the capacity of Pakistani research institutions to support industry competitiveness.
This year, the United States and Pakistan intend to sign a Memorandum of Understanding, which would fund Phase 7 of the Pakistan-United States Science and Technology Cooperation Program. More details on this, and other bilateral initiatives, can be found online at the White House Fact Sheet: The United States and Pakistan - a Strong and Enduring Relationship.