National Energy Research Agenda Forum

National Energy Research Agenda

Significant human and financial investments have been made in Pakistan’s energy research infrastructure. There is now an urgent need to align these resources strategically to address national needs. Arizona State University took the lead in working with the energy research institutions of Pakistan to identify current strengths and capacities. The goal is to form a network of researchers that can work together to meet the country’s energy research needs. This consultative session was organized by ASU to discuss the direction of future energy research.  Researchers from nine centers attended the event (see participant list below).

Dr. Sayfe Kiaei provided a summary of the meeting objectives and explained why there is a need to formulate an energy research agenda for Pakistan. All participants introduced themselves and shared their center’s research areas and activities. The group reviewed a draft energy research agenda prepared by ASU, and Dr. Ghulam Sarwar from the Higher Education Commission shared HEC research funding opportunities under their newly established governance structure. The presentation included details of HEC’s Local Challenge Fund, Grand Challenge Fund, Technology Development Fund, National Research Program for Universities, and Technology Transfer Support Fund.

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