Directorate of Financial Assistance and Development (FAD)
Scholarships Notice

The Prime Minister National Innovation Award (PMNIA) is a flagship collaborative initiative of the Higher Education Commission and Prime Minister's Youth Program. The PMNIA is providing an open opportunity generated for the youth from universities/affiliated colleges/HEIs across Pakistan to propose innovative ideas for creation/launch of new startup.

The innovation challenge aims to support solutions to the indigenous problems pertaining to the following thematic areas.
  1. Food security (agriculture, nutrition, sustainable food eco-system etc.)
  2. Water Management and Sustainability (irrigation, water conservation, waste & water treatment etc.)
  3. Sustainable Energy (electric mobility, smart energy, transmission, and grid issues etc.)
  4. Urban planning (preservation of urban space and life, planning of second tier cities & towns, transportation, Waste collection and disposal, water and sanitation, healthcare, law, and order etc).
  5. Climate Change and Environment (climate mitigation, disaster management, metro-scale pollution reduction, climate modeling, mitigation of large climate change impacts, climate, and disaster surveillance etc.)
  6. Information Technology and Telecom (Artificial Intelligence, Cyber security, Cloud Computing, Big Data, disparities in access of technology, 5G networks, healthcare delivery through the use of ICT)
  7. Innovative Governance and Reforms (responsiveness to citizen services, accountability reforms through Right to Information (RTI), citizen scorecards)
  8. Sociology and Philosophy (intellectual heritage, material culture, future of work and family, politics, gender, population, work ethics etc.)
  9. Medical and Health Sciences
  10. Others.
The solutions presented must conserve natural resources and bring nature based digital, technological and socio-economic impact . The selected ideas/teams will receive training for business plan development from the dedicated mentors. The winning ideas will also be provided with cash prizes. This competition will help to promote startup and entrepreneurial culture and generate green jobs.

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Directorate of Financial Assistance and Development
Room No.10, Financial Aid Office
Phone #: +92 91 9221357 Ext: 3161
Fax #: +92 91 921262
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