HEQEP Logo Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project (HEQEP)
A project of
University Grants Commission of Bangladesh
Ministry of Education, Bangladesh
UGC Logo  Education Ministry Logo

Academic Innovation Fund (AIF)
About AIF
How AIF Works
Objectives of AIF
AIF Coverage
Eligibility for AIF Grant
Eligible Entities for Submitting Proposals
Proposal Submitting Disciplines/Subjects
AIF Effectiveness Condition
AIF Investment Windows
Indicative Sub-projects
AIF Allocation
Indicative Eligible Expenditure
No n-Eligible Expenditure
Performance Indicators
Proposal Submission Procedure
Formats for Submission of Proposals
Institutional Arrangements for Proposal Evaluation/Selection
Proposal Selection/Evaluation Period
Duration of AIF Sub-Projects
Performance Contract
Financial Management
Monitoring and Evaluation
Environment Management Framework
Project Implementing Authorities/Committees
UGC AIF Secretariat (UGCAIFS)
Area Review Panel (ARP)
Project Steering Committee (PSC)
Project Implementation Committee (PIC)
How AIF Works?

The tertiary education institutions of the country and their academic staff will be invited to formulate project proposals in prescribed formats for the improvement of teaching-learning and research in their respective universities. Participation by the universities will be strictly on competitive basis in the sense that only the best proposals will be awarded AIF grants which will be non-reimbursable. Since there will be scores of approved proposals implemented by many universities, the individual projects will be termed as sub-projects. The sub-projects will be evaluated and selected by panels of peers according to transparent procedures and criteria. The academic staff and the universities will implement the finally selected sub-projects. Grants for implementing each sub-project will vary between Tk. 21 lakh and Tk. 7 crore. The AIF grants can be accessed and utilized by the participating universities following measurable performance indicators. The UGC will allocate grants according to standard government guidelines for implementing ADP projects. The AIF will be administered under an Operations Manual drafted specifically as a detailed guidebook for the UGC, universities and sub-projects managers.
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