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)
Objectives of AIF

Within the broad mission, AIF has its specific objectives. Those can be stated briefly dividing under the sectors as bellow:
Teaching and Learning
To enhance the professional skills of the academic staff participating in AIF sub-projects in providing innovative and high quality teaching.
To modernize the undergraduate education by updating the qualifications framework, by formulating a flexible and student-centered curricula design that emphasizes learning outcomes, competencies, interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary courses, and by facilitating lifelong learning and employability.
To improve the institutional academic infrastructure by generating better access to knowledge and information, by integrating ICTs and laboratory technologies into learning, and by modernizing support facilities for student.
To enhance the professional skills, capacities and critical mass of the academic and support staff in conducting advanced fundamental and applied research that will contribute to social and economic growth and national innovation, competitiveness and development.
To improve the institutional research facilities, by creating effective access to specialized knowledge and information and by making available the necessary equipment, scientific instrumentation and support services.
To support the development of high quality Ph.D programs, national and international inter-departmental and inter-university cooperation, collaboration and academic networking that would generate skilled human capital for Bangladesh.
Institutional Management
To enhance the institutional management skills and capacities in developing academic proposals, managing programs, projects and activities by results and evaluating impact.
To raise the management capabilities, transparency and accountability of university and academic staff in the formulation, raising of funds, implementation of innovative teaching-learning and research projects.
Self Assessment
To improve the educational quality by self-assessment exercise at the department and at academic program levels.
University-wide Innovation
To enhance overall institutional, organizational and management capacities of universities.
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