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Research & Development



The Office of Research, Innovation & Commercialization (ORIC) at Foundation University Islamabad has been established under the directives of Higher Education Commission (HEC), Islamabad in 2012.

Since then, ORIC is fully functional and providing end to end services for all matters pertaining to research & development, industry-academia linkages, intellectual property and legal services and business incubation. It also supports the organization of conferences, seminars, workshops and other related events.








“Making Foundation University a powerhouse of high growth innovation”


To transform FUI into a research led institution by promoting and strengthening the research culture in all disciplines, bringing it at par with other national and international institutions of higher learning.
To contribute in developing research leadership through quality research, high impact innovation, collaboration and entrepreneurship, for transforming the country into a knowledge-based economy.




  • Enhance research quality, relevance, and competitiveness, and promote innovation and commercialization at FUI.

  • Support university-based research through strategic planning, streamlining of internal process, establishing and monitoring of standards, mobilizing resources for research, publicizing research achievements, identification of synergies, and development of relationships with key external partners.


  • Provide a one-stop office for supporting, advising, and monitoring the research activities at FUI.

  • Strengthen institutional collaboration between university researchers and potential users of research in government, industry, and communities.

  • Mobilize resources for research from national and international funding bodies.

  • Establish an Ethical Institutional Review Board (IRB) in the university to undertake meticulous reviews of research proposals before submission to national and international funding bodies, to ensure that all research, especially research on human subjects, adheres to ethics guidelines.

  • Develop the university's IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) Policy, and ensure that the interests of researchers and faculty-members are fully protected.

  • Identify, build, and market the intellectual property of the university personnel (faculty, students and researchers) through a range of licensing and spin-off arrangements.

  • Establish every year a research budget, which will receive funds of project overheads, 15% performance grant allocated by HEC, the university’s own contribution and any matching contribution by industry or the business plus other research grants received from government or inter-governmental sources.

  • Provide the Advance Studies and Research Board (AS&RB) an annual report describing priority areas for research for graduate studies and highlighting the research achievements of the University.

  • Provide support to the researchers to access relevant research data if needed.



Dr. Shagufta Akhtar

Director ORIC

Director ORIC

Mr. Muhammad Asif Javed

Manager Innovation & Commercialization


Manager Innovation &

Mr. Ghulam Mustafa Zeb

Research Associate


Research Associate

Mr. Muhammad Zia

Office Assistant


Office Assistant

Ms. Mashaim Sanaullah

Office Assistant


Office Assistant