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)
About AIF

The Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project (HEQEP) consists of four components. The most important component is Academic Innovation Fund (AIF), a fund designated to be awarded to participating public and private universities as non-refundable grant to promote innovative proposals for quality enhancement. The general objectives of AIF are to establish enabling conditions to improve the quality and relevance of teaching, learning and research and to introduce an efficient instrument for the allocation of public funds with emphasis on innovation and accountability. Its broad objectives are to produce advanced human capital in the form of highly skilled university graduates who would move the country towards higher productivity, economic growth and sustainable development. The total cost of the AIF component amounts to Tk 372.06 crore.
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