The Pakistan Strategy Support Program (PSSP) has called for proposals for its second competitive grants programme for which October 31,2012 is the deadline set for the submission of proposals, an official of planning commission said.The new Framework aims at fostering sustained higher growth and enhanced quality of life through improved governance, vibrant markets, creative and connected cities, and energetic youth and communities. The Framework calls for Pakistan to adopt an ongoing process of reform to improve public service delivery, foster economic competition and international trade, enhance innovation and entrepreneurship, increase youth employment, and raise labor and total economic productivity.
The official said in May 2011 the National Economic Council (NEC) adopted a new Framework for Economic Growth recommended by the Planning Commission. In July 2011, with the support of the Planning Commission, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), in collaboration with Innovative Development Strategies (Pvt.) Ltd., launched the Pakistan Strategy Support Program. The PSSP is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and guided by a National Advisory Committee chaired by Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Dr. Nadeem Ul Haque. The PSSP has a focus on agriculture and the rural economy with an overall agenda that supports the Framework for Economic Growth.The official further said fostering innovation within the academic and policy-oriented research communities of Pakistan was vital to the new growth strategy. Under the leadership of Dr. Nadeem Ul Haque, the PSSP joins with the Planning Commission of Pakistan to announce this second call for applications for Research Competitive Grants. The Competitive Grants Program is guided by a Research Advisory Committee (RAC) comprised of fourteen senior Pakistani and international economic development scholars. Under the first grants program, 22 awards were announced on 6 June 2012 with total funding of $490,000 for the first year of the projects.