Funding for Covid-19 Research

University Grants Commission awarded three projects to carry out collaborative research on various aspects of Covid-19. UGC had invited proposals from the Nepali Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to conduct Covid-19 based collaborative researches directly aiming to combat the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the resulting Covid-19 disease under eight thematic areas.

Out of 48 research proposals received, three proposals (each on social science, health science and science & technology clusters) were awarded to Tribhuvan University (TU) based on the competitive basis. Earlier, the Commission had restructured funding mechanism of Higher Education Reform Project (HERP), a five-year project funded by World Bank, by incorporating an additional disbursement link indicator, DLI 8, in the HERP Implementation Guidelines, 2071 for conducting online classes and carrying out research projects on corona virus in the universities and campuses.

Awarded research proposals:

1. Evaluating synergies and tradeoffs among health, education and economic sectors in the fight against the COVID-19 in Nepal: Evidence and policy responses (under the Themes of Socio-economic Implications, Health, and Higher Education). [Central Department of Chemistry, TU]

2. COVID-19: Investigation on Secondary Metabolites from Natural Products through Computational Chemistry and Immunochemistry Approach (Under themes of major biological and medical aspects of a SARS-CoV-2 and innovative and therapeutic values). [Central Department of Economics, TU]

3. An Appraisal on COVID-19 Pandemic and Optimal Containment Measures in Nepal: Socio-economic Implications and Impact on Maternal and Child Health (Under themes of Health) [Institute of Medicine, TU]