Applied Research

The USPCAS-W advances water research in Pakistan through a sustainable, externally-funded, high-impact applied program. We encourage innovative, applied research that is multidisciplinary in nature. USPCAS-W research projects are developed within the broader context of the water-development nexus to support science, engineering, and policy in Pakistan’s water sector. The Center actively seeks opportunities to facilitate collaboration between researchers in the U.S. and Pakistan. As part of reaching this goal, we run a Seed Grant Program that will fund 28 research projects addressing solutions for achieving the water SDG.

Collaborative research projects between Mehran University of Engineering and Technology and the University of Utah.

Seed grants awarded to date.

Professors at MUET. They are joined more than 50 research collaborators at the U, CSU, and other partner universities.

Graduate students working on research directed by MUET advisors with support from the U, CSU, and UNLV.

Our research is focused across four integrated research areas that align with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) for water:

Water Supply & Sanitation

Helping communities provide clean water & sanitation.

Aligns with SDG 6.1, 6.2

Water Quality & Ecosystems

Eliminate pollution and harm to waterways and ecosystems.

Aligns with SDG 6.3, 6.6

Water Efficiency

Apply best practices & advanced technologies to end water waste.

Aligns with SDG 6.4.

Water Planning & Management

Support decision with data analysis and computer modeling.

Aligns with SDG 6.5.

Our Community of Practice

We collaborate with government agencies, private sector organizations, universities, NGOs, local communities and other stakeholders in Pakistan to conduct our research. Our work is driven by research partnerships--bringing together the world’s experts with Pakistan’s emerging water researchers to not only solve local problems in Pakistan, but also to create scalable solutions. This approach bridges the divide between the diverse fields of engineering, economics, public health, law, biology, and the social sciences.

Together, we develop new ways of understanding Earth's water systems, innovate new technologies and insights, and work to inform and advocate for public policies that reflect the best thinking of the twenty-first century.


This program is made possible by the support of the United States Government and the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the sole responsibility of the University of Utah and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.