The development of the higher education sector is of central importance to enable Sri Lanka to develop from a Lower-Middle Income Country (LMIC) to an Upper Middle-Income Country (UMIC). Recognizing this, the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) and the World Bank have agreed, as part of the Bank’s Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) FY17-FY20, to support the higher education sector through a Bank funded Accelerating Higher Education Expansion and Development (AHEAD) operation.

List of Faculties and Departments already applied for the ELTA – ELSE grant of the AHEAD project


  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Science – (FHSC) – Coordinator Prof. T.M.S.P.K. Thennakoon
  • Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce- (FMSC)-Coordinator Dr. S.T.W.S. Yapa
  • Faculty of Applied Science –(FAS) – Coordinator  Prof. W.A.D.Mahaulpatha


  • Department of Marketing – FMSC – Coordinator Dr. M. A. Asoka Malkanthie
  • Department of Accounting – FMSC – Coordinator Mr. M.A.N. Rangajeewa Herath
  • Department of Decision Science – FMSC– Coordinator Mss. N.P.Parameswara
  • Department of Sociology – FHSC – Coordinator Dr. Rasanjalee Perera
  • Department of English and Linguistics- FHSC – Coordinator Dr. Chitra Jayatillake
  • Department of Languages- FHSC – Coordinator Dr.K.R.Priyantha Thilakasiri
  • Department of History & Archaeology- FHSC – Coordinator Ven. Dabara Amila Thero
  • Department of Geography- FHSC – Coordinator Prof. G.M. Bandaranayake
  • Department of Anthropology –FHSC – Coordinator Prof. Charmalie Nahallage
  • Department of Statistics – FAS – Coordinator Prof. B.M.S.G.Banneheka
  • Department of Sport Science – FAS – Coordinator Dr. S. Weerasinghe
Kindly draw your attention related to the proposal submitting deadline for Development Oriented Research (DOR) and  Research and Innovation and Commercialization (RIC) grant given as bellow.  Please make used the opportunity to get the fund from AHEAD project for your group research.
Proposal Submission Deadline for DOR research – 31st July 
Proposal Submission Deadline for RIC research – 30th June