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The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) launched its directed 2021 Call for Proposals where its four (4) research councils had their respective schedules to do their call.  In this way, research proposals are sieved from the very start, hence, eliminating duplications and getting a higher percentage of proposals that are aligned with each council’s areas for research.  

The National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP), being the council that promotes basic or fundamental research had its Call for Proposals for 2021 from April 1-April 30, 2020 at the same time with the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD). NRCP looked for proposals that may generate new scientific knowledge and information that will strengthen evidence-based governance thru the fusion of science and arts, technology and innovation. It also called for those that ensure research translation and consequent transfer of technologies for public good and those that forge linkages between government, particularly Local Government Units (LGUs), academe, industry sector, and civil society.

The financial assistance offered for proposals is up to Php 2,000,000 for projects and PhP 5,000,000.00 for programs.

Notwithstanding the COVID-19 ECQ and lockdowns, the 30-day call gathered 90 project proposals from NRCP members. A total of 14 programs were received and per program, there are least 2 to 3 projects with a total of 32 project proposals. The remaining 58 are single project proposals. While most of the proposals received are under Sustainable Communities (SAKLAW: Saklolo sa Lawa) and Water Security (TUBIG: Tubig ay Buhayin at Ingatan), NRCP also received a number of proposals for the other areas under its NIBRA (National Integrated Basic Research Agenda) priorities as follows:

  • Inclusive Nation Building (ATIN: Ang Tinig Natin)
  • Health Sufficiency (LIKAS: Likas Yaman sa Kalusugan)
  • Food and Nutrition Security (SAPAT: Sapat na Pagkain para sa Lahat)
  • Clean Energy (ALERT: Alternative Energy Research Trends)

The directed Call for Proposals is part of DOST’s new Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) protocol where the cycle of a research proposal from submission to evaluation and approval/disapproval is targeted to be completed within 40 days. To ensure that timelines are met, submission of proposals is done online via the DPMIS (DOST Project Management Information System) on specified dates per Council. For NRCP, the proposals that are evaluated and recommended by a technical panel of experts sitting en banc, will be acted upon by the Governing Board when it meets on June 26 and 29. The 2 other councils’ schedule for the Call for proposals are May 1-30 and June 1-30 for the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD and the Philippine Council for  Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARD), respectively.