It’s this time of the year again for the launch of the Department of Science and Technology - National Research Council of the Philippines (DOST-NRCP) Call for Proposals for 2023 funding. NRCP will start receiving project proposals from May 3 to June 3, 2021 at https://dpmis.dost.gov.ph/ DOST Project Management Information System (DPMIS) portal.
The NRCP continuously provides financial support to relevant fundamental/basic research and policy research with socio-economic benefits for the people to ensure that new knowledge and information are generated. NRCP has 13 areas for research which are clustered in six (6) priority areas under its National Integrated Basic Research Agenda (NIBRA). Aside from generating new information or new research areas for further research, it is expected that projects also strengthen governance through the fusion of science and the arts, technology and innovation and subsequently increase productivity and ensure efficient processes in the delivery of research results for public good.
The priority research areas and programs of the Council should be aligned to the NIBRA which is part of the existing Harmonized National Research and Development Agenda (HNRDA) of DOST.
The six components of NIBRA are (1) Sustainable Community (SAKLAW Program), (2) Food and Nutrition Security (SAPAT Program), (3) Water Security (TUBIG Program), (4) Clean Energy (ALERT Program), (5) Inclusive Nation Building (ATIN Program), (6) Health Sufficiency (LIKAS Program).
The following are the priority areas under NIBRA program:
1. SAKLAW Program
This program focuses on assessment studies of vulnerable ecosystems particularly lakes, and mined-out areas. Research topics include risk-assessment, social and environmental (water quality parameters and biomonitoring indicators), carrying capacities, hydrological dynamics (surface waters, flood and sediment), and economic resource valuation for the lakes, as well as the reduction of heavy metals exposure among communities and policy studies on bioremediation strategies for the program on Greening the Mined-out Areas in the Philippines (GMAP).
It also focuses on risk communication studies for disaster management which will generate risk communication plans and strategies for local government units.
The expected deliverables include assessment reports of vulnerable ecosystems, remediation strategies, and policy recommendations for development and conservation as well as inclusive and sustainable development.
2. ATIN Program
This program gives attention on documentation on Philippine indigenous knowledge, culture, and heritage; national security and sovereignty studies; Filipinnovation of Arts, Culture and Heritage for Creative Industries; and Kapakanan ng Tao sa Oras ng Pandemya (KTOP) research initiatives dealing with the social dimensions of the pandemic.
The expected deliverables include creative works (i.e. documentaries, monographs, dictionaries and others), models and systems, case studies, assessment reports and policy recommendations.
3. LIKAS Program
LIKAS will concentrate on fundamental and taxonomic studies on potential sources of natural products from rare environment (e.g. volcanoes, caves, mudsprings, lahar, marine sediments, mined out areas, mesophotic reefs, mangroves and others), and also on basic veterinary studies – zoonotic diseases (etiology, transmission and control).
The deliverable outputs will be policy recommendations, and new bio-active compounds for potential medicinal use.
4. TUBIG Program
This program will put its efforts on studies of water quality, and its accessibility and availability for safe drinking purposes. It also includes characterization of water resources (pollutants/contaminants/toxicity, physico-chemical, socio-economic, biological and morphological). It will address impacts of La Nina, El Nino, Climate Change threats, regional climate and salt water intrusion on potable water supply.
The deliverable outputs will eventually address water quality issues for policy recommendations per geographical area, and may generate standards on water availability and quality indices.
5. SAPAT Program
The SAPAT program focuses on food safety of raw or processed food products (particularly on contaminants and adulterants. It likewise includes taxonomic studies of flora and fauna (e.g. genetic analysis, morphological, allelopathic, bioecology studies) for food security and sustainability which will generate policy recommendations.
The expected deliverables are regulatory policies and policy recommendations.
6. CLEAN ENERGY (ALERT)
This priority program covers resource assessment of potential alternative sources of energy (wind, solar, biofuels, hydro and others) for Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDA).
The expected output includes prototypes of commercially viable alternative energy technology.
Researchers are encouraged to check the Harmonized National Research and Development Agenda (HNRDA) of DOST at https://www.dost.gov.ph/ for the specific areas of the NIBRA that can be funded by NRCP.
Aside from studies that generate new knowledge and discoveries, the Council prioritizes proposals that forge linkages between the government particularly local government units (LGUs), academe, industry sector, and civil society. It also looks for proposals that will ensure translation and transfer of social technologies to the people and various publics. These are aligned to NRCP’s mandate to promote frontier and problem-oriented researches in the sciences and humanities that provide solutions to pressing and national issues.
Last year, the Council received 90 proposals, of which 35 were approved for 2021 and 2022 funding. The Call for Proposals is for funding and implementation under the NRCP Grants-in-Aid (GIA) Program. This year’s call is for 2023 funding. NRCP-GIA financial assistance is up to Php 3,000,000 for projects and Php 8,000,000.00 for program per year (covering PS, MOOE and CO) subject to evaluation. Multi-year program proposal under priority NIBRA is encouraged.
The project proponent should adhere to the following:
1. Must be a Filipino citizen
2. Shall submit documents/proof of the following, which shall include but not limited to: credentials/proof of capability; certificate of employment; track record; and endorsement of his/her institution. Eligibility shall be determined based on his/her readiness in terms of technical, managerial, financial and marketing capabilities (if necessary)
3. Must hold a plantilla position
4. Must be an NRCP member
5. Must not have any existing accountability with DOST and its agencies particularly technical and financial reports; and
6. Must not have been found guilty of administrative or criminal case, including those under appeal.
7. Must create an account profile in the DPMIS portal in order to submit a proposal.
A series of Call Conferences will be conducted by the DOST via zoom, where the four research councils of the DOST will talk about its respective priority R&D agenda.:
12 March 2021 - MINDANAO CLUSTER
19 March 2021 - VISAYAS CLUSTER
23 March 2021 - SOUTH LUZON + NCR CLUSTER
29 March 2021 - NORTH LUZON CLUSTER
Call Conference Facebook Page: DOST Grants-In-Aid Program
For complete information about NRCP’s Call for Proposal FY 2023 Guidelines, please visit the NRCP website at https://nrcp.dost.gov.ph/