The National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP), an attached agency of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) that supports basic and fundamental research, received 130 proposals from members in its Call for Proposals (CFPs) 2023. This marks a substantial increase by 44% from last year’s call.

The Call started on May 3 and ended on June 3 via the DOST Project Management Information System (DPMIS) portal for priority areas under the Council’s National Integrated Basic Research Agenda (NIBRA).

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Figure 1. Number of Proposals per Priority Level

 

The figures above show that NRCP received 38 proposals classified as the top priority (i.e. aligned with priority areas of NIBRA) and 20 others as second priority (i.e. aligned with NIBRA but not in priority areas) per CFP 2023. Meanwhile, there were 72 proposals which were either non-NIBRA-aligned or non-R&D. Below is the breakdown of proposals per NIBRA and priority level.

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Figure 2. Number of Proposals per NIBRA and Priority Level

 

A closer look at the NIBRA areas (Figure 2) shows that most proposals received are under the Inclusive Nation Building (ATIN: Ang Tinig Natin). There were 21 proposals aligned with ATIN, and 16 proposals aligned with Sustainable Communities (SAKLAW: Saklolo sa Lawa). NRCP also received a number of proposals for the other NIBRA priority areas: Food and Nutrition Security (SAPAT: Sapat na Pagkain para sa Lahat) has 10, Health Sufficiency (LIKAS: Likas Yaman sa Kalusugan) has 8, Clean Energy (ALERT: Alternative Energy Research Trends) has 1, Water Security (TUBIG: Tubig ay Buhayin at Ingatan) has 2. These proposals are subject to evaluation and approval/disapproval in accordance to DOST’s Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) protocol. Proponents may expect to receive the results of the evaluation from NRCP by the end of July 2021.

Figure 3 shows that from the proposals received, 58 are NIBRA aligned, 69 are non NIBRA, and 3 are non R&D. This is comprised by a total of 26 program proposals with a cumulative 75 project components. The remaining 55 are single project proposals.

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Figure 3. Number of Proposals Received by NRCP

 

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Photo: The NRCP’s NIBRA, a part of the Harmonized National Research and Development Agenda (HNRDA) of DOST.

 

Together with NRCP, the Philippine Council for Industry Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) and the Science for Change (S4CP) also had their CFPs on the same duration, to which they received 203 and 59 proposals, respectively.

As shown in the uploaded data from the DPMIS of DOST, it showed that majority of the submissions were received on the last week of the call, particularly on the deadline.

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Photo Source: DOST Grants-in-Aid Program Facebook Page

 

 As posted in the DOST Facebook page, these figures are consistent with previous CFPs which suggest that proponents wait until the last minute before submitting their proposals.