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Filipino researchers who have separated from full-time service can still continue to remain active in research and innovation activities with the NRCP’s newly approved provision that allows retired researchers to become NRCP members. Following the NRCP Governing Board Resolution No. 2021-066 dated 27 July 2021, retired Filipino researchers and innovators are now allowed to apply for NRCP Membership.

According to the data of the United Nations, it is predicted that by 2050, 21% of the world’s population will be at least 60 years old. Among scientists, in particular, the average age is climbing. Looking at NRCP Membership, 31% of the total membership is above 60 years old. NRCP in its aim to promote inclusivity saw an opportunity for its aging population to remain active in research.

Retired researchers and innovators may now apply for membership if he/she meets the following criteria:

  1. Must be 60 to 70 years old;
  2. With master's or doctoral degree; and
  3. Proof of scientific accomplishments (e.g. senior/corresponding author of two (2), or co-author of four (4), scientific publications in refereed journals; or 2 patented inventions or 4 utility models) in the last 10 years.

As of today, NRCP has over 4,800 Members across the country. Members are entitled to benefits such as funding for NIBRA-aligned research projects, master’s thesis and doctoral dissertation manuscript grants, expert engagement program for advisory services, and other opportunities for capacity and professional development. Membership application can be done online via the NRCP Scientific Knowledge Management System (SKMS) at skms.nrcp.dost.gov.ph.

For more information regarding the membership criteria and qualifications, you may access this link: nrcp.dost.gov.ph/membership (Ledger Clemente, NRCP).