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Filipino researchers are in for a potential boom time in 2024 if an agency of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) can get its wish fulfilled.
This is because the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) is seeking a huge Php6.79 billion to fund a total of 304 research projects for 2024. PCIEERD’s aim is to leverage the country’s economic progress and parlay this into providing solutions that can be used in the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic.
Of the 304 research projects, 204 will be funded through the PCIEERD Grants-in-Aid (GIA) worth Php3.25 billion and 100 will be funded under the DOST Grants-in-Aid (GIA) worth Php3.54 billion, the agency said in an statement.
The funding covers the following priority areas, namely:
- Mining and Minerals;
- Metals and Engineering;
- Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology;
- Optics and Photonics;
- Information and Communication Technologies;
- Artificial Intelligence (AI);
- Space Technology Application;
- Convergence of Emerging Technologies/Industry 4.0 and Smarter Cities; Environment;
- Disaster Risk Reduction-Climate Change Adaptation (DRR-CCA);
- Unmanned Vehicle System;
- Creative Industries (Game, Animation, and Film), Creative Industries; and
- Science Communication.
Researchers may submit their proposals from March 1 to 31, 2022, via the DOST Project Management Information System (DPMIS).
“We encourage our researchers and innovators to answer our call. The pandemic has put almost everything at a standstill, thus the need to continuously make solutions through science-backed projects that would aid us to bounce back in the new normal,” DOST-PCIEERD Executive Director Dr. Enrico C. Paringit said.
Paringit added that this funding opportunity primarily encourages S&T collaboration and applied research among Higher Education Institutes (HEIs), government Research and Development Institutes (RDIs), and non-profit S&T networks and organizations seeking funding for their R&D/S&T initiatives.
The announcement for the approved proposals will be made on June 8, 2022. (✓)
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