Higher education institutions urged to propose projects for R and D

MANILA The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is urging higher education institutions (HEIs) and research and development institutes (RDIs) to send proposals for the department's 2018 R and D Leadership (RDLead) program.

DOST Undersecretary Rowena Cristina Guevara told the Philippine News Agency on Tuesday submission of proposals for the RDLead program is until June 21.

The RDLead program, Guevara said, is part of the DOST's Science for Change Program (S4CP).

"(It) aims to identify areas that need enhanced R and D investments and innovations," she explained.

Institutions with approved proposals would be provided with assistance to improve their existing R and D facilities, Guevara said.

Just recently, the DOST announced 6 HEIs that got a grant to build their niche centers through the agency's Niche Centers in the Regions for R and D (NICER) program.

Guevara earlier told PNA that the grant for NICER depends on the HEIs' requests or needs, as long as the department could afford the amount.

With the RDLead program, the DOST also targets to strengthen the capabilities of researchers in HEIs and RDIs.

According to DOST, the RDLead's proponentcalled RDLeaderwill be given incentives, such as PHP159,000 to PHP178,000 per month, depending on the nature and scope of agreed duties and responsibilities for the project, as well as an annual medical insurance.

To be qualified as an RDLeader, one must have at least 10 years working experience in a reputable R and D institution or academe, with a doctorate degree, has made an outstanding contribution in his or her field of specialization, with competent leadership skills, and has several publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Applicants who don't have a doctorate degree may still qualify if their fields of expertise are aligned with the DOST's National R and D agenda and priorities.

For proposal requirements, one may contact National Research Council of the Philippines Director Marieta Sumagaysay at the NRCP's office in DOST, Bicutan, Taguig City. She may be reached at phone numbers 837-6143 or 837-2071 local 2510.

Source: Philippine News Agency

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