The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has opened its call for proposals for research and development (R&D) funding for the year 2025.
On the first leg of its nationwide campaign in Mabalacat, Pampanga, DOST encouraged researchers and scientists to submit their proposals for 2025 via the DOST Project Management Information System (DPMIS) from May 1 to May 31, 2023.
DOST secretary Renato Solidum Jr. led the event saying: “Our role here would be to support innovation and provide a nurturing environment for researchers in the country. Ultimately, all our efforts are geared towards attaining higher productivity for industry, boosting our economy and attaining a better quality of life for every Filipino through technological and innovative solutions.”
The call for proposals has set priority areas from the four R&D councils of DOST.
For Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology, project proposals should focus on the following priority areas:
- food process;
- mining and minerals;
- metals and engineering;
- advanced materials and nanotechnology;
- optics and photonics;
- information and communication technologies;
- electronics; artificial intelligence (AI);
- space technology application;
- convergence of emerging technologies/industry 4.0 and smarter cities;
- disaster risk reduction-climate change adaptation (DRR-CCA);
- unmanned vehicle systems;
- creative industries (games, animation, and film);
- creative industries;
- capability development; and
- science communication
For Health Research and Development, priority areas are:
- Drug Discovery & Development (Tuklas Lunas),
- functional foods,
- nutrition and safety,
- reemerging and emerging diseases,
- OMIC technologies for health,
- biomedical engineering for health,
- digital and frontier technologies for health,
- disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation in health, and
- mental health.
For agriculture, priority research areas are in crops include mango, coffee, and sugarcane. DOST is also looking for R&D projects in managing economically important emerging pests and animal feeds resource enhancement.
- In basic research, priority areas are:
- Those that generate discoveries and new scientific knowledge/information;
- Those that forge linkages between the government particularly local government units (LGUs), academe, industry sector, and civil society;
- Those that serve as basis for evidence-based policy making and program development, through the fusion of science and the arts, technology and innovation
- Those that ensure translation and transfer of social technologies to the people and various publics.
Through effective management of funds in key sectors, DOST investment in high-impact and sustainable programs that are significant in addressing national concerns.
This is aligned to the research priorities along four major areas, namely: human well-being promotion, wealth creation, wealth protection, and sustainability.