The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said research and development (R&D) capability in regions outside the National Capital Region (NCR) are expanding and improving noting “a very significant increase” in the number of proposals received by their R&D Councils this year.
DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Pena said their R & D council reportedly received a total of 795 research proposals: 90 for basic research c/o the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP); 193 for health research c/o the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD); 526 for industry, energy, and emerging technologies research c/o the PCIEERD; and 141 for agriculture, aquatic, and natural resources research c/o the PCAARRD.
There was also a marked increase in the number of institutions submitting R&D proposals from 85 in 2016 to 181 this year.
“This is an indication of an expanding and improving R&D capability in regions outside NCR,” dela Pena maintained.
He added that the allocation of research grant funds has also changed dramatically, from 80:20 percent ratio to 27:73 percent for NCR and other regions, respectively.
The DOST’s estimated available R & D budget for 2021 is P7.2 billion while the funding needed is P11.1 billion.