The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is now soliciting research proposals from Filipino researchers working in local universities and research institutions for the DOST-JSPS Joint Research Program (JRP). Here’s the link to the announcement in DOST’s website. For the fiscal year 2013, the deadline for submission is July 30, 2012. All proposals should be submitted not later than this date.
JRP is a bilateral research exchange program between DOST and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). Its purpose is to provide support for research activities to be jointly conducted by Filipino and Japanese researchers. The project usually runs for a maximum of three years with an annual evaluation conducted by the two organizations.
For this program, Filipino researchers are required to establish or have an existing collaboration with Japanese researchers, who will also submit a corresponding proposal to JSPS. Research topics should be within the DOST Priority Programs, which include: Health Nutrition and Environment; Climate Change; and in Emerging Technologies such as Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, Genomics, Advanced Food Production Technology, and Advanced Manufacturing Technology.
Any Filipino with a doctorate degree and working full-time in DOST-recognized national, public, or private universities or research institutions may apply. For basic research, the National Research Council of the Philippines will determine the proponent’s eligibility, while the DOST Sectoral Council will determine eligibility for non-basic research. Proponents may apply for DOST’s Grants-in-Aid support for funding as long as the research project will be based in the Philippines and Filipinos may benefit from it. Proponents should also have no previous accountabilities with DOST.
The same project proposal should be submitted by Filipino researchers to DOST and by their counterparts in Japan to JSPS. Evaluation of the research proposal in the Philippine side will be done by the DOST Sectoral Council subject to its guidelines and procedures. Only one research proposal will be selected per fiscal year.
For inquiries, interested researchers may contact The Program Director, DOST-JSPS Joint Scientific Cooperation Program at the Department of Science and Technology, Rm 206, DOST Main Bldg., DOST Compound, Gen. Santos Ave. Bicutan, Taguig City. They can also call (632) 837-2071 to 82, local 2030 or send an email to jsps @ dost.gov.ph or dostjsps @ yahoo.com.