马尼拉 -- Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato dela Peña noted the increasing number of research and development (R&D) proposals the agency has been receiving, with more than 900 proposals sent this year for 2021 funding.
Institutions submitting R&D proposals have been increasing as well. "该 number increases each year, from 85 in 2016 to 181 this year. Some institutions submit every year, while others are submitting for the first time this year," he said.
该 increase in the number of institutions that submit proposals for the first time indicates that more institutions are being capacitated to undertake meaningful R&D, dela Peña said.
Dela Peña said he could attribute the increasing number of R&D proposals to various factors such as the agency's investment in human resource development.
Dela Peña also cited the DOST's deliberate investments in R&D in the regions.
He said in 2016, 80 percent of the DOST's R&D funding went to the 国民 Capital Region (NCR), Regions 3 (Central Luzon) and 4-A (Calabarzon), while 20 percent went to other regions.
"This means that funding to the other regions has increased. In the call for proposals this year that is for implementation for 2021, the number of proposals coming from outside NCR, Regions 3 and 4-A is 32.2 percent. 该 capacity to do R&D by institutions outside of NCR is increasing," dela Peña said.
An estimated available R&D budget for 2021 is PHP7.2 billion, he said. (PNA)