USTP Claveria pushes for Research Funding

By Dr. Eric Randy R. Politud, Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, USTP Claveria

In a significant stride towards enhancing its research and innovation capabilities, a workshop on project concept proposals was held at the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines in Claveria, Misamis Oriental (USTP Claveria) on March 14, 2024.

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation (OVCRI) of USTP Claveria organized the workshop which was aimed at helping the university fast-track its research and innovation capabilities.

Seventy-five (75) faculty members from the three university colleges participated in the workshop. They were divided into groups and tasked to produce project concept proposals for evaluation and submission to the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP), Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD), and Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD).

The workshop yielded promising results, with 29 proposals submitted – 15 from the College of Agriculture, 11 from the College of Arts and Sciences, and 3 from the College of Engineering and Technology. These proposals, with budgets ranging from less than a million to 15 million pesos, have the potential to make a significant impact, totaling P94.905 million. 

All the submitted concept proposals will undergo a rigorous evaluation by DOST’s respective councils. This ensures that only the most promising projects will be developed into full-blown proposals, instilling confidence in the selection process. 

DOST has been a significant funder of USTP’s research, innovation, and extension endeavors. Every year, DOST calls for proposals to provide opportunities for researchers from academic and non-academic institutions and individuals to grow professionally and upgrade laboratory facilities. The goal of DOST is to provide continuous assistance to relevant fundamental research and policy research to push for breakthrough projects with socio-economic benefits for the people. 

DOST gives priority to multidisciplinary and cross-cutting research, as well as projects that forge linkages between the government, academia, industry sector, and civil society. The agency also prioritizes projects that ensure the translation and transfer of social technologies to the people and various public.