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Caraga): Eastern Mindanao Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research Alliance for Development (EMIEERALD)

Human Resource and Institution Development Division (HRIDD)

Region 13 Caraga): Eastern Mindanao Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research Alliance for Development (EMIEERALD)

• Development of Smart City

• Development of New and Innovative Product

• Healthy and Safe Tourism Destination

• Mining processing Specific Features in this Call

1. Maximum of P1M grant is provided to approved projects.

2. Preference is given to public and private universities and colleges, Research and Development Institutes (RDIs), R&D Consortia, non-profit laboratories, other public or private non- profit S&T institutions located in the Philippines. Non-profit S&T

organizations are those, which: (1) are operated primarily for scientific, educational, service, or similar purposes in the public interest; (2) are not organized primarily for profit; and (3) use its net proceeds to maintain, improve, and/or expand its operations.

Non-profit organizations engaged in lobbying activities are not eligible to apply.

3. The Applicant should provide information on the counterpart funding to be provided and its source, as appropriate. Only eligible and allowable costs may be used for counterpart fund and/or in-kind contribution (ex. utility costs, office space rental, etc.), as determined by DOST-PCIEERD.

4. The proposal should be supported by a letter of intent from the applicant and an endorsement from the authorized head of organization.

5. An endorsement letter from the Regional Consortia should also be submitted.


1. Data Science and Analytics

Call Overview

Data science has become indispensable in decision making. Data scientists effectively analyze, process and communicate complex data that are used to address a specific need, supporting decision makers in their planning process. From the 2016 workforce of 147,420, estimates show that a total of 340,880 data scientists will be needed in the country by 2022, a surge of 131%

increase (Pompa, Claudia. The Data Science and Skills Analytics Shortage: The Case for Action to Equip the APEC Workforce with the Competencies Demanded by Employers to Support Sustainable Economic Growth and Prosperity. May 2017).

Recognizing the pressing challenges in this sector, the DOST embarked, in 2018, on a massive training on data science and analytics delivered through an online learning management platform.

Funded under the DOST Grants-in-Aid Program, the project, titled “Learning at Scale Volume 1:

Data Science Track”, offered one thousand slots covering various course modules from the Coursera Data Science and Computer Science specializations. Following the success of this project and taking into consideration the lessons learned during its implementation, the successor project titled, “Smarter Philippines for Data Science Adoption, Reskilling, Training and Adoption (SPARTA)”, was launched in 2019. The SPARTA project aims to address, at a massive level, a data-literate population able to collect and process big data for research, which will be provided through an on-line learning platform (registration via sparta.dap.gov.ph).

This call will support data-driven project, policy, process or system undertaken by SPARTA training participants, as part of their capstone project, that will address the needs of a government agency or professional organizations that will benefit the local population or address a national issue and contribute to Smart Governance.

Call Rationale

To enjoin SPARTA training participants to demonstrate the knowledge gained through the SPARTA online courses undertaken, using data analytics for decision making and smart governance.

Call Scope

This Call for Proposal is open to SPARTA Project training participants to develop appropriate capabilities, systems and technologies geared towards enabling all LGUs and NGAs to adapt

data driven governance and evidence-based management. Proposed projects must be able to develop technologies or systems that will be identified under the SPARTA project such as but not limited to:

1. Urban mobility (smart parking, intelligent traffic management, integrated multimode transport) B. Energy management (smart meters and management, renewable sources of energy, energy efficiency and green buildings)

2. E-governance and Citizen Services (public information, electronic service delivery, citizen management, video crime monitoring)

3. Waste management (waste to energy & fuel, waste to compost, treatment of Construction

& Demolition waste)

4. Water management (smart meters & management, leakage identification & preventive maintenance, water quality monitoring

5. Others researches that will use big data processing

The program area should present a novel concept or mechanism and should have an immediate application. Researchers should also collaborate with any partner agencies from national government agency, local government unit, other agencies of the government and private institutions who will be the eventual adaptor of the technology/system developed.

Call Objectives

1. To develop data driven projects that can be used by government agencies, research institutions or professional organizations in making smart decision and governance 2. To partner with public and private research institutions in developing data driven projects

that will promote smart initiatives.

Specific Features in this Call

1. Maximum of P1M grant is provided to approved projects.

2. The project must be done within one year, with demonstrable output by the end of the 6th month.

3. A letter of commitment to use the output by the intended beneficiary should be submitted. Data should be readily available for use by the project team and the partner agencies identified beneficiary should allow the use of data for the project.

4. A certification from DAP that the proponent is a SPARTA participant should also be submitted.

5. Only equipment to be used in developing the project is allowed. The partner agencies should provide the server and other equipment need for repository of their data as well as for use in the adoption of the technology developed through the project.


Science Communication for Innovation

Call Overview

The Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is offering support for Science Communication proposals for 2023 funding. The call is open to all science communicators, researchers, DOST information officers, and other key players of the discipline. It is expected that the R&D funding to be provided will result to an integrated, inclusive, and innovative approach in communicating science in the Philippines.

Call Rationale

Science Communication (Scicom) is a growing area of practice and research (Burns, 2003) that plays a vital role in today’s development challenges. The Philippines although having a rich documented history of science and its development (e.g. Anderson, 2007 Velasco & Baens- Arcega, 1984) still needs to delve into the “identity” or “face” of scicom in the country.

Efforts in mainstreaming Science Communication in the country was initiated through roundtable discussions led by the University of the Philippines – Los Baños, College of Development Communication (UPLB-CDC). Conducted last 1999, 2002, and 2006 respectively, these in-house workshops established science communication’s distinct features, scope, areas of application, and role in the fields of development issues such as disaster risk reduction and management, food security, and health, among others. After 15 years, the 4th Roundtable Discussion on Science Communication was organized by DOST-PCIEERD in collaboration with UPLB-CDC to identify the needs, priorities and capabilities of the key players of Science Communication from the industries and research institutions.

Given the lack of basic researches, evaluation metrics, framework, and technologies on scicom, it is deemed necessary to begin undertakings towards an integrated, inclusive, and innovative approach on Science Communication in the country thru R&D support.

The general objective of this call is to establish the foundation of science communication in the country through R&D support. The following are the specific objectives of the call:

1. To provide R&D support for researches on science communication

2. To provide R&D support for the establishment and/or development of science communication framework, infrastructure, technologies, and among others.

Call Scope

The following are the identified call themes of Science Communication proposals with the corresponding objectives and recommended science and technology interventions:

A. Researches on Science Communication

Call Objectives

The proposed project should be researches on collective relationship of Filipinos to science.

Below are the specific objectives:

• A comprehensive mapping of key players in science communication, multi-sectoral platforms and/or initiatives

• A market study of the perception measurement on science, and among others.

• Study on the identification of the low uptake in R&D adoption

B. Research Studies on Evaluation of Science Communication

Call Objectives

Proposal that aims to evaluate science communication activities and programs based on a framework.

Call Scope for Researches and Budget

PCIEERD will fund researches on science communication with a maximum budget of Three (3) Million Pesos per year per project. Proposed project should run for a period of one (1) year only.

C. Capacity-building Programs on Science Communication

Call Objective

Proposed projects that are aimed to capacitate not only science communicators but also researchers and other key players in strengthening science communication. Below are specific objectives:

• Basic literacies on science, technology, research, development, and innovation