Students urged to apply for DOST’s ‘Young Innovators Program’

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 08 2020 12:05 PM

Third batch of Young Innovators Program grantees. Photo courtesy of DOST-PCIEERD.

MANILA — The Department of Science and Technology is looking for young Filipinos who want to pursue research through its “Young Innovators Program.”

"We are extending the deadline for the submission of research proposals in the Young Innovators Program to allow more students to get a chance in experiencing research and development in the country first-hand,” said Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) Executive Director Dr. Enrico C. Paringit in a statement.

The deadline for the program was extended to June 15, 2020.

Those who are in high school or college, under the age of 25, are encouraged to apply and pursue “game-changing research projects in science and technology.”

Those whose research proposals are chosen will be provided with financial assistance and a mentor. 

The research must be for a maximum of 1 year with research area covering the PCIEERD's sectoral priority areas under the Harmonized National Research and Development Agenda (HNRDA). The 5 sectors of the HNRDA include Basic Research; Agriculture Aquatic and Natural Resources; Health; Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology; and Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation.

The program was launched back in 2017 to help students to come up with innovative research, as well as quality research papers and inventions. It has received 65 applications so far and is hoping to approve 10 grantees.

Paringit said that by inspiring the younger generation, they can “become our innovators of tomorrow, motivating them to pursue research in science as a career in the future, also ushering the expansion of our country’s research pool and creating opportunities for breakthroughs and solutions.”

The forms and guidelines can be accessed at bit.ly/YIPForms2020. Only applications with complete documentary requirements will be processed. Inquiries on the program should be sent to pcieerdyip@gmail.com. 

- With a report from Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News