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Philippines, China approve 8 research projects for funding in 2021

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) under China’s Joint Research Program on Wednesday approved eight research projects for funding for 2021.

According to the DOST, the projects will be implemented within two years. The Philippine side will have an annual R&D fund of P8 million while the Chinese side will have an annual fund of P1 million.

The agency said the eight research proposals were chosen out of 37 capsule proposals submissions from Filipino researchers across the country.

Meanwhile, the project which topped the list is the “Green Oil and Phytochemicals from Cashew,” a project of the DOST-Industrial Technology Development Institute.

Research projects from the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Animal Industry, the University of San Agustin, the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, the University of the Philippines, the UP Institute of Biology were also accepted.

The DOST said the JRP was launched as part of the agencies’ commitment to strengthening the partnership of the Philippines and China under a memorandum that was signed in August 2019. — Joahna Lei Casilao/BM, GMA News