The National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) and Department of Science and Technology (DOST) recognized researchers from different DOST agencies in the recent DOST International Publication Award and DOST Granted Patent/Utility Model Award held last December 4, 2015 at the Manila Hotel.
The researchers were given a cash prize of P60,000 for each published research in Thomson Reuters (formerly ISI) or Scopus indexed journals in the last three years before the year of nomination. A total of 25 published researches were awarded this year.
On the other hand, the Utility Model Award winners received a cash prize of P15,000. There are 10 awardees for this year.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute was hailed as best institute for having the most number of awardees for the International Publication Award while the Industrial Technology and Development Institute was recognized for having the most number of awardees for granted utility models this year.
The awards for internationally published researches was started in 2013 as an incentive for DOST scientists and researchers. In 2014, granted patents and utility models of DOST technology generators were added to the scope of the awards.
To quality, majority of the research should have been conducted in the Philippines and authors must come from any of the DOST agencies and research and development institutes.
The awards are in line with DOST's goal of developing and improving the quality of research and development projects in the country.