RIC attends Research Funding and Collaboration Opportunities
Workshop by PIDS and PASCN
The Philippine APEC Study Center Network (PASCN) was established in 1996 through Administrative Order 303 as the Philippines’ response to the APEC Leaders’ Education Initiative, which aims to develop regional cooperation among higher education and research institutions in the APEC region. PASCN creates an avenue for universities and research institutions in the country to work together not only on issues pertaining to APEC but also on development reforms.
In line with the information dissemination and technical assistance programs of the Philippine APEC Study Network, the Secretariat held a Research Funding and Collaboration Opportunities Workshop on November 21, 2018 at the PIDS office in Quezon City. LPU representatives were RIC Executive Director Dr. Victorina Zosa, and RIC Senior Researchers Ms. Joanna Juvyjoy Rojo and Ms. Michelle Lei Victorino,.
One of the resource speakers was Dr. Jenny Lind Elmaco, Marie Curie Alumni Association-Country Representative and Director, Office of Strategic Partnerships, Silliman University. She discussed Funding Opportunities in EU Programs: Horizon 2020, which is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever, with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries, and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.
Ms. Marie Sherylyn D. Aquia, Chief, Multilateral Relations Division, Bureau of International Trade Relations, DTI, gave a talk on applying for funding of APEC Projects. The session provided an overview of the APEC project approval process, the quality criteria used in assessing APEC projects, and the Philippines’ domestic process in developing/submitting APEC projects. This is also part of BITR’s effort to support domestic agencies in developing quality APEC projects/proposals through a series of discussions and best practices sharing among TBAM-REITI members.
The workshop aimed to facilitate the exchange of information on possible research funding sources and collaboration opportunities between or among academic and research institutions, government agencies (in particular the Technical Board on APEC Matters agencies) and NGOs. In addition, this was PASCN's contribution to capacity-building program on matters related to APEC.