Call for Proposals: Niche Centers in the Regions (NICER)

We are pleased to announce that the Niche Centers in the Regions (NICER) released a call for research proposals.

The Niche Centers in the Regions (NICER) for R&D is a component of the DOST’s Accelerated R&D Program for Capacity Building of Research and Development Institutions and Industrial Competitiveness under the Science for Change Program.

The DOST, through the NICER Program will capacitate Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the regions to make significant improvement in regional research by integrating its development needs with the existing R&D research capabilities and resources. It will provide institutional grant for R&D capacity building to improve their S&T infrastructure.

What are the application requirements?

  • Capsule proposal with at least three (3) component R&D projects using DOST Form No. 1A and 1B;
  • Line Item Budget for the whole program with breakdown for each corresponding component project;
  • CV of project leader and all co-researchers/ implementers; and,
  • Endorsement of the RDC for the full blown proposal (once the Capsule proposal is endorsed)
    Other additional requirements for submission:
     inventory of MS/PhD faculty members and researchers
     number of graduate students (MS/PhD) per course
     list of existing R&D centers and Technology Licensing Office
     list of publications of involved personnel
     list of collaborating and cooperating partner universities with corresponding letter(s) of support

Deadline of submissions is on 3 June 2021

For further details you can visit the DOST Website at this link: