Many scientific projects get big funding

15:55 | 03/01/2017 Science - Technology

(VEN) - A series of scientific projects in the country have received funding worth of up to millions of US dollar from the Fostering Innovation through Research, Science and Technology (FIRST) project funded by the World Bank.  

The FIRST Project Management Unit has financed a series of scientific projects in Vietnam

Big projects

The FIRST Project Management Unit signed an agreement to finance research and development (R&D) for the purpose of manufacturing, testing, and commercializing LED products for hi-tech agriculture lighting in Vietnam led by the Rang Dong Light Source and Vacuum Flask Joint Stock Company. This collaborative group consists of eight members, including two universities, one research institutes and five businesses. Total budget for the project reaches more than US$3.7 million, of which 40 percent are financed by the FIRST Project Management Unit.

The group consisting of the Vietnam National University of Agriculture and 10 businesses led by the Duc Hanh Marphavet Veterinary Joint Stock Company signed a cooperation agreement with the FIRST Project Management Unit for research on production technology of vaccine and veterinary medicine for livestock and animal. The first phase focuses on research on production technology of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) vaccine for pig. Total budget for the project reaches nearly US$3.4 million, of which 40 percent are financed by the FIRST Project Management Unit.

The project on building capacity in research and development of integrated control system in coal mining and energy between the FIRST Project Management Unit and the Vietnam Research Institute of Electronics, Informatics and Automation was signed with total value of over US$3 million.

The Cuu Long Delta Rice Research Institute was also financed more than US$3 million from the FIRST Project Management Unit to implement the project on mastering technologies for rice breeding and seed production of new varieties with outstanding characteristics and high economic value.

Experience to ask for funding

Cuu Long Delta Rice Research Institute Director Tran Ngoc Thach said that more than 220 officials and employees made greater efforts to achieve success for the project. With advantages in terms of rice varieties, the institute decided to choose this project. “There are four issues that individuals and cooperative groups need to pay special attention, including clearly understanding funding packages, identifying strengths and requirements from the donor, building appropriate proposal, and well preparing documents,” Tran Ngoc Thach said.

According to FIRST Project Management Unit Director Tran Quoc Thang, it is calling for businesses to participate in registration for receiving funding. To increase the possibility of success, businesses need to show their determination and feasible ideas for their development strategies. Each funding package requires carefull study on its regulations and instructions for the purpose of effective financing. The most feasible profiles will be thoroughly assessed by the technical evaluation committee (TEC) including three international experts and three domestic specialists in order to submit to the Ministry of Science and Technology and the World Bank for approval.

Vietnam Research Institute of Electronics, Informatics and Automation Director Nguyen The Truyen:

With the FIRST Project Management Unit’s support, the institute has obtained new advances in research and development

activities.

Quynh Nga