Muscat: In all, 132 research projects have applied to The Research Council (TRC) for the National Research Award (NRA).
These 132 entries are distributed over TRC’s six research sectors. The application period for the NRA had closed on June 30 this year.
The award has two categories. A total of 89 research projects were submitted under the best published research by PhD holders or equivalent award category, while 43 research projects were submitted under the second category of the best published research in the junior researchers’ award category (non-PhD holders).
In terms of research sectors, 25 research projects applied under Culture, Basic and Social Sciences sector, 20 research projects applied under the Education and Human Resources sector, 31 research projects applied under Environment and Biological Resources sector, 21 research projects applied under Health and Social Development sector, 19 research projects applied under Energy and Industry sector, and 16 research projects applied under Information and Communications Technology sector.
The submitted research projects will be evaluated by the sectoral committees in each research sector, based on the criteria and mechanisms announced under the NRA, taking into account the quality of the published research papers and their importance to the Sultanate. On October 5, a total of 12 research project will be announced as the winners of this year’s NRA in the two categories of the award.
Two research projects will win in each research sector.
It is worth mentioning that TRC is organising the NRA for the third consecutive year with the aim of encouraging Omani researchers to continue their research activities and initiatives, spreading the culture of research and raising the quality of research outputs in the Sultanate. It will also help increase the conducing of the Sultanate-related research,enhance the level of awareness about the role of TRC, its programmes and research grants that are offered to researchers under different