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29th National Research Symposium

CALL FOR PAPERS
(Information Guidelines)

22-23 November 2017
RDMIC Building, Elliptical Road corner Visayas Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City
Theme:
“Ensuring Food Security through Agriculture and Fisheries R&D Excellence”

BACKGROUND

The Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) of the Department of Agriculture is now calling for the submission of scientific papers for the 29th National Research Symposium (NRS). The competition is open to all Filipino scientists and researchers from DA units and agencies, state universities and colleges, and other government institutions under the DA’s National Agriculture and Fisheries R&D System (NaRDSAF) that conduct R&D work in agriculture and fisheries. Entry papers must be based on results of R&D projects/activities completed in the past five years (August 2012 - 2017).

The culmination of the NRS is the Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act (AFMA) Research Paper Award which is awarded to researchers whose works have resulted to new technologies, information, processes, or systems that are beneficial to the agriculture and fisheries sectors.

RESEARCH PAPER CATEGORIES

The following are the research paper categories in the symposium. Classifications and categories may change based on R&D trends and policy directives.

    1. Basic Research - any experimental or theoretical work undertaken primarily to acquire new knowledge of the underlying foundations of phenomena and observable facts, without any particular or specific application or use in view.
            1. Biological Sciences
            2. Physical Sciences
    2. Applied Research – Technology/Information Generation (Agriculture) - research in agriculture directed towards gaining knowledge or understanding necessary for determining the means by which a recognized and specific need may be met. Research papers from the following disciplines are qualified.
            • Crop Science
            • Crop Protection
            • Animal Science
            • Soils and Water Science
            • Postharvest
            • Engineering
    3. Applied Research – Technology/Information Generation (Fisheries) - research in fisheries directed towards gaining knowledge or understanding necessary for determining the means by which a recognized and specific need may be met. Research papers from the following disciplines are qualified.
            • Aquatic Resources Management
            • Capture Fisheries
            • Aquaculture
            • Postharvest and Processing
    4. Applied Research – Technology Adaptation/Verification (Agriculture) – Adaptation research is directed towards fine-tuning newly developed technologies necessary for determining their technical feasibility in solving specific needs related to agricultural production and postproduction in consideration of the agro-ecological and social conditions in location-specific areas; Verification research is a replication of adapted technologies to further test their technical feasibility, economic viability, and social acceptability in larger areas exhibiting the same agro-ecological conditions.
            • Crop Science
            • Animal Science
            • Crop Protection
            • Soils and Water Science
    5. Applied Research – Technology Adaptation/Verification (Fisheries) – Adaptation research is directed towards fine-tuning newly developed technologies necessary for determining their technical feasibility in solving specific needs related to fisheries production and postproduction in consideration of the agro-ecological and social conditions in location-specific areas; Verification research is a replication of adapted technologies to further test their technical feasibility, economic viability, and social acceptability in larger areas exhibiting the same agro-ecological conditions.
            • Aquatic Resources Management
            • Capture Fisheries
            • Aquaculture
            • Postharvest and Processing
    6. Socio-Economics Research - research that deals with people and institutions including governance, politics, economics, sociology, and anthropology, focuses on methods of participatory research, monitoring and evaluation of technological packages with regard to adoption and impact, and contributions to policy-related issues pertaining to agriculture and fisheries production.
    7. Development (Agriculture) – output of systematic work, drawing on existing knowledge gained from research and/or practical experience that is directed towards producing new materials, products, devices, installing new processes, systems, and services and improving substantially those already produced and installed for use by the intended client.
    8. Development (Fisheries) - output of systematic work, drawing on existing knowledge gained from research and/or practical experience that is directed towards producing new materials, products, devices, installing new processes, systems, and services and improving substantially those already produced and installed for use by the intended client.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

    1. Filipino researchers/scientists from a NaRDSAF-member institution may submit entries for any of the categories.
    2. Topics of the papers must be within the symposium’s overall theme and must be aligned with the goals and objectives of the Department of Agriculture (DA), namely:
          1. Food security
          2. Poverty alleviation and social equity
          3. Improved productivity and increased income
          4. Resource sustainability
          5. Global competitiveness
    3. Entry papers must be results of research conducted in the Philippines within the last five years and is completed as of 30 June of the current year.
    4. Papers already presented in any national or international scientific congress or competitions are disqualified.
    5. Papers already published in any journal are disqualified.
    6. Graduate theses/dissertations or any part of it, is disqualified.
    7. A preliminary evaluation and scoring of all papers will be conducted by a panel of evaluators. Three finalists from each category will be selected and invited to present their paper during the NRS, which is held during the National R&D Week. All finalists will also be requested to prepare a poster to be included in the NRS exhibit and as entry in the poster competition.
    8. All submitted papers should be properly endorsed by the head of the agency/office of the researcher/s (with endorsement letter).

FORMAT, STYLE, AND SUBMISSION OF ENTRIES

Interested parties must submit the following:

    1. Fully accomplished NRS Entry Form (BAR/QSF-L.04.01)
    2. Research paper (six hard copies of the manuscript and a digital copy on a recordable cd – both versions should be identical) with the endorsement letter from the agency head of the researcher.
          1. The recommended length of the paper is 30 pages, double-spaced, inclusive of appendices, tables, figures, charts.
          2. b. The paper must be printed on one side only of an A4 size bond paper with a clearance of 1” for the top, bottom, left, and right margins. Please use the font Times New Roman, size 12 or Arial, size 12.
          3. The manuscript must be encoded in Microsoft Word and/or Excel (for tables and/or charts).
          4. Entry papers must strictly follow the standard format for scientific papers:
                  1. Title
                  2. Author/s
                  3. Abstract
                  4. Keywords
                  5. Introduction (Rationale, Review of Literature, etc.)
                  6. Objectives
                  7. Methodology
                  8. Results and Discussion
                  9. Conclusion and Recommendations
                  10. Reference

Submit fully accomplished NRS entry form together with the manuscript in six (6) hard copies and a digital copy on a recordable CD (digital copy of the paper may also be sent electronically through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on or before 31 August 2017 to:

THE NATIONAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM PAPERS COMMITTEE
BUREAU OF AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH
RDMIC Bldg, Visayas Avenue, cor. Elliptical Road
Diliman, Quezon City 1101

Failure to follow the guidelines will automatically disqualify the entry.

AWARDS

The winning papers will be selected for each category. Cash prizes and plaques/trophies will be given to the authors of the winning papers.

Gold Award Php 100,000.00
Silver Award Php 75,000.00
Bronze Award Php 50,000.00

Winners from the qualified entry posters will be selected for the poster competition. Cash prizes and trophies will be given to the authors of the winning posters.

Gold Award Php 50,000.00
Silver Award Php 35,000.00
Bronze Award Php 25,000.00

For more information, please contact:
Institutional Development Division
via telephone no: (02) 461-2900 locals 2112 / 2117 / 1115 / 2109, 928-8505
or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.