National Research Award

National Research Award

Introduction

The establishment of the National Research Award (NRA) is considered a translation and partial realization of the National Research Strategy 2008-2020.The Award aims at encouraging researchers to conduct high quality research of national importance. The NRA was first launched in July 2014 and the winners were awarded in the first Annual Research Forum, which was organized in parallel with the 25th general meeting of The World Academy of Science (TWAS) in Muscat in October 2014.

Award Objectives

·         Encourage researchers to continue their activities and initiatives in conducting high quality research.

·         Encourage the development of the research culture and enhance the quality of the research output in the Sultanate of Oman.

·         Increase research output, that is relevant and of importance to the Sultanate of Oman.

·         Increase the level of awareness about TRC and its various initiative and programs to support research and innovation.

Award Categories

·         Category I: Best published research led by a PhD holder or equivalent (Consultant or senior consultant in the medical field)

·         Category II: Best published research led by a young researcher (a non-PhD holder)

 

Award value

Category II

Category I

Research Field

2000 OR

2000 OR

Education and Human Resources

2000 OR

2000 OR

Information Systems and Communication Technologies

2000 OR

2000 OR

Health and Social Service

2000 OR

2000 OR

Cultural, Social, and Basic Sciences

2000 OR

2000 OR

Energy and Industry

2000 OR

2000 OR

Environmental and Biological Resources

 

 

General Conditions:

  • The applicant must be the first Author, whose name appears first, on the published research or the corresponding author marked by the publisher.
  • The research topic must be of relevance to the Sultanate of Oman and falls under one of the six research fields of the award.
  • The published research must not have won any other award nationally or internationally.
  • The research must have been published after the 30th of June 2015 in a refereed journal indexed in Scopus or Web of Science or in one of the Arabic periodicals listed below.
  • The Applicant must submit a proof that the journal in which the research is published is indexed in Scopus or Web of Science at the time of the publication. 
  • An applicant is permitted to submit only one application for the award.  All applications will be excluded if the applicant submits more than one application.
  • Researchers are required to provide any information that may be requested by TRC.
  • The Award evaluation committee members are not allowed to compete for the Award nor to be members of the research team competing for the Award.
  • The evaluation committee’s decision is final and no objection in this regard will be entertained.
  • The applicant is responsible for getting the consent of all co-authors of the published research competing for the Award.
  • The Award winners must be willing to present their wining research at the TRC Annual Researcher Forum.
  • Only complete applications for the Award submitted electronically through the Research Council’s website and with the required documents attached will be considered.

 

Specific Conditions

 

v  Applicant for  Category I must be a PhD holder or equivalent (Consultant or senior consultant for the medical field) 

v  Applicant for Category II must be a non-PhD holder at the time the research was published.

 

 

Award Fourth Cycle 2017

For the Fourth consecutive year, TRC celebrated the winners of the National Research Award (NRA) by awarding 11 research projects, under the various six sectors, at a ceremony that coincided with the Annual Research Forum.

Competing for the NRA in 2017 were 98 research projects; 70 projects led by PhD holders and 28 from junior researchers. Six research projects won the NRA under the category of research led by PhD holders while another five research projects won under the young researcher’s category.

The following table shows the number of submitted and winning research projects under the six sectors for 2017:

 

Research Field

Information Systems and Communication Technologies

Environmental and Biological Resources

Health and Social Service

Energy and Industry

Education and Human Resources

Cultural, Social, and Basic Sciences

Submitted Research papers

Research led by PhD holders

6

11

8

11

17

17

Research led by young researchers

3

8

4

5

5

3

Winning Projects

2

2

2

1

2

2

 

Application starts on Wednesday 1st of August 2018

and closes at 2:00 pm on Thursday 4th of October 2018

 

 

For any enquiries

Email: nra@trc.gov.om

Tel: 22305459, 22305353

 

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