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 Ph.D. 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 in the published article.
  • The research article 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, 2016, in a refereed journal, indexed in Scopus or Web of Science, or in one of the Arabic periodicals listed on the award’s page on TRC’s website.
  • The award is limited only to original research studies and articles. Other publications such as review articles, historical articles, book chapters or medical case reports are not accepted.
  • Only one application per cycle is allowed.  If the applicant submits more than one application, then all of them will be excluded.
  • TRC has the right to request any additional information.
  • The award’s evaluation committee members are neither allowed to compete for the award nor to be members of any research team competing for the award.
  • The applicant must provide written consent from each team member to prove his or her agreement to participate in the competition. The Award winners must be willing to attend and present their research at TRC’s Annual Research Forum.
  • Only complete applications for the award submitted electronically on TRC’s website, and supplemented with all the required documents as attachments, will be considered for evaluation.
  • The evaluation committee’s decisions are final and no objection in this regard will ever be entertained.
  • The application cycle will end at 02.00 pm on Monday, June 17th, 2019.

 

Specific Conditions (at the time of publication):

 

  1. The applicant for  Category I must be a Ph.D. holder or equivalent (Senior Specialist or higher in the medical field) 
  2. The applicant for Category II must be a non-PhD holder

 

The Award’s Fifth Cycle 2018

For the fifth consecutive year, TRC celebrated the winners of the National Research Award (NRA) by awarding 113 research projects, under the various six sectors, at a ceremony that coincided with the Annual Research Forum.

Competing for the NRA in 2018 were 136 research projects; 99 projects led by PhD holders and 37 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 2018:

 

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

12

21

13

19

15

19

Research led by young researchers

6

11

3

6

6

5

Winning Projects

2

3

2

2

2

2

Application starts on Sunday  17thof March 2019

and closes at 2:00 pm on Monday 17th  of June 2019

 

If you have any inquiries, please contact us at nra@trc.gov.om

Website: www.trc.gov.om

Tel: 22305353, 22305450