The Research Council (TRC) Board has approved the final document of the strategic grants programme on the phenomenon of the harmful algae (red tide) in the sultanate.
The document was approved at the first meeting for 2020 at the Innovation Park Muscat (IPM) on Monday.
TRC board members also discussed the proposal of creating an electronic open data platform, with the aim of leveraging big data collected by researchers to drive scientific research and innovation, and encourage creative projects among researchers, academic and research institutions.
The board also reviewed the Science and Technology Indicators in Oman, which collected data and reported on experimental research and development activities, in terms of expenditure on these activities and the numbers of research and development staff involved such as researchers, technicians and support staff.
During the meeting, members also discussed a number of other topics, including the approved budget for funding TRC programmes and projects in 2020.
The meeting was chaired by H H Sayyid Shihab bin Tariq al Said, Advisor to His Majesty the Sultan and Chairman of TRC, and attended by representatives of a number of academic and private institutions.
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