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TRC receives 442 proposals for COVID-19 related research

4 May 2020

The Research Council (TRC) has received 442 research proposals out of which 103 are within the clinical category and 339 for the non-clinical category. The list of projects that will ultimately be approved for funding will be finalised this week.

After the initial screening and clearing of ineligible applications, The Research Council (TRC) has announced that it has received 442 research proposals within TRC’s COVID-19 Research Programme. Over the week, TRC will finalise the list of projects that are going to be approved for funding. 

Of the 442 proposals, 103 are within the clinical category and 339 for the non-clinical category. The COVID-19 Research Programme is a newly commissioned programme, launched in March 2020. 

For each category, a panel of five to seven reviewers evaluated the submitted proposals. These sub-committees have members with multi-disciplinary background, and they represent various research and academic institutes in Oman. The evaluation process took about two weeks, resulting in a list of the top 20-22 applications in each category. 

These applicants were then invited to submit full proposals within a week’s time (the deadline was April 25), with the full proposals being evaluated last week. 

This week, TRC is going to finalise the list of projects that are going to be approved for funding. The funds will be transferred to research organisations within a maximum of two weeks from now, so that the approved projects can start immediately, TRC stated.

All the funded projects are planned to be executed over three to twelve months and are expected to come up with applied and practical results, it added.

The Steering Committee of the COVID-19 Research Programme is chaired by TRC and comprises experts from various research institutes in Oman.

With a focus on the COVID-19 pandemic, this programme strives to achieve many objectives. Primarily, it provides researchers with technical and financial support in order to enable them to conduct high quality research in Oman and to find out evidence-based solutions for the current global challenge. The programme also aims to foster multi-sectoral collaboration.

Besides opening applications for researchers from organisations that are affiliated with TRC to apply within the COVID-19 Research Programme, TRC also welcomed applications from ‘independent’ researchers, those who work in unaffiliated organisations, companies, run their own business or are even retired.

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