On Jan 13th-14th, 2009, Vietnam National foundation for Science &Technology. Development (NAFOSTED) cooperated with University of Missouri – Columbia (USA) for a workshop targeting at the current poor quality of research proposals among Vietnamese scientists.

At the workshop, professors from University of Missouri-Columbia shared experience on grant writing, instruct and assists Vietnamese scientists on techniques in writing competitive detailed research proposals of international standard.

“A research proposal is very important”, said Mr. Phan Hong Son, manager of NAFOSTED, “A scientist sends out a research proposal for the ultimate goal of having it funded.”

According to Mr. Phan Hong Son, the workshop was held to help improve the situation of poor research proposals, some of which were not qualified for the sponsorship program it applied for at basic level. “Each sponsor when offering a sponsorship program usually provides requirements in details. Many scientists do not pay attention to these requirements and submit proposal is written off their head. They don’t realize that the proposal is not compatible with that certain sponsorship program”, he exemplified.

Prof. Lex Akers shared his experience on writing grants to Vietnamese Scientist - Photo by L.Quynh

Professors from University of Missouri – Columbia shared with Vietnamese scientists on aspects of research proposal such as scientific research writing techniques, scientific ideas, research methodologies, budget estimation and effective expenditure clarification. At the same time, specific proposals brought about by learners were privately discussed and instructed by these American professors. Best research proposals created from the workshop can be sent to international scientific sponsorship program.

Techniques on writing publication for international scientific papers to announce the result of research were also discussed.

A similar workshop was held in Hanoi attracting more than 100 scientists earlier. This time in Ho Chi Minh city, more than 200 scientists from universities and research academies attended the workshop.

By: L.Quỳnh

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