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The facility supports several priority projects in the fields of Agriculture and Allied Sciences, Industry and Engineering, Environment and Natural Resource Management, Health and Nutrition, Information and Communications Technology on an annual basis. Applications are assessed on a competitive basis, to optimize the contribution made through Government investments in the national development goals.

The projects should have a clear indication of their contribution to (1) gross domestic product (GDP), (2) employment creation, (3) government revenue, (4) trade competitiveness, and (5) efficient service delivery. The facility supports activities on research efforts devoted to generating new knowledge and its translation into solutions in the S&T field as determined by a panel of technical experts in the specific field of interest.

A wide range of proposals that address the objectives outlined above are considered, based on selection criteria explained in the subsequent section. Each grant proposal is assessed vigorously in order to attain value for money.