The NSF supports R & D activities of Sri Lankan scientists in all fields of Science & Technology, the outputs and outcomes of which will ultimately benefit the Sri Lankan Society. Accordingly, the Competitive Research Grants facilitate and encourage scientists to carry out research of high standard, to strengthen the research base and promote R & D activities directed towards the socio-economic development of the country. Read more.
NATIONAL THEMATIC RESEARCH PROGRAMME (NTRP)
This novel multidisciplinary collaborative research programme has been initiated with a view to address national needs and to drive the national research system to produce well defined outputs that can be harnessed for national development. The themes under the NTRP are decided as per the national priorities. The NSF has identified Energy Security, Food Security, Water Security and Climate Change as the priority areas to start with. Read more.
This grant scheme provides financial support to eminent senior Scientists / Engineers with postgraduate or equivalent qualifications as determined by the Board of Management, to carry out fulltime research up to 3 years.
At present there is very low output of postgraduate research degrees by the Sri Lankan universities. It is important to attract and encourage graduates from recognized universities to conduct fulltime research leading to research degrees in order to encourage them to take up careers related to research.
POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH SCIENTIST
This grant scheme provides an opportunity for scientists / engineers with recent PhD or equivalent qualifications to carryout fulltime research within the country up to 2 years.
RESEARCH EQUIPMENT GRANTS
Laboratories with modern infrastructure facilities are needed for research to be in par with the global S & T research.
RESEARCH SPARE PARTS
Purchasing of spare parts for research equipment has become a major problem for universities and R & D institutions due to financial constraints.
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FUNDING THE PAGE CHARGES OF PUBLICATIONS OF SRI LANKAN SCIENTISTS
Research publications enable the sharing of the findings with others so that they can benefit from the new knowledge which has been discovered.