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Government to spend NT$2 billion to encourage research at universities

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

The Ministry of Economic Affairs will spend NT$2 billion (US$59.15 million) over a one-year period beginning in the middle of next month to encourage universities in Taiwan to work with other institutes to promote research and development in various areas, officials at the ministry said yesterday.

The officials at the Department of Industrial Technology said that in line with the Cabinet’s plan to expand investment in public construction and create more jobs to attract research talent, the ministry has worked out a set of guidelines regarding the granting of subsidies for all sorts of research projects.

They said that applications would be accepted between April 2 and April 15 and that each research project submitted should be worth at least NT$5 million.

The research projects would cover all areas, including science and engineering, agriculture, medicine, law, business, literature, history, technical services, greenhouse gas reduction, green industries, arts and creative industries, they said.

The officials said the ministry’s subsidy plan was expected to absorb 2,450 research personnel.

Information about the plan can be downloaded from the Web site of the Department of Industrial Technology at www.tdpa.tdp. org.tw.

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