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Government offers research grants for women scientists

2017/09/29 17:32:53

Ministry of Science and Technology Minister Chen Liang-gee (陳良基)/CNA file photo

Taipei, Sept. 29 (CNA) The Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) has unveiled a NT$90 million (US$2.96 million) research grant program for women scientists as part of its campaign to retain research talent, Minister Chen Liang-gee (陳良基) said Thursday.

Women currently account for 33 percent of the researchers in Taiwan's higher education realm, and only 24 percent of them have participated in theme-based research projects funded by the ministry, Chen said.

The low participation rate could be linked to the fact that women in Taiwan still assume the main responsibility of caring for their families, often forcing them to give up their careers, he said.

To encourage women to return to the research field, the ministry is accepting applications for grants from female researchers who have never undertaken a MOST-funded research project before or who have not done so in the previous five years, he said.

The application deadline is Jan. 8, 2018, and each project is expected to receive grants of NT$800,000, according to the ministry.

(By Liao Yu-yang and Y.F. Low)