2024 NATIONAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM “Research-Driven Innovations: Utilizing R4D to Ensure Food Security and Climate Resiliency” 



The Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) is now calling for the submission of scientific papers for the 2024 National Research Symposium (NRS). The competition is open to all Filipino scientists and researchers from DA units and attached agencies, state universities and colleges, and other government institutions under the DA’s National Agriculture and Fisheries R&D System (NaRDSAF) that conducts R&D work in agriculture and fisheries. Entry papers must be based on results of R&D projects completed in the past three years (January 2021-June 2024).

The culmination of the NRS is the Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act (AFMA) Research Paper Award which is conferred to researchers whose works have resulted in new technologies, information, processes, or systems that are beneficial to the agriculture and fisheries sector.


The following are the research paper categories in the symposium:

1. Technology Generation – Crops, Fisheries/Aquaculture, Livestock/Poultry

This category focuses on research aimed at gaining knowledge and understanding to determine the means to meet specific needs within crop, fisheries/aquaculture, and livestock/poultry sectors. Conducted primarily in research stations or controlled environments, these studies encompass a variety of topics, including varietal development and improvement, soil, water, and nutrient management, and crop pest and disease management. Additionally, research entries under this category should explore postharvest and processing technologies, mechanization and digitalization, food safety measures, climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies, and practices in organic agriculture. The primary objective should be to advance the foundational knowledge and understanding required to develop innovative solutions in agriculture and aquaculture.

2. Technology Adaptation and Verification– Crops, Fisheries/Aquaculture, Livestock/Poultry

Entries under this category should focus on the adaptation and verification of technologies for crop, fishery, and aquaculture commodities. The research topic should involve real-world applications and field testing to refine and validate technologiesinitially developed in controlled environments. Addresses topics such as breed development and improvement, feed development, culture management, pest and disease management, postharvest and processing technologies, automation and digitalization, food safety, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and organic agriculture. It should also demonstrate the practicality, effectiveness, and readiness of these technologies for diverse agricultural and aquacultural settings.

3. Policy and Socio-Economics Research

Submissions to this category should focus on utilizing existing knowledge from systematic work in agriculture and fisheries to develop new or improved products, processes, systems, and services. The research should encompass technology and information generation, adaptation, and verification for livestock and poultry commodities.

Key areas include breed development and improvement, feed development, nutrition and health management, postharvest and processing technologies, mechanization and digitalization, food safety, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and organic agriculture. Additionally, it may include studies on the socio-economic aspects of agriculture and fisheries, covering governance, politics, economics, sociology, and anthropology. Entries should emphasize participatory research methods, monitoring and evaluation of technological packages, and assessments of adoption, impact, and policy contributions. The objective should revolve around the enhancement of the effectiveness and sustainability of agricultural and fisheries practices through informed socio-economic research and policy development.


 a. Papers which have already won an award in any national or international scientific competition

 b. Papers which have been published in any refereed scientific journal

 c. Thesis/Dissertation

6. Upon submission of entry papers, the activities will be as follows:

 a. Validation of entry paper categorization

 b. Initial screening of all papers conducted with a panel of evaluators

 c. The top three (3) entries from each category/subcategory (with a score of 85% and above) will be invited to present their paper during the symposium proper and will be required to prepare a scientific poster as an entry for the NRS scientific poster competition.


 Interested parties must complete the following steps:

 1. Initial Submission via Google Forms:

 ● Complete the Google Form: Submit your entry through


 ● Attach Required Documents:

 ○ Fully accomplished NRS Entry Form.

 ○ Manuscript.

 ○ Signed endorsement letter from the head of your agency.

 2. Submission of Printed Copy to DA-BAR:

 ● Send One Printed Copy:

 ○ Include the manuscript and the signed endorsement letter.

 ○ Ensure that this printed copy matches the digital copy submitted via Google Forms.

Accomplish the initial submission and submit the required printed copies on or before August 15, 2024 to:



 RDMIC Bldg, Visayas Avenue, cor. Elliptical Road

 Diliman, Quezon City 1104

Failure to comply will automatically disqualify the entry.


1. Length and Layout:

 ● Recommended Length: Up to 30 pages, double-spaced.

 ● Inclusions: This length includes appendices, tables, figures, and charts.

 ● Printing: Single-sided printing only.

 ● Paper Size and Margins: Use A4-size bond paper with 1-inch margins on all sides.

 ● Font: Choose a 12-pointsize in Times New Roman or Arial for all text.

2. Software and File Requirements:

 ● Microsoft Word: Use this for the manuscript text.

 ● Microsoft Excel: Use this for any tables or charts that are included.

3. Manuscript Structure:

Entry papers must strictly follow the standard format for scientific papers:

 i. Title

 ii. Author/s

 iii. Abstract

 iv. Keywords

 v. Introduction (Rationale, Review of Literature, etc.)

 vi. Objectives

 vii. Methodology

 viii. Results and Discussion

 ix. Conclusion and Recommendations

 x. References



The winning papers will be selected for each category. Cash prizes and plaques will be given to the authors of the winning papers. Winners from the qualified poster entries will be selected for the poster competition. Cash prizes and trophies will be given to the authors of the winning posters. The qualifiers who rank 4th to 10th in each category will be awarded with consolation prize.

For more information, please contact:

Program Development Division - Institutional Development Division

Telephone nos.: (02) 8920-0219, or 8461-2900 local nos. 1157, 2112, 2113, 2130, 3151

Email: nrs.dabar@gmail.com