As a brain gain initiative of the Philippine government, the Balik Scientist Program (BSP) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) seeks to encourage highly-trained overseas Filipino scientists and technologists, experts, and professionals to return to the Philippines and share their expertise for the acceleration of the scientific, agro-industrial and economic development of the country.
Established in 1975, the Program serves as a tool for the strengthening of the country's scientific and technological human resources. Thru the transfer of diverse new knowledge and expertise, Balik Scientists have been instrumental in providing solutions to national concerns, especially in areas where there are limited experts residing in the country. Local private and public institutions seeking technical assistance from foreign-based Filipino experts may apply for DOST assistance through the Program, either on a Short-Term or Long-Term basis.
To date, the BSP continues to be one of the DOST's strategic programs which addresses the priority areas consistent with the current S&T priorities as identified by DOST for the country's achievement of greater levels of competitiveness, economic value and prosperity.