The Balik Scientist Program (BSP) was established in 1975 to encourage overseas Filipino scientists and professionals to return in the Philippines, and share their expertise in order to accelerate the scientific, agro-industrial and economic development of the country.
Presidential Decree 819 dated October 24, 1975 established the BSP for a period of five years (1975-1980). Letter of Instruction No. 1044 dated July 18, 1980 extended the implementation of the BSP up to 1986. On October 25, 1993, former President Fidel V. Ramos revived and instituted the BSP under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through Executive Order No. 130.
OBJECTIVE OF THE PROGRAM
The BSP aims to strengthen the scientific and technological human resources of academic, public and private institutions in order to accelerate the flow of technologies and stimulate the development of new or strategically important technologies that are vital to national development and progress.
TYPES OF PROGRAMS
- Long-Term Program - It is a program utilizing the expertise of expatriate Filipino Scientist and Technologist with a duration of at least two (2) years in the case of Balik Scientist and three (3) years in the case of New Graduates.
- Short-Term Program - It is a program utilizing the expertise of expatriate Filipino Scientist and Technologist with a duration of at least 30 days.
DOST PRIORITY R&D AREAS
- Agriculture and Food
- Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
- Health / Pharmaceutics
- Environment and Natural Resources
- Disaster Mitigation and Management