The Thailand Research Fund has joined hands with leading mass media and information firm Thomson Reuters in launching a new prestigious award for outstanding Thai researchers in science and technology.
Winners of the Thailand Research Fund/Thomson Reuters Excellence Award 2015 will be selected from the most internationally cited Thai researchers in the Web of Science.
Thomson Reuters runs the Web of Science, which is touted as the most comprehensive and versatile research platform. The firm has used this data since 2002 to accurately predict as many as 37 winners of Nobel prizes.
TRF director Prof Dr Suthipun Jitpimolmard and Reuters Thomson executive Andrew Yeoh signed an agreement last week related to the excellence award. The agreement addresses the criteria TRF should use in handing out research grants.
TRF and Thomson Reuters will encourage the exchange of opinions for the promotion of research and innovation.
"We have awarded grants to encourage the creation of new knowledge and to empower research personnel for the development of Thailand," Suthipun said.
TRF has worked with more than 36,000 research projects. About half of these, he said, were academics (17,200). The 18,800 other research works were in the people's sector. To date, more than 2,300 research projects supported by TRF have been put to use.
"About 12,000 TRF-supported research works have been published in international academic journals," Suthipun said.
He said TRF wanted to adopt new analysis methods in assessing research findings and when making decisions on how best to fund research in order to help the country.
Yeoh said Thomson Reuters was delighted to play a role in Thailand's scientific and technological research development. He said his firm had provided information support to Thailand.
"Now, we are also working with TRF in supporting its vision to achieve world-class research excellence," he said.