With the continued commitment of the Department of Health (DOH) in training the next generation of health sector leaders, researchers, policy analysis and program managers, the DOH partnered with Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) to implement the DOH Research Fellowship Program. Aligned with the Advancing Health through Evidence Assisted Decisions (AHEAD) strategy to (1) to increase individual, institutional and sectoral research capacity and (2) to position the Philippines as a global knowledge contributor, the Program aims to establish a cadre of young professionals with the appropriate knowledge, skills and attitude to appraise and conduct high quality health policy and systems research that are of policy significance.

With the passing of the Universal Health Care Act, there is a need to further develop a cadre of policy system researchers, technical experts and managers in order to strengthen internal analytic capacity in the DOH and to build health policy and systems research capacity within the sector. In line with this, the DOH Fellowship Program will be expanded in order to capacitate young professionals deployed to the regional Centers for Health Development (CHDs) all over the country.

The DOH Regional Research Fellowship Program is a 1-year term fellowship program intended for early career professionals who are considering a career in research. The Regional Research Fellows will be fully immersed in technical work at DOH regional CHDs and, in turn, will be capacitated in health policy, research and health systems management.

Objective:

To produce a cadre of young professionals in the field of health systems research, policy, data analysis and health systems management at the DOH CHD level

Scope of Work:

  1. Identify research gaps in health policy and systems
  2. Develop and design a health policy and systems research addressing identified research gaps/ health policy and systems issues
  3. Collect and analyze data using a range of quantitative and qualitative techniques
  4. Systematically search, appraise and synthesize research evidence
  5. Communicate evidence to influence policy-making and legislation through the development of policy briefs, policy notes and other knowledge products as appropriate
  6. Apply research evidence in day-to-day practice to improve health policy and systems
  7. Participate in research capacity building activities
  8. Comply with DOH standards and protocols

Deliverables*:

*meant to be completed individually by the fellow, unless otherwise indicated

  1. One (1) individual research paper (can be done collaboratively with CHD staff, but fellow must be the principal investigator, and author)
  2. At least one (1) research brief
  3. At least five (5) technical reports/documents (such as, but not limited to position papers, policy notes, technical presentations, meeting reports, aide memoires, terms of reference and the like)
  4. Timely submission of monthly accomplishment report approved by the DOH management
  5. Other policy and research related technical tasks as may be required

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. At least 20 years old
  2. Residing in regions I (Ilocos), III (Central Luzon), VI (Western Visayas), VII (Central Visayas), X (Northern Mindanao), CAR (Cordillera)
  3. Graduate of bachelor’s degree in any health-related courses*

*Fresh graduates are welcome to apply.

  1. Fluent in English and Filipino
    1. Knowledge/fluency of different dialects in the region is an advantage
  2. Has knowledge in research and analytical writing
  3. Possesses skills in planning, organizing and managing research
  4. Has proficient computer skills, particularly for data management, technical report-writing and presentation preparation

Duration:

One year, non-renewable

Deployment:

Centers for Health Development (CHDs) Units/Divisions in regions I, III, VI, VII, X, and CAR

Compensation:

PhP 30,000.00/ month

Expression of Interest:

Qualified applicants may file their application together with the following documents at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:

  1. Cover letter addressed to:

JAIME C. MONTOYA, MD, MSc, PhD, CESO III

Executive Director

Philippine Council for Health Research and Development

Department of Science and Technology

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Sample research paper/technical report

Deadline of submission is on or before November 22, 2019.
For queries, contact Ms. Juanita R. Valeza at 8-651-7800 local 1326/1328 or Ms. Ian Hannah C. Gozun at (02) 8-837-7537 local 405.

The Hubert Curien French-Filipino Partnership (PHC) is calling for proposals to the PHC “Science for the People” France-Philippines Cooperation Programme in Science and Research.

Implemented by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE), and French Ministry of Higher Education, Research, and Innovation (MESRI), the program aims to encourage new collaborations through exchanges between Filipino and French research laboratories involving significant participation of young researchers (Ph.D. and Post-Doctoral).

The deadline for submission of applications is on 01 February 2020. The following are the mechanics of the program:

 

General Eligibility conditions

  • The call for applications is open to researchers of research laboratories affiliated with higher education institutions and research organizations.
  • The active participation and mobility of young researchers, in particular, doctoral or post-doctoral students, is one of the first criteria for selection.
  • It only finances the mobility between the two countries of the researchers involved in the program.
  • Any other funding necessary for the implementation of joint projects must be provided by the own resources of the partner laboratories or by other sources.
  • Each proposal should be jointly submitted by the partner in France and the partner in the Philippines. On each side, a principal investigator ‘head of the project’ should be appointed by the team of researchers. Only researchers working regularly in the partner institutions of the proposal are eligible. The principal investigator has to be a researcher or a lecturer/researcher.
  • A proposal must be submitted in English to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) by the Philippines principal investigator. An identical version in French will also be submitted online by the France principal investigator.
  • Projects intended to finance exclusively the participation in congresses, conferences, or courses will be excluded.
  • Researchers are strongly encouraged to generate continuity of the project after having been supported by the PHC Program, constantly carrying on the project with a future perspective.

Eligible themes for 2020
  • Nuclear applications on health;
  • Biological Sciences;
  • Health & Medical Research (Genomics and personalized medicine);
  • Agro-ecological approaches to agricultural production (Agritech);
  • Soil health, nutrient and water management;
  • Industry, energy, and emerging technology;
  • Material Science

 

Project Proposal Form

The application should include:

  1. A clear identification of the partners (university/training and research unit/department/school/research body/other);
  2. Objectives of the project within the general framework of human resource development and the establishment of France-Philippines thematic network;
  3. A precise description of the activity to be carried out and the number of persons involved;
  4. An implementation timetable;
  5. Detailed budget established according to the rules edicted;
  6. Official approval from relevant agency authorizing commitment of institution of each partner

Evaluation and selection

The projects will be selected by France and the Philippines during a Joint Meeting. For the French side, the MESRI's Delegation for European and International Affairs (DAEI) ensures the scientific evaluation of the applications. For the Philippines side, the DOST ensures the scientific evaluation of the applications.

 

Evaluation requirements:

  • The quality and scientific interest of the project, the clarity of its presentation;
  • Recognition of researchers in their field, participation in the publication of scientific articles, international notoriety;
  • Participation of young researchers and/or Ph.D. students: the team should consist of a minimum of, but not limited to, two members e.g. a senior researcher and junior researcher(s);
  • Cooperation and complementarity between French and Philippines teams(mutual contributions, balance of planned mobility...)
  • Network projects;
  • Alignment with the themes;
  • Perspectives of valorization of the project (academic publications, potential economic and industrial benefits).

 

Project duration

Each project will take 2 years for implementation. Funding is granted on an annual basis. It must be used between January 1st and December 31st of the year concerned and cannot be carried over to the next financial year.

An overall budget of up to 1 160 000 PHP (20,000 €) will be awarded per project per year. This budget represents the total funding per year per project allocated by the two countries, France and the Philippines. Therefore, for the entire duration of the PHC program (2 years), a project can be granted up to 2 315 000 PHP (40 000€).

The project coordinators will be requested to fill an annual activity report form at the end of each year in order to make sure of the project progress. The report will determine the financial contribution for the following year determined by:

  • Optimal consumption of the first-year funding
  • Annual activity reporting the project progress
  • Financial statement of the actions implemented of planned before the end of the calendar year (generally before November 15th)

A final scientific and financial report is required no later than three months after the end of projects.

 

Budget

The project should be co-financed by partner institutions. The principle of project co-financing excluding salaries is a condition for complementary support from the public agencies. The budget must show as realistically as possible the share of financial contributions expected from each partner (researchers, home institutions, host institutions, companies, communities, French and Philippines Ministries), broken down according to the type of expenditures: travel costs between the two countries, transport costs in the host country, living costs, educational fees (of the institution excluding costs covered by government subsidy), laboratory costs, tutoring, language learning and support, documents etc.

Providing a budget form sheet with the project proposal form should be filled in returned to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), through the principal investigator’s university.

(*) Rates given in Euros for the French side, in Pesos for the Philippines side, are to be used as a guide and could be subject to some adjustment.

 

Financial support requested from the French and Filipino institutions

No cross-border funding scheme: France is paying for the French scientists traveling and living expenses and the Philippines for the Filipino scientists travelling and living expenses.

The resources granted by the Philippines cover exclusively the payment of the residence allowances and travel of the Filipino team's researchers in France.

The expenses cover:

  1. International transportation for exchange Filipino professors/lecturers/researchers (Ph.D. and Post-Doctoral), from the Philippines to France, including, if necessary, domestic transportation in France and the Philippines. The maximum rate of a round trip air ticket is 1500 Euros (87 000 Pesos)
  2. Living allowances in France of the Filipino professors/lecturers/senior or junior researchers (Ph.D. and Post-Doctoral): 110 Euros/day (6 390 Pesos). Health insurance will be also provided.

 

Intellectual property

The head of the projects is responsible and must take, on their own, all necessary measures to protect intellectual property.

Read carefully the attached document on good practices including on the rules of intellectual property. The project deposit includes, de facto, the adhesion, by all parties, to those rules.

 

Publication

Publications (articles in specialized review or journals and communications at conferences or seminars), as well as reports,  should explicitly mention the support provided by the Ministries for Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE) and Higher Education, Research and Innovation (MESRI) and by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

 

For more information, please contact:

International Technology Cooperation Unit
Department of Science and Technology
General Santos Ave., Bicutan, Taguig City, 1631
Tel: 838-8376
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

The Hubert Curien Partnerships (PHC) are bilateral programs to support researchers’ mobility and are therefore a privileged tool for French scientific cooperation abroad.

The French-Philippine PHC Science for the People supports joint research projects over a 2-year period. It finances the mobility of Filipino and French researchers between France and the Philippines. The participation of young researchers, in particular doctoral or post-doctoral students, is fostered. This PHC is funded and implemented in France by the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs with the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation and in the Philippines by the Department of Science and Technology.

The country’s lead in health research, Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD), announced the conception of the first National Mental Health Research Agenda (NMHRA) during the World Mental Health Week on Friday, October 11, 2019 at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City.

Intended to set direction for the country’s future mental health research investments, the development of NMHRA 2019-2022 was facilitated by DOST-PCHRD and the World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation (WAPR) – Philippines, working with various stakeholders.   The selection of NMHRA research priority areas is based on the provisions of the Philippine Mental Health Act of 2017.

We still have much to do in the field of mental health research, and I hope with the NMHRA, we can inspire more evidence-informed research programs on mental health in the country,” said Dr. Jaime C. Montoya, Executive Director of DOST-PCHRD.

According to the Principal Investigator of NMHRA and the President of WAPR-Philippines, Ms. Lucita Lazo, mental health is not a national priority over the years, but now solutions to address the problems are being brought out. Ms. Lazo expressed her high hopes that more government and non-government organizations will initiate and support mental health research efforts in the country.

Ms. Lazo co-developed the NMHRA with Dr. Lourdes L. Ignacio, the Founding President of WAPR-Philippines.

 

Mental health situation in the Philippines

In a developing country like the Philippines, the shortage of human and financial resources along with the stigma on anything “mental”, and the low prioritization for mental health hamper the national capacity to respond to the increasing needs of the Filipino to sustain a good quality of life,” said Dr. Ignacio.

Mental health is listed as the third most prevalent form of illness in the Philippines (Lally et. al., 2018). The Department of Health reported that one in every five Filipino adults has some form of mental illness.

Every year, around 3,500 Filipinos commit suicide (World Population Review, 2019). Additionally, the highest percentage of depression affects teenagers and young adults aged 16 to 29.

In terms of healthcare, there are only 2-3 mental health workers for every 100, 000 Filipinos (World Health Organization and DOH, 2006). This, according to experts, accounts for a severe shortage of mental health specialists in the country. Moreover, researchers argue that mental health in the Philippines remains an under-resourced aspect in healthcare.

 

National developments in mental health

According to Dr. Ignacio, there are two major waves of mental health development in the Philippines. The first was initiated in 2001 by the National Mental Health Policy issued by the Secretary of Health as the country’s commitment in observance of the World Health Day. The second was done in the last two years: the enactment of the Philippine Mental Health Act of 2017, the promulgation of its implementing rules and regulations, and the enactment of the Universal Health Law. These recent developments are all deemed to change the landscape of mental health in the country.




The future of mental health research with NMHRA 2019-2022

Mental health is one of the research priorities in the National Unified Health Research Agenda (NUHRA) 2017-2020. However, no mental health research framework existed which the DOST-PCHRD could follow in supporting mental health programs.

With the NMHRA 2019-2022, future mental health research projects are expected to achieve three major outcomes as follows: improved mental health information system; strengthened leadership and governance; and accessible, available, affordable, and responsive mental health services.

According to Ms. Lazo and Dr. Ignacio, a strengthened mental health information system is crucial as it will lay the basis for innovations in the field. More so, this will help steer the provision of mental healthcare services for Filipinos. Subsequently, an improved leadership and governance will ensure adequate supply of resources needed for mental health services in the country. Well-informed duty bearers will fuel the provision of treatment and care in local mental health facilities and mental hospitals, which will increase the availability of mental health services among local communities all over the country.

The new mental health research agenda seeks to support the current policy reforms in mental health, as it is informed by developments at the global level and continues to support a life course perspective on mental health research.

“Now, it seems like there can be reality to the movement towards approaching mental health from a transformative framework to being more wide-ranging, as it’s going to traverse the whole of life, because that’s what mental health is all about, the whole total well-being, so exciting!” Dr. Violeta Bautista, head of UP Diliman’s Clinical Psychology Program stressed.


Around 40 potential partners from the pharmaceutical industry met with the lead negotiators of the Tuklas Lunas™ Program during the Philippine Health Research Innovations Matching Event (PHRIME) on Thursday, October 17 to discuss how the outputs of the Drug Discovery and Development Program can further be developed and reach the Filipino consumers.



Organized by the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD), PHRIME aims to present the pioneering batch of herbal drug candidates developed through DOST-PCHRD’s Tuklas Lunas™ program for various health conditions.

“It is only when the research results from our drug discovery program reach the market can we truly say that research serves the best interest of the Filipino people,” said Dr. Jaime C. Montoya, Executive Director of DOST-PCHRD.

Aiming to produce world-class medicines derived from the Philippine biodiversity, the DOST-PCHRD opens opportunities for the pharmaceutical sector to co-develop medicines with researchers, by investing in drug development, or obtain early license for eventual commercialization.

This is history in the making, as this will be the first time that we will show you what we have done through the years with Tuklas Lunas. DOST is seeking partnerships to put these outputs into pre-clinical and clinical studies, and eventually, for commercialization,” Dr. Montoya emphasized.

DOST’s Undersecretary for Research and Development, Dr. Rowena Cristina Guevara, who stressed that health, of all interests, must always come first. “You as the industry for pharmaceuticals have the opportunity to improve the health of the Filipino people. Ang challenge lang po namin sa inyo ay to be brave, believe in the Filipino researchers and scientists, and co-invest with the Department of Science and Technology.”

Tuklas Lunas™ is one of the research priority areas of DOST-PCHRD following the National Unified Health Research Agenda 2017-2022. To date, the program has supported and partnered with 28 institutions nationwide in studying the country’s biodiversity potential for drug research.

For more information about Tuklas Lunas, visit http://pchrd.dost.gov.ph.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Young Scientists Network is calling for applications to the ASEAN Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Project. This workshop aims to foster integrity across Southeast Asia towards achieving the long-term goal of establishing a robust RCR agenda.

All successful applicants will be invited to attend the ASEAN RCR Workshop, which will be held at AKEPT, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia from the 11 - 13 December 2019. This workshop will be the first stage of the 3-year ASEAN RCR Project.

Early- to mid-career researchers in all disciplines of sciences including engineering, social sciences, arts and the humanities in the ASEAN region, who are passionate about promoting research integrity are encouraged to apply. The network also welcomes research administrators who actively promote research integrity to apply and participate in this project.

ASEAN RCR Workshop Structure

The ASEAN RCR Workshop is developed as a highly interactive workshop that includes training, application, peer support and mentorship on RCR. Participants will learn about the framework and content of RCR; and they will be provided with pedagogical and leadership training as well as network to formulate regional collaborative strategies. Participants who attend this workshop will take part in the 3-year ASEAN RCR Project that includes the promotion of RCR in their home country.


ASEAN RCR Workshop Structure Costs

Training, meal and accommodation costs will be covered by the organizers for all participants. Travel support will also be made available to a maximum of two participants from each ASEAN member state. There will be some costs that will not be covered by the program, such as visas and vaccinations, for which the participants may need to seek support from their local institution or fund personally. Participants will also be required to provide their personal travel insurance details as a condition of participation.


Application Process:

All applicants have to fill up the formal application form and provide one recommendation letter from their proposed referee (details are provided in the ASEAN RCR Project Application Form). Please ensure that the support letter is sent from an official institutional email address. The referee has to commit to be involved in future communications and mentorship of successful ASEAN RCR Project applicants.

Deadline of applications is on the 30th of October 2019. For more information, please contact Dr. Chau De Ming (Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Tel. No.: +6 018 660 2208).