BACKGROUND

During FY 2004, The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) decided to end the “General Exchange Program” and modified the “Inter-University Exchange Program” to implement it as new program called the “Joint Research Program”. The Joint Research Program (JRP) under the Joint Scientific Cooperation Program between the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) is a bilateral exchange program jointly conducted by Filipino and Japanese researchers in accordance with their mutual agreement on international scientific collaboration.
PURPOSE

The JSPS-DOST bilateral exchange program aims to provide support for research to be jointly conducted by Japanese and Filipino researchers.
Specifically, JRP aims to:

1.Contribute to scientific advancement by conducting bilateral research (including seminars) in the specific research field.
2.Provide opportunities for young researchers of Japan and the Philippines to meet, interact, and exchange ideas to build a robust S&T community in the region.

The Program is open to young Japanese and Filipino researchers in universities or research institutions based on a principle of equal partnership.

GENERAL POLICIES AND REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS

Duration of each Project

Each Project should run for a maximum of three (3) years, with an annual evaluation of the project to be conducted by the two organizations
Project Funding

JSPS will provide a set amount of funds (approximately 2.5 million yen per year) in support of each selected project.

DOST will also support each project with a set amount of funds as presented in the Line-Item- Budget (LIB) of the project proposal and approved by the DOST Executive Committee (DOST EXECOM). Approval of LIB is done during the project proposal review.

Japanese researchers will indicate, “desired funding from JSPS” in the JSPS-JRP application form. Filipino researchers will indicate “desired funding from DOST” in their proposal application. In this way, JSPS and DOST can judge that each principal researcher made the project proposal in close consultation with his/her counterpart researcher.


SELECTION CRITERIA (FOR FILIPINO RESEARCHERS SEEKING DOST FUNDS)

A. Eligibility of Proponent

1. Any Filipino scientists with proven competence may apply for GIA support of DOST, provided that projects are based in the Philippines and that Filipinos may benefit from the project.
2. The eligibility of project proponents shall be determined by the DOST Sectoral Council based on his/her readiness in terms of technical, managerial, and financial capabilities. As such the proponent shall submit documents/ proof of the following: credentials/proof of capability, track record, and endorsement of his/her institution. R&D program/project leader shall posses, at least, an MS degree in a relevant field.
3. Proponents should have no previous accountabilities with DOST.

B. General Criteria

1. Research topics should be within the DOST Priority Areas.
2. Capacity of the Proponent – competence of the proponent to undertake the project based on experience/ training and track record.
3. Scientific Merit – commitment to generate new knowledge or apply existing knowledge in an innovative manner.
4. Technical and Financial Feasibility – tenability of the undertaking both technically and financially.
5. Environmental Impact – project should not have adverse effect on the environment and public health.
6. Cultural Sensitivity – adaptability of the project to Philippine culture and tradition.
7. Reasonable Timeframe – duration of the project and its activities should be within reasonable limits or consistent with the nature and complexity of the proposed activity.
8. Plans for Research Utilization – proposal should include plans on how R&D results will get to end-user/s.
9. Institution Capacity – commitment to upgrade/ modernize S&T facilities and database infrastructure.

C. Application Requirements

The Filipino proponent shall submit documents that are required by DOST Sectoral Councils. These shall include, among others, the following:

1. Complete proposal following the DOST Format (Form 1B, 2B, 2B-1 and 2B-2).
2. Detailed breakdown of the required fund assistance to indicate counterpart of the proponent’s institution and other fund sources, if any (Line-Item Budget).
3. Curriculum vitae of proponent/ proof of capability of proponent to undertake research.
4. Accomplishment reports and audited financial reports of previous DOST-GIA funded projects, if any.
5. Endorsement letter from head of institution of the proponent.
6. Research Contract specifically on the proposed Intellectual Property sharing scheme cognizant of DOST policies on IPR protection (refer to IPR Section).

Procedure for Selecting Projects

Simultaneous recruitment will be done in Japanese and Philippine universities and research organizations by JSPS and DOST, respectively. Japanese university researchers will submit their proposals to JSPS while their counterparts in the Philippines are to submit the same proposal to DOST. The proposal of the Filipino researcher should be endorsed by his/her agency head. It should be submitted following the application format of JSPS and the DOST format for Research and Development Project Proposal (DOST Form 1B, 2B, 2B-1 and 2B-2), including Line-Item-Budget (LIB).

JSPS and DOST will verify each other’s list of applicants before independently reviewing, evaluating and prioritizing the proposals. JSPS and DOST will mutually agree on which proposal/s to support for each fiscal year.

For further inquiries, please contact:
DOST-JSPS Secretariat
Department of Science and Technology
Rm. 301, DOST Main Bldg.,
DOST Compound, Gen. Santos Ave.
Bicutan, Taguig City

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The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) and UK Medical Research Council (MRC) aim to develop and strengthen science and innovation partnership between Philippine and UK institutions through the Newton Fund research grants as part of the Official Development Assistance (ODA) of the UK Government.

Six (6) research collaborations on surveillance, diagnostics, and characterization of infectious diseases such as malaria, HIV, schistosomiasis, dengue, antimicrobial resistance, and tuberculosis were awarded Php 260M in grants.

UK-Philippine collaboration is an excellent opportunity to address some of the key challenges for health in the Philippines especially in the field of infectious disease. The three-year projects are co-funded by PCHRD and MRC and will be implemented together by Philippine and UK institutions.

“This collaboration will help us in improving health outcomes through research-based solutions and innovations, and working with the best institutions in UK will complement our current research efforts in infectious disease research,” said Dr. Jaime C. Montoya, Executive Director, PCHRD.

“It is fantastic that we have been able to work together with PCHRD to fund six projects across a range of extremely important Infectious Disease research areas. Through working in partnership, UK and Filipino researchers will be able to explore these research questions using shared expertise of the diseases and Filipino context” said by Dr Mark Palmer, Director of International Strategy, MRC

The six projects, from the 22 proposals submitted during the Newton Fund Research Call, were selected during the UK – Philippine joint panel meeting held on 4-6 November 2015 in Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, London, United Kingdom. The call focused on researches relevant to Filipinos, which includes understanding the cause of disease or epidemiology in the Filipino population, or development or implementation of interventions for resource-poor communities in the Philippines.

The following six projects will be undertaken by Philippine and UK institutions:

  1.  ENSURE: Enhanced surveillance for control and elimination of malaria in the Philippines (Research Institute for Tropical Medicine and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine);
  2. See and Sequence' - Genomic surveillance of antimicrobial resistant and high-risk pathogenic clones within the Philippines (Research Institute for Tropical Medicine and Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute);
  3. Triple-D Targets: The UK-Philippines Dengue Diagnostic and Drug Targets Research Consortium (National Institutes of Health, University of the Philippines Manila and University of Bristol);
  4. HIV G.E.T (Gaming, Engaging and Testing) Project (University of the Philippines Manila and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine);
  5. Impact assessment of diagnostic tools for multi-drug resistant and (MDR-TB) drug sensitive tuberculosis (TB) in the Philippines (De la Salle Health Sciences Institute and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine)
  6. Structure Elucidation and Characterization of the Venus Kinase Receptors of a Philippine Isolate of Schistosoma japonicum (University of the Philippines Diliman and Imperial College London)

The Philippine Association for the Advancement of Science and Technology (PhilAAST) is inviting participants to attend their upcoming 65th Annual Convention on 22-23 September 2016 in Manila, Philippines.   

The said Convention will be held in conjunction with the 8th Asian Heads of Research Councils (ASIAHORCs) Joint Symposium to provide a platform for discussion and interaction among PhilAAST members and co-workers and science experts in Asia on the most recent findings and developments related to the impact of the changing environment on global health in order to promote and strengthen scientific and technological collaboration among Asian countries.

With the theme, “Impact of Changing Regional Environment on Global Health”, presentations will comprise topics on strengthening health resilience to climate change, increased focus on health disaster risk management, vector-borne diseases and climate change, environmental stressors in diseases and implications for human health during disasters, and promoting health while mitigating climate change.

Expected participants include PhilAAST members, ASIAHORCs delegates, educators, researchers in the academe and government, industry representatives, and other S&T practitioners.

For more information, you may download the copy of 65th Annual Convention of PhilAAST and 8th ASIAHORCs Joint Symposium brochure at http://www.pchrd.dost.gov.ph/phocadownload/ASIAHORCS%20Brochure.pdf

MANDALUYONG, Metro Manila- To discuss basic characteristics and functions of social media for science and technology (S&T), the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), through the Science and Technology Information Institute (STII), organized the Social Media Streamlining Seminar on 21-24 June 2016 at Richville Hotel.

Social Media Streamlining Seminar

STII Communication Resources and Production Division (CRPD) Chief Aristotle Carandang explained that social media is a practical and effective tool for use of DOST agencies and offices in promoting S&T programs and services.

The workshop, as discussed by STII Director Richard Burgos, intended to look at the influence of social media to the public, identify best practices for telling effective stories in social media, explain responsible social media behaviors, and develop social media strategies.

Mr. Jonas De los Reyes of Yahoo! Philippines emphasized how social media gives organizations like DOST the ability to connect and build relationships with their stakeholders.

Because of social media, communication now flows both ways and it has empowered a new breed of more active, vocal (and usually more demanding) consumers,” he also added.

Likewise, Ms. Regina Rosero of Puzzled Owl discussed how social media can be used in communication, advocacy, knowledge and education.

Social media is a fast lane to the public. Why wait for TV and newspapers to make announcements for you?” she explained.  

In creating compelling stories for social media, Ms. Ana Santos of Rappler mentioned the importance of knowing your audience, anticipating objection, highlighting benefit, and showing instead of telling.

Ms. Rocel Ann Junio of Doctors Without Borders also added that eye catching photographs, inspiring quotes, engaging videos, informative screenshots, and thought-provoking questions are some of engaging contents that can be used in social media.

We are now living in the world where digital [media] is a persistent layer in almost every aspect of our daily lives,” Mr. Jonas De los Reyes emphasized. 

Other speakers during Seminar were Mr. Timothy James Dimacali of GMA News Online, Dr. Jose Camacho of University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) Graduate School, and Dr. Ma. Theresa Velasco of UPLB College of Development Communication.

Last April, the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) and #HealthXPh organized the 2nd Philippine Healthcare & Social Media Summit at Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) to forge partnerships translating tweets, shares and likes to concrete actions that can transform healthcare. ■