QUEZON CITY, Metro Manila- The Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB) conducted a training on Good Clinical Practice (GCP) on 7-10 March at Toscana Hall, Torre Venezia Suites, Timog Avenue.


Photo session with the participants and speakers

The activity aims to improve the skills of PHREB’s Committee on Information Dissemination, Training, and Advocacy (CIDTA) and National Ethics Committee (NEC) members in conducting training programs such as Good Research Practice Training, Basic Research Ethics Training, Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) Workshop, and Research Ethics Committee Staff Training.

Included in the discussions were important factors to consider and use during the conduct of training namely content, participants, goals, and tools. The principles of GCP, roles and responsibilities of investigators, and assessment of protocols based on common issues accompanying clinical trials were also tackled.

The activity also harmonizes the understanding of the participants in communicating knowledge by identifying the key challenges that they have encountered during the conduct of training as well as the key qualities of an effective educator.

Dr. Fidela Moreno of the University of Santo Tomas and Intermountain Heart Institute, Dr. Joseph Marzo of the PAREXEL Clinical Research Philippines, and Ms. Ma. Rosary Anne Reyes of Otsuka Manila Research Center facilitated the training. (With reports from Julian Bernardo Torralba, Science Research Specialist I, PCHRD). 

Europe: MSCA Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) Call

ASEAN Researchers and Research Staff Eligible

Deadline 05 April 2017
Website: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/topics/msca-rise-2017.html

MSCA-RISE aims at international and inter-sector collaboration through promoting research and innovation exchanges of staff. MSCA-RISE will support short-term mobility of research and innovation staff at all career levels, from the most junior (post-graduate) to the most senior (management), including administrative and technical staff.

Ten years of the European Research Council: A European Success Story

Website: https://erc.europa.eu/
Deadlines: 25 April 2017 │ 05 September 2017 (17.00 Brussels local time)

The European Research Council (ERC), established by the EU to support excellent researchers in Europe, has backed scores of them, including six who later received Nobel Prizes. ERC grants also created career opportunities for some 50,000 research staff, resulted in numerous scientific breakthroughs and led to over 800 patent applications that lay the foundations for growth and jobs, and the improvement of people's daily lives.

France-AgreenSkills+ Postdoctoral Fellowships

ASEAN Researchers Eligible

Deadlines: 28 April and 13 October 2017
Website: https://liham.gov.ph/service/home/~/?auth=co&loc=en&id=46657&part=2

AgreenSkills+ is an international mobility programme co-funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development. The programme is aimed at talented researchers from all over the world holding a PhD with less than 10 years of postdoctoral research experience. Research projects in the fields of agriculture, food, nutrition, environment, animal health and veterinary public health may be supported.

Europe: Call for 10 PhD Fellowships. The “European Network on Anti-Cancer Immuno-therapy Improvement by Modification of CAR and TCR Interactions and Nanoscale Geometry”

ASEAN Students Eligible.
Deadline is 01 May 2017.
Website: http://www.enacti2ng-itn.eu/

The EN-ACTI2NG (European Network on Anti-Cancer Immuno-Therapy Improvement by modification of CAR and TCR Interactions and Nanoscale Geometry) Initial Training Network, funded by the H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions program, emanates from the recent clinical evidence that T cells expressing engineered tumor-specific immune receptors can eradicate certain tumors that do not respond to conventional treatment. This important therapeutic approach (considered by the journal Science ‘Scientific Breakthrough of the Year’ in December 2013) is still in a very early phase of development and currently requires a well-trained workforce to address a number of challenges.

United Kingdom: Training Fellowships in Public Health and Tropical Medicine 

Deadline 08 May 2017.
Website: https://wellcome.ac.uk/funding/training-fellowships-public-health-and-tropical-medicine

This scheme offers research experience and training to early-stage researchers from low and middle-income countries. The scheme aims to support research that will improve public health and tropical medicine at a local, national and global level.

Germany: DAAD Scholarships for ASEAN students interested in Masters Degree in Engineering in Bangkok and Aachen, Germany.

Deadline is 15 May 2017.
Website: http://tggs.kmutnb.ac.th/daad-scholarships-tggs-2017/

Students from across Southeast Asia (except Thailand) may o apply for DAAD scholarship which covers tuition fee and all living expenses during the first year study at the Thai-German Graduate School in Bangkok and the second year study at RWTH Aachen University in Germany.

United Kingdom: Call for Papers. EuroSEAS Conference 2017

Deadline is 15 May 2017.
Website: http://www.euroseas.org/

The European Association for Southeast Asian Studies (EuroSEAS) will hold its 9th conference from 16 to 18 August 2017 at the University of Oxford. As an international and multi-disciplinary organisation, EuroSEAS invites scholars and PhD students from all academic disciplines with an interest in Southeast Asia to submit papers on research in the field of Southeast Asian Studies.

Open Science Meetings: Scientific Cooperation in Indonesia-Netherlands

Event: 15-17 May 2017 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Website: https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/worldwide/asean/open-science-meetings-scientific-cooperation-indonesia-%E2%80%93-netherlands

The eighth Open Science Meeting, entitled Towards Resilient Society, will be held from 15 to 17 May 2017 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The OSM 2017 programme features scientific presentations, an innovation fair, public debates, workshops, keynote speeches, poster presentations, and science for policy sessions. Around the OSM plenary days, master classes on different themes will be held at several locations around the archipelago.

Germany: The Falling Walls Fellowship for Journalists.

Deadline is 25 June 2017
Website: https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/worldwide/asean/science-journalists-apply-falling-walls-fellowship-journalists

The Falling Walls Fellowship for Journalists is aimed at advancing the knowledge of journalists and bloggers, with at least three years of experience, in the area of sciences. The Fellows get the opportunity to attend the Falling Walls Lab, Falling Walls Venture, the Falling Walls Conference as well as an additional programme in Berlin around 8 and 9 November 2017. The fellowship includes travel expenses (economy class), accommodation for 3 nights (organised by Falling Walls Foundation), conference fees and meals (breakfast at hotel, catering during the Falling Walls events).

CEBU CITY – The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) has teamed up once again with #HealthXPH – a team of social media, emerging technologies, and healthcare advocates utilizing social media for healthcare promotion – to bring you the 3rd Philippine Healthcare and Social Media Summit on 25 April 2017 at the Marco Polo Hotel, Cebu City.


With the theme, “Social Media & Health Research: Connections that Matter,” this year’s summit will tackle different tracks linking healthcare and social media use, namely in 1) Establishing a Research Topic; 2) Ethical Issues of Using Data from Social Media; 3) Literature Review; 4) Tools for Social Network Analysis; 5) Using Social Media to Disseminate Research; and 6) Natural Language Processing and Big Data stirred by esteemed speakers in the fields of social media and health. The summit will also hold an oral research presentation featuring health researches related to and/or aided by social media.

Healthcare professionals from the academe and healthcare industry, patients and advocates, researchers, and students nationwide are expected to attend the social media summit.

Admission to the summit is FREE OF CHARGE. Interested participants may register through this link to secure a slot: https://hcsmph2017.eventbrite.com. Follow us on Twitter (@DOST_PCHRD) and Facebook (fb.com/dostpchrd) for more updates.

Click here to see the program


The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development is now accepting capsule research proposals for possible funding in CY 2018. Priority topics for the capsule research proposals are enumerated per research area as follows:

Diagnostics -  Development of diagnostics for early detection and/or prediction of disease and mortality, utilizing existing technologies and/or novel technology. Such technology will also look at the genetic or biological markers associated with lifestyle diseases such as diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular diseases and cancer. The diagnostics can be point of care, screening, confirmatory, prognostic. Possible technologies for research include:

  • Latex agglutination             
  • Lateral flow assay/Dipstick
  • Isothermal technology
  • Biosensors/Chemical sensors
  • Nucleic Acid Testing
  • Immunochemistry
  • Lab-on-a-chip (Microfluidics, paper technology, Nanotechnology, Aptamers or a combination of)
  • Immunoassay
  • Radio-labelled assays

Priority Topics

Proof of concept for point of care, screening, confirmatory and prognosis for the following priority diseases: tropical diseases (including neglected diseases); malignant neoplasms; emerging infectious diseases; neurodegenerative and mental health disorders; diseases associated with multi-drug resistance; metabolic diseases, diabetes and other endocrine-related diseases; auto-immune/immunologic diseases and deficiencies; cerebrovascular; diseases of the cardiovascular system; HIV-AIDS; GUT, GIT and hepatitis; respiratory diseases; and, tuberculosis (all forms).


Functional Foods - Food or food components that provide health benefits beyond basic nutrient function; Involves determination of health benefits and safety assessment of food or food components in reducing risk for disease occurrence, specifically lifestyle related diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer.

Priority Topics

  • Characterization, safety assessment, establishment of health benefits and product development of local fruits (guyabano, tiesa,), local vegetables (okra, saluyot), rootcrops, tuber and starchy food (yacon, sago, purple yam), rice (pigmented), local berries (duhat, lipote, aratiles, bignay), Herbs and spices (tanglad, pandan), nuts (pili), seaweeds (lato, red seaweeds) and edible mushroom.  
  • Safety assessment, establishment of health benefits and product development of mangosteen, malunggay, sweet potato varieties, and ginger.  


Molecular technologies for health - Utilization of molecular technology platforms in developing local technologies for the development of personalized medicines, diagnostics, therapeutics as support to health and clinical practice guidelines and policies

Priority Topics

Omics Technologies for Health and Wellness

  • Omic Research Programs on neurological/ neurodegenerative/ mental health conditions (susceptibility and drug response)
  • Researches on human host and viral markers of dengue severity (knowledge generation on pathophysiological and molecular mechanisms of dengue severity)

Bioinformatics and Systems Biology

  • Development of platforms/ bioinformatics pipelines/ analyses on complex activities and interactions of genes, RNAs, proteins and metabolites that comprise the biological pathways and networks between normal and diseased cells
  • Data mining researches involving lung and/or breast cancer tissues

Novel Technologies for Therapeutics

  • Development of molecular vehicles for targeted drug delivery

Biobanking, Data Mining and Population Studies for Human Health, Ethnicity and Forensic Applications

  • Developing forensic methods used in criminal investigations, kinship analysis and victim identification
  • Characterization of Filipino genomic variations involving regional ethno-linguistic groups
  • Establishment of a biobanking resource of Filipino samples and their associated data (e.g. genomic, proteomic, transcriptomic etc.)


Hospital Equipment and Biomedical Devices - Design and development of affordable, safe, and reliable hospital equipment and biomedical devices

Priority topics

Design and development of hospital equipment and biomedical devices for the following:

  • Respiratory failure support
  • Artificial body part replacement (prosthesis)
  • Rehabilitation medicine
  • Minimally invasive surgical procedures
  • Eye health


Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Health - User-friendly ICT solutions to accelerate the gathering and processing of health and related information for policymaking and delivery of quality health care services

Priority topics

  • Public health surveillance
  • Health intelligence system
  • ICT-enabled medical devices and services
  • Software and applications


Dengue -   Dengue R and D intends to reduce transmission of dengue and development of an early warning system for the prediction of dengue outbreak.

Priority Topics

Vector biology

  • Establishment of DNA barcodes of medically important mosquito vectors biological

Vector surveillance and IVM

  • Insecticide treated nets as dengue control measure
  • Genome editing of Aedes aegypti

Dengue Outbreak Response

  • Development of a system for yearly monitoring of the prevailing dengue serotypes in the Philippines


Disaster Risk Reduction - Innovations which will reduce risks to health; Based on the Sendai Framework

Priority topics

  • Innovations for emergency medical care services, water, sanitation, hygiene and nutrition
  • technology development for search and rescue, triage and emergency health
  • ready to use therapeutic food (RUTF)
  • food for emergencies
  • environmental health (water quality; waste disposal)
  • Psychosocial adaptation capacity of communities


Health and Climate Change Adaptation - Covers cross-cutting researches on climate change adaptation, which have direct implications on public health

Priority topics

  • Researches relating to human health with hydrologic/meteorological information
  • Climate change sensitive diseases
  • Resilience studies at institutional, community and individual levels
  • Implementation science regarding existing tools and interventions on health and climate change
  • Green health facilities


Who may submit
Filipinos with at least a Master’s Degree in a relevant field, have proven research competence / track record, and employed in universities/colleges, research agencies/institutes, hospitals, and other health related agencies are eligible to apply for the research grant/ funding assistance.


How to submit

Submit the capsule proposal and curriculum vitae of the proponent to:

Dr. Jaime C. Montoya
Executive Director
Philippine Council for Health Research and Development
Department of Science and Technology
3rd Floor, DOST Main Bldg.
Gen. Santos Avenue
Bicutan, Taguig City, Metro Manila

Deadline for submission of capsule proposals: 31 May 2017

For inquiries, contact us at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Download capsule proposal format 

PASAY CITY – The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) held a Research to Policy Process Forum last 17 March 2017 at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City focusing on the process of and challenges in creating research-based policies for the Filipino community.

Dr. Gloria Nenita Velasco, Medical Officer IV of the Department of Health – Health Policy Development and Planning Bureau, talked about the current challenges and possible solutions to increase research to policy turn-out in the country. In her talk, she cited 1) limited research production due to poor data collection and limited funds, 2) low research credibility due to poor evidence, and 3) limited appreciation of research to policy impacts as challenges affecting research uptake. Dr. Velasco also suggested that health priorities should be policy-driven to ensure that health researches will be utilized by the people through policy implementation. Research co-production and increased support for evidence-based researches were also cited as strategies to effectively turn research into concrete policies.



The process of transforming research into a policy document was also discussed in the forum. Apart from data and findings, Dr. Fely Marilyn E. Lorenzo, former Professor of the Department of Health Policy and Administration – University of the Philippines Manila said that policy documents must be able to capture the views and wishes of the beneficiaries, opinions of the researchers, and testimonials, as well. An effective policy research must be problem-driven, multi-dimensional, flexible, and strongly evidence-based, she cited. On the issue of policy adoption as a major challenge in implementing research-based policies, “It’s always prudent to consult with stakeholders/end-users,” says Dr. Lorenzo.

The Research to Policy Forum was part of the PCHRD 35th Anniversary Celebration attended by health researchers and stakeholders nationwide.