Call for nominations: 2023 Best Mentor in Health Research Award

The Department of Science and Technology- Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) is pleased to announce that the call for nominations for the 2023 Best Mentor in Health Research Award is now open!

The Best Mentor in Health Research Award is offered biennially to recognize and reward mentors in health research who have built the capacities of researchers in the health sector and, in the process, propelled significant advances in the Philippine National Health Research System’s (PNHRS) thrusts as identified in the National Unified Health Research Agenda (NUHRA).


The nominating party may be any of the following:

  • Head of the nominee’s institution or immediate supervisor
  • Colleague/s
  • Trainee/s
  • Student/s
  • Advisee/s

Self-nomination is not allowed.


  1. Must be a Filipino citizen
  2. Must be with appropriate or relevant academic qualifications
  3. Must be actively involved in mentoring researchers/students or colleagues for at least 3 years
  4. Has a good track record as a researcher in terms of any of the following: publication, product development or policy formulation
  5. Professionally involved in health research activities either as a research program/project leader, principal and co-principal investigator, mentor/adviser/trainer, or author/co-author
  6. Actively involved in any health research activities in the last 5 years such as conduct of research training and extension work, paper presentations, fund generation, research promotion and networking, research agenda setting, and capacity-building activities

NOTE: Winners are ineligible for subsequent nominations, while non-winners are still eligible for nominations if they submit a new set of documents, but not for consecutive calls of nomination.


  1. Submit the IDD-BM-F2 recommendation form (either personally delivered, by courier, or through email) for initial screening to the Regional Health Research and Development Consortium Secretariat (Please refer to the attached RHRDC Directory).
  2. For completed DOST-PCHRD and ASTHRDP scholars, submit nominations to DOST-PCHRD for screening and endorsement of the PCHRD Scholar’s Society (PSS).

The deadline for submission of nominations to the RHRDC/ DOST-PCHRD (if DOST-PCHRD and ASTHRDP scholars only) is on or before January 6, 2023, 4:00 PM.

D. FOR QUALIFIED NOMINEES (to be determined by RHRDC and PCHRD by January 2023)

To submit five (5) hard copies and soft copies (uploaded in Google Drive folder) of the following documents:

  1. Accomplished curriculum vitae of the nominee using IDD-BM-F3 form;
  2. A narrative description (1,000-1,500 words) of the nominee’s mentoring activities using the guide questions provided, accompanied by supporting documents, e.g. photos and other relevant documentation;
  3. Description of other achievements attained related to health research for the last 5 years, including supporting documents e.g., photocopy of certificates of recognition/awards/honors received by the nominee, which are relevant to the nominee’s eligibility criteria; and
  4. Cite names of 5 mentees, their achievements in research, and a narrative description of the nominee’s contribution to the success of each mentored research.


  • For hard copies: Submit in a folder with proper tabbings and table of contents
  • For soft copies: Upload in a Google Drive folder with one sub-folder per criteria 
  • Supplemental documents and/or verifications may be required as deemed necessary


All nominations, including those from non-members of the consortium, should be submitted to the consortium secretariat; nominations from completed DOST-PCHRD and ASTHRDP scholars, submit to PSS (c/o DOST-PCHRD)

The consortium/PSS will check the completeness of the documents and will shortlist the nominees

Shortlisted nominees should be endorsed by the chair of the consortium/PSS and must be submitted to DOST-PCHRD

The Cluster Selection Committees for Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and NCR will convene to review, validate and select the Cluster Winners from the nominees

The profile of Cluster Winners from Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and NCR shall be submitted to the National Selection Committee for further evaluation

The National Selection Committee shall choose one National Winner from the Cluster Winners


  • The consortium must provide DOST- PCHRD with the complete list of nominees from their region
  • The decision of the Cluster and National Selection Committee is final
  • Documents pertinent to the nomination of non-winners will be returned to their owners


The review of nominations by the Cluster/National Selection Committee will be based on the following criteria:

  1. Research Guidance                                                 
  • Quantitative Indicators – refer to the number of research mentees guided, advised or mentored by the candidate; also includes the nominee’s years of experience in mentoring.
  • Qualitative indicators – to be decided by the evaluators; may include extent, quality/result of the research guidance/mentoring done e.g., awards and other forms of recognition received by the mentor and/or other mentees.
  1. Track Record in Research                                                       
  • Publications refer to peer-reviewed journals during the last 5 years:
    • Main author in a Philippine journal or international journal
    • Co-author in a Philippine journal or international journal
  • Awards received refer to recognition received for the research completed as:
    • Main author/principal investigator in the Philippines or International
    • Co-author/member of a research team in the Philippines or International
  • Paper presented refers to the number of times the nominee presented the research work/paper in conference, workshop by recognized organization (either oral or poster)
  • Completed research covers completed unpublished researches over the last 5 years
  1. Dedication in promoting research                                                                                        
  • Types of active involvement in five years
    • Teacher, adviser, panel member, critic
    • Advocate of health-related policies
    • Reviewer of refereed journal article/editor/member of editorial board/team
    • Member of professional organization/network
    • Trainor in training courses/resource person/lecturer
    • Research manager/director, coordinator, evaluator
  • Quality of active involvement within 5 years as:
    • Teacher, adviser, panel member, critic
    • Advocate of health-related policies
    • Reviewer of refereed journal articles, editor/member of editorial team
    • Trainor in training courses/resource person
    • Research manager, coordinator, evaluator
  1. Contribution towards a supportive research environment                        
  • Providing research opportunities as:
    • Organizer/initiator of program, project, policy
      • Organizer/initiator/member of team for workshops, conferences
      • Organizer/initiator/member of team for training courses
    • Director/chair/administrator for research
    • Study group leader
    • Research team leader
  1. Other Criteria as agreed by the Evaluators                  

This may include awards/recognition received by mentees/advisees/students of the nominee or any agreed criteria; impact of R&D in terms of patenting, commercialization, and/or utilization of research results into policies and actions such as training modules developed, teaching manuals, community modules, contribution to national health development/equity and/or relevance of research results in health care delivery; etc.



  • All qualified nominees will receive certificates of recognition.
  • Cluster Winners from Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and National Capital Region will receive respective cash prizes and plaques of recognition.
    • Mentors of Undergraduate Students – PHP 50,000.00
    • Mentors of Graduate Students – PHP 50,000.00
    • Mentors of Junior/Early Career Researchers –  PHP 100,000.00
  • National Winners for each category will receive respective additional cash prizes and trophies which will be awarded during the PNHRS Week Celebration.
    • Mentors of Undergraduate Students – PHP 150,000.00
    • Mentors of Graduate Students – PHP 150,000.00
    • Mentors of Junior/Early Career Researchers –  PHP 200,000.00


Activity Timeline
Call for nominations October 14-March 3, 2023
Deadline of submission of recommendation form to respective consortium March 3, 2023
Submission of the endorsed recommendation forms to DOST-PCHRD March 10, 2023
Submission of complete nominees’ documents to DOST-PCHRD March 13-May 12, 2023
Screening of nominees’ submitted documents May-July 2023
Selection Process 

(Cluster and National)

September-November 2023
Awarding of Winners March 2024 (PCHRD’s Anniversary Celebration)

For any inquiries, please send an email to the PCHRD Awards Secretariat at

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