The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) opens the JST-UKRI-DOST ‘Science, Technology and Action’ Nexus for Development (STAND) Call for Proposals.

The STAND Call for Proposals is a partnership between the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), and the DOST which aims to connect current and recently funded projects focused on sustainable development in South East Asia.

Researchers funded by UKRI, JST, and the DOST with projects focused on sustainable development in South East Asia are invited to apply for funding. Proposals should be led by at least one project leader based in the Philippines eligible to receive funding from DOST, one project leader based in a UK Research Organisation (RO) eligible to receive funding from UKRI, and one project leader based in a Japanese RO eligible to receive funding from JST.

The proposals should enable connections between relevant projects to increase impact and develop new collaborations and synergies towards achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Proposals should focus on networking and partnership, building outreach and dissemination, and demonstration and pilot activities.


 I. Eligibility Requirements

Any Filipino, public or private entity with proven competence may apply for funding support provided that projects fall under the priorities of the Harmonized National R&D Agenda, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Preference will be given to:

1. Public and private universities and colleges, 
2. Research and Development Institutes (RDIs), 
3. R&D Consortia, 
4. Non-profit laboratories, Other public or private non- profit S&T institutions located in the Philippines. Non-profit S&T organizations are those, which: (1) are operated primarily for scientific, educational, service, or similar purposes in the public interest; (2) are not organized primarily for profit; and (3) use its net proceeds to maintain, improve, and/or expand its operations. Non-profit organizations engaged in lobbying activities are not eligible to apply.

Moreover, preference is of advantage if the proposed Philippine projects/proponents already have a counterpart with JST and UKRI.
1. Each proposal should be jointly submitted by the JST and UK partners.  On each side, a principal investigator “Head of the Project” should be appointed by the team of researchers.
2. A proposal must be submitted in English to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) by the Philippines principal investigator.

Other requirements :

1. Shall submit documents/proof of the following, which shall include but not limited to : credentials/proof of capability and track record
2. Must not have any existing accountability with DOST and its agencies particularly technical and financial reports
3. Must not have pending administrative or criminal case involving financial transactions

II. Support

Maximum of three (3) projects could be supported under this call. Budget range of maximum PhP5M per project for 1 year implementation shall be provided by DOST to support the collaborative projects with JST and UKRI.  The evaluation of proposals as well as reporting and monitoring of all DOST GIA funded projects shall be governed by the  Grants-in-aid Program of the Department of Science and Technology and its Agencies.


 III. Application

Interested parties may download the necessary forms at http Required documents shall be submitted in this e-proposal portal before the Closing Date on 10 February 2021.

Together with the proposal, DOST requires submission of (1) a formal letter of intent from the applicant and (2) an endorsement from the authorized head of organization. The authorized head of the organization will also be the principal signatory of their organization for the research agreement award. 

IV. Evaluation of Project Proposals

Review teams (Project Managers, Technical Experts Team or Technical Panel, and Council Management Teams/Directors’ Council) will evaluate each proposal based on the following criteria: 

1. Alignment to the Call/Themes, 

2. no duplication with previous or existing researches,
3. scientific merit, 
4. technical feasibility, 
5. soundness of methodology, 
6. financial viability (commensurate to intended output and potential impact), 
7. potential socio-economic merits, environmental impact (e.g. does not pose significant adverse effect to the environment or will/can improve environmental conditions), and
8. marketability (e.g. potential adoption/use of the industry (manufacturer) and other partners). 

Preliminary funding recommendations by the Council Review Teams shall be forwarded to the Governing Council for further evaluation which in turn shall recommend proposals for deliberation of the DOST Executive Committee (EXECOM).

The DOST EXECOM, based on the rankings and recommendation of the Governing Council, shall make the final selection of proposals to be forwarded to the Joint Panel of the JST-UKRI-DOST for final funding decisions. 

Flow of Proposal Evaluation:

1. Receipt of proposals from DPMIS e-proposal portal                   
2. Forward to Appropriate Council
3. Council Evaluation (Project Managers, Technical Experts Team or Technical Panel, and Council Management Teams/Directors’ Council)
4. Governing Council                     
6. Joint Panel of JST-UKRI-DOST


Call Timeline:




Opening date 

26th of November 2020


Closing date

10th of February 2021

16:00 GMT for JeS (UKRI)12:00 JST for e-Rad (JST)16:00 PST for DPMIS (DOST)(

Joint Panel review

April 2021


Start of projects

May/June 2021


V. I
ntellectual Property

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


Semi-annual progress reports and a detailed final report will be required. Semi-annual progress reports summarize technical progress, planned activities for next semester and summary of expenditures. The final report shall be completed within 90 calendar days after the completion of the period of performance. Required forms are downloadable from the DOST website and may be provided by the DOST upon the awarding of the agreement to eligible applicants. 

VII. Contact Information

For more info, you may forward your concerns to the following offices/addresses:

Dr. Leah J. Buendia

Assistant Secretary for International Cooperation

Department of Science and Technology (DOST)

ADMATEL Building

Gen. Santos Ave., Bicutan, Taguig City 


DOST Secretariat:

Grace F. Estillore, DOST-PCIEERD, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;

Charlene U. Basig, DOST-OASECIC, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


With the theme Agham at Teknolohiya: Sandigan ng Kalusugan, Kabuhayan, Kaayusan at Kinabukasan, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) held an online forum last 17 November 2020 to provide updates on the recent technologies and researches in the areas of health, agriculture, aquatic, industry, energy, and emerging technologies.

During the online forum, the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) hosted the breakout session for the “New Normal in Health” where PCHRD Balik Scientist Awardees discussed various studies and initiatives to guide the public into the new normal brought upon by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The PCHRD Balik Scientists who were able to share their studies are Dr. Raymond Francis Sarmiento from the University of the Philippines (UP) Manila, Dr. Thomas Neil Pascual from the DOST – Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI), Dr. Jhalique Jane Fojas from the Harvard University, and Dr. Romulo De Castro from the University of San Agustin.

Dr. Sarmiento discussed the importance of having a strong information system in his presentation on “Digital Platforms and Interoperability of COVID-19 Information Systems.” Information systems play a critical role in managing data and other information at the speed the situation requires. In the Philippines, several information systems such as the Feasibility Analysis of Syndromic Surveillance using Spatio-Temporal Epidemiological Modeler (FASSSTER) were able to guide the COVID-19 Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) in their real-time decision making on what effective interventions should be placed in order manage the pandemic. Since then, the Department of Health (DOH) has been reporting significantly lesser viral transmission each day.

Dr. Pascual shared his insights on “Enhancing Nuclear Medicine Service and Research Capacity in the Philippines.” In his presentation, he revealed that the recent investment of DOST on the establishment of the Nuclear Medicine Research Development and Innovation Center (NMRDIC) in Diliman, Quezon City, which is a research based Cylotron and PET/CT imaging facility can address both the burden of COVID-19 and cancer by providing research opportunities for improved clinical management of patients and by making the procedure both accessible and affordable to even more Filipinos

Dr. Fojas talked about “Microfluidics: Towards POC Medicine and COVID-19.” Lab-on-a-chip devices, which often use microfluidics, provide more cost-effective disease detection and many other uses, from monitoring to treatment. In her discussion, Dr. Fojas revealed that one of the successful applications of microfluidics is on the Zika Virus Detection Device which is a point of care diagnostic tool that was able to accurately detect the virus from patients faster and at a cheaper price compared to the usual testing method. Dr. Fojas believes that the same concepts used in the device can also be utilized for other viruses like COVID-19 to aid in the testing and management of the virus. 

Dr. De Castro presented “Informatics Response to COVID-19.” His team from the University of San Agustin Center for Informatics (CFI) was able to develop the “COVID-19 Toolkit”, an information system to assist local governments, private organizations, and health decision makers across the Philippines in their response to COVID-19. This toolkit contains guidelines, recommendations, data, estimation tools and support, and informatics tools for contract tracing and monitoring. Currently, the CFI is collaborating with research partners from UP Diliman, UP Manila, UP Visayas, and the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) to offer free epidemiological modeling services to the Local Government Units (LGUs).

The session was facilitated and moderated by Dr. Arnulfo Rosario, a PCHRD Balik Scientist Awardee and a former research fellow under the Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at Atlanta, Georgia. To date, Dr. Rosario is the Project Director and Senior Lecturer in the Medical Informatics Unit at UP Manila.

Another PCHRD Balik Scientist, Dr. Gerard Dumancas from the Louisiana State University, did a presentation on “Teaching Innovations in the New Normal: Perspective from a Liberal Arts University in the United States” for the breakout session on the “New Normal in Education.

The Balik Scientist Program (BSP) was established in 1975 to encourage foreign-based Filipinos to return to the country and impart their knowledge and expertise for the advancement of research and development in the country, as well as address development gaps. The program was institutionalized back in June 2018 through the Republic Act 11035 also known as the Balik Scientist Act. From 1975 to 2019, a total of 533 have become recipients of the BSP, sharing their expertise in the areas of agriculture, industry, and health sectors.  

To know more about the BSP, visit their website at

When COVID-19 hit the Philippines early January, the infectious disease posed challenges not only to our healthcare systems, but in the way we do things. As we were fighting an invisible enemy, adaptive measures had to be imposed and implemented as soon as possible.

A crucial part of gearing for this battle is to know the presence of the enemy, and to immediately isolate those who were infected to avoid further transmission. A researcher from the University of the Philippines - National Institutes of Health (UPM-NIH) played an important role in making this precaution possible and easier for our country.

With the lack of a locally-available diagnostic kit, the country can only test a limited number of samples early this year. Recognizing how diagnostics play a significant role in fighting the pandemic, Dr. Raul Destura and his team immediately proceeded to work on the development of the GenAmplify™ Corona Virus 2019 (COVID-19) rRT PCR Detection Kit.

Developed by Dr. Destura’s very own Manila HealthTek Inc., in collaboration with the University of the Philippines - National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH) and the Philippine Genome Center (PGC) with support from the Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD), the test kit can detect the 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) with high specificity and efficiency through a one-step multiplex real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) platform.

Undeniably, the technology is a game-changer in our pandemic response. It is important to note, however, that the man who made this possible is a scientist and a leader who has already worked for many years to provide accessible and affordable health technologies for our communities.

A Researcher, Leader, and a Public Servant

Dr. Raul Destura is the current deputy executive director of the Philippine Genome Center (PGC), and the CEO of Manila HealthTek Inc.. With his extensive knowledge and experience in microbiology and infectious diseases, he has already undertaken several award-winning endeavors in health.

His Lab-in-a-Mug project aims to develop diagnostic kits for diseases by utilizing miniature isothermal units. As a portable technology, the kit is seen to provide more affordable and accessible diagnostic tests for the Filipino.

A part of this project is the multi-awarded Biotek M™ Dengue Detection Kit which acts as a confirmatory test for diagnosis of dengue infection in the first 0-5 days of illness, and provides the results in an hour or less. Also in the pipeline are diagnostic kits for other infectious diseases such as typhoid fever, leptospirosis, schistosomiasis, Chikungunya, tuberculosis, and influenza.

My research bench to community approach is ultimately geared towards developing low-cost technologies for the control of infectious diseases in the Philippines and the generation of new knowledge to find sustainable and equitable solutions to disease of poverty.” Dr. Destura says. (source:

For his contributions in health and science, he received various recognitions here and abroad, such as the conferment of the prestigious Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award in 2019 for his contributions to health and medical biotechnology, especially in the field of diagnostics, and the recognition as one of the most outstanding researchers in Asia by the Asian Scientist magazine this year.

What’s next for the locally-developed COVID-19 test kits

The locally-developed test kit is now approved for commercialization by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Continuous assessment, validation and deployment of the GenAmplify™ Corona Virus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) rRT-PCR Detection Kit is ongoing to capacitate health professionals in utilizing the kit, especially in regional hospitals.

National Biotechnology Week

As an important contribution and a significant development in biotechnology for health, Dr. Destura’s GenAmplify™ Corona Virus 2019 (COVID-19) rRT PCR Detection Kit will be featured in the National Biotechnology Week page for its 16th year celebration from November 23 to 27, 2020.

Other technologies covering the sectors of health, agriculture, and the emerging industry will also be featured in the exhibit. For more details, you may follow:

UP Manila innovators will finally launch a pioneer telemedicine spin-off called Pivotal Peak Digital Health Solutions, Inc. tomorrow, 24 November 2020, fifteen years after they invented the Community Health Information Tracking System or CHITS technology, an electronic medical record (EMR) system that is helping thousands of health workers manage patient health information in the Philippines.

Founded by the original inventors of CHITS along with a cadre of researchers and health technology developers who innovated and maintained CHITS for more than a decade, the Pivotal Peak aims to provide innovative solutions for health applications including the deployment, training, and maintenance of various eHealth solutions.

The start-up company is headed by Balik Scientist Dr. Arnulfo Rosario. Jr., a medical health informatics consultant at UP Manila National Telehealth Center and co-founder of SeeYouDoc healthcare startup. 

Pivotal Peak, Inc. features three major digital health services, namely: 

  • EMRs that are essential to efficient rendering of clinical care, continuity of care, PhilHealth accreditation of                   primary care providers for benefit packages, production of aggregate reports for public health program                         management and research.
  • Telemedicine that provides real-time referral of specialized clinical services
  • Telementoring that provides continuing professional development for physicians and health workers

CHITS is a project funded by the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) under its ICT for Health research program. As one of the six PhilHealth-certified EMR systems being used in the
rural health unit (RHU) level, CHITS has helped reduce the patients’ waiting time and improved data management at the facility level as it improves monitoring of patient care through efficient data encoding and records retrieval.

The launch of UP Manila’s first digital health spin-off is a big news for us because there are very few start-up companies in the country that offer telemedicine solutions and services. In fact, Pivotal Peak is only the second health-related spin-off to register in the country, and a pioneer for UP Manila. We are indeed very glad that the efforts of our Filipino researchers have come to fruition as a support to our healthcare system,” said Dr. Jaime C. Montoya, DOST-PCHRD Executive Director.

Pivotal Peak demonstrates how research responds to the most pressing needs of our country. Indeed, this event is another manifestation of why we at the DOST strive to support our local researchers in the conduct of R&D. The DOST looks forward to future collaborations with Pivotal Peak in making change happen through R&D,” adds Usec. Rowena Cristina Guevara, DOST Undersecretary for R&D.

PCHRD and UP Manila are inviting the public to witness Pivotal Peak’s ceremonial launching online tomorrow, 24 November at 5:30 PM as part of the Philippine Startup Week 2020. Participants may register here.

With the theme “Bioteknolohiya: Pagbangon at Pag-asa tungo sa matatag na Komunidad, Kapaligiran, at Ekonomiya,” the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) is set to join this year’s virtual celebration of the 16th National Biotechnology Week (NBW) by featuring various biotech-related research projects and technologies in health from November 23 to 27, 2020.

The 16th NBW aims to emphasize the positive impact of biotechnology on the various sectors of the society as the Filipinos strive to proactively respond to the changing times brought about by different global crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

The biotech-related researches to be featured under the health sector are:

Field Implementation Study of a Locally Developed Diagnostic Kit for the Detection of Corona Virus Disease-2019 (COVID-19)
The project aims to develop mechanisms for rapid assessment, validation, and deployment of the GenAmplify™ COVID-19 rRT-PCR Detection Kit and to facilitate capacity building of health professionals who will utilize the kit in regional hospitals.

Biosurveillance of COVID-19 in the Philippines through Whole Genome Sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 from Patients
The objective of this project is to determine the strains of Sars Cov2 present in individuals who tested positive for the virus through genomic sequencing, correlate them with environmental conditions and identify their possible geographic origin in order to provide a better and deeper understanding of the spread of the virus in aid of tracing and containment of the disease.

IMP-XDP: Investigations on the Molecular Pathogenesis of X-linked Dystonia Parkinsonism
This research aims to fill in the gaps in our understanding of the molecular basis of X-linked Dystonia Parkinsonism (XDP), which is a genetic form of a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that affects men of Filipino descent almost exclusively.  The earliest symptoms are usually parkinsonian, including resting tremor, slowness of movement, rigidity, poor balance, and a shuffling gait.

Development of Rapid Diagnostic for Detecting Lamivudine Resistance
The third part of three interrelated projects to determine and characterize HIV drug resistance in the Philippines, the development of a rapid diagnostic test for lamivudine and other antiretroviral drug resistance in HIV will ensure that treatment failure and development of further drug resistance will be prevented by detecting resistance early and preserving the limited antiretroviral agents that they have.

Development of Low-Cost Point-of-Care Diagnostics for Simultaneous Detection of Paragonimus westermani and Mycobacterium tuberculosis using RPA Technology
This project hopes to provide a proof of concept data on a better but cheaper alternative diagnostic tool to simultaneously detect Paragonimus westermani, an organism that causes infection resembling pneumonia or stomach flu, and Mycobacterium tuberculosis which is an agent of pulmonary tuberculosis in the Philippines using isothermal amplification, lateral flow immunoassay and detection using nanogold technology.

By virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 1414, NBW is annually celebrated every last week of November. Headed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) this year, the event is co-organized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Biotechnology Coalition of the Philippine, Departments of Agriculture, Science and Technology, Interior and Local Government, and Trade and Industry.

DOST-PCHRD encourages everyone to participate in the week-long celebration and to attend the virtual opening ceremony on November 23, 2020 by registering through