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Research and Development (R&D) Grant

PCHRD funds research proposals that are aligned with the National Unified Health Research Agenda (NUHRA).

The national template for health research and development efforts, NUHRA, guides the health research sector on the health researches that address the most pressing health concerns of the country. NUHRA specifies the areas and topics that need to be addressed in the next five years, in line with global and national initiatives influencing the health sector.

NUHRA Research Priorities 2011-2016

Health Technology Development
Genomics/Molecular Technology
Drug Discovery Development
Functional Foods
Hospital Equipment and Biomedical Devices; and
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Health

Health Financing
Financial Risk Protection

Health Service Delivery
Improving access to quality hospitals and healthcare facilities
Improving provision of public health services
Socio-environmental Health Concerns
Environmental and climate change
Health social sciences

NUHRA can be downloaded here.

Review Procedures

Approval of proposals for research grants will be based on a multi-level review process.

1. In-house screening in terms of alignment to the research priorities, duplication, and completeness of requirements.
2. Technical review by external consultants based on the following criteria:
Technical merit
Data management
Marketability potential (for product-based proposals)
Feasibility (practicality, cost, time)
Proponent’s/ Institution’s capacity
3. Final approval by the PCHRD Governing Council or the PCHRD Executive Director depending on the recommended total budgetary requirement of the proposal.
In each stage of the review process, the proponent may need to revise the proposal on the basis of the recommendations of the reviewers.
The review process will take 75 working days provided that all the requirements had been submitted.

Who may apply
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.

How to apply
The proponent should submit the following requirements:

Project Proposal following the PCHRD Detailed Proposal Form – two (2) copies (Click here to download)
Work plan Schedule (Gantt Chart of Activities)
Proposed Line-Item Budget (LIB) (DOST-GIA LIB Form)
Counterpart Funding of Implementing Agency
Biosafety Clearance, if applicable
Institutional Animal Care and Use Clearance, if applicable
Ethics Clearance (for studies involving human subjects)
Informed Consent Form
Case Report Form, if applicable
Endorsement of Agency Head
Curriculum Vitae of Proponent(s)
Duties and Responsibilities of each Project Personnel
Submit your letter of request and the requirements to:

The Executive Director
Philippine Council for Health Research and Development
Department of Science and Technology
3/F DOST Main Bldg. Gen. Santos Avenue
Bicutan, Taguig City, Metro Manila