Grant Services

Research and Development (R&D) Grant

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

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. These research priority areas are the following:

PCHRD Research Priorities 

A. Diagnostics
B. Tuklas LunasTM (Drug discovery and development)
C. Functional foods
D. Nutrition and Food Safety
E. Biomedical Devices Engineering for Health
F. Information and Communication Technology for health
G. Re-emerging and Emerging Infectious Diseases
H. Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation
I. Mental Health
J. OMIC technologies for health (Platform technology across research priorities)
K. ARCHER Program

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 online through the PCHRD Project Management System:

Project Proposal following the PCHRD Detailed Proposal Form
Workplan Schedule (Gantt Chart of Activities)
Proposed Line-Item Budget (LIB)
Counterpart Funding of Implementing Agency
Ethics Clearance, if applicable
Biosafety Clearance, if applicable
Informed Consent Form (for studies involving human subjects)
Case Report Form, if applicable
Endorsement of Agency Head
Duties and Responsibilities of each Project Personnel
Curriculum Vitae of Proponent(s)

Letter of request addressed 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

Scholarship Grant

MD-PhD in Molecular Medicine (University of the Philippines)

The MD-PhD (Molecular Medicine) Program aims to train aspiring physician-scientists for careers dedicated to the advancement of health through biomedical research. The prescribed period of study is eight years, during which the MD-PhD student is expected to satisfy all the course requirements of the UPCM Organ System Integration (OSI) curriculum (i.e., the MD component of the Program) and also earn at least 44 credit units of graduate courses, including 16 credit units of core courses, 12 units of major courses, 4 units of cognates/electives and 12 credit units towards the PhD dissertation.

Who should apply?

• Outstanding scholastic record with a baccalaureate or higher (e.g., master's, doctoral or other graduate) degree in a field relevant to health and biomedicine, preferably molecular biology and biotechnology or biochemistry.
• Filipino citizen;
• Not more than 45 years old at the time of application;
• In good health condition;
• Have passed the admission requirements for the graduate study; and
• Have passed the interview and other screening procedures

How to apply?

Applicants should initially apply for admission into the Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program of the University of the Philippines College of Medicine, with the option of explicitly indicating on their application forms their intent to apply for admission into the MD-PhD Program. From among the MD-PhD Program applicants who successfully qualify for admission into the MD Program, the MD-PhD Program Committee selects prospective candidates for admission to be interviewed for further screening on the basis of their submitted application documents, after which the final list of accepted MD-PhD.

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MS in Molecular Medicine (St. Luke’s College of Medicine)

Molecular Medicine stems from knowledge gained from basic science and applied biomedical research. The curriculum includes latest biotechnologies, such as cell-based therapies, gene therapies, targeted therapies, biomarker technology, molecular diagnostics, pharmacogenomics, and personalized medicine, which is supplemented by background courses on the fundamental sciences behind it.

The program aims to upgrade skills for the application of molecular medicine in the clinical setting, through a unique opportunity for training in the fully-equipped research laboratories of the St. Luke’s Research and Biotechnology Division. It will also strengthen the capabilities of the current crop of medical practitioners and allied health professionals towards a new way of doing medicine.

Who should apply?

Graduates of any of the following courses may apply
• Doctor of Medicine
• Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
• Doctor of Dentistry
• BS Degree with at least of the following:
      o 25 units Life Sciences
      o 8 units Mathematics
      o 5 units Physics
• Filipino citizen;
• Not more than 45 years old at the time of application;
• In good health condition;
• Have passed the admission requirements for the graduate study; and
• Have passed the interview and other screening procedures

How to apply?

Applications shall be processed by the Admissions Committee on MS Molecular Medicine. Once admitted to the program, applicants for the DOST-PCHRD MS Molecular Medicine Scholarship Program will be screened.

Checklist of Requirements
Please find below the checklist of requirements for the application of all scholarship grant:

Accomplished application form with ID picture
Information sheet
Admission to Graduate Studies/Graduate School
University Evaluation Sheet (if any)
Transcript of Records (certified true copy)
PSA Birth Certificate
Valid NBI Clearance
Medical Certificate as to health status from a licensed physician with his/her PRC license number indicated
Endorsement Letter from 2 former professors
Certificate of Employment (if employed, recommendation and permission to take a leave of absence from employer or head of agency while on scholarship)
Program of Study/Course Curriculum (if available or to follow)

Applicants must have passed the graduate admission requirements first before applying for a scholarship grant. 

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DOST-PCHRD Health Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers

To increase the number researchers who can conduct cutting-edge health researches in the country, the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) offers early-career researchers and scientists who have recently earned their PhD degrees to spend extended period of research (1 to 2 years) and gain invaluable experience working with prominent scientists abroad. The additional research training will enhance their knowledge and skills to help them pursue a career in academia and research. Likewise, the program will help prepare young researchers to become principal investigators in the future.

The research will be carried out in cooperation with academic or research institutions abroad. Applicant’s research must be aligned with the National Unified Health Research Agenda (NUHRA) and Harmonized National Research and Development Agenda (HNRDA).

The program is open to all funded and monitored scholars of DOST-PCHRD.

For more information, please see PROGRAM GUIDELINES. 
Support for Early Career Researchers

To inspire the next generation of researchers and research leaders, PCHRD provides a variety of support for early career researchers ranging from participation in training and workshops abroad, paper/poster presentation to conferences abroad, and publication. Early career researchers are students/scholars who are graduate or postgraduate level up to 5 years post-PhD. 

These opportunities will help the young researchers enhance their knowledge and skills to ensure that our health research system stays abreast with the advances in health research. The program also aims to attract new researchers and retain the excellent researchers by offering these opportunities as we expand the country’s pool of researchers.

The Council recognizes the challenges of beginning researchers in pursuing a career in research. The program aims to support outstanding researchers who have been accepted by institutions abroad to participate in training/workshops, present research paper/poster in conferences and scientific meetings, and publish a paper in peer-reviewed journals. Consequently, providing an enabling environment for early career researchers as they start their career in health research.

Open to all funded and monitored scholars of DOST-PCHRD.

For more information, please see PROGRAM GUIDELINES.   

PCHRD Scholar’s Society 

The DOST-PCHRD Scholarship Program is a major strategy to develop critical mass of health researchers in the country. For 30 years, PCHRD has produced around 300 graduates in the medical and allied health disciplines.

The PCHRD Scholars Society (PSS) was organized in February 7, 2007 and formally launched in March 17, 2007 during the PCHRD’s 25th Anniversary celebration. The Society’s aim is to promote research productivity among the new graduates and provide a forum for the PCHRD Scholars to exchange health research information and to develop networking and partnerships.

Regional Research Fund

Regional Research Fund (RRF) is viewed as a way to encourage new researchers to be actively involved in health research activities without having to compete with more experienced researchers. These RRF projects are intended to build up the capabilities of individual researchers in designing, implementing and managing health research projects.

What proposals may qualify

Research proposals which address priority health problems/issues identified in the Regional Unified Health Research Agenda (RUHRA) and/or National Unified Health Research Agenda (NUHRA) of the Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) are going to be reviewed by the RHRDC and PCHRD. The proposals should have a duration of six months to one-year and a budgetary requirement not exceeding FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND PESOS (P500, 000.00).

Who may apply

Regular staff and faculty members of research institutes, medical and allied health sciences, hospitals and other health-related agencies may submit proposals to the RHRDC, properly endorsed by the head of their agency. Likewise, medical residents of hospitals may submit proposals provided that he or she will be working under the supervision of a more experienced researcher affiliated in the same institution.