PURPOSE

The DOST-PCHRD Undergraduate Thesis Grant in Natural Products provides fund support to all undergraduate students who will conduct their thesis on natural products. The program aims to sustain a research culture in natural products to increase the number of research and later on build a pool of researchers/experts specializing in the field. The program supports he Drug Discovery and Development program of the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) which aims to develop safe, effective and affordable alternative drugs from the country’s natural resources.

Thesis grants will be given to 2 undergraduate entries per region. After completion of the project, a competition will be held to selected qualified students to recognize innovative work on natural products.

NOMINATION PROCEDURES

1. Who can apply

All undergraduate students of Pharmacy, Chemistry, Nursing and Health and Allied Sciences who have thesis proposals on natural products may apply. The proposed thesis study must use plants indigenous in the region. The project must be completed a year after receiving the grant.

2. How to apply

Applicants should submit the following documents to the Regional Health Research and Development Consortium (RHRDC):

a) Duly accomplished prescribed research proposal form with college seal
b) Endorsement letter from the institution signed by the head of the university college dean
c) Soft copy of the proposal (word format) 
d) Hard copy of the proposal using A4 paper (3 copies)
e) Certificate of plant authentication
f) Appropriate clearances:
Bureau of Animal Industry clearance for studies involving animal subjects
Biosafety Clearance for studies involving genetic engineering and pathogenic organisms
National Commission on Indigenous Peoples Clearance for studies involving Indigenous Peoples
Gratuitous Permit from Biodiversity Management Bureau for studies involving collection of flora and fauna from DENR Protected Areas
Ethical clearance for studies involving human subjects
g) Curriculum vitae of the students and adviser using the prescribed form

SELECTION CRITERIA

The research proposals will be rated based on the following criteria:

Proposal evaluation

1. Technical merit
• Objectives are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound
• The study design supports the objectives
• The study sample and methodology are appropriate

2. Data management
• The plan for data collection is clearly described
• Quality control procedures for data collection are in place
• Statistical analysis is well described

3. Relevance/Significance
• The study addresses an important health problem
• The study contributes to the advancement of scientific knowledge

4. Proponent/institution’s capacity
• The investigators are qualified and appropriately trained to carry out the study
• The proposed study is appropriate to the experience level of the investigators
• The implementing/cooperating institution is capable of carrying out the proposed study

PROGRAM PROCESS

 

Deliberation of thesis grantees and winners will be based on the grading/rating during the en banc meeting and oral presentation, respectively.

THESIS GRANT

• Two (2) thesis proposals will be selected per region who will receive a grant amounting to a maximum of Fifty Thousand Pesos (P 50,000.00).
• The thesis fund will be deposited to the bank account of the thesis adviser and will be liquidated after the completion of the study
• A Memorandum of Agreement will be signed between the students, adviser, head of the institution and DOST-PCHRD
• The grant must be expended based on the approved line-item budget

CASH AWARD

After the oral presentation, fund support will be provided to the top 3 relevant and innovative thesis studies. Prizes will be distributed as follows:

Frist prize = P 30,000.00

P 20,000.00 for the student

 

P 10,000.00 for the adviser

Second prize = P 22,000.00

P 15,000.00 for the student

 

P 7,000.00 for the adviser

Third prize = P 15,000.00

P 10,000.00 for the student

 

P 5,000.00 for the adviser

Consolation prize

P 5,000 per group

Finalists will receive a plaque of recognition.

TIMETABLE OF ACTIVITIES

ACTIVITY

TARGET DATE

Dissemination and application of entries

January to March

Deadline of submission to the consortium

May 31, 2019

Deadline of submission to DOST-PCHRD

June 10, 2019

Selection of thesis grantees by the Selection Committee

June to July

Conduct of study

August to May of the succeeding year

Submission of completed studies to DOST-PCHRD

1st  week of June of the succeeding year

Selection of oral presentors by the Selection Committee

June to July

Oral Presentation and Announcement of Winners

August

 

 

 The DOST-PCHRD have launched the “Best Mentor Award” to recognize the skills and knowledge rendered, values and attitudes instilled and all of the efforts given by our research mentors to create a research community capable of promoting welfare in the region.

The award recognizes excellence in mentorship that instills passion among researchers, resulting in enhanced relevance and productivity in health research.

Health Mentors are those that are actively engaged in health research such as trainers, preceptor, adviser, advocate, and initiator of R&D implementation, promotion, and utilization.

Note: 

Deadline of submission to the Consortium: January 11, 2019
Deadline of submission of endorsed nominees to DOST-PCHRD: January 18, 2019
 
Announcement of Winners and Prizes
  • All qualified nominees will receive certificates of recognition.
  • Each Cluster Winner from Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, and National Capital Region will receive a cash prize of P200,000.00 and a plaque of recognition.
  • The National Winner will receive an additional cash prize of P500,000.00 and trophy during the PNHRS Week Celebration.

Eligibility

1. Who can nominate

The nominating party may be any of the following:

  • head of the nominee’s institution or immediate supervisor
  • colleague/s
  • trainee/s
  • student/advisee

Note: Self-nomination is not allowed

 

2. Who can be nominated

  • must be a Filipino citizen
  • at least a holder of master’s degree degree
  • actively involved in mentoring researchers/students or colleagues for at least 5 years
  • has a good track record as a researcher in terms of publication, product development or policy formulation
  • 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
  • actively involved in health research activities such as the 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.

 

How to nominate

  • Submit the recommendation form (https://drive.google.com/open?id=1e4396mCJ8ULtcp8xlMQnHhzxZWL_p_aF) (either personally delivered, by courier, or thru email) for initial screening to the regional consortium secretariat. (Please refer to the attached paper for the list of addresses)
  • For completed DOST-PCHRD and ASTHRDP scholars, submit entries to DOST-PCHRD for screening and endorsement of the PCHRD Scholar’s Society (PSS).

For the qualified nominees

The requirements below should be submitted within the deadline

  1. Five (5) hard copies of the following documents:

1.1.   Accomplished curriculum vitae of the nominee using the prescribed format for Best Mentor Award

1.2. A narrative description (1,000-1,500 words) of the nominee’s mentoring activities, accompanied by supporting documents, e.g. photos and other relevant documentation.

1.3. 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 in Section IV.

  1. Cite the names of 5 mentees, their achievements in research, and a narrative description of the nominee’s contribution to the success of each mentored research.

Schedule of Selection and Awarding

The award is given every two years.

  1. Selection Process

Procedures

 

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

c.2. Cluster and National Criteria

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

c.2.1. Research Guidance

40%

 

 

 

     
  • Quantitative Indicators – refers to the no. 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 

c.2.2.  Track Record in Research

25%

 

 

 

     

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 refers to recognition received for the research completed as:

  • main author/principal and co-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 a paper in a conference, workshop (either oral or poster) in the Philippines or abroad

Completed research covers completed unpublished researches over the last 5 years 

c.2.3.  Dedication in promoting research

20%

 

 

 

     

Types of active involvement in five years

  • Teacher, adviser, panel member, critic
  • Advocate of policies
  • Reviewer of 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, monitor
  • Quality of active involvement within 5 years as:
  • Teacher, adviser, panel member, critic
  • Advocate of policies
  • Reviewer of journal articles, editor/member of editorial team
  • Trainor in training courses/resource person
  • Research manager, coordinator, evaluator, monitor

c.2.4. Contribution towards a supportive research environment

10%

 

 

 

     

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  • 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

c.2.5.Other criteria as agreed by the Evaluators

5%

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

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.

c.3. Award Criteria

  • A nominee must obtain a score of at least 80% to be eligible for the cluster award.
  • The Selection Committee (cluster and national) has the option not to declare a winner for a given year.

c.4. Composition of the Selection Committee

  • Cluster Selection Committee

Chair:

Members:

Representative from non-members of consortia

Representative from DOH Regional Office

Representative from CHED Regional Office

Representative from DOST Regional Office

2 technical experts identified by DOST- PCHRD

  • National Selection Committee

Chair:

Members:

To be elected from among the Members of the

Committee

Representative from the DOH Central Office

Representative from CHED Central Office

Representative from UP-NIH

2 technical experts identified by DOST- PCHRD

 Announcement of Winners and Prizes

  • All qualified nominees will receive certificates of recognition.
  • Each Cluster Winner from Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and National Capital Region will receive a cash prize of P200,000.00 and a plaque of recognition.
  • The National Winner will receive an additional cash prize of P500,000.00 and trophy during the PNHRS Week Celebration.

VII. Timetable

 

Activity

Targets

 

 

 

Call for nomination

October – 1st  week of January

 

 

(succeeding year)

Submission of recommendation form to

2nd week of January

the consortium

(succeeding year)

Submission of the endorsed

3RD week of January

recommendation forms to DOST-

(succeeding year)

PCHRD

 

Submission of complete nominee’s

4th week of January- end of March

documents to DOST-PCHRD

(succeeding year)

Pre-screening of nominee’s complete

April - May (succeeding year)

documents

 

Selection Process

June – July (succeeding year)

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Cluster

 

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National

 

Awarding of Winners

PNHRS Week

 

 

Celebration (second week of August)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: DOST-PCHRD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Department of Science and Technology- Philippine Council for Health Research Development (DOST-PCHRD) thru the Symmetrics Research Consultancy Co. led the development of standardized modules for the Basic Research Methods Course held at Hotel Jen Manila on December 4-6, 2018.
 
This three-day activity aimed to produce the first set of trainers who are well-capacitated to deliver BRM trainings using the standardized manual produced. Prior to this activity, a regional consultation for the standardization of basic research methods module to be used by RHRDCs for their training courses was held last September 4-5, 2018 at Golden Prince Hotel & Suites, Cebu City.
 
Said activity was actively participated by Cagayan Valley Health Research Development Consortium members namely, Dr. Julius T. Capili, Executive Director of CVHRDC and Dean of CAHS-CSU Andrews Campus; Dr. Melfei E. Bungihan, Committee Chair and Capacity Building Committee and Instructor of Quirino State University; Ms. Hilaria M. Barsabal, Instructor at Cagayan State University- Andrews; and Ms. Clyde Beth Caraang, DOST 2 SRS II and CVHRDC project leader.
 
Participating CVHRDC members conveyed knowledge on Basic Research Methods that are divided into 12 Modules which are, Overview of Research Topic, Defining the Research Problem, Establishing the Theoretical and Empirical Basis of the Research, Epidemiologic and Experimental Studies,Sampling Designs, Sample Size Determination, Qualitative Research, Data Collection, Data Analysis, Ethics in Health Research, Administrative Aspects, and Writing the Research Report. The training was administered by PCHRD well-equipped and able resource speakers, Dr. Ofelia P. Saniel and Dr. Ophelia P. Mendoza.
 
Meanwhile, the CVHRDC delegates were also commended as best presenter during the workshop.
 
 
 
 
 

 

The Research Management and Development Unit of DOH 02 successfully launched their 2019 Call for Proposals during their Cagayan Valley Regional Health Research Summit on December 07, 2018.

All RESEARCH ENTHUSIAST especially those in the health sector and academe who are inclined to health-related studies, are encouraged to submit their research proposals on or before January 16, 2019 through the Research Management and Development Unit or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The proposals must be based on the following priority areas:
Area 1: Infectious and Communicable Diseases (HIV, TB, Dengue)
Area 2: Emergency Response, Disaster Risk Reduction Management for
Health and Climate Change Adaptation
Area 3: Maternal and Child Health (Maternal, Infant, and under Five 
Mortality, FIC)
Area 4: Non-communicable Diseases
Area 5: Drug Discovery and Development
Area 6: Health Governance and Management
Area 7: Health Financing
Area 8: Sexual and Reproductive Health
Area 9: Health Technology Development and Innovation
Area 10: Traditional, Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Area 11: Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods

 Source: RMD DOH R0II. (2018, December 14).RMD-DOH II 2019 Call for Proposal.Retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/DOHRO2RMDU/

 

Members of the Cagayan Valley Health Research and Development Consortium (CVHRDC) gathered to wrap up their 2018 accomplishments as well as to review and discuss their ways forward for the upcoming year during their Year-End Meeting held at Zen Hotel, Santiago City, Isabela last December 17, 2018.

Executive Director Sancho A. Mabborang encouraged the group to continue stepping up until the R&D ecosystem in region 2 goes on top for the people and its stakeholders.

Furthermore, Engr. Emmanuel M. Mendoza talked about how important intellectual property is in research outputs. He briefed the members about their rights to protect their works from unfair use.

Meanwhile Chairperson, Dr. Julius T. Capili shared the 3Rs secret of CVHRDC's success which are RESOURCE, good RELATIONSHIP with each member and partner-institutions, and the importance of quality RESULTS.

 

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