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.


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


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



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


• Regional Health Research and Development Consortium - for prescreening
• UP Institute of Chemistry
• UST Research Center for the Natural Sciences
• DLSHSI Center for Biopharmaceutical Research
• Gruppo Medica Inc
• Herbanext Laboratories Inc.


• 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


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.




Dissemination and application of entries

January to March

Deadline of submission to the consortium

end of May

Deadline of submission to DOST-PCHRD

2nd week of June

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



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Source: http://www.pchrd.dost.gov.ph/index.php/news/6335-latest-research-funding-and-mobility-opportunities-for-researchers-in-asean

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About the Conference

AsiaSense 2018 (the 8th International Conference on  Sensors) is an inter-disciplinary meeting of scientists and engineers working in diverse fields in the research, development and innovation of physical and chemical sensors.  
AsiaSense 2018 presents an excellent platform for the presentation of the advancements made by scientists and researchers from different parts of the world, in the field of sensors technology.  It likewise provides an opportunity for researchers to establish linkages and to pursue continuing education. 

AsiaSense has been held since 2003 in different countries in Asia, including Malaysia (2003, 2013), Indonesia (2005, 2015), Philippines (2007), Thailand (2009) and Korea (2011).
AsiaSense 2018 is organized by the Kapisanang Kimika ng Pilipinas - 
Division of Analytical Sciences (KKP-DAS), in cooperation with the University of Santo Tomasthrough its Research Center for the Natural and Applied SciencesCollege of Science, Faculty of Engineering, The Graduate School, and the Philippine Federation of Chemistry Societies (PFCS).

AsiaSense 2018 is endorsed by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) of the Republic of the Philippines.  Download a copy of the CHED endorsement here.

Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth)
Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD)



The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) and the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (PCHRD-DOST) is pleased to announce the call for research proposals for the first batch of topics for the 2017 PhilHealth STUDIES (Strengthening the Thrust for Universal Healthcare through Data, Information, and Knowledge Exchange Systems). 

PhilHealth and PCHRD hereby invite interested institutions, researchers and organizations to submit proposals on the following topics:

1. PhilHealth Share Ratio Study
2. 2017 Client Awareness and Satisfaction Survey

We encourage interested parties to submit their capsule proposals via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and to attach the following documents by February 16, 2018

1. Letter of Intent 
2. Curriculum Vitae of Lead Proponent (Researcher) 
3. Profile of the Institution 

If you have queries, please contact Mr. Marc Enrico Hasta or Ms. Gera Grace Eguia @ (02)837-75-34 or 83 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Department of Health (DOH)
Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD)



The Department of Health (DOH) and the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) is pleased to announce the first call for research proposals for the Advancing Health through Evidence-Assisted Decisions with Health Policy and Systems Research (AHEAD-HPSR) Program.

Interested institutions, organizations, and researchers are invited to submit a full proposal on any of the topics hereto attached. 

Kindly register as a proponent @ http://projects.pchrd.dost.gov.ph/index.php/register and attach the following requirements on or before February 14, 2018

1. Main Proposal
2. Letter of Intent 
3. Curriculum Vitae of Lead Proponent (Principal Investigator/Project Leader) 
4. Profile of the Institution 

For queries, contact Ms. Gilmari Peach Mallorca @ 651-7800 local 1326/1329 or Ms. Clarissa B. Reyes @ (02) 837-2071 local 2138.


List of Topics for AHEAD-HPSR:

1. Stakeholder Engagement and Communication Strategy for the Universal Health Coverage Bill 

2. Development of Policy Notes or Evidence Summaries 

3. National Health Literacy Survey 

4. Harmonization of the Digital Hospital Indicator Reporting System and Development of a Comprehensive Health Facilities Database and User Interface 

5. Determining Incentives for Frontline Health Workers and Engagement Models for Doctors on Universal Healthcare Bill Provisions 

6. Annual Microbial Resistance Surveillance for the National Leprosy Control Program 

7. Development of the Ambisyon Natin 2040 for Health: Phase 1 

8. Mapping of CPG Development Capacities in the Philippines 

9. Technical Assistance in Communicating Research Results to Key Policymakers in Health 

10. Determining the Prevalence and Behavioral Factors of HIV and STI in the Philippines 

11. Development of Operations Guidelines for the Institutionalization and Operationalization of Single Joint Ethics Review in DOH 

12. Primary Care Demonstration Sites 

13. YAWS Study Phase II: Assessment of the Need to Establish a YAWS Control and Eradication Program 

14. Health System Responsiveness 2018 

15. Rapid Assessment on the Alcohol Consumption in the Philippines 

16. Market Mapping and Landscape Analysis of the Alcoholic Beverage Industry 

17. Simulating the Health Impact of Alcohol Taxation in the Philippines 

18. Operations Research for Comprehensive HIV Education Program among Grade 8 Students in Arellano University and Lyceum of Alabang University 

19. National Prevalence Survey on Mental Health

20.Comparative Quality of Generics Medicines Between the Government and Private Drug Facilities in the Philippines


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