Project Management System is an online submission, review, approval and monitoring platform for health research proposals/projects.

Applicants interested to apply for research grant may submit proposals through the system.


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Research Grant

PCHRD funds research proposals that are aligned with the research priority topics under 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
  • Health Financing
  • Health Service Delivery
  • Socio-environmental Health Concerns
PCHRD supports research initiatives under the Health Technology Development priority of NUHRA. This includes studies on 1) Diagnostics, 2) Genomics/Molecular Technology, 3) Drug Discover Development, 4) Functional Foods, 5) Hospital Equipment and Biomedical Devices, and 6) Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Health.

The Global Forum on Research and Innovation for Health 2015 Film Festival is one of the activities that will happen on August 24-27, 2015 during the Forum 2015 in Manila, Philippines.

This activity is open for all.

Film entries should be able to feature the Forum’s themes which include Social Accountability, Increasing Investments, Country-driven Capacity Building, Food and Nutrition Safety and Security, Health in Mega Cities and Disaster Risk Reduction. Winning films will be distributed to the network of video libraries for education, advocacy and training purposes.


Qualified Genres 

  • Short Film - minimum of 5 minutes, maximum of 20 minutes 
  • Documentary -minimum of 5 minutes, maximum of 20 minutes 
  • Animation -minimum of 5 minutes, maximum of 20 minutes


Start of Submission and Deadline of Entries

Open for submission May 18, 2015 – July 15, 2015. 

Please register online to join.



Invited Speakers

Mario G. Montejo
, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, Philippines

Janette Loreto-Garin

Secretary, Department of Health, Philippines

Imraan Patel
, Deputy Director-General: Socio-Economic Partnerships, Ministry of Science and Technology, South Africa

Glaudina Loots
, Director of Health Innovation, Ministry of Science and Technology, South Africa

Philippe Douste-Blazy (TBC)
, Under-Secretary-General, Special Adviser on Innovative Financing for Development at United Nations; Chairman, UNITAID

Marieme Ba
, Founder and Managing Director, Pharmalys

Wen Chen
, Professor of Health Economics, Dean, School of Public Health, Fudan University (Shanghai, China)

Gerald Keusch, 
Associate Director of the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory; Professor of Medicine and International Health at the Schools of Medicine and Public Health, Boston University

Kanyawim Kirtikara
, Executive Director, National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC), Thailand

Martín-J. Sepúlveda
, IBM Fellow and Vice President of Health Industries Research for the IBM Corporation

Ok Pannenborg,
Emeritus Chief Health Advisor, World Bank

Dennis Batangan, 
Research Associate, Institute of Philippine Culture, Ateneo de Manila University

Reynaldo Garcia,
Professor, National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, National Science Complex, University of the Philippines System

Isagani Padolina, 
Director of R&D Pascual Pharma

Manuel Dayrit,
Dean, Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health

Tikki Pangestu, 
Visiting Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore

Francisco Becerra
, Assistant Director, PAHO

Mario Capanzana, 
Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), Philippines Department of Science and Technology

Jim Kaput
, Head, Clinical Translation Unit, Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences

Renzo Guinto
, Campaigner, Healthy Energy Initiative, Health Care Without Harm-Asia

Alex Ross, 
Director, World Health Organization Kobe Center

Susan Pineda Mercado,
Director, Division for Non-communicable Disease and Health through the Life Course, World Health Organization, Western Pacific Regional Office

Teodoro Herbosa,
Professor, University of the Philippines Manila

Federico Macaranas
, Professor, Asian Institute of Management; ASEAN 2015 Project Lead

Marcel Tanner
, Director, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute ( Swiss TPH)

Jaime C. Montoya,
Executive Director, Philippine Council for Health Research and Development

 Carel IJsselmuiden, Director, Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED)

 Kevin McCarthy, Head, Sector Public Health Research, European Commission

 Shinichi Egawa, Div. International Cooperation for Disaster Medicine, International Institute of Disaster Science, Tohoku University


and Innovation for Health 2015 is now open,as well
as other ways for you to get involved. Whether it is
by submitting an abstract,proposing a session,
sending  photos, and leaving feedback, we hope
to have your input in shaping what will be a
remarkable and exciting event in Manila later this year!

Submit an abstract 

Forum 2015 invites abstract submissions from

individuals who are working on the cutting-edge

of research and innovation for health and development.  

The abstracts may be research-focused, clinical-focused,

policy-focused or program-focused.If you are looking for

an opportunity to share important findings with policy-makers

and practitioners who can help put your research into action,

please read through the abstract submission guidelines 

and submit your ideas before May 5, 2015.

Propose a session

Have an idea for an exciting and enlightening session?

Willing to share an innovative approach

or solution to a global health challenge?

Looking to strengthen your network

and find new partners for your organization’s work?  

Let us know!  Forum 2015 is currently accepting

session proposals until May 5, 2015. Read more.

Forum 2015 Photo Exhibition  

The Forum 2015 Photo Exhibition is a visual showcase of the direct impact

and transformational ability of research and innovation for health

on people’s lives.Professional and amateur photographers

alike are encouraged to send us photos.For sample photographs,

along with more details on the exhibition,

visit our website to find out how to submit your photos.

For general inquiries, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information about COHRED,

please contact Charles Kent at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


World Health Day 2015: from farm to plate, make food safe

Unsafe food and water is linked to 700 000 diarrhoeal deaths in children in WHO's South-East Asia Region annually. WHO is spotlighting food safety on World Health Day 2015 to mobilize policy makers and the public to make food safe, from farm to plate.

Globally, 2.2 million people die every year from diarrhoea caused by contaminated food and water while unsafe food often begins a pattern of disease that can impact generations. Keeping the food on our plate safe requires that everyone from the farmer, the policy maker, the cook and the consumer are better informed to make safer choices.

Food safety starts From the Farm

Vivek Kushwaha, Organic poultry farmer feeding ducks
Vivek Kushwaha, Organic poultry farmer

Safe food production practices at the farm can ensure that the fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy and poultry products are well-tended from the source. Vivek Kushwaha is an organic farmer and self-described “foodie” from New Delhi. His lifelong desire for healthy food ignited a passion to develop a successful organic poultry farm and bring local farmers together to form a network of producers of safe food. His “cycle of happiness” philosophy has drastically improved the lives of the farmers Vivek works with. “They had almost quit farming. All these farmers who thought farming was not profitable are once again enthused as we make sure they produce the best quality products for the consumers. Now, the farmer who had a loan has paid it back and can provide for his family. They also understand that providing healthy food for consumers isn’t just sustainable, it’s the right thing to do. They’re happy, we are happy and our consumers are happy.”

Pesticides, fertilizers and other chemicals, when used without prescription get into the food chain early and end up on our plates. Similarly, veterinary drugs and antibiotics, when used without proper prescription also get into the food we eat.

“Farmers who thought farming was not profitable are once again enthused as we make sure they produce the best quality products for the consumers”

- Vivek Kushwaha, Organic poultry farmer

WHO’s Antimicrobial Resistance Global Report on Surveillance has defined this clearly - resistance to antibacterial drugs has become a worldwide problem for both human and animal health. Irrational use of antibiotics causes antimicrobial resistance in both animals and humans. Antibiotics are used in animal production for disease prevention, treatment and better growth. However, when used without a prescription and without following guidelines, these antibiotics make their way into the human body when consuming meat, milk, eggs, honey and fish. As food products, the spread of resistant genes from animals to humans is a growing potential danger.

WHO Regional Food Safety Strategy

The South-East Asia Regional Food Safety Strategy among others objectives, is building links across the Region. From the Food Standard and Safety Authority of India’s mechanisms to certify safe food across all sectors to the ‘Clean food, good taste’ certification for street food vendors in Thailand, WHO is working with governments, policy makers, public health professionals, and individuals to build a synergy of safe food. This includes promoting and supporting implementation of laws and standards, working with governments to improve public awareness and spurring action across various sectors.

Despite several international recommendations made in the last 10 years, harmonized integrated surveillance of antimicrobial resistance in food-producing animals and food is implemented in only a few countries. While national programmes are working to create more reactive programmes, a holistic solution must also come from each segment of the food chain, starting with the farmers.

Vivek and his network of farmers use minimal chemicals and use veterinary drugs strictly as prescribed. His mantra for safe food is “If I can't eat it, I won’t sell it”.

How safe is the food on your plate?

Mr Ahluwalia and employee serving safe food
Mr Ahluwalia and employee serving safe food

Producing safe food at the farms is a welcome beginning. An educated, thoughtful consumer is a vital link in the safe food chain. Consumers can ensure food safety by following consumer safety tips like purchasing quality food, ensuring that areas of food preparation are clean, storing food correctly, cooking food thoroughly and serving food hot. 

After production and choosing safe food comes preparation. As Food Services Manager, Mr Ahluwalia’s food services staff provides over 1900 meals a day to the students and faculty of a school in New Delhi. Ensuring quality is critical to the daily operation. Mr Ahluwalia is proud to announce, “Right from the time we buy food to the time the kids have eaten and come back the next day, there is a certain regimented way to ensure the whole process is safe, hygienic and nutritious.“

“Right from the time we buy food to the time the kids have eaten and come back the next day, there is a certain regimented way to ensure the whole process is safe, hygienic and nutritious.“

- Mr Ahluwalia

A clean, well-organized system is deep-rooted in Mr Ahluwalia’s work practices that ensure good hygiene of all workers, surfaces and utensils. All meat, vegetables and bread are prepared at different times on separate, dedicated preparation areas. All meals are monitored to ensure the food has been cooked thoroughly and served hot. This diligence minimizes any gaps in the food service chain.

Food safety is everyone’s responsibility

WHO supports and strengthens the International Food Safety Authorities Network’s (INFOSAN) capacity to detect and respond to food safety incidents around the world while providing better communication between international food authorities.

While WHO continues to work with the policy makers, bringing various sectors together and advocating for food safety, everyone has a role to play in making food safe from farm to plate.

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