One of the strategic objectives of Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) for 2019-2022 is to strengthen the capacity of the network to support health research. To address this objective, the PNHRS Capacity Building Committee (CBC) created the Collaborative Research and Capacity Building Initiative which will integrate the capacity building efforts of the implementing agencies, regional consortia, and member institutions. Harmonizing the efforts in research capacity will result in better use of resources which will contribute to the development of evidence-informed health decisions, programs, and policies.

The Collaborative Research and Capacity Building Initiative has the following objectives:

  • Promote partnership and collaboration among researchers/research and development institutions in health research capacity building;
  • Harmonize R&D capacity building efforts through interregional and interdisciplinary collaborative research;
  • Optimize resources for health R&D capacity building programs for researchers and research and development institutions; and
  • Develop more relevant and quality health researches aligned with National Unified Health Research Agenda (NUHRA) and Regional Unified Health Research Agenda.

 Priority Areas for Funding

For its initial phase, the initiative accepts proposals on control and prevention of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and schistosomiasis.

 The program must have at least 2-3 of the following research project components: (1) clinical/epidemiology/diagnostics, (2) use of ICT, (3) health social science, and (4) health policy and systems research.

 Minimum Requirements for the Proposals

 All proposals submitted for funding must comply with the following requirements:

  • Must involve the Research and Development Institution’s (RDI) or Higher Education Institutions’ (HEIs) faculty/researcher and early career scientists
  • Must include a mechanism for sharing of resources (expertise, data/information, facilities) for research
  • Must be collaborative, interregional, and interdisciplinary, involving 2-3 RDIs/HEIs through letter of support or willingness to collaborate
  • Must include plans for research dissemination, utilization, and translation
  • Duration: 1-2 years (PNHRS implementing agencies and counterpart implementing RDIs/non-RDIs shall provide funding for approved proposals for 1-2 years, subject to monitoring and evaluation and annual review)

 Who may submit

 Principal investigators must be a Filipino with at least a Master’s Degree in a relevant field and employed in universities/colleges, research agencies/institutes, hospitals, and other health related agencies who are members of the Regional Health Research and Development Consortia (RHRDC) are eligible to apply for the research grant.

 How to submit

 Interested lead proponents must submit their capsule proposals using the DOST-PCHRD forms. Research proposals submitted must be duly endorsed by the RHRDC concerned.

 The RHRDC shall submit priority capsule proposal to:

The Executive Director

Philippine Council for Health Research and Development
Department of Science and Technology
Saliksik Building, DOST Compound, Gen. Santos Ave., Bicutan Taguig City 1631 Philippines

 Successful proponents will be invited to join a write-shop for the development of the full proposal.

Deadline for submission of capsule proposals is on or before April 30, 2020







With the continued commitment of the Department of Health (DOH) in training the next generation of health sector leaders, researchers, policy analysis and program managers, the DOH partnered with Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) to implement the DOH Research Fellowship Program. Aligned with the Advancing Health through Evidence Assisted Decisions (AHEAD) strategy to (1) to increase individual, institutional and sectoral research capacity and (2) to position the Philippines as a global knowledge contributor, the Program aims to establish a cadre of young professionals with the appropriate knowledge, skills and attitude to appraise and conduct high quality health policy and systems research that are of policy significance.

With the passing of the Universal Health Care Act, there is a need to further develop a cadre of policy system researchers, technical experts and managers in order to strengthen internal analytic capacity in the DOH and to build health policy and systems research capacity within the sector. In line with this, the DOH Fellowship Program will be expanded in order to capacitate young professionals deployed to the regional Centers for Health Development (CHDs) all over the country.

The DOH Regional Research Fellowship Program is a 1-year term fellowship program intended for early career professionals who are considering a career in research. The Regional Research Fellows will be fully immersed in technical work at DOH regional CHDs and, in turn, will be capacitated in health policy, research and health systems management.


To produce a cadre of young professionals in the field of health systems research, policy, data analysis and health systems management at the DOH CHD level

Scope of Work:

  1. Identify research gaps in health policy and systems
  2. Develop and design a health policy and systems research addressing identified research gaps/ health policy and systems issues
  3. Collect and analyze data using a range of quantitative and qualitative techniques
  4. Systematically search, appraise and synthesize research evidence
  5. Communicate evidence to influence policy-making and legislation through the development of policy briefs, policy notes and other knowledge products as appropriate
  6. Apply research evidence in day-to-day practice to improve health policy and systems
  7. Participate in research capacity building activities
  8. Comply with DOH standards and protocols


*meant to be completed individually by the fellow, unless otherwise indicated

  1. One (1) individual research paper (can be done collaboratively with CHD staff, but fellow must be the principal investigator, and author)
  2. At least one (1) research brief
  3. At least five (5) technical reports/documents (such as, but not limited to position papers, policy notes, technical presentations, meeting reports, aide memoires, terms of reference and the like)
  4. Timely submission of monthly accomplishment report approved by the DOH management
  5. Other policy and research related technical tasks as may be required

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. At least 20 years old
  2. Residing in regions I (Ilocos), III (Central Luzon), VI (Western Visayas), VII (Central Visayas), X (Northern Mindanao), CAR (Cordillera)
  3. Graduate of bachelor’s degree in any health-related courses*

*Fresh graduates are welcome to apply.

  1. Fluent in English and Filipino
    1. Knowledge/fluency of different dialects in the region is an advantage
  2. Has knowledge in research and analytical writing
  3. Possesses skills in planning, organizing and managing research
  4. Has proficient computer skills, particularly for data management, technical report-writing and presentation preparation


One year, non-renewable


Centers for Health Development (CHDs) Units/Divisions in regions I, III, VI, VII, X, and CAR


PhP 30,000.00/ month

Expression of Interest:

Qualified applicants may file their application together with the following documents at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:

  1. Cover letter addressed to:        


Executive Director

Philippine Council for Health Research and Development

Department of Science and Technology

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Sample research paper/technical report

Deadline of submission is on or before November 22, 2019.

For queries, contact Ms. Juanita R. Valeza at 8-651-7800 local 1326/1328 or Ms. Ian Hannah C. Gozun at (02) 8-837-7537 local 405.

The Department of Science and Technology- Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the DOST-PCHRD- Undergraduate Thesis Grant in 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. It supports the Drug Discovery and Development Program of the DOST-PCHRD which aims to develop safe, effective and affordable alternative drugs from the country's natural resources.

The search is open to all undergraduate students of Colleges of Pharmacy, Chemistry, Nursing and Health and Allied Sciences who have thesis proposals on natural products in the current school year. All nominees must submit the following documents to the consortium:

  1. Duly accomplished prescribed research proposal form with college seal
  2. Endorsement letter from the institution signed by the head of the university college dean
  3. Soft copy of the proposal (MS Word format)
  4. Hard copy of the proposal using A4 paper
  5. Certificate of plant authentication
  6. Appropriate clearances
  7. Curriculum vite of the students and adviser using the prescribed form

Note: Nominations with incomplete requirements will automatically be excluded from the list of official entries.

A thesis grant amounting to Fifty Thousand Pesos (PhP 50,000.00) will be given to two (2) thesis proposals per region. In addition, an incentive of PhP 10,000.00 will be given to the advisers of the qualified thesis studies which will be given upon completion of the project and submission of the required deliverables.

Deadline of submission of nominations is on May 31, 2019.

Click the link to download application form

The Central Luzon Health Research and Development Consortium (CLHRDC), composed of 25 member institutions from government agencies, DOH-retained hospitals and higher education institutions in Region III, takes the lead role in implementing health research and development activities in the region. The following activities were accomplished by the Consortium Secretariat through its four working committees, namely: Research Management (RMC), Capacity Building (CBC), Research Utilization, Information and Communication (RUICC) and Ethics Review (ERC) for the period covering January to December 2018.

1. For this year, RMC was able to receive 19 research proposals, and 4 proposals were approved for funding by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD-DOST).

Project monitoring was also conducted by the committee on 4 on-going projects, wherein 2 are funded by PCHRD and the other 2 funded by the Central Luzon Center for Health Development (CLCHD).


2. The Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB) awarded accreditations to the following ethics review committees (ERCs) in the region this year:

1) Bataan Peninsula State University - Peninsulares Research Ethics Committee – Level 1

2) Tarlac State University-Research Ethics Committee – Level 1 (renewed)

3) Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology – University Research Ethics Committee – Level 1

4) Holy Angel University-Institutional Review Board – Level 1

ERC was also able to review 7 research proposals. The committee continues to assist ERCs of member institutions in applying for accreditation thru documentary requirements and provision of trainings, thus promoting the conduct of researches that are ethically-sound and compliant with local and international standards.


3. On capacity building, CBC conducted the following trainings and workshops:

1-2) Health Research Proposal Writeshop, Mentoring and Evaluation Phase 1 and 2

3) SOP Writeshop for IERCs

4) Orientation to Tuklas Lunas Development Center and Mentoring on Research Proposal Writing

5) Seminar Workshop on Patent Drafting.

The committee was able to train 26 new researchers who were able to generate 14 concept papers, 30 trained on SOP writing for ERCs, 31 on TLDC orientation who were able to come up with a program study, and 28 researchers on patent drafting.


4. Aside from information dissemination activities thru multimedia, RUICC has conducted the Central Luzon Health Research Forum in collaboration with the CLCHD last April 25-26 at Royce Hotel, Clark, Pampanga. 

The forum coincided with the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the consortium. Completed researches from higher education institutions, local government units, public and private hospitals were presented in the competing and non-competing divisions. Winners of the forum were sent as the regional entries to the Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Week.


5. Participation to the PNHRS Week is part of the consortium operations, this year’s celebration was held last August 6-9 at Baguio City. Faye Marion Sebastian of NEUST won 2nd place in the Oral Research Presentation Contest – Student Category for her study entitled: Modified Starch from Rice Bran as Adsorbent of Heavy Metals in Aqueous Solution. Aside from this, a strategic planning workshop was held last November 6-7, to come up with the consortium’s 5-year strategic plan (2018-2022).


CLHRDC continues to work aggressively towards attaining the vision of a healthy Central Luzon population that benefits from research-based solutions and innovations.