Thursday, March 2, 2017

Academes, Hospitals sign partnership for Caraga Health Research

Various stakeholders from the Academe, the Health Centers and the Media from all over Caraga signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Caraga and Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) on February 24, Friday, to strengthen the partnership of the Caraga Health Research and Development Consortium (CHRDC) in the region.

The partnership, which was first developed on May 13, 2008, aimed at addressing health problems in Caraga through boosting the Health Research and Development. According to Dr. Jose R. Llacuña, regional director of the Department of Health and the newly appointed CHRDC Chair, there is a need to promote and improve health and quality of life of Caraganons.

“We have to gain new knowledge, develop new technologies to help us solve key health issues in Caraga like Schistosomiasis and Dengue. Also, we have to remember that we have a high incidence rate of Teenage Pregnancy Rate and HIV/AIDS cases in the region,” says Llacuña. The partnership was also forged to collaborate and share resources, expertise and facilities to speed up the generation of knowledge and technologies from the consortium.

Sectoral representatives were also reelected and appointed alongside the MoA Signing. Dr. Llacuna, was elected as the new CHRDC Chair while DOST Regional Director Dominga D. Mallonga is Vice-chair.

The members of the Caraga Health Research and Development Consortium include:
·         Philippine Council for Health Research and Development
·         Department of Science and Technology – Caraga
·         Department of Health – Caraga
·         Commission on Higher Education – Caraga
·         National Economic and Development Authority – Caraga
·         Department of Education – Caraga
·         Philippine Health Insurance Corporation
·         Bombo Radyo Philippines

From the Health Centers and Hospitals,
·         Butuan City Health Office
·         Provinical Health Office – Agusan del Norte
·         Butuan Medical Center
·         Manuel J. Santos Hospital

From the Academe,
·         Agusan del Sur State College of Agriculture and Technology
·         Butuan Doctor’s College
·         Caraga State University
·         Father Saturnino Urios State University
·         Saint Joseph Institute of Technology
·         Saint Paul University Surigao
·         Surigao Education Center
·         Surigao del Sur State University
·         Surigao State College of Technology

Aside from the election and appointment, the members of the consortium discussed on the upcoming activities like the Information, Education and Communication Campaign Planning Workshop and the Regional Consultations and Drafting of the Regional Unified Health Research Agenda for 2017-2022.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Call for Proposals!

In pursuit of cooperation in Science and Technology between the Philippine's Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST - formerly the National Science Council) of Taipei, we are calling for mutually beneficial and collaborative project proposals in any of the following identified priority areas for implementation:
  • Water Resource Management
  • Omics for personalized medicine; and
  • Marine resources
The modes of cooperation include joint research/study, exchange of scientists/technical experts, capacity building, scientific and technical access to facilities, provision of professional services, organization of scientific conferences, symposia, training courses, workshops and exhibitions and the Sandwich Scholarship Program (SSP).

Interested parties are advised to coordinate with prospective counterpart/collaborator in Taiwan to craft their proposals. The Filipino researcher must submit the proposal to DOST while the Taiwanese counterpart will submit the same to MOST for separate review and evaluation. Only projects approved by both DOST and MOST will be implemented under this cooperation scheme.

Proposals must be submitted on or before 30 April to the International Technology Cooperation Unit (ITCU), 3rd Floor, DOST Main Bldg., Gen. Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City or email them at The necessary forms may be downloaded at

Monday, January 23, 2017

Call for Health Research & Development (R&D) Proposals

The Caraga Health and Development Consortium (CHRDC) is now accepting Health and Development (R&D) proposals for CY 2017 funding support.

 How to Avail 
This program is open to all faculty/researchers of member institutions who wish to conduct health research on the following priority health research areas:
  • Endemic Diseases
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Non-Communicable Diseases
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Environmental Health
  • Health Emergency and Response
  • Health Care Financing
  • Good Governance in Health
  • Health Regulation

For more details, you may download the Regional Health Research Agenda here.

Interested proponents are required to submit a Capsule Proposal which includes the following :
  • Project Title
  • Rationale/Significance Objectives
  • Methodology
  • Expected Output/s  

You may download the capsule proposal format through this link.

A funding support of no more than P 500,000 will be provided through the Regional Research Fund from the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCHRD).


You may send a soft copy of the capsule proposal through email at or printed copy at CHRDC Office c/o DOST Caraga, CSU Campus, Ampayon, Butuan City. For inquiries you may contact Jeda Lalisan at telephone numbers (085) 3412-6225.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

e-ASIA JRP Call for Health Research Proposals

Joint Funding of Multilateral Research Cooperation

The e-ASIA Joint Research Program aims to develop a vibrant and collaborative research community in Science and Technology, to promote innovation in the East Asian region, and to contribute to the region’s economic development.

As part of the program, the following current Member organizations of the e-ASIA JRP hereinafter singularly referred to as a “Party” and plurally as “Parties”, have agreed to establish a new scheme for joint funding of multilateral cooperative activities. After consultations among the Parties, “Health Research” has been selected as one of the specific research areas for the call in 2016.

Participating Parties (listed in alphabetical order):
1) Cambodia: Ministry of Health (MOH)
2) Japan: Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED)
3) New Zealand: Health Research Council (HRC)
4) Philippines: Department of Science and Technology (DOST)
5) Russia: Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR)
6) USA: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
7) USA: National Cancer Institute (NCI)
8) Vietnam: Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST)

Aim of Joint Call and Research Area

Through multilateral collaboration for medical research and development in the field of “Health Research”, the aim of the joint call is not only to contribute to the development of regional science but also to overcome public health and medical problems in East Asia in the near future. The field of “Health Research” in the e-ASIA JRP, therefore, invites research proposals focuses on the following research area:

i)                   Infectious Diseases

 The e-ASIA JRP has previously approved eleven collaborative research projects which cover influenza, dengue fever, H5N1 avian influenza, emerging vector-borne viral diseases, liver fluke infection, malaria, tuberculosis and drug resistance, dengue viral genetic diversity, multidrug resistance Gram-negative bacteria, Opisthorchiasis infection and fever etiology. However, there is a continuing need for further biomedical research and development of different approaches to lessen the impact and suffering caused by these diseases in the region and contribute to global understanding of infectious diseases and the human immune system.
The area of Infectious Diseases in the e-ASIA JRP therefore supports research projects focused on, but not limited to, emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, which are serious impediments to the development of ASEAN countries and require urgent attention.

ii)                 Cancer Research
The second focused area is “Cancer Research”. According to the report of Merel Kimman et al, it was estimated that there were over 700,000 new cases of cancer and 500,000 cancer deaths in ASEAN in the year 2008. The most commonly diagnosed cancers were lung (98,143), breast (86,842) and liver 3 cancers (74,777). The most common causes of cancer death were lung cancer (85,772), liver cancer (69,115) and colorectal cancer (44,280). The report suggested the burden of cancer was significant in ASEAN and each country was strongly encouraged to put in place cancer-control health care policies. The area of Cancer Research in the e-ASIA JRP therefore supports research focused on the burden of cancer in ASEAN countries.

Invitation of Proposals and Prospective Applicants

Scientists from the countries listed above are invited to identify potential research partners in at least two other countries of the e-ASIA JRP Member organizations which participate in this Call (i.e. partners from the countries listed above) and to jointly prepare a collaborative research proposal in the area of Health Research. All applicants must fulfil their respective national eligibility rules for research grant application. Researchers from industry are encouraged to participate in the joint collaboration in accordance with national eligibility rules.

Eligible Filipino researchers seeking new funding should apply for Grants-in-Aid (GIA) from DOST through the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD). Filipino researcher applicants are advised to download all applicable DOST-PCHRD GIA Forms from the PCHRD website, completely accomplish these forms, and send these through the PCHRD online submission system ( The DOST-PCHRD also requires submission of a formal letter of intent from the applicant with a statement that the proposal is for e-ASIA JRP and an endorsement from the authorized head of organization.

Deadline of submission is Feb 8, 2017 

For more details, please browse: e-Asia website