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                                   Research and Development (R&D) Grant

As part of the BCHRD campaign on producing health researches, we are happy to announce that we are now open for submission of health and health-related proposals for 2017. Proposals submitted shall be subject to a screening process and will be determined as to which research institution it shall be forwarded /endorsed for approval and funding. The BCHRD’s mother agency, the DOST- PCHRD funds research proposals that are aligned with the National Unified Health Research Agenda (NUHRA) and the Regional Unified Health Research Agenda (RUHRA).

RUHRA Research Priorities of Region V


1.       Improvement of Maternal Health and Nutrition

a.       Assessment of the health status of women

b.      Assessment of the KAPs of women in their Perinatal Period

c.       Effectiveness of IEC materials on maternal health care

d.      Evaluation of the maternal health service delivery

2.       Improvement of Child Health and Nutrition

a.       Assessment of the Health Status of Children

b.      Assessment of Feeding Programs in Day Care Centers (3 -6 y/o)

c.       Infant Feeding Program

d.      Review and Analysis of the Existing BEmONC/CEmONC in terms of Facilities, human

       resource expertise, usage and usefulness

e.      Compliance with EPI

f.        Evaluation of the Family Planning Program


1.       Prevention of Non-communicable Diseases

a.       Mental Health

b.      Lifestyle Diseases (diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases)

c.       Trauma and Injuries

2.       Prevention of Communicable Diseases

a.       STI & HIV


3.       Herbal in Various Forms

a.       Inventory of Herbal Plants in the Bicol Region(including pictures, location, parts of the plants used, common names and uses)

b.      Preparation and Utilization of Indigenous Herbs for Common Illnesses

c.       Dosage forms of herbal medicine

4.       Functional Foods

a.       Beneficial/Potential hazards of the following:  Malunggay, Ginger, Garlic, Yakon,

Cassava and  Siling Labuyo


1.       Environment and Climate Change

a.       Health effects of Climate Change among Vulnerable Groups (Elderly & Children)

Ø  Community Development

1.       Health and sanitary Practices Among residents of resettlement Areas

2.       Health Preparedness and Capabilities during Emergencies

Ø  Waste Management

1.       Level of Implementation of Local Ordinances on Waste Management

2.       Hospital Waste Management


Ø  Technology Development

1.       Techno Verification on _______for health use.

2.       Utilization and Production of Yakon Chips as Dietary Food Supplement

Ø  Knowledge Management

1.       Adoption of Health Data Base System in the Bicol Region

2.       Surveillance of Reported Infectious Diseases



Review Procedures

Approval of proposals for research grants will be based on a multi-level review process.

1. In-house screening in terms of alignment to the research priorities, duplication, and completeness of requirements.
2. Technical review by external consultants based on the following criteria:
     Technical merit
     Data management
     Marketability potential (for product-based proposals)
     Feasibility (practicality, cost, time)
     Proponent’s/ Institution’s capacity
3. Proposals reviewed shall be endorsed by BCHRD to DOST-PCHRD. Final approval by the PCHRD Governing Council or the PCHRD Executive Director depending on the recommended total budgetary requirement of the proposal.
In each stage of the review process, the proponent may need to revise the proposal on the basis of the recommendations of the reviewers.
The review process will take approximately 75 working days provided that all the requirements had been submitted.

Who may apply
Filipinos with at least a Master’s Degree in a relevant field, have proven research competence / track record, and employed in universities/colleges, research agencies/institutes, hospitals, and other health related agencies are eligible to apply for the research grant.

How to apply
The proponent should submit the following requirements online through the BCHRD secretariat

Project Proposal following the PCHRD Detailed Proposal Form – two (2) copies 
Work plan Schedule (Gantt Chart of Activities)
Proposed Line-Item Budget (LIB) (DOST-GIA LIB Form)
Counterpart Funding of Implementing Agency
Biosafety Clearance, if applicable
Institutional Animal Care and Use Clearance, if applicable
Ethics Clearance (for studies involving human subjects)
Informed Consent Form
Case Report Form, if applicable
Endorsement of Agency Head
Curriculum Vitae of Proponent(s)
Duties and Responsibilities of each Project Personnel

Submit your letter of request and the requirements to:


SUC President and BCHRD Chairperson

Bicol University, Legazpi City


Regional Research Fund

Regional Research Fund (RRF) is viewed as a way to encourage new researchers to be actively involved in health research activities without having to compete with more experienced researchers. These RRF projects are intended to build up the capabilities of individual researchers in designing, implementing and managing health research projects.

What proposals may qualify

Research proposals which address priority health problems/issues identified in the Regional Unified Health Research Agenda (RUHRA) and/or National Unified Health Research Agenda (NUHRA) of the Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) are going to be reviewed by the RHRDC and PCHRD. The proposals should have a duration of six months to one-year and a budgetary requirement not exceeding FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND PESOS (P500, 000.00).


Who may apply

Regular staff and faculty members of research institutes, medical and allied health sciences, hospitals and other health-related agencies may submit proposals to the RHRDC, properly endorsed by the head of their agency. Likewise, medical residents of hospitals may submit proposals provided that he or she will be working under the supervision of a more experienced researcher affiliated in the same institution.



In the continuous development of the Rx Box Program of the National Telehealth Center, information dissemination through forums of stakeholders, private and public local government units are being widely implemented. The Rx Box program is an effort of the Department of Science and Technology and the National Teleheath Center to provide better access to life-saving health care delivery to isolated and disadvantaged communities nationwide.

The RxBox allows diagnosis of the patient’s conditions within the health facility. The following are its features: 1) Blood pressure monitor; 2) Pulse Oximeter; 3) Electrocardiogram; 4) Fetal Heart Monitor; 5) Maternal tocometer and 6) Temperature sensor. It is a multi-component program which aims to build the capacities of frontline health workers for the ethical use of health technologies, the RxBox telemedicine device, Community Health Information and Tracking System (CHITS) and telemedicine.

A roll out of 1,000 units of Rx Box will be distributed among regions of the Philippines. There are approximately 18 units to be distributed in Region 5, all of which are GIDA (Geographically Isolated and Disadvantage Areas). The list of which are still for finalization.


Last August 18, 2016, staff from BCHRD attended the Stakeholder’s Forum and Technology Demonstration on the Rx Box Roll-out Project in Bicol at AVP function hall, Tahao Road, Legazpi City. The said forum was organized by the Department of Science and Technology V in cooperation with UP-National Telehealth Center. The said forum was attended by stakeholders from local government units, Provincial Science and Technology Centers, media , DOH personnel and hospital heads. Highlights on the use of the Rx Box and its implementation were discussed by the RxBox Project Manager, Dr. Kristine Mae Magtubo of UP-National Telehealth Center. The use of the units were also demonstrated by the technicians of the NTC.

During the Opening program of the 10th Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Week Celebration last August 10, 2016 at the Citystate Asturias Hotel, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan,the BCHRD- Research and Ethics Committee was awarded with Level-2 Accreditation by the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB). The said award is another milestone for the BCHRD. Awarding of the certificate was given by Dr. Jaime C. Montoya, Executive Director of PCHRD, Dr. Leonardo De Castro, Chairperson of Philippine national Health Research Ethics Board and Dr. Maria Salome N. Vios, Chairperson of PHREB Sub-committee on Standards and Accreditation. Present during the awarding ceremony are some BCHRD-ERC Members, consortium members, BCHRD staff and BCHRD Director, Prof. Michael Montealegre.


Indeed, another job well done and a step closer to BCHRD’s goal of producing ethically- sensitive and quality health and health-related researches to address the needs of the Bicolanos.

Dr. Sandy Lasa receiving the Certificate of Accreditation from Dr. Maria Salome Vios, Dr. Leonardo De Castro and Dr. Jaime Montoya.

The BCHRD’s entry for the Oral Paper Presentation (Student category) wins third (3rd) place during the 10Th Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Week Celebration last August 9, 2016 at the Citystate Asturias Hotel, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. His paper entitled, “ Screening for Intestinal Anti-inflammatory Activity of Alpinia galanga (Zingerberaceae) Against Acetic-Acid Induced Colitis in Mice (Mus musculus)” was presented together with four (4) other participants screened by the technical committee of the PNHRS.


Each regional consortium were requested to submit two (2) entries for student category oral paper presentation and among the submitted entries, only five (5) entries were shortlisted to present during the contest proper. Baldo won a certificate of recognition and cash prize of Five Thousand Pesos (Php 5,000.00).

Mr. Diomerl Edward Baldo with Dr. Pilita O. Lucena of DOST V.

In the celebration of the Regional Science and Technology week celebration of the DOST ROV last July 25-27, 2016 at the La Piazza Hotel and Convention Center, the Bicol Consortium for Health Research and Development in cooperation with the DOST V, spearheaded a Forum on Health and Food Safety last July 26, 2016, 1:00 -5:00 in the afternoon at the Sicily/ Milan Hall. The said forum was participated by 40 participants mainly composed of researchers and representatives from public and private agencies, SUC’s, HEI’s and members of the consortium.

The objective of the said forum is to increase awareness of the health and health-related researchers on topics on food safety standards and increasing chances of these researchers to write more fundable proposals for funding agencies.

The lady of ceremony, Ms. Rina Llenaresas started the forum with an invocation followed by the Philippine National Anthem. To welcome the guests and participant, Prof. Michael Montealegre , BCHRD Director delivered his welcome remarks. Speakers of the said forum were Prof. Ida Francia H. Revale, director of Bicol University- Regional Center for Food Safety and Quality Standards (BU-RCFSQA) who discussed food safety standards and Dr. Lilibeth A. Cajuday, faculty-researcher of Bicol University College of Science and has one (1) completed research funded by PCHRD and one (1) newly-approved research.

Prof. Revale started the discussion with the recall on the definition of terms related to food safety and food safety standards. She further explained the do’s and don’t’s for preparing, storing and consumption of food. Dr. Cajuday, explained the cycle of proposal from the preparation, writing, submission, review, revision, endorsement until its approval. She cited as an example her completed research with BCHRD which built her patience and confidence in writing researches. She encouraged the participants to write and submit health and health-related proposals to BCHRD for possible funding.

After the discussions of the two (2) speakers, Dr. Pilita Lucena, Senior Science Research Specialist from DOST V acted as moderator for the open forum. Questions from the audience were directed to the two (2) speakers. Inquiries and clarifications from the participants were answered by the speakers.



BCHRD Forum on Health and Food Safety participants, speakers and BCHRD Staff

To formally close the program, Dr. Ma.Teresa G. De Alban gave her insightful and encouraging words of wisdom to the participants. 


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