The Department of Science and Technology- Philippine Council for Health Research and Development DOSTPCHRD) 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 the Tuklas Lunas (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 two (2) undergraduate entries per region (subject to availability of funds). After completion of the project, a competition will be held for selected qualified students to recognize their innovative work on natural products.


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.


How to apply?

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As part of the celebration of the Philippine Innovation Month every February, an initiative of the Benita and Catalino Yap Foundation (BCYF) in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the Lyceum-Northwestern University will be conducting an Innovation Forum on February 9, 2021 at 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM via Zoom and FB Live with the theme “The Role of Innovation in the New Normal”. Expected participants are faculty and graduate students from HEIs, practitioners, and professionals from industry and government service.

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The Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center (MMMH&MC) Research Ethics Review Committee (RERC), a Level 3 Accredited REC by the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB) is planning to conduct a 3-day Training Workshop on Principles of Health Research Ethics and Good Clinical Practice via Zoom application in this month or on February 2021. This is in cooperation with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as the training provider.


To meet the target number of participants, the MMMH&MC RERC is looking for interested participants to join the said training, with the following objectives:

1. Apply Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and Health Research Ethics Guidelines and Principles in the conduct of health research;
2. Apply the principles of national and local guidelines and regulations to the conduct of health research;
3. Differentiate the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders involved in health research; and
4. Evaluate GCP and ethical issues in health research protocols.

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The Department of Health is issuing this Call for Proposals for the 2021 AHEAD-HPSR specifically for the research priorities that are deemed necessary to be implemented on CY 2021 to support UHC commitments and other critical needs of this Department and the specific programs.

These priority topics are as follows:
1. Implementation of the Participatory Action Research;
2. Evidence Review of COVID-19 Health Technology Topics;
3. Evaluation of the Lifestyle-Related Disease Prevention and Control Program;
4. Evaluation of the National Objectives for Health 2017-2022 and Baseline Survey of NOH Indicators; and,
5. Process Evaluation and Implementation Review of Executive Order (EO) No. 104, “Improving Access to Healthcare through Regulation of Prices in the Retail of Drugs and Medicines”.

Meanwhile, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage proponents to account for this new reality in the design of their research proposals. Specifically, we encourage the following approaches in drafting project implementation plans especially for those requiring field work:
(1)maintenance of minimum public health standards at all times (including the use of appropriate PPEs and implementation of other safety measures);
(2) early consultation with Local Government Units and local health officials to assess feasibility of conducting field work in their jurisdictions;
(3) tapping of local counterparts to conduct field work within their locality to minimize crossborder travel; and, (4) streamlining of team composition towards 'lean' teams.

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