The Gelia Castillo Award for Research on Social Innovations in Health (GCARSIH)
Call for Applications 2020


As we  acknowledge the restrictions that COVID-19 has imposed upon us has made the process difficult, please note that we are extending the nomination period for GCARSIH up to 21 September 2020. This will give extra time to allow innovators to complete their nominations and allow further promotion of the award. This extension shall also postpone the selection of winners to October 2020



The Gelia Castillo Award for Research on Social Innovations in Health (GCARSIH) aims to recognize the outstanding social innovations that address persistent, societal and health systems challenges. Through the innovators’ experience, we can better understand why and how social innovations create impact, and discover the keys to scale up or integrate these effective interventions into the larger health system.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has shocked us all around the globe when we first learned about the disease that led to the closing of borders among countries, cities, provinces, and even barangays. It disrupted daily work and lives, it threatened humanity, tested the ability of our healthcare workers to fight the ghost like disease and tested our leaders’ capability to protect its people. It forced every people to conform to the so called “new normal” – staying at home, practising physical distancing, wearing of face mask, washing hands frequently and among others.

As a health research and development consortium which is task to facilitate global, national and local health needs by means of generating new and innovating existing knowledge, this pandemic will not hold nor stop the R1HRDCs operations.

Through the technical review board, which oversees and monitors the development and implementation of all research projects, the consortium was able to fund 2 research projects this year despite the COVID-19 menace. First, is the research project entitled “Assessment of Organizational Cultures Health Workforce in DOH-Retained Hospitals in Region 1” by Dr. Marvin T. Munar of Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center, San Fernando City, La Union. The second research was entitled “Hearing Screening Protocol among Pupils with Special Healthcare Needs in Ilocos Norte” by Dr. Joy Alvarez of Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center, Batac City, Ilocos Norte. In addition, the TRB also reviewed research proposals for possible funding earlier this year.

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The Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) through the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD), is implementing the HERDIN Plus online learning program. This program aims to provide online instruction for research institutions on how to manage and disseminate their research outputs using the HERDIN Plus System.

Part of the program is an online training activity starting September 2020. At the end of the training, research institutions are expected to consistently contribute their research outputs using the System.

Below are the requirements for the online training:

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The 2020 Joint Research Project Call for Proposals between DOST and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of the People’s Republic of China is now open!
In pursuit of cooperation between the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of the People’s Republic of China, we are calling for mutually beneficial and collaborative project proposals in any of the following identified priority areas:
1. Health
2. Agriculture
3. Renewable Energy

A total of eight (08) new projects will be approved during this call for proposals. DOST will provide an annual funding of up to Php 8,000,000.00 for each approved research project, while MOST will provide an annual funding of up to RMB 1,000,000.00 for the Chinese counterpart. Each project should have a maximum duration of two (2) years.
For reference, below is the timeline for the 2020 DOST-MOST JRP Call for Proposals:
Deadline for submitting applications: 26 June 2020
Exchange lists of applications that meet the eligibility requirements: By the end of June 2020
Exchange of respective review results: By the end of September 2020
Selection decision and announcement: By the end of October 2020
Start of project: From January 2021 to December 2022
Submission of final reports: Upon completion of each project
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The Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) is calling for proposals for 2021-2022 in the following research program areas:
     • Mental Health
     • OMICS Technology for Health
     • Dengue and Other Arboviruses
     • Diagnostics
     • Functional Food
     • Biomedical Engineering and Health Technologies
     • Information and Communication Technology for Health
     • Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in Health

You may access the materials, including relevant guidelines and forms in this Google Drive link:

Registration for the Researcher Database is already available at the DOST Project Management Information System ( However, submission of research proposals and other requirements will be accessible from April 1, 2020 until April 30, 2020 only.

An instructional video entitled DPMIS Video is also available in the Google Drive folder to assist you. You may also send your inquiries regarding the submission process to the Integrated Management System Team (pmis(a, We will update you should there be any changes in the call details and schedules as the COVID-19 situation unfolds.

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On February 19, 2020, the DOH Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center – Dagupan Research Ethics Committee (DOH DTRC Dagupan REC) received the good news of being granted Level 2 Accreditation by the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board thru the Regional Ethics Monitoring Board – 1, valid for 1 year.

Despite being one of the youngest member institutions of the Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium, who’d became a member on May 2018, the committee which is headed by the Chair, Mr. Eric Vincent R. Maminta thru the help of the Dr. Ronnie Salvador (Chairman of the Research Committee) and with the support of Dr. Delfin Gubatan Jr (Chief of Hospital), managed to establish their own Research Ethics Committee at a short period of time. They initially applied to REMB-1 on April 4, 2019 and after complying with the accreditors’ comments and recommendations, they have been granted the provisional Level 2 accreditation. As Level 2 Accredited, the DOH DTRC Dagupan REC can now review all types of research except clinical trials required for FDA registration of new drugs, and post marketing studies. These may entail more than minimal risk to human participants involved on the research.

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