The Regional Health Research and Development Consortium XI (RHRDCXI), the regional arm of the Philippine Council for Health and Research Development will be conducting a free practical training for staff secretaries of the Research Ethics Committees (REC) with Dr. Marita V.T. Reyes as the resource person. The training will be in-person on May 28, 2024 (venue to be announced).

. This training aims to equip REC Staff in REC operations specifically on the following:

  1. Determination of completeness of submission documents
  2. Assignment of protocol codes
  3. Development and maintenance of log books
  4. Development and maintenance of databases
  5. Preparation of protocol files/folders
  6. Management of administrative files

Due to the limited number of available slots, we encourage everyone to pre-register HERE. Admission to the said training will be on a first come, first served basis. Staff secretary and member secretary of your REC will also be prioritized.

Should you have any clarifications and/or queries, you may reach us through email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and look for either Ms. Chell or Ms. Dan. You may also contact us at (082) 221-9721.


The DOST-PCHRD 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 he 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 2 undergraduate entries per region. After completion of the project, a competition will be held to selected qualified students to recognize innovative work on natural products.


  1. 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.

  1. How to apply

Applicants should submit the following documents to the Regional Health Research and Development Consortium (RHRDC):

  1. a) Duly accomplished prescribed research proposal form with college seal:
  2. b) Endorsement letter from the institution signed by the head of the university college dean
    c) Soft copy of the proposal (word format): Kindly send the soft copies to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    d) Hard copy of the proposal using A4 paper (3 copies): Department of Science and Technology XI, Corner Friendship and Dumanlas Roads, Bajada, Davao City or Mindanao Science Centrum, BPI Compound, Bago Oshiro, Davao City. (look for Ms. Diane Calipes or Ms. Richell Ruyeras)
    e) Certificate of plant authentication
    f) Appropriate clearances:
    Bureau of Animal Industry clearance for studies involving animal subjects
    Biosafety Clearance for studies involving genetic engineering and pathogenic organisms
    National Commission on Indigenous Peoples Clearance for studies involving Indigenous Peoples
    Gratuitous Permit from Biodiversity Management Bureau for studies involving collection of flora and fauna from DENR Protected Areas
    Ethical clearance for studies involving human subjects
    g) Curriculum vitae of the students and adviser using the prescribed form


The research proposals will be rated based on the following criteria:

Proposal evaluation

  1. Technical merit
    • Objectives are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound
    • The study design supports the objectives
    • The study sample and methodology are appropriate
  2. Data management
    • The plan for data collection is clearly described
    • Quality control procedures for data collection are in place
    • Statistical analysis is well described
  3. Relevance/Significance
    • The study addresses an important health problem
    • The study contributes to the advancement of scientific knowledge
  4. Proponent/institution’s capacity
    • The investigators are qualified and appropriately trained to carry out the study
    • The proposed study is appropriate to the experience level of the investigators
    • The implementing/cooperating institution is capable of carrying out the proposed study


Deliberation of thesis grantees and winners will be based on the grading/rating during the en banc meeting and oral presentation, respectively.


  • Regional Health Research and Development Consortium – for prescreening
    • UP Institute of Chemistry
    • UST Research Center for the Natural Sciences
    • DLSHSI Center for Biopharmaceutical Research
    • Gruppo Medica Inc
    • Herbanext Laboratories Inc.


  • Two (2) thesis proposals will be selected per region who will receive a grant amounting to a maximum of Seventy Five Thousand Pesos (P 75,000.00).
    • The thesis fund will be deposited to the bank account of the thesis adviser and will be liquidated after the completion of the study
    • A Memorandum of Agreement will be signed between the students, adviser, head of the institution and DOST-PCHRD
    • The grant must be expended based on the approved line-item budget


Completed research paper will be submitted to PCHRD for selection for oral presentation. After the oral presentation, prizes will be provided to the top 3 relevant and innovative thesis studies. 




Dissemination and application of entries

January to March

Deadline of submission to the consortium

end of May

Deadline of submission to DOST-PCHRD

2nd week of June

Selection of thesis grantees by the Selection Committee

June to July

Conduct of study

August to May of the succeeding year

Submission of completed studies to DOST-PCHRD

1st  week of June of the succeeding year

Selection of oral presentors by the Selection Committee

June to July

Oral Presentation and Announcement of Winners


 Forms can be downloaded here:




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