Second UK-Philippines Joint Health Research Call

The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) and the Medical Research Council-United Kingdom (MRC) is inviting researchers to submit concept proposals for the Second UK-Philippines Joint Health Research Call. This initiative between PCHRD and MRC aims to provide funding for high quality 3-year collaborative research projects focusing on Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases of relevance to the Philippines.

The research call is part of the UK's Newton Fund Programme, an Official Development Assistance to the Philippines aimed at developing science and innovation partnerships to promote economic development and welfare. For the Philippines, they invite concept proposals on Infectious Diseases and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM)

The research call will provide financial assistance of up to ₤400K from UK, and up to ₤250K/PhP 16 Million Pesos from the Philippines per project, to support activities for up to 3 years. The research call intends to find a total of six (6) joint projects: four (4) in Infectious Diseases, and two (2) in Diabetes Mellitus. Please note that applicants are required to have one UK Principal Investigator and one Filipino Principal Investigator.

Attached are the following documents: Call Specification, Applicant Guidelines, and Concept Proposal Form. All files can also be accessed through the PCHRD website

Call for Nominations for OICA Director


The nominee must possess the following minimum qualifications:

  • commitment to academic freedom and the values and ideals of the University;
  • distinction or outstanding academic credentials in the nominee’s chosen field of expertise which should be along the lines of the unit’s disciplines or fields; Filipino citizen;
  • leadership qualities and administrative or managerial capability;
  • must be willing to serve; and
  • must consider resource generation an important function of the position.

The nominee need not be a faculty member at the time of his/her nomination. Should he/she be appointed as Director, he/she must have a faculty appointment.


The following may submit nominations:

  • any UPLB personnel;
  • students and alumni;
  • others from outside the unit; or
  • an interested candidate.


Nominators (individuals or groups) shall submit:

  • duly signed letter containing the justification for the nomination; and
  • a three-page summary of the nominee’s curriculum vitae.


17 April 2017: Deadline for submission of nominations to the Office of the Chancellor
21 April 2017 (9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.):Presentation of End of Term Report of the Current OICA Director at the OVCRE Annex (All interested parties are free to attend.)
24 April 2017 (9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.): Presentation of the Vision, Mission, and Goals of Nominees at the OVCRE Annex (All interested parties are free to attend.)

NASA Scientist to Share Experiences and Expertise on Using Remote Sensing in Laguna de Bay basin Lake Water Monitoring

February 13 – National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Senior Scientist, Dr. Josefino Comiso, will be a visiting professor at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) for the month of February.

He will be giving a free lecture on the Application of Remote Sensing in Monitoring Water Quality and Lake Surface Water Uses, and Land Use Change of Laguna de Bay Basin, on February 13, 4PM, at NCAS Auditorium.

Everyone is invited to join the lecture, and be updated with Dr. Comiso’s set of activities this February!

The official poster is attached.

6th International Conference on Climate and Disaster Risks Management 2017

Science holds the key to building resilience for sustainable future. An integrated science-based awareness raising, development planning, policy-making and practices strengthen government and institutional efforts for climate change adaptation and disaster management. It also strengthens the capacities of individuals, communities and societies in understanding hazards, in managing associated risks, and in preparing for potential disasters and extreme events. We look to science to seek answers to our questions about the changing climate and the changing world. This encourages collaborative and urgent investments in climate actions and disaster forums on global and local levels that are necessary to promote the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, and the achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

On its sixth year, the conference further enhances the common learning ground for climate change talk and disaster dialogue among and between a diverse body of disciplines, backgrounds and expertise. It is a continuing opportunity to actively engage scientists, researchers, and technical people who provide up-to-date scientific data and study findings on climate change and disasters which can be used by the various stakeholders/sectors for an informed hazard and/or risk-based planning and decision-making processes, and management practices.


  • Climate and disaster risks management measures/strategies
  • General topics on climate change and disaster hazards/risks
  • Ecosystem-based CCA and DRRM
  • Low emissions/green technologies


  • February 28: First call for papers, posters and products
  • March: Second call and submissions
  • March 31: Deadline for the online submission of paper/poster/product abstracts
  • April: Release of notice for accepted abstracts
  • May: Submission of full papers and/or extended abstracts for accepted abstracts
  • June-July 31: Release of final program and invitations/Early registration
  • August: Final preparations and updates
  • September 27-28: Conference proper

Deadline: March 31, 2017
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Format/Template:


  • Research/paper presentation must be an original work that has not been published or presented prior to the conference
  • Product presentation must be related to climate change adaptation/mitigation and disaster risk reduction and management
  • Writing of the abstract must follow the attached format/template which can be downloaded at
  • Conference secretariat will acknowledge the receipt of submitted abstract and will release notice of acceptance, final program and official invitation via email
  • Email your abstract to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


For participants from the Philippines:

  • Early registration – PhP4,000 (paid on or before July 31, 2017)
  • On-site/regular registration – PhP4,500 (paid on Sept. 27, 2017 or after July 31, 2017)

For international participants:

  • Early registration – USD 100 (paid on or before July 31, 2017)
  • On-site/regular registration – USD 120 (paid on Sept. 27, 2017 or after July 31, 2017)

For other inquiries, please send an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) Call for Proposals: Concept Papers for Innovative Projects and Proposals

SRA is calling for proposals for the Sugarcane Research, Development and Extension (RDE) for 2017 and 2018. Funding for the projects comes through the Sugarcane Industry Development Act (RA #10659). The SIDA aims to promote and support the competitiveness of the sugarcane industry, maximize utilization of sugarcane resources, and improve income of farmers and farm workers. This Calls will primarily focus on the following RD and E Agenda:

  1. Improve production systems to increase efficiency and profitability for farmers.
    1. Varieties with higher sugar content, potential for prolonged ratooning, water/stress tolerant and site- specific.
    2. Crop management and cultural practices that are cost-effective, such as:
      1. Soil, nutrient and water management
      2. Pest, disease and weed management
      3. Adoption of Precision agriculture for sugarcane
    3. Mechanization of the production and post-production activities to reduce the labor cost.
      1. Design and development of prototype and test farm machineries and equipment adaptable to local industry needs and make them accessible and affordable to farmers.
      2. Design and development of small equipment and machineries suitable for small farms to lessen farm work.
  2. Sugar milling process and waste utilization
    1. Development of tool in performance assessment and improving the efficiency of the sugar factories.
    2. Economics of sugar mill waste management.
    3. Study on Effluents and other mill waste materials, the potential environmental, health, and economic consequences of an excessive utilization to the industry.
    4. Development and production of high value products from sugarcane and its by-products.
  3. Suitable mitigating and adaptation technologies for climate change.
    1. Crop damage forecasting and validation assessment protocol (Estimation of Loss in Sugarcane Production Due to Climate Change).
    2. Development of climate-resilient farming systems e.g., smart farming approaches (integrated farming, ICT application, etc.) and other climate-resilient agricultural production technologies.
    3. Various studies on greenhouse gases (ghg) emissions in the sugarcane industry.
  4. Enhancing delivery of R&D, adoption and practice change through:
    1. Building or strengthening the capacity of the different stakeholders in the mill districts e.g., MDDCs, planters’ assn./coops to deliver products and services to the target audience.
    2. Funding of RDE units in SUCs.
  5. Capacitate the SRA’s Research and Extension Centers, different mill district offices, and different actors in the industry to improve the delivery of services.
    1. Equipping of research and training facilities and acquisition, construction and equipping of mill district offices nationwide.
    2. Capacity-building of sugarcane farmers, farm workers, mill workers and researchers/agriculturists of SRA.
    3. Sugarcane Academy and/or Training Centers – This is where farmers/planters and technicians will be taught the science of sugarcane production. Trained in production with demo machines. Thus, will be oriented in production and processing of sugarcane/sugar technology.
  6. Development of database for socio-economic, policy formulation and research direction.
    1. Study on small farms (block farms), operational constraints, and required adjustments and interventions in farm management practices, technology adoption and input utilization.
    2. Study on the establishment of sugar mill agro-industrial economic zones as regional economic hubs.
    3. Revisiting the extension delivery system in the sugarcane industry.
    4. Development and Implementation of Multimedia Communication Services for the Sugarcane Industry: A Participatory and Blended Learning, Knowledge Sharing, and Networking Platform among Stakeholders in the Philippines

The criteria for SIDA RDE Priorities are as follows: 1) Scientific merit; 2) Benefits to sugarcane farmers and stakeholders; 3) Building human resource capacity and infrastructure in areas relevant to the strategy; 4) Opportunities for collaboration on human resources, infrastructure and research governance; and 5) Avoiding duplication while enhancing collaboration.

How to Apply and the Procedures to Follow

This Call for Proposals takes a phased-approach. Applicants are required to submit a concept paper first, which will be reviewed by the SIDA RDE TWG for completeness and then the SIDA RDE Committee members as to the quality of the concept papers, value for money, and of the capacity of the applicant/organization. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted with an invitation to submit a full project proposal, a format for which will be sent to the applicant. The rationale outlined in the concept paper cannot be changed by the applicant in the full project proposal, and the estimated total costs should not deviate more than 10% of those proposed in the concept.

The full project proposals will be technically assessed by a panel of External Evaluators. Based on the results of the evaluation, the proposals recommended for funding will be presented to the appointed SIDA-RDE Committee members who will select the projects (based on importance of the addressed problem in the sugarcane industry, the impact of the proposed outcome, the generation of new information, and feasibility) for final endorsement to the Sugar Board.

Where and How to Send the Applications

The complete application form and budget must be submitted in Word and Excel or PDF.

Applications must be submitted by email to the following SIDA-RDE TWG This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Rosalina Tan), cc This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Lovenessa Calamba); This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. marked SIDA RDE 2017 in the subject.

Applications sent by any other means (e.g. by fax or by mail) or delivered to other addresses will not be considered under this Call for Proposals.

Deadline for Submission of Applications

The deadline for the submission of applications is December 8, 2016 (midnight) as evidenced by the date of receipt of submission email. Any application submitted after the deadline will be automatically rejected.