Everyone is invited to join the event, and participate in the growing discussion of new research areas and methodologies using NASA’s free satellite images.
- Date: -
- Venue: New College of Arts and Sciences (NCAS) Auditorium, UPLB
20 February 2017
MEMORANDUM NO. 005
Series of 2017
TO: All Deans and Directors
FROM: REX B. DEMAFELIS, PhD
Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension
SUBJECT: 2017 Call for ECWRG Proposal
The Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs (OVPAA) is now accepting research proposals for funding under the Enhanced Creative Works and Research Grant. The ECWRG Program aims to encourage faculty (from Instructor 4 to Professor) and REPS to undertake research that will lead to publications or exhibitions or performances of creative work or other significant output such as patents, new software, and advanced technologies. To ensure the quality of output, publication or exhibition will be required prior to the full release of the grant, depending on whether the grant is for research or creative work.
In this regard, please be informed that all proposals shall be subjected to technical and administrative review by OVCRE prior to submission to OVPAA. Specifically, technical review shall be undertaken by external evaluators (outside campus unit) as prescribed in the program guidelines. Please refer to the attached table for the minimum qualifications of applicants.
Kindly submit one (1) hard copy of the detailed proposal (see attached format) to the OVCRE-Project Development Monitoring and Evaluation Section (PDMES), OVCRE Annex Bldg, UPLB. Deadline of submission shall be on or before 15 March 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.
TOPICS/SUB-THEMES FOR PAPER AND POSTER PRESENTATIONS
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER FOR THE 6TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CLIMATE AND DISASTER RISKS MANAGEMENT 2017
CALL FOR SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS
Deadline: March 31, 2017
GUIDELINES ON ABSTRACT SUBMISSION
For participants from the Philippines:
For international participants:
Mangoes are one of the most important fruit crops in the Philippines, along with banana and pineapple. Aside from an already established market here, it has a lot of potential in the international market. Foreigners and tourists remain to be impressed with our export variety, called the “Carabao” mango which is known all over the world.
In 2011, the Philippines had a production area of 187,073 hectares and produced 788,074 MT. That same year, mango production dropped by 5.38%. There were fewer fruits harvested in some provinces, as well as reduction of flower induction.
S & T for the mango industry
With the ASEAN integration, demand for quality mangoes is expected. Backed by scientific research on integrated crop management (ICM) and postharvest quality management (PQM), the Philippines’ mango industry is seen as a strong competitor.
ICM and PQM make use of traditional and modern techniques that complement Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) for mango. ICM includes practices that help improve plant health and fruit yield through the reduction of the pests and diseases as well as through the promotion of plant growth and development. It involves cost-effective and need-based pesticide spraying programs and other interventions such as bagging, pruning, and canopy development.
Meanwhile, PQM focuses on postharvest handling practices to ensure that the mangoes are safe and fresh as they are brought to the consumers. PQM is also involved in meeting trade requirements and ensuring that buyers’ specifications are met from harvest to transport.
Because of ICM and PQM, there has been an increase in volume of harvest, quality fruits, and even income of mango stakeholders.
UPLB’s role in the upscaling of the mango industry
The University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) was one of the state colleges and universities that took part in a project funded by the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD).
Seven clusters of mango growers were organized in Regions I, II, III, IV-A, VI, and XII. There were 69 members and the total area covered was 69 hectares. The members were trained on different ICM technologies like pruning, fertilizer application, fruit bagging, and postharvest practices. A team was assigned to each region for direct technical assistance and monitoring of orchard activities.
The program ended last July 2015. Of the 69 cluster members, 29% were able to reach their target yield. While the cost of production increased by 46%, the gross income also increased by 21%. Net income increased by only 8% from PhP 68,512 to PhP 74,142 per hectare though the partial budget showed a higher overall increase in net income of PhP 19,328 per hectare, indicating that adopting ICM technologies is economically viable. Before ending the program, a Mango Care Manual was developed using the 13 leaflets on the ICM technologies.
The clustering strategy has enabled experts to effectively guide the cluster members in the implementation of ICM and PQM. Because of this, the members were able to share their experiences on production and postharvest techniques.
Aside from UPLB, DOST-PCAARRD has partnered with other state universities and colleges all over the Philippines to promote the adoption of ICM and PQM to the mango farmers.
Through this program, the advancement of the Philippine mango industry is seen to reach new heights, especially now that it is backed up by science and technology.
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:
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 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.
UPLB is enjoined to participate in the search for the 2016 PCAARRD Pantas and Tanglaw Awards for the Most Outstanding Scientist/Researcher, Most Outstanding Research Administrator, and Most Outstanding Research Institution. Cash rewards and research grants await Filipino scientists and research institutions in the field of agriculture, aquatic, and natural resources.
By virtue of Administrative Order No. 158, series of 2016, regarding the Creation of the UPLB Selection Committee for National, Development, and Extension Awards, the committee was created to screen/nominate UPLB personnel and units for national awards given by nationally-recognized institutions.
The three best candidates from the submissions shall be nominated by the University.
26 October 2016
MEMORANDUM NO. 32
Series of 2016
TO: All Faculty, REPS, and Staff
FROM: Prof. Rex B. Demafelis, PhD
Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension
SUBJECT: 2nd Call for Applications: OVCRE Publication Grant Program
We are pleased to inform you that the OVCRE Publication Grant Program is accepting a second round of applications.
Under the DA-BAR funded project titled “Catalyzing UPLB’s Status as a Research University,” OVCRE aims to enhance the university’s publications through providing editorial and monetary assistance to quality but unpublished research.
The Publication Grant Program is open to all faculty and REPS and staff with unpublished thesis and dissertations; as well as unpublished research results from completed projects in the last five years. The Program covers writing and editorial services; journal matching service; and Publication Fee loan.
Application form and guidelines are available at the downloads section of the RDE Portal (ovcre.uplb.edu.ph). Accomplished form and attachments may be submitted on or before 30 November 2016 at the OVCRE Annex to Ms. Lot B. Pua.
Thank you very much.
The Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) would like to extend the invitation to the 2017 Call for Proposals (CFP). The R&D proposals should be directed towards harnessing the potential of emerging technologies, expand technology development and innovation for the industry, energy and transportation sectors, and develop S&T interventions and solutions for climate change adaptation and mitigation and disaster risk reduction.
Proposals must be aligned with the PCIEERD Priority Thrust and should be within the Council's sectoral coverage, as follows:
Research proposals that will address the PCIEERD Priority Thrust may also include the following emerging technology applications:
For those who are interested to submit their proposals, the complete package of the Call for Proposals and Proposals Application Forms are downloadable at the PCIEERD website or the e-Proposals website. The following dates pertaining to the 2017 CFP shall be strictly observed: