Last August 15-17, 2017, the Universiti Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in coordination with Pasteur Institute of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam organized the 3rd International Conference on Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease at Premiera Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The theme of the conference was "Global Challenges in Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Disease". It focused on three major issues in public health namely: Vaccination, Antimicrobial Drug Resistance and Zoonoses. The keynote speech was delivered by Dr. Cheong Chee Kheong of Ministry of Health, Malaysia. He emphasized the importance of series of discussions among scientists, academicians and technologists on various aspects of combating new threats in emerging and reemerging diseases. More than 200 scientists from 15 countries participated in the event. Of which more than 40 researchers presented their papers. Undersecretary of Department of Health Dr. Gerardo V. Bayugo presented the Philippines' Experience on Zika virus while Dr. Norbel A. Tabo of De La Salle University-Dasmarinas presented his PCHRD-funded research titled "Prevalence of Leptospira in abbatoir workers, slaughtered animals and abbatoir environment in Cavite, Philippines". Dr. Tabo focused his discussion on the continual source of leptospires and the presence of common serovars in abbatoir worker-slaughtered animal-abbatoir environment interface could pose problems on human health. The serovars identified could be potential candidates for the development of vaccines and diagnostic tests. The conference provided an avenue for researchers to search for solutions to problems not only on drug discoveries but also on strategies combatting new biological threats.

As per revised Regional Research Fund (RRF) guidelines, research proposals that will be reviewed by the Regional Health Research and Development Consortium (RHRDC) may now have a budgetary requirement not exceeding FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND PESOS (P500,000.00). 

Research proposals should address priority health problems/issues identified in the Regional Unified Health Research Agenda (RUHRA) and/or National Unified Health Research Agenda (NUHRA) of the Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS). RRF grant shall include support for a research mentor/consultant that will assist beginning researchers from the conceptualization until the implementation and completion phase of the project.  The proposal shall have duration of six months to one-year.   Each proposal should contain the following information:

1.       Title

2.       Rationale

3.       Review of Related Literature

4.       Objectives

5.       Methodology

6.       Expected Output

7.       Potential Users of Research Findings

8.       Time Frame

9.       Budget

10.    Work plan or Gantt Chart

11.    Curriculum Vitae of proponent

Who may apply 

Regular staff and faculty members of RHRDC member-institutions may submit proposals to the RHRDC, properly endorsed by the head of the agency. 

Other faculty/staff of research institutes, medical and paramedical schools, hospitals and other health related agencies which are not yet members of RHRDCs may submit proposals subject for approval by the regional consortia.

 An inter-intra institutional collaborative R & D undertaking will be given higher priority for funding.  Faculty/staff including medical residents of hospitals may submit proposals but he or she shall work under the supervision of a consultant/experienced researcher in the region.  These proposals should be submitted to the RHRDC Secretariat.

For Region IV-A, kindly contact Ms. Reinachell Dacdac, Health Research and Development Consortium Region  IV-A Staff at (046) 481-8000 local 4000 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..





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