DOST-PCHRD provides fund for thesis grant

Friday, March 16, 2018 06:08 AM    Views : 810by: Lilibeth A. French

ILOILO CITY, March 15 (PIA6) -- The Department of Science and Technology- Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) has make funding available to undergraduate students who have thesis proposals on natural products.

The Funds for Undergraduate Thesis Grant in Natural Products aims to sustain a research culture in natural products to increase the number of researches and later on build a pool of researchers/experts specializing in the field.  

It also supports the Drug Discovery and Development program of the DOST-PCHRD aimed at developing safe, effective and affordable alternative drugs from the country's natural resources.

The project is open to all undergraduate students of Pharmacy, Chemistry, Nursing and Health and Allied Sciences who have thesis proposals on natural products.  The proposed thesis study must use plants indigenous in the region and must be completed a year after receiving the grant.

Interested applicants should submit the following documents to the Regional Health Research and Development Consortium (RHRDC): Duly accomplished prescribed research proposal form with college seal; Endorsement letter from the institution signed by the head of the university college dean; Soft copy of the proposal (word format); Hard copy of the proposal using A4 paper (3 copies); and Certificate of plant authentication and Curriculum vitae of the students and adviser using the prescribed form.

They should also submit appropriate clearances from the Bureau of Animal Industry, Biosafety Clearance, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples Clearance for studies involving Indigenous Peoples, Gratuitous Permit from the Biodiversity Management Bureau for studies involving collection of flora and fauna from DENR Protected Areas, and Ethical clearance for studies involving human subjects

Thesis grants will be given to two 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.

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

Two thesis proposals will be selected per region that will get a grant amounting to a maximum of P50,000.00. 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.

Fund support will also be provided to the top three relevant and innovative thesis studies. Aside from the plaque of recognition, cash prizes will be distributed to the finalists after the oral presentation.

The deadline of submission to the consortium and DOST-PCHRD was scheduled at the end of May and 2nd week of June. The selection of thesis grantees by the Selection Committee will start on June to July and the conduct of study on August to May of the succeeding year.

On the other hand, on the first week of June of the succeeding year, completed studies shall be submitted to DOST-PCHRD where the Selection Committee shall select the oral presenters until July. The oral presentation and announcement of winners will be conducted on August 2019. (DOST6/LTP/laf/PIA6-Iloilo)  



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