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OVCRE, TTBDO conduct Idea to Impact Investors’ Forum 2022: Mussel Industry in Tacloban

Taking a step towards commercialization, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension (OVCRE) together with the Technology Transfer Business Development Office (TTBDO) conducted a pitching session last October 24, 2022 at Summit Hotel, Tacloban, Leyte. Various stakeholders including mussel farmers, processors, industry partners, students and researchers were present in the said event. 

The featured mussel-related innovative technologies were the mussel glycogen extract by Dr. Leni Yap-Dejeto from the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, UPV Tacloban College and mussel powder capsule and mussel lipid soft gel by Dr. Sharon N. Nuñal from the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, UPV Miagao Campus. Mussel glycogen can be utilized in soaps and cosmetic products while the mussel powder capsule and mussel lipid softgel have nutraceutical applications. 

Aside from their pitching session, the researchers together with Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension, Dr. Harold Monteclaro and Dr. Reynold Tan, Director of Technology Transfer and Business Development Office (TTBDO) had a dialogue with the concerned stakeholders and a press conference with local media outlets to make their technology reach a wider scope of audience. 

This event aims to uplift the mussel industry through commercialization of these innovations and establishing linkages between the key players and stakeholders of the industry.

UP Visayas Research Ethics Board receives Level 1 accreditation from PHREB

The application of the UP Visayas Research Ethics Board (UPVREB) for Level 1 accreditation was approved by the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB) on 24 October 2022. The UPVREB ensures that students, faculty, and researchers comply with the ethical conduct of research involving human participants. 

Prof. Cristabel Parcon, chairperson of the UPVREB said that “This accreditation will encourage more researchers to submit their proposals for ethical review thereby ensuring the conduct of their research according to ethical principles. This would mean that researchers would be more careful in dealing with their participants, ensuring their consent, safety, and security, minimizing risks, and being more transparent in their research conduct.”

The Philippine Health Research Ethics Board is the national policy-making body in health research ethics in the country and accredits research ethics committees in the country. The UPVREB was evaluated based on PHREB’s accreditation standards: functionality of structure and composition, adequacy and consistent implementation of standard operating procedures, and adequacy of administrative support.

UPVREB accreditation means that the University complies and will continue to comply with all the requirements in the conduct of quality ethical review of research involving human participants. “Level 1 accreditation is given to all new applications. This means that our procedures and processes in the UPVREB are in place. The PHREB allows us to apply for Level 2 accreditation after 6 months and we will be evaluated based on the completeness of our review processes and prost-approval procedures. Within the first year, the PHREB requires us to increase the capability of the UPVREB members, particularly through ethics trainings.” Prof. Parcon added. 

DOST-PCAARRD conducts monitoring and evaluation of on-going UPV projects

The Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquaculture and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD) conducted a site-visit, monitoring and evaluation of on-going milkfish, shrimp, tilapia mussel, aquafeeds and inland biodiversity projects in the University of the Philippines Visayas last November 17-19, 2022. 

The project leaders, their respective project staff and research assistants presented the status of their projects which includes their accomplishments and deliverables. The presenters were Prof. Fredson H. Huervana, Dr. Carmelo S. Del Castillo, Dr. Rex Ferdinand M. Trafalgar, Dr. Jade G. Pahila, Dr. Mary Jane A. Amar, and Dr. Augusto E. Serrano Jr. 

The representatives of DOST-PCAARRD present were Dr. Adelaida T. Calpe, OIC of Inland Aquatic Resources Research Division; Dr. Cynthia V. Almazan, Sr. SRS/ISP Manager for Tilapia; Ms. Genevic R. Obrero, SRS 1/ISP Manager for Shrimp and Mangrove Crab and Ms. Fedelia Flor C. Mero, Sr. SRS /ISP Manager for Milkfish and Aquafeeds who also served as the moderator for the event. 

This activity aims to assess the progress and accomplishments of the project in terms of their targeted deliverables as well as to scale their compliance to their work plan. UPV and DOST-PCAARRD continue to work together in various scientific endeavors which are ought to help the people attain productivity and sustainability.

Caipang recognized as Outstanding Researcher at the first-ever Idlab Awards

Dr. Christopher Marlowe A. Caipang of the Division of Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, was recognized as Outstanding Researcher in Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources category at  the first-ever Idlab Awards by the Regional Research, Development and Innovation Committee (RRDIC) of the Regional Development Council (RDC) Region VI last November 19, 2022 as part of the National Science and Technology Week 2022 celebration in Western Visayas. 

Idlab Awards is the first-ever regional research and development merit and awards system established by the RRDIC of the RDC Region VI to recognize outstanding researchers, engineers and innovators in the region. It has four (4) categories namely: Basic Research; Agriculture, Aquaculture and Natural Resources; Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technologies; and Health Research. Furthermore, this aims to amplify research and innovations in the region as well as to create a venue for the government and the private sector to generate resources to support research and development.

Dr. Caipang’s research contributions include the biofloc technology which showed its technological and economic viability, sustainability and positive impact to our environment. His research was able to help the local aquaculture industry acquire scientific and innovative technologies that could further enhance their productivity.

OVCRE conducts review of 42 In-house and Externally-funded research projects

19 In-house research and 23 externally-funded projects registered with the OVCRE went through a 3-day monitoring and evaluation last November 9 to 11, 2022. 

The event aimed to track the progress and challenges of different projects under the arm of the university. 

On the first day, the research presenters were divided into break out sessions: Socio-Econ group with Dr. Marshaley Baquiano of the University of Guam and Dr. Carolyn Jimenez of UP Los Baños served as evaluators; Natural Sciences group with Dr. Ian Kendrich Fontanilla of UP Diliman and Prof. Lilibeth Bucol of Negros Oriental State University; Chemistry group with Dr. Maria Pythias Espino from UP Diliman and Dr. Stephen Sabinay of West Visayas State University. For the Aquaculture group, Dr. Victor Marco Emmanuel N. Ferriols of CFOS-IA,UP Visayas and Dr. Hazel O. Arceo of UP Cebu.

On the second and third day, Dr. Harold M. Monteclaro and Dr. Victor Marco Emmanuel N. Ferriols from the OVCRE, Ms. Ferelyn F. Oliva from the Technology Transfer Business Development Office (TTBDO) and Ms. Emeliza C. Lozada, Chief of Supply, Property and Services Office (SPSO) were the evaluators. 

The moderators for the said event were Prof. Early Sol Gadong from the Division of Professional Education and Prof. Gerthrode Charlotte Tan-Mabilog, IPO Director. This activity was also attended by the SPSO personnel headed by their chief, Ms. Emeliza C. Lozada, accounting personnel, and the OVCRE personnel together with the TTBDO staff. 

The research projects were presented to track their progress and accomplishments. This also served as a venue to raise questions, suggestions and concerns to further enhance and update university transactions. Moreover, the TTBDO also encouraged our researchers to have their technology protected through the application of intellectual property rights and utility models. 

This was the first time that the OVCRE merged the monitoring and evaluation of in-house and externally-funded projects. This event provided an opportunity for researchers and staff to improve project implementation and university transactions.

UPV, DOST VI “Operationalization of Regional Research Journal” project jumpstarts at NISU 

A Workshop on Scientific Writing for Publication as part of the DOST VI-funded project, “Operationalization of Regional Research Journal” was conducted at Northern Iloilo State University (NISU), Estancia, Iloilo last November 16, 2022. 

This workshop was attended by faculty-researchers of NISU headed by their Vice President for Research and Extension Services, Dr. Allemar Jhone P. Delima, and Director for Scientific Publications, Dr. Jan Carlo T. Arroyo. The resource person of the said workshop was Dr. Christopher Marlowe A. Caipang from the Division of Biological Sciences, UP Visayas.

The activity commences the aims of the project to promote and encourage faculty-researchers from different SUCs and HEIs in the region to publish their manuscripts to the proposed regional research journal. In this project, UPV Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension Dr. Harold M. Monteclaro serves as project leader.

Accelerate Post-pandemic Recovery through Social Justice

The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) will celebrate the Development Policy Research Month (DPRM) on September 2, 2022 with a theme “#CloseTheGap: Accelerate Post-pandemic Recovery through Social Justice”, or in Filipino, “#AlisinAngAgwat: Pabilisin ang Pag-ahon Mula sa Pandemya sa Pamamagitan ng Katarungang Panlipunan”. Highlighting, the importance of making social justice a guiding principle of the country’s post-pandemic recovery plan, particularly in three areas: human capital development and social protection, public health services and infrastructure, and environmental resilience.

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Euraxess in ASEAN – European Research Council – 2.2BN EUROS for Frontier Research in 2023

The ERC has announced its Work Programme for 2023 with a total budget of around €2.2 billion for grants.

This amount will provide support for more than a thousand top researchers carrying out frontier science across Europe

The ERC is the premier European funding organisation for excellent frontier research. It funds creative researchers of any nationality and age, to run projects based across Europe.
The Work Programme also includes a tentative calendar of grant competitions in 2023.

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Are you a researcher that wants to address a research problem so ambitious, that can not be dealt with you and your team alone? The Synergy Grants could be for you!

This is an opportunity for a group of two to maximum four Principal Investigators (PIs) – of which one will be designated as the corresponding PI (cPI) – working together and bringing different skills and resources to tackle ambitious research problems. No specific eligibility criteria regarding the academic training are foreseen for ERC Synergy Grants. PIs must present an early achievement track-record or a ten-year track-record, whichever is most appropriate.

Proposals will be evaluated on the sole criterion of scientific excellence which, in the case the ERC Synergy Grants, takes on the additional meaning of outstanding intrinsic synergetic effect.

Deadline is 8 November 2022.

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West Visayas Health Research and Development Consortium – 2nd Call for Proposals

Second call to accelerate your research! Get funding for up to Php 500,000.00!

DOST-PCHRD and WVHRDC will provide grants for eligible research proposals in the areas of:

  1. Biomedical Devices Engineering for Health
  2. Diagnostics
  3. Digital and Frontier Technologies for Health
  4. Disaster Risk Reduction and Management and Climate Adaptation in Health
  5. Re-emerging and Emerging Diseases
  6. OMIC Technologies for Health
  7. Nutrition and Food Safety
  8. Functional Foods
  9. Mental Health
  10. Tuklas Lunas (Drug discovery and Development)

Deadline for the submission of applications is on August 31, 2022. Attached is a copy of the checklist of proposal requirements for interested applicants to comply. All necessary forms can be downloaded from

Western Visayas Consortium for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development – Call for Proposals

The program aims to develop research capabilities of local researchers under the WVCIEERD priority areas. The specific objectives are as follows: 
  • Provide R&D grants for small projects in the region with a maximum grant of
    P500,000.00 per project (2 slots for year 2022)
  • Develop capabilities of new researchers in preparation for application bigger funding
    opportunities, national and international
  • Conduct R&D projects that address the needs of the region