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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Got a question about PCARI Project but not quite sure where to ask? We’ll try to answer all of it here!


The Philippine-California Advanced Research Institutes (PCARI) Project is a capacity-building/technology-generating collaborative initiative designed to upgrade to global standards the research, development, and innovation expertise and competencies of the faculty, researchers, students and staff of Philippine higher education institutions (HEIs). The Project involves scholarships, training and research partnerships between Philippine HEIs and highly-ranked research universities in California, USA,  in the areas of:
a.     Health Innovation and Translational Medicine (HITM)
b.     Information Infrastructure and Development (IID)


The legal basis for this project can be found in Special Provision No. 6 "Allocation for the Research and Scholarship Project" of Republic Act (R.A.) No. 10352, otherwise known as the General Appropriations Act (GAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013.


This unprecedented government initiative is needed to address societal problems and at the same time enable the country to catch up with its neighbors in developing a sustainable university-based research and development (R &D) infrastructure for technological innovation.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Cycle 5 Request for Proposals now extended!

We are extending the submission for the Cycle 5 Request for Proposals to 04 August 2017, 11:59 PM, Manila Time (04 August 2017, 07:59 AM, PDT)

Submit your proposals electronically to the PCARI Secretariat at on or before the
extended deadline.

Please be guided accordingly.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

PCARI Cycle 5 Request for Proposals Now Open

The PCARI Project is pleased to announce a new cycle of Request for Proposals (RFPs) for CHED PCARI funding in 2017. Proposals must address significant societal problems and have the potential to bring about and sustain technology transfer or commercialization activities. For this cycle, preference will be given to research project proposals dealing with the applications of information infrastructure development or health innovation and translational medicine in Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Agriculture, Food Processing, Nutrition, Marine and Aquatic Sciences.

Research project proposals must be jointly developed and, if approved, jointly implemented by a Philippine-based HEI and a university located in the State of California, USA. At present only the University of California Berkeley (UCB), the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), University of California Davis (UC Davis), and University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) are eligible to participate.

Submissions must be received electronically by the PCARI Secretariat at on or before 31 July 2017, 11:59 PM, Manila time; (31 July 2017, 08:59 AM, PDT).

The specifics of this call may be found in the attached RFP Guidelines and application packet.

Complete details may be found on the links below:

CHED Announcement for PCARI Cycle 5 RFP 2017

Friday, March 17, 2017

CHED PCARI Project sponsors its first international seminar-workshop on R&D management and grants administration

R&D stakeholders to convene on issues and recommendations for Philippine R&D management
The Commission on Higher Education through its Philippine-California Advanced Research Institutes (PCARI) Project presents the PCARI International Seminar- Workshop on Laying the Foundation for the Future of Research and Development in the Philippines slated on March 23-24 in Metro Manila, Philippines. It has the objective of identifying common issues and challenges in R&D management, and producing a unified set of recommendations to lead the country’s productivity in research and innovation.

Over 200 research and development leaders from government, academe, foreign agencies, and non-government organizations across the country are expected to gather at the seminar-workshop including research management and administration experts from PCARI collaborating institution University of California (UC) Berkeley.

Plenary and parallel sessions shall tackle common R&D issues and challenges, including research project pre-approval processes, project implementation, intellectual property, and scholarship concerns. This 2-day event will be held The Peninsula Manila, Makati City.

For more information, please contact Jovianne Fernandez at (+632) 352 5591 or send an email at

About the CHED-PCARI Project
The Philippine-California Advanced Research Institutes (PCARI) Project is a research and development of the Commission on Higher Education approved in the General Appropriations Act of 2013. The Project is a new approach to enhance the skills and expertise of faculty, students, and staff of Philippine universities through scholarships, trainings, and research partnerships with globally highly-ranked research universities in California, USA, in the priority areas of Information Infrastructure Development (IID), and Health Innovation and Translational Medicine (HITM). 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

CHED-PCARI Project approves 7 new R&D projects for funding

Cycle 3 approved IIID 2016-008's Project Leader, Dr. Victor Ella (UP Los Baños), together with his Principal Investigator, Dr. Steven Glaser (UC Berkeley), at the 1st PCARI R&D Conference last October 14, 2016

CHED-PCARI Project is pleased to announce 7 new R&D projects from the Cycle 3 Request for Proposals (RFPs) that are approved for funding. This cycle’s projects shall address prevalent societal problems, particularly on water purification, irrigation water management, infrastructure, and several leading causes of mortality and morbidity in the Philippines.