National Unified Health Research Agenda

NUHRA serves as the country’s template for health research and development efforts specifying the areas and topics needed to be addressed in a 5-year scope.


Find out how you can participate in the health research-related opportunities of the four implementing agencies.


By virtue of Proclamation No. 1309, the PNHRS Week is celebrated every second week of August.

Regional Health Research Systems

The regional health research consortia in all the regions of the country mirror the PNHRS framework at the regional level

Philippine Health Research Ethics Board

PHREB is the national policy making body in health research ethics.

Monitoring Tool

To ensure that the system is more responsive and inclusive, the PNHRS Monitoring Tool was developed.

Implementing Agencies

Four institutions commit to support PNHRS to achieve its vision of creating a vibrant, dynamic and responsible health research community.

Technical Working Committees

The six TWCs were aligned with the research themes based on the country’s health needs.

PNHRS Milestones

Take a look at PNHRS accomplishments since its inception.


24 Mar 2022 02:17 - Christine Jane Gonzalez

Thank you, PCHRD, for supporting an idea in 1996.” 

University of the Philippines Manila (UPM) Chancellor Carmencita Padilla highlighted the importance of believing in research ideas by citing her work on newborn screening in 1996, during her keynote [ ... ]

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24 Mar 2022 02:16 - Christine Jane Gonzalez

The Department of Science and Technology- Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) is pleased to announce the call for applications for the 2022 DOST-PCHRD- Undergraduate Thesis Grant in Natural Products.

The said program aims [ ... ]

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14 Mar 2022 02:00 - Christine Jane Gonzalez
PCHRD honors Filipino health innovators in its 40th anniversary

The Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Health Research and Development will mark its 40th founding anniversary in a three-day virtual celebration on 16-18 March 2022 via Zoom and Facebook live streaming.

With the theme, “PCHRD [ ... ]

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07 Mar 2022 08:47 - Christine Jane Gonzalez

The Department of Health (DOH) and the University of the Philippines - Philippine Genome Center (UP-PGC), in coordination with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), announced on Tuesday that it is now closer to strengthening the country’s [ ... ]

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08 Feb 2022 02:55 - Christine Jane Gonzalez
Webinar | Transcending Inequity: Discoveries, Inventions, and Innovations in Challenging Times

Mark your calendars as the National Institutes of Health celebrates their 24th Anniversary on March 2-4, 2022, via a virtual conference with the theme, “Transcending Inequity: Discoveries, Inventions, and Innovations in Challenging Times." 

All are invited!

Register [ ... ]

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15 Jul 2021 00:52 - Christine Jane Gonzalez
14th PNHRS Week to highlight health R&D in the new normal

Now on its 14th year, the annual Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) week will showcase health research and development in the new normal in the upcoming virtual celebration scheduled on 9-13 August 2021.

Using a combination of live and pre-recorded [ ... ]

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22 Jun 2021 07:56 - Christine Jane Gonzalez

On June 1-4, 2021, a 4-day training entitled The Basic Research Methods Training was conducted via Zoom attended and conducted by the member institutions of Eastern Visayas Health Research and Development Consortium. It aims to provide basic knowledge [ ... ]

Regional Updates
22 Jun 2021 07:55 - Christine Jane Gonzalez

The Commission on Higher Education – Regional Office 1 (CHED-RO1) and CHED Office of Planning, Research and Knowledge Management (OPRKM) conducted an Online Orientation-Seminar on the Establishment and Accreditation of Research Ethics Committee (REC) [ ... ]

Regional Updates
22 Jun 2021 07:54 - Christine Jane Gonzalez

The DOST - RHRDC XI is now calling applicants for its 4th Mentorship Program. This program aims to empower local researchers, encourage them to submit research proposal and pursue studies for human welfare.

The program is composed of three (3) modules, [ ... ]

Regional Updates
04 Jun 2021 03:19 - Christine Jane Gonzalez

The EVHRDC Awards is presented to researchers in Region 8 to recognize significant contributions to knowledge related to health. The awards will have two (2) categories: the Distinguished Health Researcher Award and the EVHRDC Outstanding Novice Researcher [ ... ]

Regional Updates
04 Jun 2021 03:15 - Christine Jane Gonzalez
Practical Research in the Service of Public Health

The Zamboanga Consortium for Health Research and Development (ZCHRD) in partnership with the Ateneo de Zamboanga University held the 4th session of the Research Utilization Webinar Series last 28 May 2021. The session was titled 'Practical Research in [ ... ]

Regional Updates
22 Apr 2021 07:33 - Christine Jane Gonzalez

MARY JOY B. SANDE, R.N., RM., MN., PhDNEd, a Bicol University College of Nursing professor and Bicol HeaRT (Health Research Training) Batch-2 scholar of Bicol Consortium for Health Research and Development (BCHRD) is the region's representative who won [ ... ]

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13th PNHRS Week Celebration

12th PNHRS Week Celebration

Dr Iris Thiele Isip Tan

NUHRA 2017-2022

Dr Phyllis Awor

Dr Francois Bonnici

Dr Belen Dofitas


National Lung Month: Tuberculosis as a persistent health concern in the Philippines
20 Sep 2019 02:25

Tuberculosis claims more lives than HIV/AIDS.
Despite being a preventable and curable disease, tuberculosis or TB kills an average of 70 Filipinos daily according to the Department of Health.  It is considered [ ... ]

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CDO hosting national research summit
08 Aug 2019 02:23

CAGAYAN de Oro City will be hosting the 13th Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Week Celebration which happens every second week of August.

The PNHRS is designed to hold parallel and plenary [ ... ]

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