DOST – Science for Change (S4C) Program, Niche Centers in the Regions for R&D (NICER) Program

We are pleased to announce that the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) under the “Accelerated R&D Program for Capacity Building of Research and Development Institutions and Industrial Competitiveness” of the S4C Program is now ready to accept research and development (R&D) proposals for 2017 from the HEIs. The Niche Centers in the Regions for R&D (NICER) will provide institutional grant for HEIs in the regions for R&D capacity building to improve their S&T infrastructure.

The proposals priority areas for consideration are as follows:

  1. Basic Research – Water; food and nutrition; healthful lifestyle; clean energy; sustainable communities.
  2. Health – Drug discovery and development; diagnostics; genomics/molecular technology; functional foods; hospital equipment and biomedical devices; information and communication technology for health, nutrition and food safety; disaster risk reduction for health; and climate change adaptation for health
  3. Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Sector (AANR) – Crops; Livestock fisheries and aquaculture; forestry; natural resources; and environment
  4. Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology – Country-side development; competitive industry; delivery of social services; human security
  5. Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation (DRR CCA) – Observation and monitoring networks; technology development and application for monitoring and forecasting; hazards, vulnerability and risk assessment; warning and communication of information; technology development and application for climate change mitigation and adaptation; and technology development and application for disaster risk management.

Attached is the call for proposal details for your reference.

The deadline for submission of capsule proposals is on 15 June 2017. For inquiries, kindly coordinate with the Research Grants Administration Office (, 567-2054)

Thank you for your continued interest in health research and development.