U.P. Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Development

UP President Emerlinda R. Roman mentioned, in her Professorial Chair lecture last August 2009, that U.P. receives a multitude of demands from the public to serve the needs of society, in addition to its natural obligation to ensure high-quality teaching as well as enhance research skills of its faculty and disseminate such research.

In the autonomous unit of Diliman, this has been ‘tightened’ through the creation of the Research and Development Office, whose raison d’etre is as follows:

  • With the advancement of scientific research and the advent of information and transfer technology, the vital role of academicians and researchers in national development efforts in an increasingly global village is underscored. Such recognition has spawned the imperative for institutions to create offices for research and development to properly address, coordinate and meet the tremendous demand for research results. With advancing information technology, resource generation as well as the protection of research results can also be best implemented in an institutional setting.
  • Research is an important aspect of faculty academic work but its pursuit is another track distinct from and closely related to their classroom teaching. Enhancing research in a university requires providing it a distinct track as well as its own office.


I think that the UPD OVCRD works on the following basic elements:

  1. Resources and Funds Generation
  2. Research and its dissemination (Publication, conferences)


  • Here is where postgrad students can apply for and receive grants for theses, dissertations, etc.
  • UP faculty who have been conferred the PhD may also apply for the generous “PhD Incentive” fund under this grant section.

External Grants:

  • The Philippine Government gives generous support to the University’s research effort especially when it is aligned with current government thrusts, e.g., Science and Technology.

UP System Grants:

  • Here you find a lot of “Emerging S&T Fields” grants. Note that there is close coordination between this function of the OVCRD and the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs (OVPAA).

Office of the Chancellor:

  • From the OC, a faculty member draws funds for presentations of papers in Conferences.  The grant is called “Research Dissemination Grant (RDG)”.  For approved conferences in the Americas and Europe, the Office grants US$1,500, 80% of which is released prior to travel.


For details and for Forms, please click here:

OVCRD Official Web site


For those of you doing your PhD in U.P., here are other suggestions:

CHED Grants for Theses/Dissertation and Travel for Conferences:


Philippine Center for Population and Development:



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