RESEARCH GRANT

The Research Grant is for acquiring laboratory equipment and for the maintenance, operation, and other expenses needed in the scholar’s research. It is intended to support the research of a scholar to be conducted locally and to ensure completion of his/her research on time.
 
Criteria for Eligibility

  1. The status of the scholar must be on-going or with approved extension period;
  2. The scholar has preferably completed all of his/her academic courses prescribed in the program of study;
  3. The thesis/dissertation proposal or research plan of the scholar must be in line with the R&D thrust of the
      ERDT Program; and
  4. The scholar has preferably defended his/her thesis/dissertation proposal, as approved by the thesis/dissertation
      panel of examiners.

Scholars who availed ERDT master’s and doctorate Sandwich Program are no longer qualified to apply for this grant.
 
Scholars with common research topic under one faculty adviser may opt to combine their research grants budget provided that one of the items intended for purchase through the combined research grant exceeds the allotted budget of one scholar.
 
Entitlements
 
A successful applicant is entitled to Research Grant up to a maximum of P114,000.00 for Master’s and P253,000.00 for PhD.
 
Application Procedures and Required Documents
 
The eligible scholar who wishes to avail the Research Grant must submit the following:

  1. Duly accomplished ERDT-RG Application Form.
  2. Approved thesis/dissertation proposal or detailed research plan duly certified by his/her primary adviser and the
      chairman of his/her department;
  3. GANTT chart of the scholar’s research activities; and
  4. Line Item Budget (LIB) showing the cost of equipment, experiment expenses, and other expenses related to
      research.

 
NOTE: Incomplete documents will not be accepted and processed for evaluation by the ERDT Office.
 
A request letter must be submitted to the ERDT Office of the Consortium University together with the required documents mentioned above. The application shall be evaluated based on merit by the Fellowship and Scholarship Screening Committee, FSSC, (or equivalent body), recommending the approval (or disapproval) of the application for the Research Grant to the Program Leader (or equivalent body) for final decision. The adviser of the scholar will be notified in writing of the approval/disapproval of his/her application by the Program Leader (or equivalent body).

Modes of Procurement, Release of Funds, Liquidation of Expenses Reports

Republic Act 9184 shall be the basis of all purchases or procurement of equipment and related items using the research grant (purchase for equipment, consumables, fieldwork, transportation, e.g., airfare, van rental etc.). The following are the modes of procurement allowed by the ERDT program.

  • Bidding
  • Alternative mode (e.g. Shopping)

Once the requested research grant is approved, the scholar is advised to coordinate immediately with the ERDT office for the purchase of the items in the Line Item Budget. When changes in the LIB is needed due to unforeseen circumstances, the scholar shall request in writing the budget realignment of his research grant whose approval is subject to the decision of the FSSC (or equivalent body).
 
Release of Funds
 
Before proceeding to procurement of any research related materials or services, ERDT Local Graduate Scholars are highly advised to coordinate with the ERDT Office for guidance and proper processing of research grant.
 
Purchase of equipment, supplies, chemicals, and materials shall conform to Republic Act No. 9184 otherwise known as the “Government Procurement Act” and its Implementing Rules and Regulations.
 
Disbursement/s of funds under this component shall be in accordance with the existing government accounting and auditing rules and regulations.
 
The scholar shall prepare a purchase request for supplies using the Research Grant Form.
 
Realignment of Line Item Budget
 
When changes in the line item budget (LIB) is needed due to unforeseen circumstances or when there are items not included in the approved LIB, a scholar may request realignment of LIB of his/her research grant subject for evaluation of the FSCC (or equivalent body) and final approval of the Project Leader.
 
Accountability for Purchased Equipment
 
Upon completion of degree, all scholars are required to return all equipment purchased under the research grant to his/her research adviser. In case of loss of equipment prior to turn-over, the scholar must replace the item.

 

 

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