By Estrella Z. Gallardo
Manila – six female researchers were awarded the DOST-Newton Phd. Scholarship at Marco Polo Hotel on February 26, 2020, leading the next batch of DOST-Newton Fund Research and studentship grants co-funded by the British Council in the Philippines and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
The awarding ceremony also recognized recipients of Research Links (RL) Workshops grant and Institutional Links (RL) grant.
A partnership was signed in 2015 between the British Council and DOST to co-fund the Newton Fund programme to support collaborations between the Philippine and UK on science and innovation.
Since then the DOST-Newton Fund programme has supported 15 PhDs, two researchers links travel grants, eight research links workshop grants and one institutional links grants.
The Newton Fund builds research and innovation partnerships with 17 partner countries to support their economic development and social welfare, and to develop their research and innovation capacity for long-term sustainable growth. It has a total UK government investment of £735 million until 2021, with matched resources from partner countries.
DOST-Newton PhD Scholarships:
- Criselda Bautista of the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine of the Department of Health (DOH-RITM)
Research with University of Glasgow: Using Molecular Epidemiology to Understand the True Burden of Rabies in the Philippines and Develop Surveillance to Inform Elimination Strategies
- Maria Jowina Galarion, University of the Philippines Manila (UPM)
Research (with University of Glasgow): Developing a Sample-to-Sequence Approach for the MiniON Device as Field-deployable Tool in Enhancing Molecular Surveillance and Diagnostics of Dengue Virus in the Philippines
- Pamela Louisse Tolentino, UP Diliman (UPD)
Research with University of Glasgow: Investigating the role of catchment characteristics in the response to different basins across the country to hydrometeorological events
- Julianne Vilelaof UP Los Banos (UPLB)
Research with University of Lancaster: Utilization of Next-generation technologies to develop novel and advance vaccines against viral diseases affecting the poultry production
- Maria Carmen “Ica” Fernandezof the Far Eastern University (FEU) Policy Center
Research with University of Cambridge: Exploring the dynamics of complex urban crises and forced displacement on informal settlements through spatial modelling: evidence from the Philippines
- Carla Mae Paustaof De La Salle University (DLSU)
Research with University of Glasgow: The assessment of the impact of nutrient recovery for improving urban wastewater management and protecting water quality in lakes using the case study of Laguna de Bay, Philippines
Researcher Links Workshops grant
The Researcher Links Workshops grant enables the UK/Philippines bilateral cohort of early career researchers to participate in workshops and conferences The grant supports international researches that are relevant to development More than building the capacity of the researchers the grant helps establish new or sustain existing partnerships These workshops will take place between October 2020 to February 202.
- Professor Tirso Ronquillo of Batangas State University partnered with the University of Wolverhampton to convene local stakeholders and academic professionals in developing significant and innovative strategies, technologies and approaches towards environmental resilience of the coastal communities in the Philippines.
- Dr Aleyla Escueta-de Cadiz from the University of the Philippines Mindanao collaborated with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) to bring cutting edge advances in omics science through the Philippine Genome Centre. The technology performs active surveillance rapidly identifies drug-resistant pathogens, and informs infection control and management. This is LSHTM’s second workshop on omics in the Philippines.
- Dr Lourdes Bernadette Sumpaico-Tanchanco of Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health teamed up with Public Hearth England for a capacity-building activity to develop mathematical modelling skills for public health research, particularly to aid governance towards Universal Health Care in the Philippines.
Institutional Links Grant
The Institutional Links grant provides small-scale seed funding for research collaborations to access new research environments facilities, knowledge and expertise to enhance the quality of their research.
- Nelson Enano with his home institution, Ateneo de Davao University, will work with the University of Strachclyde in utilizing marine renewable energy to satisfy community energy demands and stimulate socio-economic development within the country. (PPCI)