/ 27 August 2021

THE DEPARTMENT of Education invited teaching and non-teaching personnel to submit their research proposals aimed to enhance the quality of education and to address other concerns.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones stressed the need to reinforce the Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan by improving policies and programs.

“Research is vital for us to keep moving forward and evolving. This initiative will help DepEd address pressing issues that we are encountering, especially in relation to the delivery of quality of education,” Briones said.

DepEd, through the Policy Research and Development Division under Planning Service, has started accepting proposals to reinforce the link of research to education processes through utilization, dissemination, and advocacies.

In support of the BE-LCP, there are seven areas of priority identified for the research: most essential learning competencies; implementation of multiple learning delivery modalities/ improved learning environment; preparing teachers and school leaders/ teacher upskilling and reskilling; health standards in school and workplace; reconfiguration of annual opening activities and partnerships; finance, procurement, and delivery; and monitoring, evaluation, and adjustments.

“In this call for national research, we would like to specifically invite everyone [to conduct] research on specific areas that were identified in our call for proposals,” Planning Service Director Roger Masapol noted during the virtual orientation for the research proposals held on July 29, 2021.

To be eligible for the grant, applicants should hold a regular job position in the department, should not have any pending administrative cases, and should not have yet availed themselves of the grant for the current year. Each team can only have a maximum of three members.

“We hope everyone will participate and submit their proposal. The intention will be to help DepEd build the evidence so that we can further craft better policies that will address the pressing problems that we are currently facing,” Masapol said.

Submission of the soft copy of the proposals is until August 29, 2021.

The winner will be given a grant of up to P500,000, which will be distributed in three tranches, under the Basic Education Research Fund.