Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) approved seven (7) Research and Development (R&D) projects submitted by Philippine Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) for the Philippine-California Advanced Research Institutes (PCARI) Project’s Cycle 3 funding.

The projects went through rigorous review of technical experts and the Project Advisory Group (PAG) led by National Scientist Fr. Bienvenido Nebres, and was ultimately approved by the CHEd Commission En Banc.

A total of PhP 650M was allotted for these 2-year projects that aim to address societal problems by developing cutting-edge technologies such as aerial drones for large-scale urban infrastructure and traffic monitoring; new materials for precise water purification and desalination; real-time water information system for agriculture; sensor technologies applicable to cellphones, wearable devices, and Internet of Things (IoT); low-cost, durable, and wearable monitoring sensors for cardiopulmonary functions that can be deployed to rural areas; a biobank on cancer that shall complement Philippine various government-funded projects on health; and a digital collaborative system for early detection of and intervention on human, animal, and plant health diseases.

Leading Philippine HEIs such as University of the Philippines- Diliman, Los Baños, Manila, and De La Salle University shall collaborate with University of California campuses- Berkeley, San Francisco, and Davis – that are globally-known for expertise in engineering, health, and agriculture, respectively, to work on these high-end R&D projects.

The projects will support PCARI Scholars in disciplines of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Husbandry, Agriculture, Agricultural Engineering, among others.

The complete details and list of projects can be found at http://pcariofficial.blogspot.com/p/institutes_16.html.

The PCARI Project is a new approach specifically funded by the General Appropriations Act through CHED, to enhance the skills and expertise of faculty, students and staff of Philippine universities and colleges in the areas of health innovation and translational medicine (HITM) and in information infrastructure and development (IID) through scholarships, training and research partnerships with University of California, USA, a university system leading in research and innovation.