The Metro Manila Health Research  and Development Consortium is extending the deadline for submission to it's Call for Papers until August 22, 2020. Entries  submitted prior to the postponement of the 4th International Symposium and 11th Annual Scientific Conference will still be considered. 

For those who are interested to send their entries, kindly send the PDF file of the Entry Form and Completed Research Paper following the format stated in the Submission Guidelines to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


  1. Students, staff and faculty of current MMHRDC member institutions can submit a maximum of two (2) entries per lead author.
  2. Studies already submitted or presented in other forums are still eligible.
  3. Published papers are not eligible for submission.
  4. Plagiarism is a ground for disqualification
  5. Interested parties can submit their papers via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on or before 5PM of August 22, 2020.
  6. All submissions will be considered either for oral or poster presentation
  7. MMHRDC and the organizer of the symposium will notify receipt of the submitted paper via email.
  8. Preliminary screening will be conducted prior to the virtual presentation. Final papers to be presented in the oral or poster presentation will be selected by the MMHRDC.
  9. Paper format should include a separate title page, which indicates the title of the paper, author(s) name(s) and titles (e.g. Dr., Mss, Professor), institutional affiliations, complete mailing address(es), e-mail address(es), telephone number(s) and name of author to whom all correspondence should be addressed. The next page should have the research title, abstract (maximum of 300 words) and a maximum of 6 keywords. Text should be single spaced, 11 fonts size, Arial font type.
  • Papers should include the following sections: Introduction, Review of related literature, Objectives, Methodology, Results/Findings, Discussion, Conclusion and Recommendation
  • Length of paper should be in the range of 5,000-6,000 words (excluding references and appendices)
  • Tables/figures/graphs should be inserted as close as possible to the location where they are cited
  • References should always be numbered consecutively in order in which they are mentioned in the text as per the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommendation
  1. The author/s of the studies selected either for oral or poster presentation will be notified via email by MMHRDC and/or members of the Research Competition Committee by September 15, 2020.
  2. The author/s needs to confirm their participation. If the author fails to respond, they will be informed of the forfeiture of the invitation, and the slot will be given to waitlisted authors.
  3. For papers selected for the oral presentation, a copy of their slides and a recorded video of their oral presentation must be submitted to the organizers one (1) week before the event. Additional instructions on the submission of slides and video will be sent to the authors upon confirmation of their participation.
  4. For papers selected for poster presentations, the guidelines for poster presentation will be given via email by the MMHRDC staff or by the Research Competition Committee member.



Professional Category 

Undergraduate Category 



August 22, 2020, 5:00 PM : Deadline of Submission

September 15, 2020 : Announcement of shortlisted papers for Oral Presentation or Poster Presentation

September 30, 2020 : Competition Proper 


The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development, in cooperation with Foundation for the Advancement of Clinical Epidemiology, Inc. (FACE, Inc.), UP Manila, and Social Innovation in Health Initiative (SIHI) Philippines, is implementing the project entitled, “Implementation of Open Call for Submissions, Selection and Awarding for the Gelia Castillo Award for Research on Social Innovations in Health (GCARSIH).”
GCARSIH was initiated to give recognition to change makers and highlight the innovativeness and responsiveness of various health researches in addressing the persistent societal and health system challenges. Further, the award intends to support promising social innovations for further research and development to step-up results and bring sustainable initiatives to scale. 
The Award is open to all individuals, groups and institutions that have successfully developed and implemented social innovations in health in the Philippines. The duration of the implementation must be at least one (1) year.
For those who are interested to send their entries, kindly submit the accomplished entry form together with your supporting documents to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on or before August 31, 2020 . We urge everyone to send their entries online and on time.
MMHRDC will be endorsing the shortlisted entries to the National GCARSIH Secretariat for Preliminary Screening. Selected entries will then be reviewed by an independent panel of experts. 
The top innovations in health will receive a cash prize, eligibility for a research and development grant, and a training package with subject matter experts to enable the project to further expand and scale. Winners will be announced by September 2020. Click here to download the entry form and guide document.
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