Priority funding shall be given to programs/projects aligned to the Philippine Research and Development (R&D) Framework on TM/CAM and to PITAHC’s R&D agenda. Project proposals shall be evaluated using PITAHC’s existing project mechanism based on their specific criteria or any or a combination of the following criteria:
a. Consistent with PITAHC’s Priorities – should comply or be aligned with priority areas identified in the PITAHC R&D framework and agenda. Capacity of the Proponent – proponent must have the experience, training and track record undertake the project through to its completion.
c. Institution Capacity – the proposed facilities must be able to house the ongoing project for the duration of the research period.
d. Scientific Merit – research should generate new knowledge or be able to apply an innovative approach to existing knowledge
e. Technical and Financial Feasibility – project must be financially and technically tenable within a reasonable cost/budget. Objectives must be attainable and deemed necessary for the project to be undertaken, with expected output and intended beneficiaries.
f. Relevance – meets the needs of the industry, government, academe, and the general public
g. Timeliness – responsive to present issues of national, regional, and local concerns.
h. Methodology/Strategies for Implementation – must have a complete listing of procedures, materials, statistical analyses, and others including scope and limitations, time (seasonality) and place of study
i. Reasonable Timeframe – project duration activities should be within reasonable limits and consistent with the nature and complexity of the proposed activities
j. Plans for Research Utilization – proposal should include result/output plans for potential end-users
k. Cultural Sensitivity – proposal outcome should be adaptable and acceptable to Philippine cultures and tradition
l. Potential Socio-Economic Impact – project results should create/provide employment, increase income, and address any current/pressing national problem, among others
m. Potential Environmental Impact – the project should not have significant adverse effect on the environment and/or public health
n. Potential Market – proposal end product, process or service should maximize the level of existing demand and its potential for expanding and exploring new markets and explore new markets
o. Technology Readiness for Commercialization – must promote technology transfer (including equipment/engineering support, and process/system)
p. Ethical Considerations – must include statement that, where applicable, the ethics, animal care and use, and biosafety clearances will be submitted prior to the conduct of the study
Such evaluation (including comments, suggestions, and recommendations) shall be used as bases for appropriate and final action on the proposal.