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The DARE TO (Discovery-Applied Research and Extension for Trans/Inter-disciplinary Opportunities) Research Grant is a competitive enabler seed grant amounting to a maximum of Fifteen Million Pesos (Php15M) for two (2) years per project. It aims to stimulate strong collaborative research and innovation ventures and sustainable partnerships for extension activities during the K to 12 transition. These research grants give faculty and staff who were deloaded from teaching or work during the K to 12 Transition a chance to participate and contribute in the work of research.

CHED envisions the DARE TO Grant to be a way to give faculty an opportunity to engage in their research duties, and to begin steps towards long-lasting research partnerships between higher education institutions (HEIs).


Platforms and Disciplines

Must have 1 unifying research platform indicated below: Must have at least 3 disciplines that are aligned with the following research areas:
  • Food Production and Security
  • Environment, Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change and Energy
  • Terrestrial and Marine Resources: Economy, Biodiversity and Conservation
  • Smart Analytics and Engineering Innovations
  • Health Systems
  • Education for STEAM
  • Mass Communication and Documentation
  • Education Science and Teacher Training
  • Medical and Allied
  • Fine and Applied Arts
  • Trade, Craft, and Industrial
  • Humanities
  • Engineering
  • Religion and Theology
  • Architectural and Town Planning
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries
  • Business Administration and Related
  • Home Economics
  • Law and Jurisprudence
  • Service Trades
  • Natural Science
  • Maritime
  • Mathematics
  • IT-related


Grant Eligibility

General Eligibility
Research Eligibility
HEI Eligibility
The proposals must be of trans-disciplinary or inter-disciplinary research (3 or more disciplines)

Research must not be basic research and must yield an extension plan/ activity

Up to fifteen (15) faculty research team members may take part, provided they are deloaded HEI faculty or personnel directly affected by K to 12 Transition
Outcomes of research must lead to new patents, new avenues of inquiry, and internationally indexed papers.

This research must be conducted by a team representing a partnership of HEIs, as collaborators in the project’s success.

The Lead HEI shall receive and manage the funding of the DARE TO Project. As such, HEIs that seek to be a Lead HEI must have no unliquidated funds with CHED.

The Lead HEI should be either:
– Autonomous or Deregulated HEI recognized by CHED;
– Have a Center of Excellence (COE) or Center of Development (COD) in the discipline relevant to the project;
– Or both.

The HEI must also have a functioning University Research Board to safeguard the work. In addition, Lead HEI SUCs must secure approval from its University Board.

HEIs applying for the grant must not be a Lead HEI for an ongoing DARE TO Grant.

Researcher Eligibility
Lead Researcher
Research Members
  • Is a Filipino citizen;
  • Is in good health and of good moral character;
  • Holds a graduate degree relevant to his/her teaching discipline or work specialization, and the area of research being proposed;
  • Must be engaged or employed, either full or part-time, by the endorsing HEI;
  • Has completed at least two (2) research projects, while being designated as Program / Project Leader; Has at least five (5) years of research experience;
  • Is a Filipino citizen
  • Is in good health
  • Holds at least a bachelor’s degree relevant to his/her teaching discipline or work specialization, and the research being proposed
  • Must not be a current grantee under any of the CHED K to 12 Grants available
  • At least 2 years of experience in teaching or has already participated in and completed 2 research projects (including thesis)
  • Must be fully or partially deloaded from teaching or have reduced workload due to the K to 12 Transition Program during the period of the grant.
Funding Eligibility
  • All grants amounts must NOT exceed a total of fifteen million Pesos (PhP15,000,000.00)
  • Maximum allowable cost for Administrative expenses is 10% of the total budget
  • Submit Work and Financial Plan, itemized by quarter of expected usage
  • Counterpart funding must be reflected for unallowable expenses such as infrastructure, vehicles, and international travels
  • Research project must allocate at least 2.5% of its total budget towards the dissemination of research findings to the community in the form of extension plans/ activities


Application Process

  1. Read and understand the DARE TO Cycle II Guidelines
  2. Form an inventive and high-impact research concept
  3. Tap partner HEI for research collaboration
  4. Visit the DARE TO Cycle II online application portal
  5. Download application forms
  6. Accomplish application forms
  7. Accomplish online portal
  8. Review. Finalize. Send.

Proceed with your Application Here


CMO and Guidelines for Submissions

CMO No. 52, s. 2016
Pathways to Equity, Relevance, and Advancement in Research, Innovation, and Extension in Philippine Higher Education

Memorandum from the Chairperson – 4 October 2016
Call for Applications for the K to 12 Grant-in-Aid for Research the “Discovery-Applied Research & Extension for Trans/Inter-disciplinary Opportunities (DARE TO) Grant”

Memorandum from the Chairperson – 2 August 2017
Call for Submissions for the 2017 Cycle of the “DARE TO” Grant-in-Aid of the K to 12 Transition Program”

Guidelines for Call for Concept Papers 2017


Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible to apply for a Grant?

The grant is open to all CHED-recognized HEIs. The grant will be disbursed to the institution, not the individual. While all HEIs may participate, there are key requirements for the Lead HEI in the proposal. Please refer to Section IV: Eligibility.

Will there be another round of call for proposals?

Depending on the availability of the funding for research during this K to 12 Transition Period, there may or may not be another round of call for concept papers. As such, all HEIs are encouraged to take advantage of this current opportunity.

What is the duration of the grant?

Projects have a minimum duration of one (1) year to a maximum duration of two (2) years.

Will I receive my entire budget request?

The funding will be disbursed in two tranches, to be released annually. The work and financial plan must reflect the expected expenses in the first and second year of the proposed project. The first tranche will be released together with the issuance of Notice to Proceed to the HEI, following effective date of the downloading of fund to the bank account of HEI. The second tranche will be disbursed after a positive evaluation of the midterm report and submission of financial report and liquidation documents.

Does the project’s Lead Researcher need to come from the Lead HEI?

We strongly encourage the Lead HEI to put forward the Lead Researcher. In some cases, the project team may also nominate a Lead Researcher coming from another HEI In such a case, the Lead HEI must appoint a grant manager to take care of the fund. This aims to allow for distribution of tasks and sharing of expertise, as may be required by the research project’s scope.

Are there any guidelines to establishing partnerships?

We strongly recommend institutions seeking partners to connect with the members of the Philippine Higher Education Research Network (PHERNet) and the Higher Education Regional Research Centers (HERRC). These represent some of the finest institutions of Philippine research, with representatives in most regions. They are encouraged to help take charge in the co-development of research to support the growth other Philippine schools. We are also encouraging partnerships of big institutions with HEI that are not autonomous, deregulated, or are not CoE or CoD for particular programs. This would help these small HEI to grow and develop their capacity in handling research.

Our faculty are interested to research as a member of a DARE TO team but they are not deloaded or affected by K to 12? How do we apply?

If researching faculty are not deloaded (as defined by CMO 51, s. 2016) or otherwise affected by K to 12, they are not eligible. A faculty member must teach only a maximum of 12 units per term, or a maximum of 20 work hours per week. A signed written document from the HEI certifying the team member’s reduced work load must be provided.

I am a grantee of a different CHED K to 12 grant. Can I take part under DARE TO?

No. The principle behind the CHED K to 12 grant is to assist as many affected faculty as possible. To do so effectively, the policies behind the CHED K to 12 grant is “one-grant-at-a-time”. We advise CHED K to 12 grantees to complete their scholarship or any engagement they have before they enter into DARE TO.

If I am a CHED grantee but not under K to 12, can I take part in DARE TO?

As of the moment, no prohibitions or such arrangements have been set with other CHED offices. Grantees may take part, provided that no duplication of projects takes place, and that no such prohibitions exist in the other grants.

Can overheads be charged?

Due to the rules required by our funding source, we will not allow budget for attendance to conferences, foreign travel, or presentation abroad. However, local travel directly relevant to the award, such as to a research training project, focus group discussion, local presentations, samplings or surveys, are acceptable. Overhead costs should be included and justified in the budget and in the Financial Plan when the full proposal is submitted.

My research project will run for more than 24 months. Will this be acceptable?

The research proposed must run for a maximum period of two (2) years. The validity of the funding will likewise be for this duration. No-cost project extensions may be requested by the HEI in writing and shall be subject to the approval of the Commission, based on the preliminary evaluation of the progress of the project. Requests for extension must be submitted at least two (2) months prior to the end of the project duration. Provided, the HEI shall not receive additional privileges and incentives, during the period of the approved project extensions.

What reports am I required to submit?

In terms of funding, the Lead HEI must annually submit audited financial statements. For the technical aspect of the research, regular monitoring will be done by CHED. The Lead HEI must submit a midterm accomplishment report and a final report and other outputs as indicated in the approved proposal. At the end of the project, the proponent is required to submit a terminal report and must produce outputs proportional to the funding provided and must follow the measurement of research outputs endorsed by the CHED Office of Planning, Research, and Knowledge Management (OPRKM).

Do I need University Research Board (URB) and/or Institutional Research Council (IRC) approval before I apply for a grant or later, when I receive a grant?

To ensure the capacity of the HEI to handle large amount of grants, we require those HEIs with a functioning URB or IRC.

If I feel that my application was turned down unreasonably, is there an Appeals Procedure?

The decision of the Commission is final.

Can the private industry or non-profit handle the Grant?

No, the grant is awarded to the CHED-recognized HEI only, and the funding will be disbursed to the Lead HEI of the program. Other entities will need to work closely with an HEI and have their research targets aligned with the HEI’s own proposal.

What qualities should my idea possess to be chosen for the Grant?

Proposals are requested for trans/ inter-disciplinary research, development, extension, and innovation projects focusing on any of the areas outlined in the Omnibus Policy for Research and Extension or CHED Memorandum Order No. 52, s. 2016, also entitled “Pathways to Equity, Relevance, and Advancement in Research, Innovation, and Extension in Philippine Higher Education”. Please refer to Part II: Grant Principles and Platforms and Part IV: Eligibility, Section 5 – Research Eligibility.

Can I patent my invention as a result of the Grant?

Yes. The Commission encourages researchers to submit new patents from their work with this grant. Patent applications must be filed with the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHIL).

How much time is permitted for me to submit a FULL PROPOSAL after the announcement of the short listed concept papers?

After the announcement of the shortlisted concept papers, the HEI is asked to submit a full proposal, at most a month after, as a requirement for disbursement. The deadline set by the Commission will be strictly observed.

Are there items that I am not allowed to spend for using the DARE TO grant? What guidelines should I use for salaries and honoraria?

There are a number of documents that outline the rules for funding salaries, honoraria, and other expenditures that will be used for the research grant. They include: CHED Administrative Order No. 1, s. 2011, CHED Order No. 2, s. 2011, and the Commission on Audit Circular 2012-003. A full set of the documents may be found online. In particular, this grant will not allow expenses such as procurement of vehicles, building of infrastructure, and importation of equipment among others.

What if I am unable to deliver the project outputs?

The grant is expected to be good for a maximum of two (2) years. Grantee institutions may request for an extension of the grant, for the purpose of fulfillment of the grant deliverables. No additional funding will be provided in this extension. Failure to deliver the project outputs will result in the repayment of the grant, and may also result in the institution no longer being eligible to receive future grants from CHED.

Can I create a startup company based on my research output?

Yes. Under Republic Act No. 10055 (or Philippine Technology Transfer Act of 2009), scientists are allowed to create, manage or serve as consultants to companies that can commercially exploit technology arising from government-funded research, such as CHED’s DARE TO grant. This is provided that all necessary conditions outlined in RA 10055 are present and adhered to.

How is this different from an IDIG Grant of K to 12?

The Institutional Development and Innovations Grant (IDIG) is an initiative by the K to 12 Transition Program to enable HEIs to to fund initiatives that strengthen their qualifications and capacity to respond and remain relevant to local, regional, national, and global priorities. IDIG programs aim to upgrade the capacity of the institutions in order to take on more challenging tasks. In contrast, DARE TO is a grant-in-aid to enable HEIs to conduct high-level research and extension work. In terms of research, DARE TO funds conduct of research and IDIG helps capacity-building for research.

The Commission encourages HEIs that wish to begin endeavors in research, or seek to gain new accreditation to explore application for an IDIG grant. HEIs that have a more established track record of research excellence are also accordingly invited to submit proposals for a grant under DARE TO.


HEI Accepted DARE TO 2016 Accepted IDIG 2016
Adamson University Post-Mining Environmental Rehabilitation and Reclamation of Land (PERRLAS of Dinagat): Development of Sustainable and Feasible Post-Mining Practices for a Chromite-Nickel mine in Dinagat Island, Philippines Upgrading University Process through Innovative IT Solutions
Holy Name University Levelling up Tuba: Economic Feasibility and Process Development Upgrading of Research Facilities and Capabilities


Approved 2016 Grantees

The Commission is pleased to announce the Approved Grantees for the DARE TO Research Grant.

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Timeline of Activities

Target Schedule (2017)
August 9 Call for Concept Papers
September 15 Deadline of Call for Concept Papers
September 22 Initial Eligibility Check
September 29 Announcement of Shortlisted Concept Paper
October Final vetting of Full Proposal and Mancom approval of final grantees
November MOA signing and receiving of requirements
November Fund Obligation



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