Institutional Development and Innovation Grants

The Institutional Development and Innovation Grants (IDIG) are awarded to higher education institutions (HEIs) to fund initiatives that strengthen their qualifications and capacity to respond and remain relevant to local, regional, national, and global priorities. This is part of the CHED K to 12 Transition Program, which aims to utilize the period of transition to the K to 12 basic education curriculum to similarly upgrade Philippine higher education.

Institutional Development

Top-down approach towards achieving higher quality

  • Projects that establish the foundations for innovation and improvement of programs as potential Centers of Development (CODs) or Centers of Excellence (COEs).
  • Projects may come in the form of Institutional Quality Assurance and Organizational Strengthening.
Institutional Innovation

Bottom-up strategy to add new value to the HEI and the higher education sector

  • Projects that enhance existing HEI resources to achieve better efficiency and quality in academic programs, research outputs and extension projects, and responds to the needs of industry and the globalizing world.
  • Projects may be comprised of the following components: (1) Research, Development, Extension, (2) Development of Academic Programs, (3) Academe-Industry Linkage, and (4) Internationalization.

Refer to CHED Memorandum Order no. 33, series of 2016 for more details regarding the IDIG.


The IDIG seeks to strengthen the role of HEIs as providers of quality education, as well as catalysts for positive change in the following domains. Projects under the Grants must respond and contribute to the following thrusts:
IDIG Thrusts


IDIG Mechanics*HEIs may partner with one or more eligible HEIs to establish collaborative arrangements and apply for the IDI Grant as one unit.
**Projects may be initiated by a department, office, or unit within the HEI. Faculty and staff with lesser teaching and workloads due to the Transition Period are encouraged to spearhead projects.

Project proposals will be evaluated based on:

(1) technical merit;

(2) relevance and developmental nature or the value-added;

(3) capacity of the proponent/s to successfully deliver the goals.

  1. HEI submits project concept note, endorsed by HEI head/president, to the K to 12 Transition Program Management Unit via email for pre-screening. The IDI Grant Technical Working Group evaluates and gives feedback.
  2. Pre-screened HEI submits full proposals, along with all necessary requirements, to the CHED Regional Office in charge.
  3. IDIG Regional Vetting Panels (RVP) conducts preliminary evaluation.
  4. IDIG National Vetting Panel (NVP) conducts further vetting, then endorses projects for approval of the Commission en Banc.
  5. Each successful HEI grantee signs a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with CHED to facilitate fund transfer and begin project implementation.

Send your concept papers to with the subject line  IDIG Concept Paper: <Region>_<HEI Name> on or before the deadline.


IDIG Important Dates


How can two or more HEIs apply as one unit?
Two or more HEIs may establish a partnership or collaboration and identify a lead HEI from among themselves, who shall apply for the grant in behalf of the whole unit, following the regular processes for individual HEI applicants.

What if our proposed project falls under more than one category?
HEIs must identify their project either as Institutional Development or Institutional Innovation, but may cut across the various sub-categories under each. Creativity is greatly encouraged.

Can we have more than one project at a time under IDI Grants?
No. Only one project at a time shall be funded for each HEI campus. HEIs with ongoing projects at the time of the next Call for Proposals are disqualified from applying.

We were not selected for the grant this year. Can we re-apply?
Yes. Proposals that are not approved may be re-submitted in succeeding Calls for Proposals, provided the necessary revisions and improvements are made.

Can the grant be used to purchase equipment?
Yes, as long as it is deemed critical in attaining the project objectives by the necessary evaluating panels, and approved by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM). Note that this may require longer processing time for the disbursal of funds.

We’ve completed the project under IDI Grant. What’s the next step?
HEIs that have successfully implemented projects under the IDI Grant are obliged to mentor other HEIs, as specified in the approved design for cascading best practices of the project.

Download the forms here.