The United States Government through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) are collaborating to strengthen ASEAN science and technology capacity and gender equality and improvement through the annual ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women.

The theme for the 2020 competition is “Preventive Healthcare,” which consists of measures taken for disease prevention, underscores the importance of elevating the well-being of ASEAN citizens. It will provide ASEAN-based, early- to mid-career female scientists with recognition awards from ASEAN and the US Government for their academic and professional achievements. This seeks to award two talented, early career women from the ASEAN region working in applied science. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Female professional working in applied science
  • Citizen and resident of an ASEAN Member State
  • ASEAN Member States include: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam.
  • Holder of a PhD or equivalent doctoral degree (i.e., a PhD level but with a different degree label). Applicant who is a candidate for or in process of pursuing a PhD or doctoral degree are not eligible.
  • Maximum of 45 years of age or born on or after 1 February 1975.


  • Completed application form (available at
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A letter of recommendation submitted by an academic or professional contact
  • A letter of support submitted by a mentee or other women who have been impacted by the applicant


The selection committee will award a $20,000 prize to the woman scientist who demonstrates the best application of original scientific research to this year’s theme of Preventive Healthcare. A second prize of $5,000 will be given to the scientist whose application merits an honorable mention. The winners will be recognized at the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Science, Technology and Innovation (AMMSTI) in Bangkok in October 2020.

You may nominate and/or send your applications at:


Deadline of submissions: 11:59 PM GMT +7 31 January 2020


For more inquiries, you may contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

The Manila and Economic and Cultural Office—Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (MECO-TECO) Sandwich Scholarship Program is a result of partnership between the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of Taiwan and the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI). It aims to provide opportunity to Filipino MS and PhD students to conduct their research in a reputable university or research institution in Taiwan. The SSP is a MECO-TECO collaborative undertaking is being implemented by the National Science Council of Taiwan and the Department of Science and Technology.

The SSP is open to master’s and doctoral students who would like to conduct their researches in a university or research institution in Taiwan. Applicants must undertake research on the following priority areas:

  1. Natural Sciences
  2. Life Sciences
  3. Engineering
  4. Chemistry


  1. Accomplished MECO-TECO SSP Application form
  2. Proposed Host Institution and Adviser
  3. CV of Filipino and Taiwanese Host Professors
  4. Certified Copy of Transcript of Records
  5. Endorsement from two (2) Former Professors
  6. Endorsement from Project Leader (for ASTHRDP/ERDT scholars)
  7. If employed, recommendation from President of the Agency
  8. Two (2) recent 2x2 ID picture

MOST will grant a stipend of NT$20,000 for MS students and NT$30,000 for PhD students per month while DOST will grant relocation assistance of Php30,000, one roundtrip economy fare, and travel and accident insurance. The duration of the program starts on June 2020.

For further information, you may contact the DOST Office of the Assistant Secretary for International Cooperation at the 2nd level, ADMATEL Bldg., DOST Compound, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City or through email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Deadline of submission of applications: 15 January 2020


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The UAE FoodTech Challenge is a global competition which aims to find sustainable, technology-driven, and commercially viable solutions to address challenges on food security. University students and early-stage start-ups are invited to apply either individually or in teams of up to four persons.


  1. Detailed business case study
  2. 1-minute pitch video for the UAE agriculture sector

Submit your entries to:

Four winners will be awarded $100,000 cash prize and $150,000 in-kind support via Catalyst, an Abu Dhabi-based accelerator programme.

For registration and further information, interested parties can visit The deadline for registration is on 13 February 2020. 

Working as a checker in a film theater for 20 years, Nanay Lourdes Tadeo spent most of her work days setting up film reels, using heavy equipment and walking around the theater. Two decades later, the physical demands of the work had taken a toll on the health of the 70-year-old Nanay Lourdes. She developed degenerative osteoarthritis which greatly interfere with her daily activities and recreation. The burden of osteoarthritis has not only affected her physical activities but also her relationship with loved ones.
As of the moment, there is no treatment to reverse the effects of osteoarthritis. These days even pain-killers do not work as they used to in the case of Nanay Lourdes. As much as she wants to spend time and bond with her grandchildren, it is impossible because even walking becomes a struggle. With a cane to support her aching knees, Nanay Lourdes visited a joint surgeon who recommended her to undergo a total knee replacement procedure using the Axis Knee System.
In the Philippines, on top of the surgery expenses and post-surgery therapy required for recovery, knee replacement implants come at a hefty price from ₱100,000 to ₱120,000. According to Dr. Ilustre Guloy, Jr., orthopaedic surgeon at the Asian Hospital and Medical Center, the implant cost is the biggest burden to patients which oftentimes becomes the reason to postpone or decline the surgery.
Thanks to Dr. Ramon Gustillo, along with other Filipino scientists, who created the Axis Knee Total Knee Replacement System, people with bad knees like Nanay Lourdes can now get knee surgery at an affordable price of Php60,000 to Php70,000. Aside from the lower cost, it also guarantees faster recovery period since the device is tailor-fit for the Asian knee size. With this available alternative, Nanay Lourdes looked forward to gaining her life back. “Sa operasyon na gagawin nyo sa akin, magagamot na ang tuhod ko at makakalakad na ako ng maayos.” she told Dr. Guloy during her pre-surgery consultation.
Nanay Lourdes’ operation was successful with the help of Dr. Guloy, Dr. Carlo Belen, and Dr. Sam Grozman, who performed the surgery at the Ospital ng Muntinlupa.  A day after the operation, Nanay Lourdes started physical therapy to speed up the recovery of her knees. She shared she wanted to go strolling at the mall once her knee is healed. “Matutuwa sila, syempre ipapasyal ko sila... ngayon masasabayan ko na sila ng paglalakad,” she said referring to her three grandchildren whom she would usually trail behind when strolling. Finally, with Axis Knee, Nanay Lourdes can spend quality time, pain-free, with her apos. 

The PEER program provides an extraordinary opportunity to promote research cooperation between the Philippines and researchers funded by or based at nine US federal science agencies including: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Smithsonion Institution, US Forest Service (USFS), Agriculture Research Service (ARS), and US Geological Survey (USGS).


The PEER program is designed to support research projects in USAID countries which address local and global development challenges.

The PEER Cycle 9 Funding Opportunities for Philippine researchers include:

  • Any development-related research
  • Family Planning and Reproductive Health
  • Social, Economic, and Behavioral Sciences

The application deadline to submit a brief pre-proposal to the PEER program is on February 10, 2020. For additional info, applicants are encouraged to consult