Merit Research Awards Application Procedure

On its fifty-eighth year, the Institute of Philippine Culture (IPC) of the School of Social Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University is pleased to announce this Call for Proposals for the IPC Merit Research Awards (MRA)

The Awards seek to advance research in the social sciences. Proponents are asked to present a written proposal with clearly stated research objectives, the proposed study's theoretical significance, and the research methods required.

The IPC will support studies by faculty and researchers of the Ateneo de Manila University (MRA-ADMU) and by the Research Clusters of the School of Social Sciences (MRA-SOSS). The principal investigator/lead proponent of the proposed research should be a full-time faculty or researcher of the Ateneo de Manila University.

Research proposals for the MRA-ADMU are generally individual submissions whereas proposals for the MRA-SOSS should be collaborative (preferably across departments). All the proponents of proposals submitted to the MRA-SOSS Program must be members of a Research Cluster of the School of Social Sciences.

The research priority areas for the Call for Proposals are:

For the Merit Research Awards for ADMU faculty and researchers (MRA-ADMU)

-- Religious change and transformation
-- Women and gender
-- Social dynamics of agriculture and labor
-- Asset building and social capital formation in community-based health, education, shelter, and natural resource management
-- Urban renewal and rural development
-- Political accountability
-- Poverty reduction; resilience and agency of marginalized groups
-- New media and social transformation

 For the Merit Research Awards for the SOSS Research Clusters (MRA-SOSS)

-- Culture, memory, and nationhood
-- Environment, society, and sustainable development
-- Family, youth, and education
-- Global flows, regional integration, and other economic issues
-- Peace, social justice, and democratic governance
-- Science, technology, and social innovation


Proposal guidelines

The proposed project must be completed within 12 months, beginning in June 2019. The maximum research awards is PhP 500,000.00 for the Merit Research Awards for ADMU faculty and researchers (MRA-ADMU); and PhP 1,000,000.00 for the Merit Research Awards for the SOSS Research Clusters (MRA-SOSS).

The IPC Merit Research Awards are granted on a competitive basis. The MRA Guidelines and Application Forms (for the MRA-ADMU and the MRA-SOSS) are attached to this email. They may also be downloaded from the IPC website: < >.

The deadline for the submission of the accomplished application form and the research proposal is Monday, 31 January 2019Hard copies should be submitted to the Institute of Philippine Culture (IPC) at Room 213 of the Frank Lynch Hall, Social Development Complex (care of IPC Administrative Officer, Ma. Shyl Angelica B. Sales). Soft copies must also be emailed to the IPC at <> and <>.  

The recipients of the IPC Merit Research Awards for school year 2018-19 will be announced on 22 April 2019. The research will be undertaken in school year 2019-20 (June 2019 to May 2020).


For inquiries, please contact:

Enrique Niño P. Leviste, PhD
Associate Director for Research
Institute of Philippine Culture (IPC)
​Email:  <>

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