August 26, 2021 – To further strengthen the Basic Education-Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP), the Department of Education (DepEd) has announced a call for research proposals in line with the theme Supporting and Assessing Learning Continuity and Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education Materials and Development.

“As we are nearing the opening of our School Year 2021-2022, we need to reinforce and strengthen our current BE-LCP. Research is vital for us to keep moving forward and evolving. This initiative will help DepEd address pressing issues that we are encountering, especially in relation to the delivery of quality of education,” Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis-Briones said.

DepEd, through the Policy Research and Development Division (PRDD) under Planning Service (PS), has opened its submission of research proposals to reinforce the link of research to education processes through utilization, dissemination, and advocacies.

The chosen proposal will be given a grant of up to P500,000, which will be distributed in three (3) tranches, under the Basic Education Research Fund (BERF). The initiative aims to improve the policies, programs, and activities relevant to the implementation of the BE-LCP.

In support of the BE-LCP, there are seven areas of priority identified for the research; (1) Most Essential Learning Competencies; (2) Implementation of multiple learning delivery modalities/ improved learning environment; (3) Preparing teachers and school leaders/ teacher upskilling and reskilling; (4) Health standards in school and workplace; (5) Reconfiguration of annual opening activities and partnerships; (6) Finance, procurement, and delivery; and (7) Monitoring, evaluation, and adjustments.

“In this call for national research, we would like to specifically invite everyone [to conduct] research on specific areas that were identified in our call for proposals,” Planning Service Director Roger B. Masapol noted during the virtual orientation for the research proposals held on July 29, 2021.

To be eligible for the grant, applicants, whether teaching or non-teaching personnel, should hold a regular job position in the Department, should not have any pending administrative cases, and should not have yet availed the grant for the current year. Each team can only have a maximum of three (3) members.

“We hope everyone will participate and submit their proposal. The intention will be to help DepEd build the evidence so that we can further craft better policies that will address the pressing problems that we are currently facing,” added Dir. Masapol.

PRRD encouraged personnel from different field offices and DepEd Central Office to cultivate more inclusive research, drawing from the grassroots of the Department to improve the quality of education in all corners of the country.

Submissions of the soft copy of the proposals are until August 29, 2021.

For more information on application procedure, fund guidelines, and provisions of the program, participants can refer to the DepEd Order No. 16, s. 2017: