Frequently Asked Questions

What do you fund?

We look for projects that will develop localized and impact-driven knowledge and tools for climate change adaptation and disaster risk management in the Philippines. The proposals must yield results that are science-based, technological, and practical.

We also look for proposals that will contribute to business and policy. We highly encourage projects with outputs that will have positive impact on policymaking or policy review, or those that keep in mind the most pressing climate-related vulnerabilities of the business sector ecosystem.

We discourage proposals that are solely focused on data gathering. Instead, we invite proponents to focus their projects on solutions development and make use of and build on existing data sets.

Who is eligible to apply for a grant?

We encourage not only scientists but researchers from diverse fields to submit proposals.

The main applicant must have legal status in the Philippine through its registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and should be the implementing agency responsible for the budget and administration of the project. For partnership arrangements, one of the partners must serve as the main applicant.

We do not give project grants directly to individuals.

Learn more about our eligibility requirements here.

What don't you fund?

We do not fund fundraising events, cost of attendance/travel to conferences, endowments, and mass solicitations, among others.

We also do not provide funding support to projects that fall outside of our research areas/themes.

What rules do you have for counterpart funding?

Counterpart funding is not required, but we do welcome counterpart contributions from proponents, as this is important in ensuring the long-term sustainability of a project.

We look for projects that can be continued even after our grant funding has ended. To further demonstrate sustainability, the proposed project must indicate how the outputs can input into public policy, governance or program planning and development, future sustainability decisions and policy outcomes, and how target users can continue to benefit from the project long after the funding is over.

Do you award multi-year funding?

We do not provide funding for multi-year projects. Grants awarded are usually for a single year at a time. Proponents are therefore encouraged to submit projects that can be completed in one year.

How much do your grants usually amount to?

On average, the amount of a grant per project is PhP1,000,000.

Do you fund projects that focus on specific geographic areas?

Geographic funding areas are dependent upon the strategic priority furthered by the grant.  In general, we fund projects that are implemented in the most vulnerable areas of the country.

How do I submit an application?

To submit your application, inform us of your concept here.

We also provide advice and guidance during the application process and throughout the grant term.

You may get in touch with our Grants officers via telephone at +632 7552332 loc. 2571 or email at grants@omlopezcenter.org.

Is there a limit to the number of proposals I can submit?

There is no limit to the number of proposals that can be submitted by a proponent or an organization, but multiple similar proposals from the same source may not be reviewed favorably by the grant review panel.

How are proposals reviewed and selected?

An internal Grants Screening Committee screens and reviews the pre-proposal concept note submissions. Proponents of shortlisted submissions are then advised to submit their full proposals.

We use technical reviewers in our grant review process to assess the scientific, technical, and/or other merits of a grant application. The two rounds of technical review per grant application are conducted by a Technical Review Panel (TRP), which is comprised of a minimum of three reviewers. The Oscar M. Lopez Center fields a panel chairperson who facilitates the process, but is a non-scoring and non-voting member of the panel.

Applications that pass the technical review phase of the review process are presented to our Program Committee and Board of Trustees for final selection, approval, and awarding.

How often do you call for proposals?

We accept proposals throughout the year. Occasionally, we also issue special calls on a specific topic.

What projects has the grants program supported?

For a list of current and previous awards, view the research/projects we fund on the Grants Archive.

Past Grants

Learn more about the projects that we have funded in the past.

Call for Proposals

We do a rolling call for proposals. Find out more about what we look for in grant projects and how you can apply.

Call for Experts

To ensure the quality of our grants projects and publications, we need help from a diverse range of experts. Find out we work together.