Merit Research Awards

With funds from a Ford Foundation grant, the IPC Merit Research Awards (MRA) Program seeks to advance theoretically grounded social science research and provide conceptual insights on Philippine cultures and societies. Awarded on a competitive basis, MRA grants support the research of faculty and researchers of the Ateneo de Manila University. A Call for MRA Proposals is issued in the first semester of the school year whereby proponents are asked to submit a written research proposal with clearly stated research objectives, the proposed study's theoretical significance, and the research methods required. Research proposals are assessed based on a set of criteria, including: clarity and focus; theoretical substance and scholarly significance; and methodological rigor and feasibility.

The research priority areas indicated in the annual Call for MRA Proposals are: religious change and transformation; women and gender; the 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 and the resilience and agency of marginalized groups; new media and social transformation; culture, memory, and nationhood; environment, society, and sustainable development; family, youth, and education; global flows and Asian integration; peace, justice, and democratic governance; science, technology, and social innovation.

For the grantees, the MRA scheme is expected to generate a substantial written output worthy of publication as a book, a collection of essays, a research monograph, and/or journal articles. In addition, under the IPC MRA Lecture Series, grantees are expected to deliver a public lecture to share the highlights of their study's findings.

All academic and research staff members of the Ateneo de Manila University (including the various Loyola and Professional Schools) are eligible to apply to the MRA Program. The principal investigator/lead proponent of the proposed research should be a full-time faculty or researcher of the Ateneo de Manila University; and the proposed research project, completed within 12 months (or within one school year).

To know more about the MRA Application Procedure, please click here.

Project No. Name of Awardee Title of Project Year Awarded
MRA46 Mendiola Teng-Calleja Expanding the capability framework: Determining the relationship among income, capability gap, and organization citizenship behaviors 2016
MRA45 Enrique Niño P. Leviste The Dynamics of Counter-Hegemony: Women's Participation in the Population Policy Debate and Advocacy Process in the Philippines 2015
MRA44 Regina Hechanova-Alampay Developing a Theory of Implicit Change Leadership 2015
MRA43 Brian Paul Giron Accountability of Private Humanitarian Aid for Sheltering in Leyte after Typhoon Haiyan 2014
MRA42 Cristina Jayme Montiel, Ma. Elizabeth J. Macapagal, Jose Jowel P. Canuday Psychology of Overlapping Ethnopolitical Social Identities in Muslim Mindanao: Is Bangsamoro Identity Possible? 2013
MRA41 Germelino Bautista The Economics of Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change 2013
MRA40 Czarina Saloma-Akpedonu Knowledge Mobilization/Ignorance Mobilization for Rural Development How the Social Sciences Influence Policy (and vice versa) in the Philippines 2013
MRA39 Filomeno V. Aguilar, Jr. The Killing of Mass Media Practitioners in the Philippines, 2000-2011: An Attempt to Provide an Explanatory Framework 2013
MRA38 Cristina Jayme Montiel Social Representations of Land-related Collective Movements in Central Mindanao: 1960-1990 2011
MRA37 Resto Cruz Counting Migrants, Defining Families and Producing the State: Towards an Understanding of Practices of Counting in the Context of the Overseas Work 2011
MRA36 Joseph Anthony Y. Lim, Connie Bayudan-Dacuycuy Poverty Dynamics in the Philippines: Using the Decomposition Techniques in Determining Chronic and Transient Poverty in the Philippines 2011
MRA35 Roberto E.N. Rivera, SJ Couples for Christ and El Shaddai: Suborganizational Framing and Sociopolitical Mobilization in Two Philippine Catholic Charismatic Communties 2010
MRA34 Mira Alexis Ofroneo Discursive and Structural Production of Domestic Violence: Integrating Positioning and Role Theory 2010
MRA33 Rosa Concepcion Ladrido Beyond Barquillos: The Transformation and Indigenization of Iloilo’s Baking Tradition 2009
MRA32 Maria Isabel Echanis-Melgar Risk Behaviors for HIV and STI among Young Call Center Employees in the Philippines 2009
MRA31 Rene Raymond R. Rañeses, Jr. The Politics of Charity: Religious Autonomy and the Challenges of State Discipline and Regulation 2009
MRA30 Joseph Anthony Y. Lim China’s Macroeconomy and its Impact on Economic Development, Poverty Reduction and Income Distribution 2008
MRA29 Benito O. Lim China’s New Foreign Policy Thrust of Soft Power: Implications for Third World Countries 2008
MRA28 Elizabeth S. Tan China's Integration in East Asia and the Role of Intra-Industry Trade 2008
MRA27 Ellen H. Palanca China's Trade with East Asian Countries: Impact on Regional Trade Integration 2008
MRA26 Raul Pertierra Social Networks and Computer-Mediated interactive Communication Technologies (CMICT) -- new Social and Cultural Possibilities or More of the Same Thing? 2008
MRA25 Marita Concepcion Castro Guevara Moving in and Out of Poverty: Understanding & Social Mobility from the Perspectives of the Still-Poor, Now-Poor, Once-Poor, and Never-Poor of BASECO, Manila, and Payatas, Quezon City 2008
MRA24 Ma. Regina M. Hechanova-Alampay Transforming Philippine Organizations: Attitudes, Cognitions, and Strategies 2008
MRA23 Daniel J. McNamara, SJ, May Celine T.M. Vicente Global, Continental, Philippine and Metropolitan-Manila Poverty: Comparative Spatio-Temporal Analyses through Remote Sesning-Geographic Information System (RS-GIS) 2008
MRA22 Antonio GM La Viña Political Framing of Population and Family Planning 2007

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