Frequently asked question (FAQ)

I. Registration

Q: How do I register my research with RGAO?

A: You may register your research by completing the online form at http://rgao.upm.edu.ph/registration. You will receive an RGAO registration certificate with the RGAO reference number for your research via email after One (1) working day to acknowledge your registration.

Q: Do I still need to register my research with RGAO even if it will not undergo UPMREB/IACUC review?

A: Yes, all researches conducted/ to be conducted in the University and/or by University staff (including faculty, students, REPS, and PGH employees, residents/ fellows) should be registered. These include all research regardless of area or topic, design or methodology, or funding source (e.g. case reports, meta-analysis, systematic review, creative work).

Q: Can I still register ongoing and completed researches?

A: Yes, you may still register ongoing and completed researches. You may register your researches at any point in the research process:Research protocol is ready for review;

  • Research is to be started;
  • Ongoing research;
  • Research is completed and the report is final;
  • Research has been accepted for presentation in a local or international meeting;
  • Research has been accepted for publication/ is published; and
  • Research work results in a patentable product.

II. Procurement

When procuring items needed for the conduct of research project, the items to be purchased will be procured by UP Manila’s offices in behalf of the project, following the regulations set forth by Republic Act No. 9184 “An Act Providing for the Modernization, Standardization and Regulation of the Procurement Activities of the Government and for other Purposes.” The project leader shall not use the cash advance he or she has on hand for these. The cash advance is only used for travel / transportation, representation, meals.

SCENARIO:

A research project needs to procure 10 pcs of laptops to conduct a national survey of a particular disease condition. What are the steps needed to be undertaken to effect the purchase?

First, let us first be familiar with the documents that are prepared for the procurement of materials needed for the conduct of a research project.

  1. What is the PPMP – Project Procurement Management Plan?

This is a document in tabular form showing the schedule as to when items needed by the project are to be procured.  Items to be procured must be planned ahead of time and not procured at whim.  This requires astute planning on the part of the project leader.

The PPMP must show that the electronic tablets are needed by June 2019, for example. Hence, this will serve as a guide as the when the procurement process must start.  A lead time of 2 months minimum is usually observed.

  1. What is the PR – purchase request ?

A purchase request is prepared by RGAO to assist the research project in starting the procurement of a particular.  This document is the first step to get approval of the procurement.  The product is not yet being purchased, but we are just getting approval for it.  The PR must contain the following information: research project that needs the item, detailed specifications of the item, quantity of the item, and the budgeted price of the item. It is best practice not to place the brand of the item but just the details of the specifications.  If a certain brand is required, this must be properly justified.  RGAO would then forward the PR to the Accounting Department to ensure availability of funds, and to the Procurement Office for the proper mode of procurement. Only then will this be given approval.

Going back to our case, the purchase request should contain the name of the research project, the item (laptop), the specifications (size, memory, operating system, capabilities), quantity (10 pcs), budgeted price (P25,000).

  1. What is the PO – Purchase Order ?

The purchase order (PO) is prepared once a PR has been given approval.  The PO is the document that is sent to a supplier by the purchasing entity confirming an order for items or services to be procured. The supplier to be chosen is the one who has the most competitive price who can deliver the items specified. The PO includes the name of the research project needing the item, the vendor, the description and quantity of the goods or services, the price, date of delivery or performance, payment information, and delivery address.

Going back to our case, the PO should contain the name of the research project, the vendor (Electronics Supplies, Inc.), the item (laptop), the specifications, quantity (10 pcs), purchase price (P24,000), date of delivery (within 15 days from acceptance of the purchase order), payment information (check payment within 30 days from delivery), delivery address (547 Pedro Gil St.).

  1. What is a DV – disbursement voucher ?

Upon delivery of the purchased item, the supplier will provide an invoice and have the accepting office sign a delivery receipt.  The invoice represents the supplier’s request for payment from the purchaser. The DV is a form used to have a check made representing the purchaser’s payment to the supplier for the items delivered or services rendered.

Going back to our case, the needed 10 pcs of laptops have been delivered. These have been inspected and found to be appropriate.  The supplier has provided an invoice and the accepting office has signed the delivery receipt. A disbursement voucher is then prepared resulting in a check from the account of UP Manila payable to Electronics Supplies, Inc. with the amount of P240,000.

Common Problems Encountered in the Procurement Process

  1. The items to be purchased as listed in the PPMP do not match the items in the line item budget.

The items listed in the PPMP will be counterchecked with those listed in the LIB to ensure that proper funds have been budgeted for the various items to be procured. There are instances when the project staff have not properly prepared the line item budget (LIB) and PPMP.

For example, the PPMP shows that a statistical software has to be procured. However, the LIB does not contain this item.

Q: How can this scenario be prevented?

A: Proper planning must be done in the preparation of the LIB and PPMP. The items to be procured as listed in the PPMP must have been budgeted corresponding amounts as stated in the LIB. 

  1. Failure to know the prevailing market price of items to be purchased

The purchase request stated that the study has set a budget in the amount of P25,000 per piece of the electronic tablet. During the bidding process, there were no offers from any supplier and the bidding failed.  This is because no supplier can sell the items at that low price since the prevailing market price is at P28,000.

      Q: How can the failure of bidding in this scenario been prevented?

A: The project leader must first have an idea of the prevailing market price of the items they need to procure. To allow for inflation and increase in market prices, the amount in the budget can be increased by approximately 10%. If the market price is P28,000, the budget for the item can be placed at P30,800 thereabouts.

      3. Failure to provide the details of the product specifications.

The purchase request and purchase order missed an important detail in the product specification. This resulted in the software to be used in the national survey not compatible with the procured laptops.

      Q: How can this be avoided?

A: The purchase request must contain the details of the product specifications to conform to the requirements of the research project.

III. Administrative Overhead Cost (AOC)

Q: Where was the Administrative Overhead Cost derived?

A: The Administrative Overhead cost is derived from the Total Budget of the study. The Total budget is the sum of the personal services (PS) and maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE). Personal services include the compensation of the staff and other personnel that may be required for the entire duration of the project. The MOOE are the expenditures of the project (i.e. communication, travel, and supplies and materials). The rate for the Administrative Overhead Cost for non-government sponsored researches is 15% of the total budget, while 7.5 % for government-funded researches.

Q: What does the Administrative Overhead Cost covers?

A: The AOC covers the UPMREB review fee, including the continuing review and IACUC review fee.

Q: Where does the Administrative Overhead Cost proceed?

A: 80% of the administrative overhead cost goes to the Research Unit fund (RUF). The University Administrative Overhead Cost refers to expenses incurred by the University for accounting and bookkeeping, personnel support services, maintenance of facilities, utilities, etc. which are not provided for in the itemized budget of a research project/program. These are indirect costs of a research project/program borne by external funding agencies.

The Administrative Overhead Cost paid by the study sponsor is shared equally between the Research Grants Administration Office and the Research-Generating Unit to which the Principal Investigator belongs to. The share of the AOC of the Research-Generating Unit will henceforth be referred to as Research Unit Fund (RUF).

The RUF can be used for the following purposes:

  1. To help shoulder the utilities and maintenance bills.
  2. To provide assistance to academic programs, such as the acquisition of equipment and supplies and materials in support of such programs.
  3. To help upgrade the library collection of the University.
  4. To grant salaries/honoraria/incentive pay to deserving personnel and/or offices providing service to the research/project/program.

The amount to be allocated as salaries/honoraria/incentive pay to deserving personnel shall in no case exceed fifty percent (50%) of the share of the administration for research/project/program and in no case shall any part or portion of that honoraria be paid to any personnel of the University who is not involved in providing administrative support to the projects as approved by the appropriate University official.

10% of the Administrative overhead cost goes to the site of the study (i.e. PGH) and the remaining 10% goes to the College unit in which the principal investigator is affiliated.

IV. Research Dissemination Grant

Q: What journals are eligible for the UP System International Publication Award (IPA)?

A: Scopus and (Clarivate) Web of Science-indexed journals are eligible for the award.

Q: Are students qualified for the IPA?

A: Yes, Students are qualified to apply for the award. They just have to attach their latest form 5 in the submission documents.

Q: What journals are eligible for the UP Manila Publication Award?

A: Peer reviewed journals which are not Scopus/Web of Science-indexed journals are qualified for the award

Q: If the article was published in a journal which is included in the Beall’s list of Possible, Probable, Predatory Journals, would the article be disqualified for publication award?

A: No. For journals qualified in the UP System International Publication Award, an IPA Committee will evaluate the article to decide if it is qualified or not.

Q: Who are qualified for the OIL Travel Grant?

A: UP students taking up masters or doctorate are qualified for the grant including faculty who are taking their masters/doctorate in the university