Gelia Castillo Award for Research on Social Innovations in Health 2022

Gelia Castillo Award for Research on Social Innovations in Health 2022

Deadline: May 6, 2022

Applications are open for the Gelia Castillo Award for Research on Social Innovations in Health 2022. The Gelia Castillo Award for Research on Social Innovations in Health (GCARSIH) aims to recognize the outstanding social innovations that address persistent, societal and health systems challenges.

Through the innovators’ experience, they can better understand why and how social innovations create impact, and discover the keys to scale up or integrate these effective interventions into the larger health system.

For the purposes of this Award, social innovations in health (SIH) are defined as new solutions (product, services, models, market mechanisms, processes) created by multi-sectoral health system actors. The solutions must address a health need more effectively than existing approaches, and have the ability to enhance people’s capacity to act and take ownership of their own health. Social innovations have health-system changing potential as it changes and strengthens relationships between people and results in a more effective use of available resources.


The top innovations in health will receive:

  • cash prize
  • eligibility for a research and development grant
  • training and mentoring package


Open to all individuals, groups and institutions that have successfully developed and implemented social innovations in health in the Philippines.

Participating institutions may be:

  • public or private
  • members of the consortium
  • scientific, technological and professional societies or associations
  • research institutes
  • universities and colleges
  • others

Selection Criteria

Entries that pass eligibility and technical screening will be scored by an external independent panel of experts based on the following selection criteria:

  • Degree of Innovativeness (25%) – The innovation provides a novel approach to address a systemic health challenge within its local context, providing an alternative to the status quo.
  • Significance (15%) – The innovation addresses a health priority of the Philippines (as defined by the National and/or Regional Unified Health Research Agenda), or a priority in a more localized level such as prevalent yet neglected health problem in a town or a marginalized group/ethnic group
  • Participatory & Co-owned (15%) – Participatory approach is evident in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the innovation (i.e. contributions from various stakeholders: the patients/families, local health personnel, local leaders, other sectors).
  • Potential for Further Research or Scale (15%) – There are clear plans for further research and development of the innovation. The innovation shows feasibility to be applied, replicated and scaled-up to other communities with similar problems, or integrated into the broader health system.
  • Inclusiveness (10%) – The innovation has the potential to be used by a large number of people, enhancing equity and access.
  • Effectiveness (10%) – The innovation has a demonstrated positive outcome on the health challenge it is addressing.
  • Affordability (10%) – The innovation is affordable to the poor who are otherwise excluded in the local context or the solution is more cost-effective than the status quo.


  • Step 1. Complete the Submission Entry Form, which includes a comprehensive write-up of the health innovation, a description of future plans for sustainability or scale-up, and relevant supporting documents.
  • Step 2. Submit your entry in person, via courier or via email on or before May 6, 2022
    • Email: Send to [email protected] with the subject GCARSIH SUBMISSION / <Name of Innovation> / <Name of Region>
    • In-person or courier: Refer to the Submission Entry Form for the list of RHRDC addresses.

Download the application form

For more information, visit Gelia Castillo Award.