The Regional Unified Health Research Agenda (RUHRA) defines the research priorities of a region, taking into consideration its peculiarities and local context.


The PNHRS launched the updated National Unified Health Research Agenda (NUHRA) in 2017 to serve as the country’s template for health research and development efforts specifying the areas and topics needed to be addressed in a 5-year scope.

NUHRA is a product of a series of regional and national consultations with stakeholders and consolidation of research priorities of the four core agencies of the PNHRS. It is regularly updated during the mid-period of the five-year agenda to account for recent developments, new directions and thrusts. The updating takes in to consideration the Millennium Development Goals, Medium-term Philippine Development Plan, and various national health plans anchored on every presidential term.

Six research themes comprise the NUHRA 2017-2022 priorities, namely:

1) Responsive health systems,
2) Research to enhance and extend healthy lives,
3) Holistic approaches to health and wellness,
4) Health resiliency,
5) Global competitiveness and innovation in health, and
6) Research in equity and health.

Each of the six theme has corresponding research areas and description to guide the researchers in determining the kinds of research that may fall under a specific theme.