NBDTF 2019 Cycle


The National Book Development Board (NBDB) is calling for applications for the National Book Development Trust Fund (NBDTF) Grant for 2019. Authors and organizations are invited to submit at least 25% of their manuscripts or research works for books. The chosen works will receive a maximum grant of P250,000.00 each.



Manuscripts/research works for books should be on any of the following:


Five language categories are opened: Waray, Méranaw, Kapampangan, Magindanawon, and Tausug. The completed manuscripts, comprised of 30-50 pages, in the chosen mother tongue (with Filipino translation), are meant to increase proficiency in reading and writing in the mother tongue and to enrich the target readers’ appreciation of the different facets of the Region where such language is used.

These manuscripts may be compiled in one book or be a series of four (4) books, with the following descriptions:

  • Environment: This book will tackle topography, natural resources, endemic plants and animals, and other environmental features (e.g., disasters) in the region where the specific mother tongue is spoken.
  • People, Places, and Events: This book will tackle historical places, people, and events of the region where the specific mother tongue is spoken.
  • Arts and Culture: This book will tackle different art forms (visual arts, music, dance, theater, literary, etc.) and cultural beliefs and events in the region or geographical areas where the specific mother tongue is spoken.
  • Short Fiction for Children: This book will comprise of poems or short fiction for children written in the mother tongue.



The completed manuscripts, comprised of 150 to 200 pages, are intended to develop knowledge and skills, cutting across the different strands, such as, Sports, Technical- Vocational and Livelihood, Arts and Humanities, ICT.

  • Entrepreneurship: This book is meant to introduce learners to the work force as an entrepreneur who is able to market his or her skills as a viable source of income.
  • Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management: This book is meant to promote awareness, concern about, and action aimed at protecting the environment. Likewise, this book aims introduce processes on how to reduce the damage caused by natural hazards like earthquakes, floods, droughts and cyclones, through an ethic of prevention.
  • Market Research: This book is meant to teach the basics of quantitative and qualitative research and how research should be the sound basis of understanding business.
  • Technical Vocational Education: This category focuses of four aspects of the technical vocational education.
  • Agriculture and Fishery Arts: This book will tackle hands-on learning and application of skills on agriculture and aquaculture. It must enable the learners to be well-informed and well-prepared with the basic skills and knowledge in the production industries of horticulture, animal production, crop production, slaughtering operations, pest management, and in fish production, fish wharf operation, and food processing.
  • Home Economics: This book will tackle hands-on learning and application of skills on various livelihood projects at home. It must enable the learners to be equipped with the basic skills and knowledge in barbering, bartending, beauty care, bread and pastry, caregiving, cookery, dressmaking, food and beverage, housekeeping, tourism, handicrafts, among others.
  • Industrial Arts: This book will tackle hands-on learning on carpentry, automotive servicing, driving, electronics repair, electrical installation, welding, plumbing, and tile setting. Specifically, learners are expected to be knowledgeable on the basic skills in domestic refrigeration and air-conditioning servicing, electrical installation and maintenance, power distribution line construction, mechatronics, and masonry.
  • Information, Communications, and Technology: This book will tackle the fundamental processes in writing computer programs, illustrating, and designing websites. Specifically, learners are expected to be exposed on the basic knowledge on technical drafting, animation, and java programming, and medical transcription and telecom installation which are relevant to the creative technological field telecommunications industry respectively.



The completed manuscripts, comprised of 150 to 200 pages, are intended to develop knowledge and skills to complement the Department of Education (DepEd) curriculum and learning resources.

  • Anthologies of Filipino Literature during the Colonial and Pre-Colonial Period (English and Filipino): This book is meant to introduce learners to the existing literature of the Philippine ethnic groups at the time of conquest and conversion into Christianity which was mainly oral, consisting of myths, legends, folk tales, riddles, proverbs, folk songs, and epics. This is also intended tackle prevalent literature during the Spanish and American colonial period in the Philippines.

These collections should unravel stories of heroism, nationalism, local culture, rituals, mythology, and other archetypes necessary and relevant in educating learners of the Filipino literature inspired by history, religious conquests, and influences that came about. 

  • Anthologies of Music, Arts, Physical Education, and Health (MAPEH): These books on MAPEH should be suitable for Kinder to Grade 10, developed according to the DepEd MAPEH competencies.
  • Music and Arts: The book will tackle the different fundamental theories, processes, practices and elements of music and art education, including the application, interpretation and creative expression of acquired knowledge on traditional and contemporary music and art from all over the world. It must enable the learners to have sufficient knowledge, skills, and values necessary for artistic expression and cultural literacy to effectively correlate music and arts to the development of his/her own cultural identity.
  • Health Education: The book will tackle the physical, mental, emotional, as well as the social dimensions of holistic health. It must enable the learners to acquire essential knowledge, attitudes and skills that are necessary to promote and achieve a good quality of living with the end-view of maintaining and improving personal, family, and community health.
  • Physical Education: The book will tackle fitness and movement education, which includes values, knowledge, skills and experiences in physical activity participation. It must enable learners to have an understanding on concepts and principles to maintain and adopt a habitual physical activity, and a value for physical activities for enjoyment, challenge, social interaction and career opportunities.
  • Basic Computer Literacy: The basic computer education will allow learners to gain understanding of the popular, current technologies used at home and in the workplace. The learners are expected to become computer literate using these reference materials while learning to access, create, save and manage documents, spreadsheets and emails and use the Internet effectively.
  • Gender and Development for key stages (K-3, 4-6, 7-10, and SHS): This book is meant to promote awareness and action on the socially constructed differences between girls and boys and promote gender-transformative early childhood programming in order to break the cycle of gender discrimination, promote the rights of girls and boys, and advance gender equality. This is meant to enable young girls and boys to develop to their full potential while also working to transform unequal gendered power relations, challenge “traditional” gender socialization processes, and improve the social position of girls and women offers a key opportunity to break this unjust, inter-generational cycle of gender discrimination, and to advance children’s rights and equality for girls.



History, Culture, Heritage

  • Local History and Culture (written in Filipino, English, or any Philippine language): Local history includes the history of places, people, and events defined by a geographical area in the Philippines (cities, towns, barangays, local government, and regional areas). It also includes the culture and characteristics of the people represented in the local community.
  • Islamic Studies in the Philippines: This includes forms of theology and religious thought, Islamic civilization, literature, economics, history, historiography, law, philosophy, and culture in the Philippine context.


Science and Technology, Engineering, Agriculture Sciences, Mathematics (STEAM)

  • Popular Science: Popular science includes research on Filipino robotics and Filipino inventions. It may also cover research on programs and/or competitions that support Filipino designers and inventors including students.
  • Food Science and Technology / Organic Agriculture / Sustainable Agriculture / Agritourism: Food Science and Technology includes research, novel theories, and technologies related to the production, processing, packaging, storage, distribution, preparation, and marketing of food and food products in the Philippines, particularly rice and rice-based products, local crops, traditional fermented food, and fish and other marine products. It may cover food and ingredient origins, discoveries in procurement of raw ingredients/materials, and food security issues and challenges in the country.

Organic Agriculture includes research on methods of agriculture that exclude the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.

Sustainable Agriculture includes research on agricultural and natural systems that focus on long-term ecological health.

Agritourism includes research on tourism in the Philippines that focuses on agriculturally based operations or activities.


Health, Medicine and Wellness

  • Advancement in Medicine in the Philippines/Tropical Medicine: Advancement in Medicine in the Philippines includes treatments, devices, or breakthroughs that may be beneficial to patients and will improve the delivery of healthcare.

Tropical Medicine includes health problems and advancement that are unique or are more widespread in the tropical or subtropical regions, especially in the Philippines.

  • Traditional Medicine / Integrative Medicine / Tropical Medicine: Traditional Medicine includes knowledge, skills, and practices based on the theories, beliefs, and experiences indigenous to cultures in the Philippines that are used in the maintenance of health, as well as in the prevention, diagnosis, improvement, or treatment of physical and mental illness.

Integrative Medicine includes knowledge, skills, practices, developments, and achievements related to medical care that combines traditional and modern medicine.

Tropical Medicine includes research on the diagnosis, prevention, control, and treatment of tropical and/or infectious diseases, particularly those of public health importance or are major causes of morbidity and mortality in the Philippines.

  • Biodiversity/Health and Wellness: Biodiversity includes research on genetic variation, species variation, and explores micro-organisms and ecosystems.

Health and Wellness includes research on a person’s physical, mental, and social well-being. It may cover emotional stability, spirituality, and lifestyle choices.


Entrepreneurship and Livelihood

  • Appropriate/Livelihood/New technologies in entrepreneurship: Books and manuscripts on technology that is relevant, appropriate and affordable for the local community.


Intellectual Property Rights

  • Intellectual Property Rights in the Philippine context: Submissions are encouraged for books on Intellectual Property Rights in the Philippine context that are meant for the general public.


Literature and Creative Non-Fiction

  • Novels written in Ilocano:  A book length work of narrative fiction in Ilocano language, written in prose form.
  • Gender Studies (Women in Science) written in English or Filipino: This includes the accomplishments, achievements, and contributions to science of one (1) or more Filipino women scientists.
  • Biographies written in Cebuano: Portrayal of the experiences and events occurring in the life of a person, written in Cebuano



Submit the following documents:

  1. Applicant’s curriculum vitae (in the case of juridical entities, its SEC registration documents, as may be applicable, and the curriculum vita of the authors-applicants).
  2. A sworn statement indicating that the submitted work is an original and unpublished work, and that the applicant is the copyright-holder of the work.
  3. A project proposal with project objectives; proposed scope of work (i.e., table of contents); timeline; budget and resources; and other relevant information supporting the author’s capacity to undertake the project.
  4. NBDB Certificate of Registration.
  5. Manuscript Format: in 12-point type, Times New Roman, with 1-inch margins, and sequentially numbered on 8.5’ x 11’ bond paper; in quadruplicate copies. A digital copy shall also be submitted.
  6. Manuscript Substance: at least 25% of the manuscript, written in the identified language category for Supplementary Reading Materials written in the Mother Tongue, and in English or Filipino for Supplementary Reading Materials for all other grade levels.



Deadline for submission for the Supplementary Reading Material written in the Mother Tongue is on 31 July 2019 and deadline for the Supplementary Reading Materials for all other grade levels and General Manuscripts is on 30 September 2019.

Interested applicants should email their applications to oed@nbdb.gov.ph with the subject: NBDTF 2019 Application (Name of author/s or organization).

You may download a copy of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 9521, National Book Development Trust Fund Act, here.



For inquiries, please contact:

National Book Development Board
4/F Dormitory E, Department of Education Complex
Meralco Avenue, Pasig City, Philippines

Email: helpdesk@nbdb.gov.ph