Rationale and Objectives of the Award
The award aims to recognize clinician researchers who have created the vision for medical research in the country through their outstanding work in medical research that have blazed and/or pioneered the trail for medical innovations and health research and development.  The research should have created and traversed new frontiers in medicine through significant contributions to the fund of medical knowledge or the advancement of clinical practice in the country and have significantly impacted on the lives of the Filipino people.
This award is given in memory and in honor of Dr. Geminiano De Ocampo who epitomized all these achievements by excelling in his chosen field of medicine: ophthalmology.   Dr. De Ocampo was a Man of Firsts, a Visionary who created and realized the future of medicine in the country through his ground-breaking and pioneering efforts in clinical practice and in research, inspiring other doctors to pursue the same.
The National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST Phl) which is the country’s highest advisory body to the government and the science community on matters related to science and technology through the Health Sciences Division, administers the award. The award is made possible through an endowment of the De Ocampo family.
The Geminiano T. De Ocampo Visionary Awards for Medical Research is given biennially.  Awarding will take place during the birth anniversary of Dr. Geminiano De Ocampo which falls on September 16 of the year.
The NAST Secretariat will screen the accomplished nomination forms and check for completeness. Incomplete nominations and nominations submitted beyond the prescribed deadline will not be considered.  The Board of Judges will then meet to evaluate the nominees and select the awardee.  They may request an interview with the nominee or references of the nominee as deemed appropriate.  The decision of the Board of judges will be final.
The award includes a gold medal, a plaque and a cash prize of P100,000.00.

Candidate Qualifications:
  • Natural born citizens of the Philippines
  • Graduate of medicine in an accredited and duly recognized school or college of medicine
  • Remarkable track record as a clinician practicing in the Philippines
  • Proven track record and accomplishments in medical research
  • No proven administrative case or case on moral turpitude
Nominations to this award may be made by individuals, scientific and technological societies, professional societies or associations, research institutes, universities and colleges can nominate.  Self-nomination, however, is not allowed.
The GTO Visionary Award for Medical Research is a biennial award.   Deadline for submission of nominations is every July of the previous year preceding the award.
Note: Submission of nominations is online at Please submit also the electronic copy of the nomination in pdf format through email at