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Technology Innovation for Commercialization (TECHNiCOM)

Opportunity Status:

OPEN

Funders:

Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI)

Co-Funders:

N/A

Funding type:

Grant

Closing date:

15 May 2022 | 5 PM

EXTENSION: 23 May 2022 | 5 PM

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Link to Documents:

Project proposal templates, attachments, and sample documents can be found at this link.

For the full details about the grant opportunity, learn more in the Call for Proposals Guidelines.

Description:

The Technology Innovation for Commercialization Program (TECHNiCOM) aims to fast-track the transfer, utilization, and commercialization of R&D outputs to contribute to the country’s sustainable development thru relevant technological platforms.

Through TECHNiCOM, we provide technopreneurs with an easily accessible multimillion pre-commercialization grant and linkage to DOST-TAPI’s technology and innovation support programs.

The Program shall provide priority funding to pre-commercialization activities of projects aligned to national S&T priorities and project proposal’s strategic relevance to national development, based on the priority areas of the DOST’s Harmonized National R&D Agenda (HNRDA) for 2017-2022 . These areas are the following:

    1. Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources
      1. Crops
        1. postharvest;
        2. processing; and
        3. product development.
      2. Livestock
        1. nutrition
        2. feeds and feeding system
        3. vaccine, biologics, and diagnostics; and
        4. product processing
      3. Aquatic
        1. fish health, disease diagnostics, and disease management
        2. nutrition, feeds and feeding system
        3. mechanization and automated systems for feeding, water and culture management, and post-production
        4. postharvest handling, processing
        5. fishkill warning and mitigation systems and environmental management for sustainable aquaculture
      4. Environment
        1. continuous monitoring and managing HABs
        2. mitigating tools
        3. real-time climatic and weather information
        4. stream monitoring in the learning watersheds
    2. Health*
      1. Diagnostics - for early detection of communicable and non-communicable diseases (must be novel technologies).
      2. Functional Food - product development of food components that provide health benefits beyond basic nutrient function.
      3. Hospital equipment and biomedical devices - development and optimization of affordable, safe, and reliable hospital equipment and biomedical devices.

        *NOTE: For health-related proposals, to be qualified under the Program and to ensure safety and effectiveness, the technology must have completed human trials (at least Phase III)

    3. Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology
      1. Food and Nutrition Security
      2. Countryside development
      3. Competitive industries
      4. Delivery of social services
      5. Intelligent transportation solutions
      6. Renewable energy and energy storage solutions
      7. Materials science
      8. Human security
    4. Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation
      1. Observation and monitoring networks
      2. Technology development and application for monitoring
      3. Modeling and simulation for improvement of monitoring and forecasting
      4. Hazards, vulnerability, and risk assessment
      5. Warning and risk communication
      6. Technology development and application for climate change mitigation and adaptation
      7. Technology development and application for disaster risk management

The following may apply for the Program, provided that (1) their previous R&D was not funded, managed, nor monitored by any of the DOST Sectoral Councils or other DOST GIA Programs1,  and (2) that they secure and present a favorable endorsement from a DOST Regional Office:

  1. Research and Development Institutions (RDIs);
  2. State Universities and Colleges (SUCs);
  3. Private Higher Education Institutions (HEIs); and
  4. Startup companies/firms, provided additionally that they secure and present an endorsement from the appropriate DOST Sectoral Council2.

For startup companies/firms, the following requirements should be submitted during the evaluation process:

  1. Official Receipt for the receipt of grants-in-aid;
  2. Authenticated copies of SEC-registered Articles of Incorporation and the latest General Information Sheet; authenticated copy of Business Permit; and authenticated copy of Licenses;
  3. Latest copies of Income Tax Returns, Audited Financial Statements, and other financial reports;
  4. Disclosure of other businesses, if any;
  5. Sworn Affidavits from all of the startup owners/ incorporators/ stockholders/ organizers/ partners, directors and/ or officers that they are not agents of or related by consanguinity or affinity up to the fourth civil degree to any DOST officer authorized to process and/or approve the grant and release of funds; and
  6. Documents/proof of the following, which shall include but not limited to proof of capability and track record in conducting R&D, and when applicable, endorsement from the business incubation facility where the startup is located.

1Proponents whose innovations in the R&D phase were previously funded by DOST Regional Offices (ROs), DOST Research and Development Institutions (RDIs), DOST Service Institutes, and DOST Collegial Bodies are also eligible to apply.

2The appropriate DOST Sectoral Council for a startup/spinoff is the DOST Sectoral Council that covers their sector.

COVERAGE
The Program provides grants for pre-commercialization activities including but not limited to:

  1. Commercial prototyping
  2. Pilot-scale or scaled-up testing
  3. Technology validation
  4. Market research
  5. Field or market testing
  6. Business model validations
  7. Pre-investment and other analogous activities

TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT STAGE
The technology must be at a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 4basic technological components are integrated and tested in a laboratory to establish that they will work together. At least a “low fidelity” or crude prototype is available.    

EXCLUSIONS
The following activities are not covered by the Program:

  1. Food formulation unless a functional food product designed for a specific health-related problem or industry solution
  2. Establishment of facilities
  3. Discovery, development of new products, the establishment of proof of concept, and basic research
  4. Technologies for extension purposes and not commercialization (e.g., farming/breeding techniques, management protocols, etc.)
  5. Technologies without previously conducted and documented R&D output 
  6. Technologies ready for commercialization/market entry (request is geared for commercial production/manufacturing and expansion)

NOTE: For health-related proposals, to be qualified under the Program and to ensure safety and effectiveness, the technology must have completed human trials (at least Phase III)

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Financial assistance covers direct and indirect costs including personnel services (PS), maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE), and equipment outlay (EO). Budget details must be reflected in the Line-Item Budget (LIB), pursuant to the DOST-GIA guidelines.

A counterpart fund, in kind and/or in cash, shall be required as one of the application requirements. It is preferable that outside/other funding support to complement the TECHNiCOM funds is obtained.

STEP 1: Prepare and submit a full-blown proposal to the DOST Regional Office for initial evaluation.

STEP 2: Upon certification and endorsement by the DOST Regional Office, the proponent submits the full-blown proposal and attachments to DOST-TAPI’s official email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The proposal submission period is from 8:00 AM on April 15, 2022, to 5:00 PM on May 15.

Proposals submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

The following will automatically be disapproved:

  1. Proposals from organizations that are not eligible to submit during this Call
  2. Proposals outside the priority areas of the Program
  3. Proposals submitted to any other call route/Council/s
  4. Proposals not submitted through DOST-TAPI’s official email
  5. Proposals whose activities are not covered by the Program
  6. Capsule proposals

Project Proposal Forms

The project proposal forms and other relevant documents are accessible at this link.

  1. Full-blown Project Proposal (following the TECHNICOM format) with a Gender and Development (GAD) Score. The Project Proposal Form is found at this link and the GAD scoresheet at this link.
  2. Other additional documents. These include related information on the proposed project. The following are required attachments to the proposal and should be submitted to DOST-TAPI’s official email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
    1. Curriculum Vitae - a brief profile of the Project Leader. One (1) page only.
    2. Endorsement Letter from the Proponent’s Agency Head
    3. Gender and Development (GAD) Score Sheet
    4. Work Plan of the Project/Gantt Chart
    5. Proposed Project Line Item Budget. 
    6. Letter of interest/cooperation from the private sector to participate in the project (if there is any)
    7. Cash Program (monthly breakdown of the project budget)
    8. Endorsement Letter from the appropriate DOST Sectoral Council (for startups only)
    9. Initial Assessment and Endorsement of DOST Regional Offices

The full list of forms and requirements can be found at this link.

NOTE: Other relevant documents not mentioned in the list above may be requested from the proponents during the evaluation period.

The project proposal shall be evaluated based on the Program’s project proposal review mechanism, specific review criteria, or based on the following:

Workability/ Technical Viability

  • Technical soundness of the technology based on existing scientific and technological principles
  • Maturity of the technology
  • Advanced features of the technology over existing product or process with the same functions and/or contribution to the advancement of S&T

Social and Environmental Impacts

  • Employment generation from the technology
  • No potentially irreversible immediate and long-term hazards/ consequences on the environment as well as in health and safety

Commercial Viability

  • Competitiveness of the technology over existing product or process in the market
  • Market potential of the technology

Management Capability

  • Technical and managerial capacity of the proponent demonstrates a competent and experienced leadership
  • Availability of competent and reliable workforce and facilities
  • Manageable timeframe

There is no funding cap on proposals.

For proposals with a total project cost < ₱3 million, the DOST-TAPI Executive Committee (EXECOM) shall deliberate and approve.

For proposals with a total project cost ≥ 3 million, the TECHNiCOM Program Advisory Committee (PAC) shall deliberate and approve.

Projects will have a duration of one (1) year. However, projects requiring more than one year may be allowed subject to the evaluation of the proposal and for valid project-related reasons.

DOST-TAPI Public Assistance Office
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Tel. No.: 8837-2071 local 2153