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Technology Innovation for Commercialization (TECHNiCOM) | 2nd Wave of Call for Proposals

Opportunity Status:

CLOSED

Funders:

Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI)

Co-Funders:

N/A

Funding type:

Grant

Closing date:

2nd Wave of Call for Proposals | 31 August 2022 | 5 PM

Submit through: DOST Project Management Information System (DPMIS). For more information, check out the details below.

Link to Documents:

Program guidelines, project proposal templates, attachments, and sample documents can be found at this link.

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
      2. Livestock
      3. Aquatic
      4. Environment
      5. Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction
    2. Health*
      1. Diagnostics
      2. Drug discovery and development
      3. Functional Food
      4. Hospital equipment and biomedical devices
      5. Information and communication technology for health
      6. Dengue
      7. Nutrition and food quality and safety
      8. Disaster risk reduction
      9. Climate Change Adaptation
      10. Omic technologies for health (platform technology across research priorities)

*NOTE: For drug discovery and development proposals, to be qualified under the Program and to ensure safety and effectiveness, the technology must be at TRL 7 (completed at least Phase II trials). For medical devices, the technology must be at TRL 6.

    1. 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

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 drug discovery and development proposals, to be qualified under the Program and to ensure safety and effectiveness, the technology must be at TRL 7 (completed at least Phase II trials). For medical devices, the technology must be at TRL 6.

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.

The Technology Readiness Level (TRL) is a tool to assess the technology development stage for a particular application. A particular level is achieved if the prescribed activities for that level are accomplished. The movement of technology through the scale tracks the technology development stage (whether it’s an idea, proof of concept, component, system, etc.) and the environment where it is tested (laboratory, a simulated operational environment, actual environment, etc.).

TRL 1 | Basic Principles
Qualifying questions:

  1. Is the research basic and experimental without a specific application?
  2. Is the research purpose to validate a fundamental theory or scientific principle?

Indicators:

  1. Basic research
  2. Ideation
  3. Describe the need for technology
  4. Paper studies

TRL 2 | Technology Formulation

Qualifying questions:

  1. Was a technology created, a technique established, or a formulation developed?
  2. Was the concept proven through the research?
  3. Were laboratory tests done to confirm that the technology works?

Indicators:

  1. Concept development
  2. Invention
  3. Analytical studies

 TRL 3 | Proof of Concept

Qualifying questions:

  1. Was there a specific application of the technology established?
  2. Was the technology tested for that specific application in a laboratory environment?

Indicators:

  1. Initial lab testing
  2. Critical function demo
  3. More parameters
  4. Separate elements
  5. Application identified

TRL 4 | Rough Prototype

Qualifying questions:

  1. Was there a prototype built?
  2. Are there products developed?

Indicators:

  1. Bench-scale testing
  2. Component integration
  3. “ad hoc” hardware/combination
  4. Low-fi prototype

TRL 5 | Improved Prototype

Qualifying questions:

  1. Was the prototype improved from its earlier design?
  2. Was the prototype used by intended users or field-tested for the purpose of improving its features/usability?
  3. Was the prototype tested and redesigned to fit the needs of intended users?

Indicators:

  1. Relevant environment testing
  2. Rigorous lab testing
  3. Integration of realistic elements
  4. High-fi prototype 

TRL 6 | Open Water

Qualifying questions:

  1. Was the prototype manufactured close to the actual intended environment?
  2. Was the technology operating in an environment at a pre-commercial scale?

Indicators:

  1. Design freeze
  2. Fully-functional prototype
  3. Testing in a high-fi setting

TRL 7 | Operational Demonstration

Qualifying questions:

  1. Was the technology manufactured at close to commercial scale?
  2. Can the technology be used, replicated, and demonstrated, meeting consistently quality or performance standards?

Indicators:

  1. Prototype near / at final form
  2. Field testing
  3. Demonstration at pre-comm scale

TRL 8 | Actual Technology Demonstration

Qualifying questions:

  1. Are all the manufacturing issues resolved at a pre-commercial or commercial scale?
  2. Does the technology meet quality and performance standards?

Indicators:

  1. Demonstration of the final form
  2. Technology validation to meet rqts
  3. Manufacturing issues solved

TRL 9 | Actual Technology Deployment

 Qualifying questions:

  1. Is the technology replicable at consistent quality and at a commercial scale?
  2. Is the technology acceptable to customers?
  3. Are customers already paying for the technology/product?

Indicators:

  1. Fully commercial
  2. Production fully operational
  3. Full-scale deployment
  4. Available to costumers

The Investment Readiness Level (IRL) is a tool to measure the progress on the state of things as far as developing a business from technology.

IRL 1 | First Pass Business Model

IRL 2 | Market Size/Competitive Analysis

IRL 3 | Problem-Solution fit

IRL 4 | Low Fidelity Prototype

IRL 5 | Validate Product-Market Fit

IRL 6 | Validated Revenue Model

IRL 7 | High Fidelity Prototype

IRL 8 | Validate Value Delivery

IRL 9 | Validate Metrics that Matter

STEP 1: Prepare and submit a full-blown proposal in PDF format to the DOST Regional Office for initial evaluation of the TRL and endorsement of DOST Regional Office.

STEP 2: For technical consultations on a potential TECHNiCOM project, the proponent prepares and submits a capsule proposal in Word format (editable) to DOST-TAPI through Ms. Mechelle Balboa via the official email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The format also follows the full-blown proposal format but the contents should only contain the following:

  1. Current Technology Readiness Level (TRL) or Investment Readiness Level (IRL)
  2. Past Research & Development (R&D) activities and respective funding agencies
  3. Proposed TECHNiCOM activities
  4. Rough budget estimate

The capsule proposal submission period is from July 1 to August 15, 2022.

STEP 3: Attend the following preparatory activities:

  • Program Orientation (TechnoBYAHE) – July 15 & 22, 2022
  • Technical Consultations – July 1 to August 15, 2022
  • Workshops – August 3-5, 2022 (tentative dates)
  • Proposal Writeshops – August 5 & 9, 2022 (tentative dates)

STEP 4: Upon certification and endorsement by the DOST Regional Office, the proponent submits the full-blown proposal to the DOST Project Management Information System (DPMIS) through this link: http://dpmis.dost.gov.ph starting August 1 until August 31, 2022, 5 PM. Proposals submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

The following will automatically be disapproved:

  1. Proposals with Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 1-3
  2. Proposals with incomplete requirements (see section I of this guide)
  3. Proposals from organizations that are not qualified to submit during this Call
  4. Proposals outside the priority areas of the Program
  5. Proposals submitted to any other call route or Council/s
  6. Proposals not submitted through the DPMIS
  7. Proposals from startups that are not yet SEC-registered or startups existing for more than 5 years
  8. Proposals with no proof of concept (idea stage)
  9. Proposals whose activities are not covered by the Program
  10. Capsule proposals

Project Proposal Forms

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

NOTE: the full-blown proposal and the line-item budget to be submitted via DPMIS will need to be filled out manually on the platform. Accomplished Word document for the full-blown proposal and Excel document for the line-item budget shall only serve as a guide and cannot be uploaded to DPMIS.

Submission of full-blown proposals shall be done via the DOST Project Management Information System (DPMIS): http://dpmis.dost.gov.ph. The DPMIS portal for TECHNiCOM full-blown proposal submissions will open from August 1, 2022 until August 31, 2022.

When submitting your application via DPMIS, please follow these steps:

  1. Register and create an account in the DPMIS
  2. Log in to your DPMIS account
  3.  Select Call for Proposal: TECHNiCOM (2022 Funding)
  4. Select Type of Proposal: TECHNiCOM R&D Project
  5. Select Classification: New Proposal

 To learn more, read the detailed guide here or watch the video below.

  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 via http://dpmis.dost.gov.ph:
    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

Sample forms and requirements can be found at this link.

NOTE: The full-blown proposal and the line-item budget to be submitted via DPMIS will need to be filled out manually on the platform. Accomplished Word document for the full-blown proposal and Excel document for the line-item budget shall only serve as a guide and cannot be uploaded to DPMIS. Other relevant documents not mentioned in the list above may be requested from the proponents during the evaluation period starting September 1, 2022.

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.

For general inquiries about TECHNiCOM, please contact:

DOST-TAPI Public Assistance Office
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel. No.: 8837-2071 local 2153

For technical consultations that would require preparing a capsule proposal first (see How to Apply), you may contact the following:

Mechelle Balboa
Program Manager
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel. No.: 8837-2071 local 2160 / 2166