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TECHNOLOGY APPLICATION AND PROMOTION INSTITUTE (TAPI)
CY 2022 Major Programs and Activities

I. COMPREHENSIVE INVENTION/INNOVATION SERVICES

1. Intellectual Property Rights Assistance Program (IPRAP)
The IPRAP was devised through E.O. No. 128 creating TAPI as reinforced by RA No. 7459 otherwise known as the "Inventors and Invention Incentives Act of the Philippines". The protection of IP is a crucial preliminary step in technology transfer and commercialization. In support of this crucial preliminary step, the Institute provides assistance in patent consultation and grants for the payment of patent agents’ and IP officers’ fees.

Assistance coverage provides advisory, technical, and financial services in securing intellectual property (IP) protection from the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL).

The Program offers a holistic package of assistance for patent, utility model, industrial design, copyright, and trademark applications for private male and female individual inventors, various institutions, researchers with privately funded R&D, and technologies developed or funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) or any of its attached agencies.

If you are interested in the Program, please click here for guidelines.

2. Technology Innovation and Commercialization (TECHNICOM) 2.0 Program
The TECHNICOM Program focuses on providing financial grants and technical assistance to eligible proponents in developing and optimizing technologies in the pre-commercialization stage to be at par with their counterparts and potential competitors thus preparing them for eventual market launch through commercialization and utilization of industries and publicly developed research products.

The Program shall offer its assistance on a needs-based, novel “mix and match” mode of assistance. It will package its assistance for all qualified applicants depending on the identified gaps in their R&D pre-commercialization and commercialization phases. The end goal of every assistance that the Program will extend to every approved project is its commercialization in the Philippine market.

If you are interested in the Program, please click here for guidelines.

3. Invention-Based Enterprise Development (IBED) Program
The IBED Program supports male and female inventors in developing their inventions to become a business enterprise by making them available to the consumers.

The Program offers financial assistance to cover pilot-scale testing or producing on a small scale to test the feasibility and marketability of the product, and pilot or initial production including the provision of raw materials and the purchase of the tools/apparatus needed to manufacture the product.

If you are interested in the Program, please click here for guidelines.

4. Industry-Based Invention Development (IBID) Program
The Industry-Based Invention Development Program (IBID) supports the development of viable inventions through the application and adoption of existing industry practices. Through the Program, DOST-TAPI supports the production of the first commercial model or prototype of the invention to be installed in the actual operations of a firm.

The collaborative undertaking among the Institute, inventor, and industrial enterprise involves testing, debugging, and other refinements for the invention when placed in a real working environment.

If you are interested in the Program, please click here for guidelines.

5. Invent School Program (ISP)
The Invent School Program (ISP) involves the conduct of a seminar-workshop in private and public schools in cooperation with inventors' groups, LGUs, and NGOs to stimulate students' interest in creativity and inventiveness and create awareness of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and Protection.

The Program provides an opportunity for students in the Elementary, High School, and College levels to not only develop their creativity and potential but also to awaken their true ingenuity. Invent School serves as a starting ground for young Filipino inventors.

If you are interested in the Program, please click on the following for guidelines.

6. Invention Testing and Laboratory Analyses Assistance Program
The Program aims to assist technologists, inventors, and researchers avail of laboratories and the facilities of RDIs, including regional offices and other government agencies, offices, and instrumentalities, in order to test, verify and evaluate the functionality of the invention, suitability of its materials, components and design and the safety and conduciveness of the product for public use (Article IV, Sec. 8 of R.A. No. 7459).

If you are interested in the Program, please click here for guidelines.

7. Concept Prototyping Program
The Concept Prototyping Program provides support for the development of an initial working prototype of a potential invention or innovation through a provision of technical assistance in collaboration with experts from the industry, DOST Research and Development Institutes (RDI), and State Universities and Colleges (SUC) or Higher Education Institutions (HEI).

The program also provides financial assistance to develop the initial working prototype of an invention to cover raw materials, labor expenses, and testing fees from the laboratories and other facilities of RDIs and SUCs or HEIs. The financial assistance excludes clinical studies or trials specifically on medical-related technologies.

If you are interested in the Program, please click here for guidelines.

8. Online System Administration & Management
In response to digitalization, the Institute strengthened IP monitoring and updating through the Online System Administration and Management (OSAM) Program composed of the “SIPAG” and “iSIPAG” mechanisms.

The SIPAG is an offline electronic management system that contains data and information related to the inventions or technologies handled by DOST-TAPI, whereas the iSIPAG is an online tool that keeps track of the client’s IP application/s without the need to personally visit, call, or email.

 


II. TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AND COMMERCIALIZATION SERVICES

1. Venture Financing Program (VFP) for Start-Up and Technology-Based Projects
The Program aims to improve the viability and enhance the competitiveness of start-up companies, inventors, or technology-based projects through technical and financial assistance.

The financial assistance covers the cost of acquisition or fabrication of required production equipment utilizing emerging technologies and/or innovative technologies to improve production efficiency, increase income and sales and improve product quality to be refunded by the Proponent without interest.

If you are interested in the Program, please click here for guidelines.

2. Venture Financing for Environmentally-Sound Technologies (VFEST) Program
The Program is a specialized venture financing facility for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) adopting locally developed green technologies that would result in significant waste and pollution reduction and cost savings among local manufacturing industries.

The financial assistance shall cover the cost of acquisition or fabrication of pollution control, sustainable energy conservation or abatement equipment and technologies such as Environmental Clearance Certificates, Health and Safety Clearances, Sanitary Permits, Clean Air Act Certificate, Laguna Lake Development Authority Clearance, and other similar certifications to be refunded by the Proponent without interest.

If you are interested in the Program, please click here for guidelines.

3. Purchase Order (PO) Financing Program/Level-up Innovation Government Support for Technologies Against Spread of COVID-19 (LIGTAS-COVID-19)
The Program covers the cost of raw materials needed by MSMEs to produce products or goods for specific requirements of the target markets, as reflected on the valid and unserved POs to be refunded by the Proponents without interest.

The Program shall cover up to seventy percent (70%) of the total project cost, while the Proponent shall put up at least thirty percent (30%) of the total project cost as counterpart funds.

If you are interested in the Program, please click here for guidelines.

4. Venture Financing for Commercialization of DOST-Generated/Funded Technologies
The Program provides the necessary funding support to MSMEs that adopted DOST-funded technologies for the acquisition of required production equipment needed by the MSMEs to improve productivity, increase the market, comply with local and international standards, and roll-out of technologies under the category of commercialization of technology transfer.

If you are interested in the Program, please click here for guidelines.

5. Youth Empowerment through Technopreneurship (YET) Program
The YET Program develops entrepreneurial competencies among the youth by providing financial assistance to college students in selected academic institutions and young professionals with research projects viable for commercialization. The Program supports income-generating projects with technological innovation, market potential, and technical viability when commercialized.

If you are interested in the Program, please click here for guidelines.

6. Innovation and Technology (I-Tech) Lending Program under Invention Guarantee Fund (IGF) of R.A. 7459
The I-Tech Lending Program provides a special lending window through the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) to complement the use of the Invention Guarantee Fund (IGF) as provided for in Republic Act No. 7459 known as Inventors and Invention Incentives Act of the Philippines to extend financial support to credit-worthy and duly certified Filipino men and women inventors in the commercialization of patented inventions in the Philippines.

If you are interested in the Program, please click here for guidelines.

 


III. TECHNOLOGY PROMOTION AND MARKETING SERVICES

1. Institutional Support for Trade and Exhibitions of DOST Technologies and Services
The Program serves as an effective marketing/promotion strategy showcasing DOST's generated technologies and Filipino inventions on the latest advances in S&T in the country.

It is an excellent platform for the dissemination, sharing and exchange of information and ideas involving S&T development for the benefit of various sectors. It organizes/supports DOST and non-DOST S&T Fairs, and local and international technology training/seminar/ fora/contest and exhibits.

Included in the Program’s scope are the following components:
a. National Science and Technology Week (NSTW)
b. Regional Science and Technology Week (RSTW)
c. National Invention Contest and Exhibits (NICE)
d. Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (RICE)
e. Participation to Non-DOST Exhibitions and Technology Training/Seminar/ Conference/Fora/Contest (Local and International)
f. National Inventors Week (NIW)

If you are interested in the Program, please click here for guidelines.

2. Marketing Assistance Program (MAP)
The Program aims to assist in the market-entry and uptake of locally-developed technologies of inventors and innovators by providing technical or financial support in marketing their technologies.

The Program covers financial and technical assistance to implement marketing activities that will assist in the commercialization of locally developed technologies.

3. Applied Communications Unit (ACU)
The ACU is the lead in the promotional activities of the Institute. Part of its intensified efforts in promoting technology commercialization through its programs and services was the creation of the Applied Communications Unit for inventors (ACU-i) and the Applied Communications Unit (ACU) for non-inventors.

These programs aim to develop various promotional materials and activities, which showcase the Institute’s invention-related programs and various Filipino inventors and inventions, and other programs and services for non-inventors.

4. Travel Assistance to Inventors Program
The Program provides financial support for travel of men and women winners of Presidential Awards for inventions (Article II, Sec. 4 of R.A. No. 7459) to participate in recognized international events where their winning inventions or areas of interest are advanced.

The Program’s assistance covers participation to prestigious and recognized international invention-related expositions and shall fund travels duly recommended by the Screening Committee for R.A. No. 7459.

 


IV. PROGRAMS OF ASSISTANCE UNDER THE LEGAL UNIT

1. Tax and Exemption Assistance Program
The Program facilitates the evaluation of a request for the issuance of certification on tax and duty exemption application of inventor/utility maker/industrial designer for submission to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) or Department of Finance (DOF).

Pursuant to Article III, Section 5 and 6 of Republic Act No. 7459, applicants are given the privilege to apply for tax exemption and customs duties exemption for inventions that are new and original and produced on a commercial scale. The exemptions are principally governed by orders, revenue regulations and/or administrative issuances from the Department of Finance (DOF) through the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the Bureau of Customs (BOC). The tax exemption privilege may be extended to the legal heir or assignee upon the death of the inventor.

If you are interested in the Program, please click here for guidelines.

2. Inventors’ Organization Accreditation
The Program aims to accredit and recognize inventors’ organizations throughout their activities pursuant to Republic Act (RA) 7459 or the Inventors and Invention Incentives Act of the Philippines.

If you are interested in the Program, please click here for guidelines.