by Jund Rian A. Doringo

The 2021 Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (RICE) looks for the most commercially viable invention, utility model, and industrial design as it puts most weight to the profit potential of the judging criteria.

Organized by the Technology Application and Promotion Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-TAPI), the 2021 RICE recognizes the contributions of inventors, innovators, and researchers to national development through a form of a friendly competition.

RICE gives due recognition to local inventors, innovators, and researchers

With as much as Php 50,000.00 to be won, the participants can submit their entries under the Tuklas Award for Outstanding Invention, Unlad Award for Outstanding Utility Model, Banghay Award for Outstanding Industrial Design, Likha Award for Outstanding Creative Research, and Sibol Award for Outstanding Student Creative Research.

Each category will be judged accordingly by the esteemed panel of judges endorsed by the DOST Regional Offices with the following criteria for the qualifying round:

Invention Category

25% Novelty

30% Commercial Viability

15% Stage of Development and Cost

5% Unique Value Proposition

5% Scientific/Technical Merits

Utility Model Category

25% Competitive Advantage

30% Commercial Viability

15% Stage of Development and Cost

10% Scientific/Technical Merits

Industrial Design Category

30% Aesthetics

40% Commercial Viability

10% Unique Value Proposition

Creative Research Categories

30% Scientific/Technical Merits

20% Functionality

20% Market Potential

10% Originality

The remaining twenty percent of the score comes from the video presentation and mastery of the subject matter which shall be determined during the final round of the competition.

In close collaboration with the DOST Regional Offices, the 2021 RICE will be conducted all throughout the year with the following schedules and deadline of submission of entries:


RICE Schedule

Deadline of Submission

I Ilocos

21-23 September 2021

30 July 2021

II Cagayan Valley

05-07 October 2021

01 August 2021

Cordillera Administrative

07-09 September 2021

13 July 2021

III Central Luzon

19-21 October 2021

30 July 2021


18-20 May 2021

15 April 2021


25-27 May 2021

18 April 2021

National Capital

15-17 June 2021

30 April 2021

V Bicol

01-03 June 2021

16 April 2021

VI Western Visayas

06-08 July 2021

09 May 2021

VII Central Visayas

21-23 July 2021

30 May 2021

VIII Eastern Visayas

03-05 August 2021

08 June 2021

IX Zamboanga Peninsula

17-19 August 2021

13 June 2021

X Northern Mindanao

26-28 October 2021

30 July 2021

XI Davao

03-05 November 2021

03 October 2021


16-18 November 2021

30 June 2021

XIII Caraga

07-09 December 2021

06 September 2021

To submit entries, please visit this link:

For more information on the 2021 RICE Rules and Criteria, please visit this link: or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and contact 8837 2071 local 2157.