by Jund Rian A. Doringo

As the Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (RICE) unfolds in 2021, cash prizes, certificates, and the chance to represent their regions to the 2022 National Invention Contest and Exhibits (NICE) awaits the new winners.

The 2021 RICE recognizes the indispensability of Filipino inventors, innovators, and researchers for their contribution to economic development through a form of friendly competition.

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

Organized by the Technology Application and Promotion Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-TAPI), it searches for the next roster of individuals to be included in the best and the brightest local trailblazers in the country.

With five categories to choose from invention, utility model, industrial design, creative research, and student creative research, the participants may have the chance to win as much as Php 50,000.00 cash prize and avail of DOST-TAPI’s programs of assistance.

“We hope that this year’s RICE, although to be celebrated virtually, shows our commitment in realizing the potentials of Filipino inventors as we provide the necessary assistance they would need until their inventions are commercialized,” said Atty. Marion Ivy D. Decena, Officer-in-Charge of DOST-TAPI.

The other cash prizes to be won from the five categories are as follows:


Invention Category (Php)

Utility Model and Industrial Design Categories (Php)

Creative Research and Student Research Categories (Php)













Aside from the major cash prizes, the finalists may also have the chance to win the best video presentation with a cash prize of Php 15,000.00, Php 10,000.00, and Php 5,000.00 for the first, second, and third places, respectively, for each category per region.

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 for 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.