Programs and Services

Technology Information and Promotion Division

TIPD is the division that promotes DOST’s key technological innovation strategies. It has a wide range of programs designed to raise the level of awareness of various clients in the areas of technology application and utilization. These programs are:

1. Institutional Support for Trade and Exhibitions of DOST Technologies and Services - The Program serves as an effective marketing/promotion strategy to showcase not only the DOST-generated and services but also the latest advances in S&T in the country, facilitate exchange of information on the investment potential and requirement of promising technologies, and to provide a venue for highlighting accomplishments of scientists, inventors and researchers.

The Program also serves as a catalyst for forging linkages with other resource providers and S&T stakeholders towards technology transfer and commercialization.

The Program also assists in preparation of exhibit lay-out/designs for backdrop/ streamers and setting-up of exhibits.

Qualified to avail of the Program are DOST Regional Offices and Agencies, Non-government Organizations, Academic Institutions and Industries.

2. National Invention Contest and Exhibits (NICE) - The National Invention Contest and Exhibits (NICE) gives encouragement and recognition to inventors so that they could maximize their capability and productivity through the cash rewards and other forms of assistance and promotional support. The National Invention Contest, a major highlight of the NICE celebration, is a competition for the public and private sector inventors and researchers. The National Invention Contest selects and grants cash rewards to the Outstanding Invention (Tuklas Award), Outstanding Utility Model, Outstanding Industrial Design, Outstanding Creative Research (Sibol Award for High School and College Levels). The finalists in the NICE are the winners in the Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits, that are conducted by DOST Regional Offices in coordination with local inventors in their areas.

3. Technology Innovation and Commercialization (TECHNICOM) - Provides development support to interested proponent with commercially-viable projects. Through financial and technical assistance, the program aims to fast track the transfer and commercialization of research results.


 Investment and Business Operations Division

IBOD is a division of TAPI tasked to advance the application of new technolo-gies in industries, communities and the academe by providing financial support and business operations improvement services. IBOD’s programs are as follows:

  1. Venture Financing Program (VFP) - The Venture Financing Program (VFP) accelerates the initial commercialization of new and technologies developed by the S&T community by providing the necessary funding support for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) for capacity building of seed, start-up and expansion projects.

The Program has the following special facilities that provide distinct services to MSMES:

    1. Regular VFP - provides assistance for technology infusion through equipment purchase/acquisition/fabrication
    2. Purchase Order Financing Facility - advances the cost of raw materials needed to serve valid pending Purchase Orders
    3. Venture Financing for Environmentally-Sound Technologies (VFEST) - provides assistance to MSMEs venturing for greener technologies for environmental protection and development

2. DOST-Academe Technology-Based Enterprise Development - The Program develops entrepreneurial competencies among students, young professionals including out-of-school youths in selected academic institutions and non-governmental organizations while at the same time creating income generating projects for the involved institutions.

The Program provides funding assistance to accredited institutions based on proposals submitted.

The Program conducts Mid-Term Assessment and End-of-Program Assessment to evaluate/validate the implementation of projects indicated in its Implementing Plan.

Stage I
• Trains students, young professionals and out-of-school youths in enterprise development by providing them access to funds, facilities and technologies for technology-based enterprises

Stage II
• Provides initial capital to DATBED Stage I graduate recipients for the full commercialization of their technology-based projects

3. Invention-Based Enterprise Development (IBED) Program – Phase II - The IBED Program aids an inventor in developing his or her invention into an enterprise commodity to make it available to the consumers. To prepare for commercial-scale production of an invention, the Program finances the pilot production wherein inventors are given funds to purchase or fabricate the equipment needed to manufacture the invented technologies. They are also given free consultation services to market test the product, develop the operational systems and promote it.

4. Innovation and Technology (I-Tech) Lending Program under Invention Guarantee Fund (IGF) of RA No. 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 the 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 inventos in the commercialization of patented inventions in the Philippines.


Invention Development Division

IDD is mainly responsible for providing assistance to Filipino inventors by upholding the intellectual property system as well as the business development of inventions and technologies. IDD’s activities are embodied in the following programs:

1. Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Assistance Program - The IPR assistance Program provides assistance in securing intellectual property (IP) protection by TAPI pursuant to E.O. No. 128. Also, funding support for payment of filing fees for applications for utility model registration of patent may be availed of by Filipino inventors, researchers or individuals.

It also encourages creative research and inventive activities and investments in research and development by securing, for the inventors, the protection of appropriate IP rights and interests related to their inventions; and facilitates technology transfer

2. Testing and Analysis Assistance Program - The Program grants a financial assistance to technologists, inventors and researchers needing laboratory services: analyses and performance testing. TAPI endorses these program clients to the laboratories of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) system, such as those in Research and Development Institutes (RDIs), regional offices, and even other government agencies equipped with laboratory and testing facilities.

3. Industry-Based Invention Development (IBID) Program - The IBID Program supports the development of viable inventions through its application and adaption to existing industry practices, and the production of the commercial prototype of the invention to be installed in the actual operations. The collaborative undertaking among TAPI, the inventor and the adoptor involves testing, debugging and other refinements for the invention as placed in a real working environment.

4. Invention-Based Enterprise Development (IBED) Program – The IBED Program supports an inventor in developing the invention into a business enterprise by making it available to the consumers. Funds will be provided to cover pre-commercialization activities such as pilot-scale testing, field testing, pilot production for market testing and commercialization including raw materials, labor and overhead costs directly related to the production and the purchase of the equipment needed to manufacture the new inventions.

5. Invent School Program (ISP) - The Invent School Program (ISP) serves as a platform for the youth to awaken their true ingenuity by stimulating their interest for creativity and inventiveness. The Program involves a two-day seminar-workshop for elementary, high school and college students. This seminar-workshop is designed to open the minds of students on techniques in developing ones’ creative knowledge which is crucial in invention and prototype development as a crucial starting ground for young Filipino inventors.

6. Tax Exemption Assistance Program - The Program is tasked to evaluate and process request from inventors for tax and duty exemption. Only “Filipinos” can avail of tax exemption subject to the rules and regulations of the Bureau of Internal Revenue, Department of Finance or the Bureau of Customs. Among the exemptions are the license fees, permit fees and other business taxes.

7. Concept Prototyping Program - The Program aims to tap the laboratories and facilities of RDIs and SUCs in the development of an initial working prototype of a potential or actual invention, and strengthen the laboratories and facilities of RDIs and SUCs.  The Program also targets to promote and utilize locally developed innovations and technologies.

8. Inventors' Organization Accreditation - The Program aims to accredit and recognize inventors' organizations comprising of relatively an equal number of men and women, throughout their activities pursuant to Section 8.b, Article IV of Republic Act No. 7459


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