|Funders:||DOST-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology (DOST-PCIEERD)|
|Publication date:||28 December 2021|
|Opening date:||17 January 2022 8:00AM|
|Closing date:||18 February 2022 5:00PM|
21 February 2022 to 07 April 2022 (34 Working Days)
|Start of Project:||
|Submit through:||DOST Project Management Information System (DPMIS)|
|PDF Copy||Call Guidelines
For e-Copy of Priority Areas, please refer to the link below
In line with the implementation of the Republic Act (RA) No. 11337, or the Innovative Startup Act of 2019 and the signing of its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR), the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) is announcing the 2022 Call for Proposals for the Startup Grant Fund Program with the theme “Powering Startups to Thrive in the Next Normal”.
The fund assistance being requested should aim to:
- Overcome R&D roadblocks
- Strengthen Intellectual Property
- Establish initial market traction
- Refine business model
- Prepare Business Continuity Plan
The Full-Blown Proposal should fall within this category to qualify as a research and development project:
- Prototype to a Market-ready Product - this shall include programs/projects that provide support on developing the minimum viable product for startups and startup teams. The output of this assistance shall be marketable and validated products or services. Startups with early-stage prototypes that require assistance in product improvement, market testing, data gathering, market validation, business modelling, IP protection and product certification are also welcome to apply.
The PCIEERD shall provide funding support to a startup up to Php 5M for its research and development (R&D) activities.
Who can apply?
This call for proposal is open to qualified startups especially the startups located in any of the DOST-supported Technology Business Incubators. The startup is qualified if:
- Legally registered with the DTI or Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for a minimum of one (1) year to a maximum of five (5) years (as of January 17, 2022) provided that the business model has not been established.
- Have an early-stage prototype or proof of concept for the product or service. Ideas or mere concepts are not allowed.
- Has demonstrated capability to conduct R&D and differentiate research from their regular business operations; provided, that ownership and nationality requirements under the Philippine Constitution and pertinent laws, including RA No. 10055 or the Philippine Technology Transfer Act of 2009, are complied with;
- Has legal personality to issue an Official Receipt for the receipt of grants-in-aid;
During the evaluation process, the following requirements should be submitted:
- Authenticated copy of DTI Registration, for Sole Proprietorship; or, authenticated copies of SEC-registered Articles of Incorporation and the latest General Information Sheet; authenticated copy of Business Permit; and authenticated copy of Licenses;
- Latest copies of Income Tax Returns, Audited Financial Statements, and other financial reports;
- Disclosure of other businesses, if any;
- Sworn Affidavits from all 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.
What we're looking for?
The proposals should be geared towards translating early-stage technologies into market ready solutions under the following areas of concern:
- Sustainable Industries - Technologies intended to fill-in the gaps in the value chain of critically important industries to increase productivity, reduce costs and facilitate production and distribution of goods in the next normal. This also includes solutions that enable processes, products, and services that reduce negative environmental impacts.
- Learning/Education - Technologies in support of remote learning, distance education, and online learning in response to the surge in online teaching in schools and universities
- Remote Work Productivity Tools - Productivity tools that remote workers can use for connection, collaboration, workforce monitoring, and time management. This also includes solutions for reskilling (teach employees new skills for a different job function within the organization) and upskill (learning new skills within the same job function) as organizations change and restructure.
- Content and Talent Development for the Creative Industries - Tech support for content and talent development, infusion/ enhancement of new digital tools and technologies, marketing and customer engagement activities
- Industry Data Driven Solutions - Technologies that will enable strategic decisions based on data analysis and interpretation. A data-driven approach enables companies to examine and organize their data with the goal of better serving their customers and consumers. These solutions utilize advanced technologies like blockchain, artificial intelligence and machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT), among others.
How to apply?
Step 1: Prepare a Full-Blown Proposal containing the following:
- Title of the proposed project
- Duration of the proposed project
- Description of the startup and the founders
- Description of the product and value proposition
- Background of the startup and the development of the technology (evolution of the startup, first prototype, first test, first sale)
- Description of the target market and size
- Competitive advantage analysis using a comparative advantage table
- IP status and protection
- Objective and scope of the proposed research
- Methodology and expected outputs
- Work plan or Gantt Chart of activities
- Curriculum vitae of the project leader
Step 3: Attend the Proposal Writeshop Conference scheduled on the following dates:
- January 20, 2022
- February 3, 2022
Step 4: Submit the Full-Blown Proposal to the DOST Project Management Information System (DPMIS) through this link: http://dpmis.dost.gov.ph starting January 17, 2022 until February 18, 2022.
When submitting your application, please follow these steps:
- Register and create an account in the DPMIS
- Log in to your DPMIS account
- Select Type of Proposal: PCIEERD GIA Program/Project (2023 Funding)
- Select Classification: New Proposal
The following will automatically be disapproved:
- Proposals from organizations that are not qualified to submit during this Call;
- Proposals outside the priority areas of the Call
- Proposals submitted to any other call route/Council/s.
- Proposals not submitted through DPMIS.
- Proposals from startups that are not yet DTI/SEC registered for a minimum of one year and maximum of 5 years
- Proposals with no proof of concept (idea stage)
- Proposals that exceeds the budget limit
As a summary, your application should include the following documents.
- DOST Proposal Form
- Supplementary Files Workplan
- Endorsement of Head of Agency
- Gender and Development (GAD) Score Sheet
- Letter of Intent/Letter of Cooperation
No additional attachments are permitted.
How we will assess your application?
A. Review and Selection Process
Proposals shall be evaluated according to a set of criteria for each level of evaluation: Division Level, PCIEERD Management Team (PMT) level, Technical Panel (TP) level, Governing Council (GC) level, and the DOST Executive Committee (EXECOM) level (for proposals for DOST GIA funding) as shown below. Applicants should directly and explicitly address these criteria as part of their proposal submission.
The project proposal shall be evaluated based on the following criteria:
- 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 science and technology
- 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
DOST-PCIEERD Project Managers are available to provide appropriate assistance to potential applicants interested in competing for this Call for Proposals. This may include assistance to potential applicants in determining eligibility of the applicant or the applicant’s proposed project for funding, questions about administrative issues relating to the submission of a proposal, and clarifications on the announcement.
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