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Opportunity status:   Open
Funders:  DOST-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology (DOST-PCIEERD)
Co-Funders:  Department of Science and Technology of the Philippines (DOST)
Funding type:   Grant
Publication date:  16 February, 2023
Opening date:  01 May, 2023 8:00AM
Closing date:  31 May 2023 5:00PM
Evaluation Period:

June 1, 2023 – August 2, 2023

Start of Project:

January 2025

Submit through: DOST Project Management Information System (DPMIS)
PDF Copy: Call Guidelines
For e-Copy of Priority Areas, please refer to the link below

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the DOST-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) are ready to accept research and development (R&D)/Science and Technology (S&T) proposals for 2025. This Call for Proposals is for specific priority areas identified in the Harmonized National R&D Agenda (HNRDA).  Guided by the principle "Science for the People", the DOST-PCIEERD directs R&D and S&T initiatives that will improve the innovation system to leverage economic progress through the formulation of sectoral roadmaps (https://pcieerd.dost.gov.ph/library/road-maps).

This funding opportunity encourages S&T collaboration and applied research among Higher Education Institutes (HEIs), government Research and Development Institutes (RDIs), and non-profit S&T networks and organizations seeking funding for their R&D/S&T initiatives

Priority Areas

  1. ENERGY SECTOR
  2. TRANSPORTATION SECTOR
  3. UTILITIES SECTOR
  4. FOOD SECTOR
  5. PROCESS SECTOR
  6. MINING AND MINERALS SECTOR
  7. METALS AND ENGINEERING SECTOR
  8. ADVANCED MATERIALS AND NANOTECHNOLOGY SECTOR
  9. OPTICS AND PHOTONICS SECTOR
  10. INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES SECTOR
  11. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI) SECTOR 
  12. ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY
  13. CONVERGENCE OF EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES / SECTORS TOWARDS INDUSTRY 4.0 AND SMARTER CITIES AND COMMUNITIES IN THE PHILIPPINES
  14. SPACE TECHNOLOGY APPLICATIONS (STA) IN PUBLIC SERVICES
  15. SPECIAL CONCERNS SECTORS
  16. SCIENCE COMMUNICATION

ANNEX A: DOST-PCIEERD Call for Proposals under its Priority Programs

Who can apply?

Any public and private universities and colleges, Research and Development Institutes (RDIs), R&D Consortia, non-profit laboratories, other public or private non- profit S&T institutions located in the Philippines with proven competence may apply for GIA support of DOST and DOST-PCIEERD and its grant-giving units, provided that projects fall under the specific research areas with overall goal to benefit Filipinos.  Non-profit S&T organizations are those, which: (1) are operated primarily for scientific, educational, service, or similar purposes in the public interest; and (2) are not organized primarily for profit. Non-profit organizations engaged in lobbying activities are not eligible to apply.

What we're looking for?

Proposals to be submitted and or funded under this announcement must demonstrate the advancement of Science and Technology, alignment to government’s economic policy direction and fall under at least one of the DOST-PCIEERD Priority Programs identified in Annex A.

It is recommended that projects take into account the current context of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on mobility and develop plans and contingencies accordingly.

Eligible costs

100% of the project cost shall be covered under the Grant while the applicant’s organization shall provide at least 15% counterpart funding, in cash/in kind, except for projects involving public good. Only eligible and allowable costs may be used for counterpart fund and/or in-kind contribution (ex. utility costs, office space rental, etc.), as determined by DOST-PCIEERD. The proposal must describe how the applicant will provide the counterpart fund/in-kind contribution and the role that the Grant will play in the overall project.

The requested budget shall be itemized following the DOST Form 4-Project Line-Item Budget.  The grant may cover partial or full cost of the project, both direct and indirect costs which shall include personnel services, maintenance and other operating expenses, and capital outlay that are integral part of the project.  All expenditure items shall be in accordance with the Unified Account Code Structure (UACS) and relevant provisions as shown in Section IX, B. Line Item Budget Preparation of AO 011 series of 2020 Revised Guidelines for the Grants-in-aid Program of the Department of Science and Technology and its Agencies.

Capital or infrastructure expenditure is not an eligible cost under the Grant as well as fees and/or stipends associated with Master and PhD studentships.

How to apply?

Applications should be submitted through the DOST Project Management Information system (http://dpmis.dost.gov.ph) from 8:00 A.M. of May 1, 2023 to 5:00 P.M. of May 31, 2023.

It will not be possible to submit an application to the Call after the time mentioned above. Proposals submitted after the deadline will not be considered. Applicants are encouraged to leave enough time for proposal inputting in the DPMIS before this date.

When submitting your application, please follow these steps:

  1. Register and create an account in the DPMIS
  2. Log in to your DPMIS account
  3. Select Type of Proposal: PCIEERD GIA Program/Project (2025 Funding)
  4. Select Classification: New Proposal

The following will automatically be disapproved:

  1. Proposals from organizations that are not qualified to submit during this Call;
  2. Proposals outside the priority areas of the Council; and
  3. Proposals submitted to any other call route/Council/s.
  4. Proposals not submitted through DPMIS.

Documents Required

As a summary, your application should include the following documents. 

  1. DOST Proposal Form
  2. Supplementary Files
  3. Workplan
  4. Endorsement of Head of Agency
  5. Gender and Development (GAD) Score Sheet
  6. Letter of Intent/Letter of Cooperation 

No additional attachments are permitted. 

Document Summaries 

  1. DOST Proposal Format

    Applicants shall follow the DOST GIA Proposal Format (R&D or non-R&D, whichever is applicable) which will be accomplished in the e-Proposal portal at dpmis.dost.gov.ph. Instructions for submission are also available in this site.

    Example of a DOST Proposal Format: R&D

    1. Title - the identification of the Program and the component projects.
      1. Project- refers to the basic unit in the investigation of specific S&T problem/s with predetermined objective/s to be accomplished within a specific time frame.
      2. Project Leader- refers to a project’s principal researcher/implementer.
      3. Project Duration- refers to the grant period or timeframe that covers the approved start and completion dates of the project, and the number of months the project will be implemented.
      4. Implementing Agency- the primary organization involved in the execution of a program/project which can be a public or private entity
    2. Cooperating Agency/ies

      Refers to the agency/ies that support/s the project by participating in its implementation as collaborator, co-grantor, committed adopter of resulting technology, or potential investor in technology development or through other similar means.

    3. Site/s of Implementation

      Location/s where the project will be conducted. Indicate the barangay, municipality, district, province, region, and country.

    4. Type of Research

      Indicates whether the project is basic or applied.

      1. Basic research- is an experimental or theoretical work undertaken primarily to acquire new knowledge of the underlying foundations of phenomena and observable facts, without any particular or specific application or use in view.
      2. Applied research- is an investigation undertaken in order to utilize data/information gathered from fundamental/basic researches or to acquire new knowledge directed primarily towards a specific practical aim or objective with direct benefit to society.
    5. R&D Priority Area and Program

      Based on the Harmonized National R&D Agenda 2017-2022, indicate in which R&D agenda the project can be categorized: Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology; Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation (DRR-CCA). Indicate also the specific Sector which is any of the following:

      1. Energy
      2. Utilities
      3. Transportation
      4. Food
      5. Process
      6. Mining and Minerals
      7. Metals and Engineering
      8. Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology
      9. Optics and Photonics
      10. Information and Communications Technology
      11. Electronics
      12. Artificial Intelligence
      13. Space Technology Application
      14. Convergence of emerging technologies (industry 4.0 and smarter cities and communities)
      15. Special sectoral concerns: Environment, Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation (DRR-CCA), Creative Industry: functional and aesthetic creations, Creative: animation, game, and film, Unmanned Vehicle Systems (UVS)
      16. Science Communication
      17. Capability Development

      Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Addressed- indicates which among the 17 SDGs adopted by the United Nations Members States are addressed by the project

    6. Executive Summary- briefly discusses what the whole proposal is about

    7. Introduction- a formally written declaration of the project and its idea and context to explain the goals and objectives to be reached and other relevant information that explains the need for the project and aims to describe the amount of work planned for implementation; refers to a simple explanation or depiction of the project that can be used as communication material.

      1. Rationale- brief analysis of the problems identified related to the project
        Significance- refers to the alignment to national S&T priorities, strategic relevance to national development and sensitivity to Philippine political context, culture, tradition and gender and development.

      2. Scientific Basis- other scientific findings, conclusions or assumptions used as justification for the research
        Theoretical Framework- the structure that summarizes concepts and theories that serve as basis for the data analysis and interpretation of the research data
      3. Objectives- statements of the general and specific purposes to address the problem areas of the project.

    8. Review of Literature

      Refers to the following: (a) related researches that have been conducted, state-of-the-art or current technologies from which the project will take off; (b) scientific/technical merit; (c) results of related research conducted by the same Project Leader, if any; (d) Prior Art Search, and; (e) other relevant materials.

    9. Methodology

      Discuss here the following: (a) variables or parameters to be measured and evaluated or analyzed; (b) treatments to be used and their layout; (c) experimental procedures and design; (d) statistical analysis; (e) evaluation method and observations to be made, strategies for implementation (Conceptual/Analytical framework).

    10. Technology Roadmap (if applicable)

      A visual document that communicates the plan for technology.  It is a flexible planning technique to support strategic and long-range planning by matching short- and long-term goals to specific technology solutions.

    11. Expected Outputs (6Ps)

      Deliverables of the project based on the 6Ps metrics (Publication, Patent/Intellectual Property, Product, People Service, Place and Partnership, and Policy).

      1. Publication- published aspect of the research, or the whole of it, in a scientific journal or conference proceeding for peer review, or in a popular form.
      2. Patent/Intellectual Property- proprietary invention or scientific process for potential future profit.
      3. Product- invention with a potential for commercialization.
      4. People Service- people or groups of people, who receive technical knowledge and training.
      5. Place and Partnership- linkage forged because of the study.
      6. Policy- science-based policy crafted and adopted by the government or academe as a result of the study.
    12. Potential Outcome

      Refers to the result that the proponent hopes to deliver three (3) years after the successful completion of the project.

    13. Potential Impacts

      1. Social Impact- refers to the effect or influence of the project to the reinforcement of social ties and building of local communities.
      2. Economic Impact- refers to the effect or influence of the project to the commercialization of its products and services, improvement of the competitiveness of the private sector, and local, regional, and national economic development.
    14. Target Beneficiaries

      Refers to groups/persons who will be positively affected by the conduct of the project.

    15. Sustainability plan

      Refers to the continuity of the project or how it shall be operated amidst financial, social, and environmental risks.

    16. Gender and Development (GAD) Score

      Refers to the result of accomplishing GAD checklists for project monitoring and evaluation/project management and implementation to highlight the contribution of the project in the achievement of the objectives of Republic Act 7192, “Women in Development and Nation Building Act,” interpreted as gender-responsive, gender-sensitive, has promising GAD concepts, or GAD is invisible.

    17. Limitations of the Project

      Refers to restrictions or constraints in the conduct of the project.

    18. Risk- refers to an uncertain event or condition that its occurrence has a negative effect on the project.

      Assumption- refers to an event or circumstance that its occurrence will lead to the success of the project.

    19. Literature Cited

      An alphabetical list of reference materials (books, journals and others) reviewed. Use standard system for citation.

    20. Personnel Requirement

      Details on the position of personnel to be involved in the project, percent time devoted to the project, and responsibilities.

    21. Budget By Implementing Agency

      Personnel services (PS), maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE), and equipment outlay (EO) requirement of the project by implementing agency for Year 1 and for the whole duration of the project. Please refer to the DOST-GIA Guidelines for the details (Section IX.B of DOST Administrative Order (A.O.) 011, s. 2020).

      1. PS- total requirement for wages, salaries, honoraria, additional hire and other personnel benefits.
      2. MOOE- total requirement for supplies and materials, travel expenses, communication, and other services.
      3. EO- total requirement for facilities and equipment needed by the Program.
    22. Other Ongoing Projects Being Handled By the Project Leader

      List of ongoing projects being handled by the Project Leader funded by the DOST-GIA Program and other sources, and the accompanying responsibilities relevant to the project.

  2. Supplementary Files

    These include related information on the proposed program/project like, resumes or curriculum vitae, support letters from relevant agencies/organizations, market supply/demand projections, etc.  Below are explanations of required information, which should be attached in the proposal. These will also be submitted through the e-Proposals portal.

    1. i. Workplan
      Describe specific activities and/or methods to be undertaken and estimated timeline for each task.
    2. Endorsement of the Head of Agency
    3. Gender and Development (GAD) GAD Score Sheet
    4. Letter of Intent/Letter of Cooperation from interested adopters of the project results (specifying role/s and monetary/in-kind contribution in the project)

How we will assess your application

  1. 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. 

    Criteria for PCIEERD-GIA Program funding:

      1.  Scientific Merit 

        Contribution to the advancement of knowledge and understanding in the field of Science & Technology.

        The research is at par with the existing studies; cutting edge; world class research.

        Sound scientific basis to generate new knowledge/innovative technology.

        Will contribute to the enhancement/development of skills and expertise in the field/discipline.

      2. Methodology

        The procedures are clear, well-organized, well-described and based on a sound rationale.

        The proposed methods and results are valid, replicable and reliable.

        The proposed activities are reasonable to attain its expected outputs.

      3. Financial Soundness

        The proposed budget is reasonable in the conduct of the research. Expense items sought are appropriate and necessary.

        There are adequate counterpart resources available (e.g. expertise, facilities) to carry out the research.

      4. Timeframe

        The duration of the project and its activities are reasonable.

        The workplan is doable in a given timeframe. 

        The risk management plan was established to avoid delays in the project implementation.

      5. Environmental Impact

        The project will not pose a significant adverse effect on the environment and/or public health.

        Will improve environmental conditions using environment-friendly /clean process.

      6. Other Issues 

        Compliance to regulatory requirements necessary in the conduct of research.

        Ethical issues (i.e. do not harm, informed consent, voluntary participation, privacy, anonymity, confidentiality) are properly addressed.  

      7. Sustainability

        The likelihood that institutional, financial, and other resources are sufficient to sustain the project’s outcome in a sustainable way. Also, there are potential partners and techno-takers to be involved in the project.

        • Research utilization plan under methodology
        • Sustainability or business plan particularly those with market potential
        • Letter of undertaking / commitment specifying roles/responsibilities and counterpart funding from potential partners, target users or techno-takers
      8. Socio-economic Impact

        Potential of project to create/provide/generate employment.

        Potential to Increase income and productivity

        Ability to address any current/pressing national problem, among others, are specified and quantified

      9. Marketability

        Determine current and potential market demand

        Has identified specific/potential end-users

        Explore/Create new markets for the resulting product/process/service are specified

        Advantage over existing products/services in the market

        Potential adoption/use of the industry (manufacturer) and other partners

      10. Plans for Research/Project Results Utilization

        Plans on how R&D results will be used by the potential end user/s or adopters are defined

        Addresses strategic needs/value

        Sustainability plan for the resources generated and capacity built from the project

    Criteria for PCIEERD-GIA Program funding:

      1.  Relevance

        Aligned to national S&T priorities, strategic relevance to national development and sensitivity to Philippine political context, culture, tradition and gender and development.

      2. Readiness and Chance of Success

        Sound scientific basis to generate new knowledge or apply existing knowledge in an innovative manner.

      3. Benefit-to-Cost

        Provides a systematic approach to estimating the strengths and weaknesses of alternatives used to determine options which provide the best approach to achieving benefits while preserving savings (for example, in transactions, activities, and functional requirements).

      4. Partnership and Collaboration

        Promotes partnership and collaboration supported by a letter of undertaking / commitment specifying roles/ responsibilities and counterpart funding from potential partners, target users or techno-takers; Complements completed or existing initiatives related to the proposal

      5. Potential Impact

        Potential impact of the project in terms of socio-economic, academic, policy, environment and health.

        • Socio-economic potential
        • Environmental impact assessment, if necessary
        • Clearance from the institution’s ethics review board/ committee for research involving human and animal subjects, if applicable.
        • Clearance from the DOST Biosafety Committee for research done involving the use of GMOs under contained use.
  2. Other Factors

    The Approving Authorities, the GC and/or EXECOM, based on the rankings and preliminary recommendation of the PMT, will make final funding decisions. The Approving Authorities may also consider programmatic priorities and geographic diversity of grants.

Contact

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.

Contacts:

Energy and Utilities Systems Sectors:           
Engr. Nonilo A. Peña, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Industry Sectors:
Ms. Mary Grace Buenavides, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Emerging Technologies Sectors:        
Ms. Edna C. Nacianceno, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Special Concerns:
Environment: Ms. Mary Grace Buenavides
Creative-animation, game, and film: Ms. Edna C. Nacianceno;
Creative-functional and aesthetic creations: Ms. Mary Grace Buenavides
DRR-CCA: Engr. Nonilo A. Peña

Science Communication Sector:
Mr. Mark Ivan Roblas, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Capability Development Sector:
Dr. Ruby Raterta, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For general or inquiries related to the Call Guidelines, the applicant may contact:
Ms. Grace F. Estillore, Policy Coordination Division, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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