4.1 Eligibility of Proponent

4.1.1 Any Filipino, public or private, entity with proven competence may apply for GIA support of DOST and its grant-giving units, provided that projects are for the benefit of Filipinos.

4.1.2 The eligibility of project proponents shall be determined by the DOST agency concerned based on his/her readiness in terms of technical, managerial, financial and marketing capabilities (if necessary). As such the proponent shall submit documents/proof of the following: credentials/proof of capability, track record, and endorsement of his/her institution. R&D program/project leader shall possess, at least, a Masters degree in a relevant field.

4.1.3 Preference shall be given to DOST-accredited science foundations and members of the DOST network and its agencies

4.1.4 Proponents with no previous accountabilities with DOST.

4.2 Application Requirements

The proponents shall submit documents that are required by respective DOST funding agencies. These shall include, among others, the following:

4.2.1 Complete proposal following the DOST format:

a. S&T Promotion and Linkages: DOST Form No. 1

b. R&D Programs/Projects: DOST Form Nos. 2A, 2B, 2B-1, 2B-2, and 2B-3

c. Technology Transfer and Related Projects: DOST Form Nos. 2C (SET-UP) and 2D (TECHNICOM)

4.2.2 Detailed breakdown of the required fund assistance to indicate the counterpart of the proponent’s institution and other fund sources including letter/s of commitment from the implementing, collaborating and coordinating agency/ies (See Section 5- LIB Preparation);

4.2.3 Monthly Cash Program of the fund requested;

4.2.4 A counterpart fund, in kind and/or in cash, shall be required from the implementing agency as one of the application requirements; All projects must have a minimum of 15% counterpart contribution except for projects involving public good;

4.2.5 Curriculum Vitae of Project Leader and other co-researchers/implementers;

4.2.6 Approval from the institution’s ethics review board for research involving human subjects or from an institutional animal care and use committee for animal subjects (if applicable);

4.2.7 Clearance from National Committee on Biosafety of the Philippines for proposals with biosafety implications (if applicable); and

4.2.8 For the private sector/non-government organizations:

a. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) registration, documents of incorporation and other related legal documents

b. Surety Bond Application Form (if applicable)

c. Copy of Income Tax Return

d. Co-signers Statement (if applicable)

4.3 General Criteria

Priority funding shall be given to programs/projects aligned to government’s priority thrusts strategic to national development. The project proposals shall be evaluated using the Agencies’ existing project mechanism based on their specific criteria or any of the following:

4.3.1 For research and development, and research capability building Capacity of the Proponent--competence and commitment to undertake the project based on experience/training and track record; Scientific Merit--sound scientific basis to generate new knowledge or to apply existing knowledge in an innovative manner; Technical and Financial Feasibility--tenability of the undertaking both technically and financially; Methodology/Strategies for Implementation--state the procedures involved, the materials used, sampling procedures, statistical analysis, and others including scope and limitations, time (seasonality) and place of study; Potential Socio-Economic Impact--effect of the project to create/provide employment, increase income and address any current/pressing national problem, among others; Potential Environmental Impact--the project should not have a significant adverse effect on the environment and/or public health; Cultural Sensitivity--adaptability and acceptability of the project to Philippine culture and tradition; Reasonable Timeframe--duration of the project and its activities should be consistent with the nature and complexity of the proposed activity; Potential Techno-takers as Partners--whenever possible identify the potential adopter/s of the technology to be developed; Plans for Research Utilization--proposal should include plans on how R&D results will be used by the potential end-user/s or adopters; and Institutional Capacity--ability of the institution to implement the project with their existing and proposed facilities

4.3.2 For diffusion and transfer of knowledge and technologies and other related technology transfer activities Conformity or Alignment to Priority Sectors--the project should support and promote identified sectors /areas of DOST; Technology Readiness for Commercialization--transferability of technology to be promoted to include equipment/engineering support, and process/system ; Technical Viability--workability of technology including complementary and auxiliary support systems; Potential Market--level of existing demand and its potential to expand and explore new markets for the resulting product/process/service; Financial Sustainability/Viability--program/project should become self-sustaining after a reasonable start-up period; Potential Socio-Economic Impact--the project to create/provide employment, increase income and address any current/pressing national problem; and Environmental Impact--the project should not have adverse effect on the environment and health

4.3.3 For provision of quality S&T services including promotion of science and technology and other related services such as advocacy, information dissemination, and linkages Relevance--meets the needs of industry, government, academe, and general public; Youth Orientedness--geared towards developing S&T consciousness and interest to be involved in S&T undertakings among the youth; Contribution to Development of a Science Culture--commitment to nurture the public’s interest in S&T; and Timeliness--responsive to present issues of national, regional, and local S&T concerns