26 Feb 2021
In order to further promote Science, Technology & Innovation (ST&I) and Research & Development (R&D) for regional and national progress, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) extends the submission of project proposals under the Collaborative R&D to Leverage Philippine Economy (CRADLE) and Niche Centers in the Region for R&D (NICER) until 19 March 2021. Both CRADLE and NICER are component programs of DOST's Science for Change Program (S4CP).
CRADLE aims for the technological advancement and innovation of local industries and to further develop the Philippine innovation ecosystem. Through the program, an academic institution/state university & college (SUC)/higher education institution (HEI) or research & development institution (RDI) in partnership with a Filipino company undertakes research and development to improve the partner-company’s products, processes, and services to enhance their competitiveness in their respective industries. Beneficiary-companies under this program must provide at least 20% counterpart funding and commit to adopt the technology that will be developed. This way, research outputs from the academe are directly translated commercially to the market. A CRADLE project can have a maximum funding of Php 5M, to be completed for a period of one to three years.
The NICER Program, on the other hand, addresses the difference in access to R&D funding among the regions. Through the program, qualified HEIs in the regions are provided with grants to enable them to undertake worthwhile research aimed at promoting regional development with their existing capabilities and resources. A proposed NICER should be unique, must be a collaborative project between HEIs, and must be duly endorsed by the Regional Development Council (RDC) to guarantee its socio-economic impact in the region. To date, two NICERs have already been established in the Bicol Region: the Pili R&D Center in Bicol University (BU), and the Queen Pineapple R&D Center in Camarines Norte State College (CNSC).
As a whole, the Science for Change Program aims to accelerate ST&I in the country, especially nowadays that technology and innovation are game-changers. Through S4CP and its component programs, DOST significantly advances ST&I in the country and increases investment on S&T Human Resource Development, and Research & Development.