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Concept Prototyping Assistance

The Prototyping Assistance 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.

2017 Concept Proto Guidelines_1.pdf


The Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI) is mandated to implement Republic Act No. 7459 otherwise known as “Inventors and Invention Incentives Act of the Philippines” which provides various forms of assistance to Filipino Inventors. In recognition of the indispensability and ingenuity of the Filipino Inventors in the development of the technology, TAPI implements a program for the development of the invention through prototype development. Prototypes are tested so that the design or working parameters can be changed to attain sustainability prior to commercial production.

Inventive ideas require considerable resources to transform into at least a working model. As such, Inventors should receive support through technical and financial assistance and avail government service facilities / laboratories to develop their ideas into a working model. Article IV of R.A. No. 7459 states that the Invention Development Assistance Fund (IDAF) was established to assist potential or actual inventors in the initial experiments, prototype development and other invention development related activities.


The Program provides support for the development of an initial working prototype of a potential invention or innovation:

  • Provision of technical assistance in collaboration with experts from the industry, DOST-RDIs and SUCs / HEIs;
  • Provision of financial assistance for the development of an initial working prototype of the invention to cover raw materials, labor expenses and testing fees. This excludes clinical study / trial specifically on medical-related technologies;
  • Assistance by laboratories and other facilities of RDIs and SUCs/HEIs in the development of an initial working prototype


The Program aims to:

  • 3.1 Encourage the development of new and working technologies by providing technical and financial assistance in the initial experiment and development of a potential or actual invention; and
  • 3.2 Assist inventors in tapping the common service facilities of RDIs and SUCs/HEIs.


The Program aims to:

  • 4.1 Designer is a person who created / owned the design as evidenced by an Industrial Design registration;
  • 4.2 Financial Grant refers to the funds provided to the proponent on a particular project for a specified period that does not require repayment;
  • 4.3 Grantee the proponent whose project proposal has been approved;
  • 4.4 Idea / Concept refers to an intangible product of creative thinking which
    is novel and viable;
  • 4.5 Industrial Designs may be three-dimensional features, such as the shape of the surface of an article, or of two-dimensional features, such as patterns, lines or color. Industrial designs are applied to a wide-variety of products of industry and handicraft: from technical and medical instruments to watches, jewelry and other luxury items; from housewares and electrical appliances to vehicles; from textile designs to leisure goods. An industrial design is non-functional; it is primarily of an aesthetic nature and any technical features of which it is applied are not protected (source:;
  • 4.6 Inter-Agency Technical Evaluation Committee (IATEC) composed of experts from the DOST, other departments such as the Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Health (DOH), Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL), academe, industry or other organizations whose technical expertise and/or background is relevant to the request;
  • 4.7 Invention refers to any patented machine, product, process including implements or tools and other related gadgets of invention that has a patent certificate or at least with pending application to the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines;
  • 4.8 Inventor is a person who invented / made / created a technical solution
    to a problem as evidenced by Patent document;
  • 4.9 Maker is a person who made / created a Utility Model as evidenced by
    a Utility Model Registration;
  • 4.10 Proponent / Applicant refers to the person or a juridical entity that prepares and submits proposals for technical or financial assistance for the development of an idea / concept or for the fabrication of a crude working or commercial prototype;
  • 4.11 Inventor’s Forum is an avenue for inventors to present their ideas / concepts to a selected group of technical and economic panel of experts who could help provide directions for the revision and/or improvement of the concept. The inventor may be requesting for assistance on patenting of his idea / concept or for the fabrication of a crude working prototype;
  • 4.12 Line-Item Budget refers to the detailed breakdown of financial
    assistance requested and reflects counterpart of the proponent;
  • 4.13 Partner Institutions composed of public or private fabricators, designers, laboratories who may be tapped or commissioned by TAPI to assist the proponent;
  • 4.14 Project Completion refers to the completion of the fabrication of invention, submission of required documents as stipulated in the Memorandum of Agreement;
  • 4.15 Proponent refers to person, private entity or agency that prepares and submits project proposals for TAPI’s assistance. They shall exert all necessary efforts to attain objectives specified in the approved project proposal;
  • 4.16 Research and Development Institutes (RDIs) refers to DOST and non-DOST RDIs which may be tapped as member of the IATEC or has facilities and laboratories that may be used by the inventor / proponent;
  • 4.17 Technical Evaluation Committee (TEC) composed of TAPI experts
    who evaluate the request of the inventor/ maker / designer;
  • 4.18 Utility Model may be a useful machine, implement, tools, product, composition, process, improvement or part of the same that is of practical utility, novelty and industrial applicability. A utility model is entitled to seven (7) years of protection from the date of filing with no possibility of renewal (source:;
  • 4.19 Working Prototype refers to first unit(s) of a product / device / machine or preliminary version of the technology or innovative idea that can clearly demonstrate the value and functionality of the concept. Working prototypes are tested so that the design or working parameters can be changed if necessary prior to commercial production or fabrication.


The Program shall provide technical and financial support to Filipino Inventors:

  • Technical assistance through the Inventor’s Forum or through endorsement to other DOST Agencies or RDIs or other experts from the industry;
  • Financial assistance not exceeding P1,000,000.00 in the form of grant may be availed by the inventor for the development of an initial prototype that may be released to the partner institution/s RDIs or SUCs/HEIs. The financial assistance shall cover raw materials, labor expenses including payment for the use of laboratories, facilities of RDIs and SUCs/HEIs and testing fees, or if necessary, purchase and/or installation of equipment that shall be housed in the partner institution; provided, however, that the Proponent shall agree to offer its counterpart such as but not limited to personal expenses, raw materials, among others.



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