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DOST Academe Technology-Based Enterprise Development (DATBED) Stage I

The DOST Academe Technology-Based Enterprise Development (DATBED Program develops entrepreneurial competencies among students in selected academic institutions. DATBED supports income generating projects with technological innovation that are not yet tested in the market but with market potential and technically viable when commercialized.

Private and public academic institution that offers science and technology courses and/or entrepreneurship development program at tertiary level.

The financial assistance shall cover the acquisition of raw materials, packaging and labelling.

Academic institutions submit a comprehensive implementing plan for DATBED to the DOST Regional Office (RO) for submission to TAPI which must include the following:

(a) School background;

(b) Core team of advisers with specialization/ expertise on the following;

i.   Science and Technology;

ii.  Marketing;

iii. Finance; and

iv. Business/ Entrepreneurship.

(c) Project management plan;

(d) Fund management plan;

(e) Selection of student-beneficiaries;

(f) Project monitoring scheme;

(g) Repayment scheme; and

(h) Project sharing mechanism.

Once accredited by TAPI, the school prepares project proposals including Technical, Marketing, Management, Financial and Socio-Economical Aspects.

The school endorses viable project proposals to DOST Regional Office for evaluation and endorsement to TAPI.

The financial assistance shall not exceed 50,000 per student-beneficiary.

Yes, the school can submit more than one proposal under the DATBED Program as long as the project proposals are technically viable when commercialized.

Since the DATBED Program only gives financial assistance on raw materials, the building/ production area and equipment will be the school counterpart.

The levels of evaluation are consist of a technical evaluation conducted by and a final review, evaluation and deliberation by the TAPI EXECOM.

The major criteria for evaluation and approval of proposal are the completeness of documentary requirements, technical viability, marketability and financial feasibility.

A notarized Memorandum of Agreement signed by TAPI, DOST Regional Office and the school should be accomplished to release the funds.

The school is required to submit an Audited Financial Report within six (6) months after the release of funds.

After 1 ½ year of project implementation, TAPI will conduct a midterm assessment by visiting the school to determine the progress of the project/s. Issues and concerns related to program and project details shall be the main agenda of the visit to ensure the successful implementation of the projects.

After three (3) years of implementation, TAPI will conduct an end-of program assessment to determine whether the school has successfully implemented the Program. If TAPI’s assessment of the school’s ability to manage the program is satisfactory, financial assistance to the school may be converted into a grant and the school is given the responsibility to approve subsequent technology-based projects for DATBED Program. Upon completion of the Program, TAPI will award a Certificate of Completion to the school. If the Program fails, the school must refund all unexpended balance of the project to TAPI.

A maximum of three (3) years is allowed for the project implementation.

The student-beneficiaries shall refund the financial assistance to the school. however, school will only submit the Audited Financial Report to TAPI for liquidation purposes and assessment.

The school is required to submit to TAPI within six (6) months after the release of financial assistance the Audited Financial Report duly certified by the school’s Accounting Officer and Resident Auditor.

During the entire duration of the projects, TAPI will conduct a midterm and end-of-program assessment which require the school to submit a Status Report.

Once fully-liquidated, the school has no further obligations to TAPI.