The Department of Science and Technology is calling out proposals for the ‘Accelerated R&D Program for Capacity Building of Research and Development Institutions and Industrial Competitiveness’ of the Science for Change (S4C) Program.

Programs include:

  • Niche Centers in the Regions for R&D (NICER) Program. The program will capacitate Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) in the Regions, through an institutional grant for R&D activities that will make significant improvement in regional research and S&T infrastructure. Through NICER, HEIs will be able to integrate regional development needs with R&D and local resources.
  • R&D Leadership (RDLead) Program. The program will engage experts with strong leadership, management, and innovative policy-making proficiency to be in charge of strengthening the research capabilities of HEIs and Research Development Institutes (RDIs). The RDLead experts will lead in establishing new and upgrading existing R&D Centers under NICER program, or upgrading existing RDIs.
  • Collaborative Research and Development to Leverage Philippine Economy (CRADLE) Program. The program will help create a synergistic relationship between academe as producer of knowledge and manpower, and the industry as the entity which translates technologies to real world applications to generate new opportunities for Filipinos in the form of new industries, enterprises, jobs, and solutions to pressing community and national problems. Under CRADLE program, the private sector industry will identify the problem; and the HEI or RDI will undertake the R&D, with funding from DOST.
  • Business Innovation through S&T (BIST) for Industry Program. The program facilitates the acquisition of foreign technologies by Filipino companies for immediate incorporation into their R&D activities. The program will provide partial funding to private sectors to enhance their technological capacity to undertake R&D through purchase of high-tech equipment, technology licensing, and acquisition of patent rights.

NICER, RDLead and CRADLE are for HEIs and RDIs while CRADLE and BIST are for private industry companies. To download the CFP and for more details, please visit the DOST website at:


Applicants must be Filipino citizens and must meet or may exceed the minimum requirements of the vacant position.

Qualified applicants should submit their: (1) Application Letter; (2) Comprehensive Resume (use/fill out the CSC Form 212, Revised 2017 that should be answered properly and completely, e.g., "inclusive dates (mm/dd/year - mm/dd/year)", etc. DO NOT LEAVE ANY SPACE BLANK, PUT N.A. (not applicable) or NONE, as appropriate); (3) copy of Official Transcript of Records; (4) Authenticated Certificate of Eligibility or Board Results; and (5) Certificates of training and previous employment.

You may submit it personally, via e-mail or through postal service. Please address the letter to the address below.

Regional Director
Department of Science and Technology XII
Regional Government Center, Cotabato City 
Tel. No.: (064) 421 6908
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