DOST pushes R&D, techno transfer and commercialization in SUCs

Pushing the State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) in Western Visayas to improve their scope in research and development (R&D) and on technology transfer and commercialization, the Department of Science and Technology Region VI (DOST VI) assists the faculty researchers of the West Visayas State University (WVSU) through virtual fora and webinars.

The Research and Development Management Section of DOST VI conducted an orientation on the Technology Transfer Act of 2009 (RA 10055) to researchers at WVSU.  This is vital in the assessment of WVSU-owned technologies and in establishing its Intellectual Property (IP) Management mechanisms and policies.  The virtual activity is part of the project of WVSU on IP Management Program for Academic Institutions Commercializing Technologies or IMPACT with DOST-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD).

Moreover, a forum on DOST Funding Programs was held recently with the WVSU College of Medicine and its training hospital, the WVSU-Medical Center.  This is to guide the health researchers in preparing proposals and to submit for possible funding of DOST.  The activity was also organized to promote the 2022 Call for Proposals of the DOST-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD).

To better understand the various programs and requirements, Ms. Keithlyn Sarah B. Bernardino, R&D Management Section Head, highlighted the various R&D priority areas of DOST-PCHRD for 2022 and the DOST-Grants in Aid (GIA) program guidelines for project proposals.  The eligibility requirements of the implementing agency and the project leader, including other important documentary requirements were discussed.

“I hope that with this initiative, more medical officers from WVSU-MC and professors from the WVSU College of Medicine will submit proposals to DOST-PCHRD,” said Dr. Teila Pocesion, WVSU-MC Research Director.

With the implementation of these activities and the active participation of the researchers, it is evident that the SUCs in Region VI are becoming more aggressive in pushing R&D and technology transfer and commercialization of university-owned technologies.