Proposal Writeshop for ACEF R&D Program (TechCom)

The Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) is spearheading the conduct of a “Proposal Writeshop for Technology Commercialization Projects” for possible funding under the Agricultural Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (ACEF) Fund. The workshop opened on 5 November and will run until 9 November 2018 in Tagaytay City.

Upon the recommendation of the ACEF Program Management Committee to include a financial analysis in the project proposals, a writeshop was conducted to help project implementers fine tune their proposals for the package of technologies (POTs) to be funded under the ACEF R&D Grant.

In 2016, R.A. 10848 was enacted, extending the period of implementation of the ACEF until 2022. The Fund, composed of all duties collected from the importation of agricultural products under the minimum access volume (MAV) mechanism, including unused balances and collections from repayments from loan beneficiaries including interests, has allocated ten percent (10%) as grants for research and development of agricultural and fishery products, and the commercialization of such, including the upgrading of research facilities, of qualified state universities and colleges, which shall not exceed five million pesos (P5,000,000.00) per project.

BAR was tasked to facilitate the screening and evaluation of proposals to be funded under the 10 percent allotment for research and development, also known as the ACEF R&D Grant.

BAR Director Nicomedes P. Eleazar graced the activity and discussed some reminders to the group. In his message, Dr. Eleazar requested proponents to inform their fellow researchers about the ACEF R&D Program. He also encouraged the submission of additional project proposals for possible funding under the said program. He discussed guidelines which include: 1) proposals must be endorsed by the head of the state college and university; 2) project cost is Php5M; 3) for technology commercialization program, private sector collaborator must be identified right at the star, among others.

Present were the pool of experts under the National Technology Commercialization Program, namely: Dr. Edralina Serrano of UPLB, Dr. Cesar Quicoy of UPLB, Mr. Len Garces of USAID Oceans Program, Dr. Blesilda Burgos, and Ms. Cheryl N. Caballero of Optiserve, Inc. ###

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