The Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) is a nationwide strategy of the Department of Science and Technology to address the needs and requirements of enterprises through technology and equipment upgrading, strengthening of innovation capability, increasing productivity, and producing quality products to contribute in the attainment of sustainable and inclusive growth in the countryside.

The program continues to seek the improvement of existing products, services, and operations; increase productivity and competitiveness; and more importantly, enable MSMEs to develop new products and establish or sustain market niches.

SETUP 2.0 will likewise provide industry/sector interventions aside from addressing firm-level S&T constraints. It shall adopt a more holistic and focused approach to industry/sector development and address S&T gaps or requirements in industry value or supply chains. It shall promote SMARTER, i.e., Socially-Responsive, Market-Oriented, Able, Resilient, Technology-Intensive, Environment-Friendly, Resource-Efficient enterprises emphasizing the need for them to acquire characteristics that would make them more competitive in the local and global markets.


The program intends to strengthen the country’s innovation system by enabling MSMEs and identified entities to address their technological requirements and limitations to improve productivity and efficiency through:

  1. Application of appropriate technologies to improve/develop products, services and/or operations;
  2. Human resource training, technical assistance and productivity consultancy services;
  3. Assistance for compliance to regulatory and market standards such as testing and calibration services;
  4. Assistance to address shop-floor problems through short-term research; and
  5. Provision of financial assistance to facilitate acquisition of appropriate technologies and/or implement technological innovations.

The program will likewise provide interventions at the level of industry or sector, to wit:

  1. Technology forecasting and gap analysis
  2. Provision of support facilities such as Specialized laboratory, Innovation Centers, TBI
  3. Capacity building
  4. Policy development and support

The Department of Science and Technology’s Grants-In-Aid (GIA) program aims to harness the country’s scientific and technological capabilities to spur and attain a sustainable economic growth and development. Through the funding of relevant since and technology (S&T) undertakings, the GIA program is designed to contribute to productivity improvement and quality of life of Filipinos by generating and promoting appropriate technologies. It also aims to strengthen the participation of various S&T sectors particularly in research and development (R&D), promotion, technology transfer and utilization, human resource development, information dissemination, advocacy, and linkages.

The GIA program provides grants for the implementation of programs/projects identified in the current DOST priorities and thrusts and supports S&T activities classified in the General Appropriations Act (GAA).

Classification of S&T Programs and Projects Funded

  • Generation of Knowledge and Technologies
    • Fundamental / Basic Research
    • Applied Research
    • Experimental Development
    • Pilot Testing           


  • Diffusion of Knowledge and Technologies
    • Technology Transfer
    • Technology Receptor Capacity Building
    • Innovation Capacity-Building PAPs
      • Technology Needs Assessment and Technology Sourcing
      • Enterprise Development
      • Consultancy and Technical Advisory Services
      • Technology Matching Service
      • Preparation of Technology Commercialization Plan, Acquisition of Equipment and Provision of Technology System
  • Development of Human Resources for the S&T Sector
    • International, national, and local S&T workshops/seminars/meetings/ symposia/conferences
    • International, national, and local S&T competitions/quizzes/Olympiads


  • Provision of Quality S&T Services
    • Improving/upgrading the testing, measurement and calibration services of government laboratories and facilities
    • Development of Information Resources/Databases, National Surveys and General Purpose Data Collection
    • Testing and Calibration Services of R&D Institutes and other DOST Regional Offices
    • S&T Regulatory and Licensing Work
    • Publications/Bookwriting on S&T Including Subsidy/Grant to Science and Technology Journals
    • S&T Policy Development Including Secretariat Services and Management Support to S&T Programs and Projects
  • Other S&T Linkages Development/Promotion Activities


RA 7687 Undergraduate S&T Scholarship

  •      Enacted in 1994, this program provides scholarship to poor, talented and deserving students to pursue baccalaureate degrees in science and technology along identified priority areas in selected higher education institutions in the country. If you are a fourth year high school student planning to enroll in an S&T course in college, this is for you.

DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship

  •          This program is the precursor of all S&T scholarships of the DOST. It originated from the “Science Talent Search” which begun in 1958. The program has produced leaders and decision-makers in various areas of S&T in government, the academe and private industries. Around 300 scholarship slots are available every school year for fourth year high school students.

RA 10612 

  •        Otherwise known as the Fast-tracked S&T Scholarship Act of 2013, it expands the coverage of RA 7687 and strengthens the teaching of science and mathematics in secondary schools by providing scholarships that will finance the education of talented and deserving third year college students pursuing a degree in priority areas in science and technology.  Graduates of this program agree to teach in high schools especially in their home regions.

Accelerated S&T Human Resource Development Program

  •          This is a unified and innovative human resource program aimed at accelerating the production of high level manpower by awarding MS and PhD scholarship grants to eligible individuals who will fill in the gaps in identified areas of science and technology.

Engineering Research and Development for Technology Program

  •           This scholarship program was formed with the aim of developing a critical mass of MS and PhD graduates in engineering.  First implemented in 2008, it is jointly implemented with eight universities (ADMU, CLSU, DLSU, MIT, MSU-IIT, UPD, UPLB, USC) in a consortium arrangement.