THE LEADERS IN INNOVATION FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
Filipino researchers who qualify for the LIF program will spend a focused period of training and coaching in the United Kingdom. They will attend master classes given by Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering and enjoy opportunities for international networking.
The minimum requirement for researchers to qualify for LIF 5: Their technology should have received prior funding from the Philippine Department of Science and Technology.
A postgraduate certificate program established in 2014, LIF creates international networks of innovators, expert mentors, and technology entrepreneurs. On their return to the Philippines, LIF Fellows continue to benefit from ongoing training and support to push their commercialization plan forward.
Leaders in Innovation Fellowship is part of the Newton Agham Programme, a collaboration between the UK and Philippine governments to bolster science, research, and innovation. The LIF program is delivered by the Royal Academy of Engineering in partnership with the Philippine Department of Science and Technology and the Asian Institute of Management.
WHAT IS NEWTON AGHAM?
The Newton Agham (Science) Programme is a collaboration between the UK and the Philippines to advance science, research, and innovation. The UK Government, through its embassy in the Philippines, works with UK delivery partners and Philippine science and innovation institutions to implement programs that strengthen science and innovation capacity.
Partner institutions include the Department of Science and Technology and the Commission on Higher Education. UK delivery partners working in the Philippines include the British Council, Medical Research Council, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Research Councils UK, and the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Globally, the UK government launched the Newton Fund in 2014, a £735-million fund to support science and innovation partnerships with emerging knowledge economies. The Fund is part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance and covers three broad categories of activity.
- People – Increasing capacity in science and innovation, individually and institutionally, in partner countries
- Programs – Research collaborations on development topics
- Translation – Creating collaborative solutions to development challenges and strengthening innovation systems
HOW IT WORKS
The Fellowship is open to all academic researchers across the country and Technology Transfer Officers with DOST-funded technology, who are in the process of developing a business plan for their technology or innovation. While the most ideal candidates are those who have tested their idea in the market, candidates who are on the cusp of commercialization may also be considered.
The Philippine Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will accept applications from scientists, academic researchers, and technology innovators across the country. A DOST planning council, the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development, will be the primary implementing and monitoring arm for the duration of the program.
HOW TO APPLY
- Written by Jessica Marie R. Suerte