FAQs
OVERVIEW HOW THE FELLOWSHIP WORKS DATES TO REMEMBER APPLICATION AND FUNDING FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHO CAN APPLY?

The call is open to all academic researchers working at a university or R&D Institute. Through their research, applicants must have developed (or co-developed), or be in the process of developing (or co-developing) a new technological innovation. While the most ideal candidate is one who has had experience in testing their idea in the market, candidates who are at the cusp of commercialization will benefit greatly. Previous experience of commercialization or involvement with technology transfer is not required. Applicants should have the ambition to take a leading role in creating a new business to commercialize this innovation.

 Specific eligibility criteria are as follows:
   - 
Applicants must be Filipino citizens
   - The applicant’s innovation can be any new product, technology or service, based on research in engineering defined in its broadest sense to encompass a wide range of fields, including:
           agricultural technology
           biotechnology
           chemical engineering
           civil engineering
           computer science
           design engineering
           o electrical and electronic engineering
           ICT
           materials science
           o mechanical engineering
           medical engineering
   - The innovation should have the potential to benefit the Philippines and other developing countries, in terms of improving social welfare and driving economic growth
   - The primary application of the innovation must NOT be in the defense or military sector


HOW DO I APPLY?

Please fill up the Online Application Form. Questions are on the stage of the innovation as well as your vision for commercialization. If your internet connection is slow or unreliable, we suggest formulating your answers on a Word document and then pasting it to the online form in one sitting. The deadline for applications is the 21st November at 12:00 midnight. Approximately twenty applicants will be invited to pitch their technologies to a selection panel at AIM on the 7th December 2016. The final list of 15 fellows will be announced on December 13th.


HOW ARE FELLOWS SELECTED?

The applications will undergo a multi-level evaluation process where shortlisted candidates will be asked to pitch their innovations. These applications will be assessed by a panel of experts in engineering and innovation from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng), and the Asian Institute of Management (AIM). For LIF Batch 3, a minimum of ten (10) to a maximum of fifteen (15) applicants will be selected. A rigorous scoring mechanism shall be used inclusive of criteria, such as:

   - Ambition and vision of the applicant;
   - Track record of the candidate (including technical and non-technical capabilities);
   - Entrepreneurial potential and commercial awareness of the applicant;
   - Technological excellence, novelty and/ or effectiveness of the innovation;
   - Feasibility, market potential and distance to market of the innovation; and,
   - Expected benefit(s) of the innovation in terms of promoting economic and social welfare development in the Philippines and other developing countries.

From a shortlist of candidates, the top 10-15 applications shall be selected as Fellows of the program.
 

WHAT STAGE SHOULD MY INNOVTION BE AT TO BE CONSIDERED FOR SELECTION?

Applicants should have a lab-scale prototype of their innovation, as well as a general idea of which sector of society would benefit and who would purchase their product. Applicants with proof of concept may be selected in rare circumstances.
 

IF INVITED TO PITCH FOR FINAL SELECTION, WHAT DO I INCLUDE IN MY PITCH?

A pitch is a short description of your innovation and its commercialization potential. In the same way that research proposals have a format (Introduction, Materials & Methods, Results & Discussion), a pitch has a general format as well. AIM will provide guidelines and a template to shortlisted candidates which would include:

   - What problem is your innovation trying to solve and why is that problem important?
   - What benefit does your innovation provide to customers/beneficiaries who have that problem?
   - What value, both financial and social, can be created?
 

WHAT IS THE COMMITMENT NEEDED FOR THE FELLOWSHIP?

The Fellowship is a multi-phase program to be delivered over a 12-month period from November 2016 to November 2017. You, and your home institution, must make a commitment of your time and focus towards this program to reap its full benefit.  Accordingly, we suggest that some of your other responsibilities (e.g., administration, teaching) be significantly lessened during the Fellowship.
 
The AIM Experience
AIM has a track record of delivering leading edge, practitioner-oriented learning programs. The LIF program is accordingly structured as a 3 day “learning” phase, complemented by 3 weeks of product development / iteration at your home institutions (the “action” phase). During the learning phase, many of the sessions will involve pre-work in the form of readings, business cases, and articles. Wherever possible and helpful, we will be running simulations or role-playing exercises that will clarify and drive home the concepts taught in the lectures. On occasion, we will be privileged to have guest speaker/s. Your performance during case discussions, simulations, and roundtables featuring our guests will all contribute to your experience at AIM. It will be impossible to fully understand the material if you do not come to class and if you do not participate. Skipping class will not only affect your learning but also severely affect the experience of the other Fellows.
 

WHAT COSTS SHALL BE PAID FOR BY DOST AND RAEng?

RAEng and DOST will pay for:
  • the training and mentoring program fees;
  • international flights;
  • airport transfers and other UK-travel expenses incurred by the program;
  • all hotel accommodation;
  • meals;
  • UK visa fees
The Regional applicants who are not based in Manila will have their flights and accommodation covered by DOST - however, fellows will go through AIM for reimbursement. Please note that successful applicants and/or their home institutions will be responsible for arranging, and paying for their travel insurance, as required, and for covering other expenses (not included above) incurred during the program.
 

DO I NEED ENDORSEMENT FROM MY HOME INSTITUTION TO BE SELECTED?

An endorsement letter from your university or R&D Institute is not necessary in order to apply, but will be required if selected. This is to ensure that your home institution understands the commitment in both time (i.e., official leave) and any transportation or accommodation costs that will need to be covered for the launching, UK residential, and landing program.
 

DO I NEED A PASSPORT TO APPLY?

 You do NOT need an existing or valid passport to submit your application but you must have a valid passport in order to be selected for the Fellowship. We suggest you apply for one as soon as possible to give enough time for your visa application in order to travel to the UK by March 6, 2017.
 

WHAT IS THE NEXT STEP IF I AM SELECTED?

Upon selection as a fellow, you have to ensure that you have a UK visa in time for your travel to the UK by March 6, 2017. This travel is for your two-week residential program in the UK, arranged and supported by RAEng. To prepare you for this program, you, together with the other fellows, will undergo a 3-day preparatory course (the Launch Program) designed to orient you on your commercialization efforts and enhance your entrepreneurial skill sets. This 3-day launch program is slated in February 2017, and will cover topics such as: Elements of business; Market segmentation and positioning; Operational Feasibility; and Financial Viability. Details of the Launch Program will be communicated to you once finalized.


HOW DO I APPLY FOR A UK VISA?

UK Visa application shall be done individually by each fellow through the usual process. There is no need for the UK Embassy in Manila or Newton Agham to endorse your visa application. The invitation letter from the UK Royal Academy of Engineering shall be sufficient.
 
Application for a UK Visitor Visa shall be accomplished online via VFS: 
https://www.vfsglobal.co.uk/philippines/book_appointment.html 

While payment is online, a personal appearance/ appointment for submission of documents and biometrics is required.
More guidance and information found at https://www.vfsglobal.co.uk/philippines/ 

Applicants may choose either the Manila or Cebu VFS office to file their applications and make their personal appearance, addresses of the respective offices are found at https://www.vfsglobal.co.uk/philippines/applicationcentre.html.
 

HOW LONG DOES THE UK VISA PROCESSING TAKE?

Upon complete submission of required documents, processing your UK visa application may take up to 15 working days. Priority service is available (3 days, 1 day turn-around time). However, the additional cost for the service will be at your own expense.
 

SHOULD I USE MY GOVERNMENT PASSPORT FOR THE VIA APPLICATION?

The UK visa application will follow the same process regardless of the type of passport. Fellows may use whichever passport they prefer but are advised to apply for the visa as soon as conveniently possible.
 

I AM NOT BASED IN METRO MANILA, WHERE CAN I STAY DURING THE PROGRAM AT AIM AND WHO WILL COVER ACCOMMODATION EXPENSE?

Fellows are required to attend both the launch and landing programs at AIM. DOST will cover transportation and accommodation costs for Fellows not based in Metro Manila.  If you would like to stay at AIM, please email lifsecretariat@aim.edu. Early reservations are a must to ensure that rooms are available for you. Lodging rates are estimated as follows:
 
   - AIM Conference Center Manila: Php2,500+ per person per night
       o   Twin or single room accommodation (without breakfast)
       o   With private toilet and bathroom

   - AIM Dormitory: Php700+ per person per night
       o   Two to four persons in a room (without breakfast)
       o   Common study area
       o   Common toilet and bathroom
 

WHAT ARE THE IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER?
 
Please click here for the important dates to remember.
Note: Final dates of landing program to be announced ahead of time in due course.
 

WILL I RECEIVE A CERTIFICATE AFTER THE PROGRAM?

Upon completion of the program, the Asian Institute of Management will provide you with certificate, and you will be admitted to the AIM Alumni Association. In addition, the Royal Academy of Engineering will also award you a certificate for the UK residential component.