Funding for enterprise innovation and R&D
Application date: October 11 to November 11, 2021

The Science and Technology Development Fund (hereinafter referred to as “FDCT”) has formulated this Funding Scheme according to Articles 15 and 16 of the Financial Aid Grant Regulation as approved by the Chief Executive’s Dispatch No. 64/2021.

I. Objectives

In line with the Macao SAR Government’s policies of enhancing support for the innovation and R&D in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), fostering emerging industries, and creating a research-friendly environment in enterprises, FDCT has launched this Funding Scheme to facilitate the innovation and R&D in enterprises registered in Macao as well as the transformation of R&D findings to achieve the following objectives:

1. To facilitate the transformation of scientific research achievements to industries;

2. To further promote industry-university-research collaboration;

3. To stimulate local enterprises to boost R&D investment;

4. To support SMEs and foster emerging industries.

II. Eligibility

Commercial enterprises that meet the following conditions are eligible to submit application to FDCT:

1. Enterprises registered in the Macao SAR for one year or more; shares of which held by local residents is 50% or more; full-time employees is no less than three;

2. In case of full-time employees less than three, the enterprise shall be recommended by a nation-level makerspace established in Macao;The enterprise is not in arrears with tax or social security contributions in the Macao SAR.

III. Application and Funding Amount

1. The applying entity shall specify the budget of the project in the application plan. The budget consists of two parts: the amount applied from FDCT and the self-owned funds invested by the applying enterprise. The spending listed in the budget shall meet the conditions of “Eligible Spending” prescribed in the preceding article.

2. The corresponding funds invested by the enterprise shall be no less than 50% of the budget.

3. The amount applied from FDCT shall not exceed MOP1,000,000.00 (one million patacas).All the spending (including the funding of FDCT and the investment of the applying enterprise) must be used for specific R&D project.

IV. Funding Type

No repayment required.

V. Project duration

Each project has a funding duration of 12 to 24 months.

VI. Application procedure

The application shall be made via the Online Funding Application System of the FDCT. For the application and use of the online funding application system, please refer to the Scientific Research Funding.

VII. Assessment Method

1. The assessment is performed by FDCT according to the Financial Aid Grant Regulation approved by the Chief Executive’s Dispatch No. 64/2021.
2. Key considerations will be given to the followings:

  (1) The applying entity and its partners’ capability of implementing the project;

  (2) Innovativeness of R&D project;

  (3) Existing foundation of R&D project;

  (4) Soundness of budget;

  (5) Ownership of intellectual property rights;

  (6) Market potential of R&D findings;

  (7) Expected economic benefits;

  (8) In the case of cooperating with higher education institutions/scientific research institutions, considerations shall be given to the division of their tasks, their exclusive resources invested in the project and their corresponding engagement.

3. FDCT may conduct site inspection to verify the research conditions of the applying entities, interview with the project team and partners (if any) as necessary.

Funding Scheme for Enterprise Innovation and R&D
Industry Classification of Macao
Application Form for Changes in Scientific Research Projects
Enterprise Innovation and R&D Funding Projects -- Final Report Form
Declaration for Opening an Account in the Application System for Scientific Research Project Funding
School/Association/Institution Project Managers Registration Form
Bank Account Information for Special Fund
Funding Guidelines (Applicable Only for Projects in 2019)
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