DOST “grinds” grassroots innovation

In conjunction with the celebration of the 2019 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW), the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through DOST Region XI launched the Grassroots Innovation for Inclusive Development (GRIND) last 20 July 2019 at the Hotel Jen Manila by Shangri-La, Pasay City.

GRIND serves as a vehicle for inclusive innovation and interventions by providing cost-effective and audience-centric solutions to pressing local problems, following a bottom-up approach.

“This initiative highlights the importance of inclusiveness and innovations with our premiere programs that help the grassroots including the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) and Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST),” said DOST Secretary Fortunato T. De La Peña.

The first session of the forum focused on the model of grassroots innovations in Malaysia presented by Ms. Sharmila Mohammed Salleh of Yayasan Innovasi Malaysia.

Likewise, the second and third session tackled the inclusive Filipinnovation and entrepreneurship roadmap presented by the Bureau of Trade and Industrial Policy Research (DTI-BTIPR) Director Maria Lourdes A. Yaptinchay, and the proposed grassroots innovation framework plan in the Philippines presented by DOST-XI Regional Director Anthony C. Sales, respectively.

The GRIND framework identifies grassroots innovations (GI) opportunities and sets-out vision, targets, and strategies through LEARNING, supports GI development and implementation through LEVERAGING, establishes and fosters the GI ecosystem, and finally, institutionalizes policies and investments to support and sustain the GI ecosystem through LEGITIMIZING.

“The event is addressed among the quadruple helix collaboration of civil society organizations, government, industry, and academe to build and propose innovative platforms and programs especially for GI,” said Sales.

During the unveiling of the Grassroots Innovation Plan in the Philippines, major partners from the quadruple helix collaboration has provided their pledge of commitment and support to the implementation of GRIND led by Dr. Mia Mikic, Director of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP).

The event was cosponsored by DOST, Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI), and UNESCAP.