General Information

Certification of Science Foundations

S & T Foundations Unit (SFU)
Office of the Undersecretary for S & T
3/F DOST Main Building
Gen. Santos Ave., Bicutan, Taguig City
Direct Line: (02) 837-2922
Tel. No. 837-2071 loc. 2026

Science and technology oriented foundations are certified for tax exemption purposes as mandated by the R.A. No. 2067 (Science Act) and pursuant to the National Internal Revenue Code and Tax Reform Act of 1997.
If requirements are complete, this transaction can normally be completed in 22 working days.

Private foundations engaged in, and whose funds are dedicated to scientific pursuits
Private individuals, firms and educational institutions undertaking specific Science and Technology projects

REQUIREMENTS (in three copies):

  • A written request for certification addressed to the Office of the Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology
  • Certified true copy the applicant’s:
    • Articles of Incorporation
    • By-Laws
    • Certificate of registration of said Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws as well as their amendments issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Science and Technology Program following the DOST prescribed forms with proposed budget of three (3) years covered by the application signed by the Executive Director or equivalent officer of the Foundation, together with a description of the specific Science and Technology project, whenever required
  • List of Officers and working staff other than the trustees
  • Certification by the treasurer of the foundation that it has an initial capital of at least One Million Pesos (Php 1,000,000.00)

8:00 AM – 12:00 NN
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Registration Fee worth P500.00 to be paid upon approval of certification


Step Activity of the Office-in-Charge Duration of Activity Office in-charge
1 Receives letter of request and required documents; reviews, verifies and prepares acknowledgement letter of the submitted documents for OUSECSTS’ approval 1 working day SFU
2 Approves and returns communication to SFU 1 working day Undersecretary for S&T Services
3 Transmits documents to concerned DOST Agency/Councill 45 minutes SFU
4 Evaluates Programs/Projects/Activities (PPAs) based on DOST criteria 15 working days DOST Agency/Council
5 Prepares consolidated reports e.g evaluation/recommendation, certificate as science foundation for approval of the OUSECSTS 1 working day SFU
Clears/endorses documents for DOST Secretary’s action 1 working day Undersecretary for S&T Services
Approves/Disapproves application 1 working day Office of the Secretary
Transmits approved application and advises client on the course of action to be undertaken, e.g. payment of registration fee 1 hour SFU
9 Returns Conforme Letter to SFU and pays registration fee 1 working day Applicant-foundation
10 Acknowledges payment ans issues official receipt 2 working days Cashier
11 Mails Conforme Letter, Certificate as Science Foundation, and Official Receipt to applicant 10 minutes Records Section


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