1.Promulgated on September 3, 2013.
2.Amended on December 9, 2015.
I.These operation directions are formulated by the Council of
Agriculture, Executive Yuan (hereinafter referred to as the
“COA”) or its subordinate authorities to standardize the
subsidy provision to the public and private universities and
colleges, research organs (institutions), groups and legal
persons executing the programs of agricultural science and
technology research and development, policy research and
science and technology exchanges, accelerate the development
and application of agricultural science and technology,
address the industry needs and enhance the industry
II.The general agricultural science and technology subsidy
programs specified in These operation directions (hereinafter
referred to as the “subsidy programs”) refer to the general
research programs subsidized by the COA or its subordinate
authorities, which are related to their business and other
than those industry-academy cooperation programs, science and
technology projects and other programs carried out in
accordance with the relevant laws and regulations.
The funds for the subsidy programs referred in the preceding
paragraph are covered by the relevant funds and budgets for
agricultural science and technology research and development
of the COA or its subordinate authorities.
III.Except for those whose subsidy objects and purposes are
clearly listed in the legal budgets for the COA or its
subordinate authorities and have been deliberated and passed
by the Legislative Yuan or approved as projects, other
subsidy programs shall be handled by way of public
soliciting. The relevant information shall be publicized on
the website of the COA or its subordinate authorities; and
the selection process shall comply with the principles of
equity, fairness and openness.
1.Public and private universities and colleges approved to be
established by the Ministry of Education.
2.Public research organs (institutions).
3.Legal persons registered and established in accordance with
Taiwanese law to be engaged in the research and development
of science and technology.
4.Farmer groups and non-profit corporations established in
accordance with law to be engaged in businesses related to
5.International organizations as well as research or training
institutions related to agriculture.
V.Subsidy item or scope: according to the key administration or
research points publicized at the time of program soliciting
by the COA or its subordinate authorities.
1.Those conforming to the subsidy items or scope and having
passed the review and approved with the program statement
being approved as well are entitled to full subsidies.
2.No subsidies would be provided in one of the following
(1)The subsidy from the COA or its subordinate authorities
for the same reason, activity or program has been applied
and received already.
(2)Other cases not entitled to subsidies as publicized.
3.In the case of non-subsidizing as specified in the preceding
paragraph, the COA or its subordinate authorities shall
withdraw the subsidy and retrieve the subsidy payment
1.The application for the program publically solicited on the
website of the COA or its subordinate authorities shall be
handled according to the contents of the program solicited,
operation procedure (including the scoring and ranking
method) and application documents (including the purpose,
content, expected benefits, budget estimate sheet for
funding, etc.). The application documents shall be sent or
mailed to the designated location within the term of public
soliciting. It will not be accepted if the documents are
not complete or do not conform to the regulations. In the
case of delivery by post, the postmark would serve as the
proof of delivery and the overdue will not be accepted.
2.The subsidy program’s fund budget preparation shall be
conducted in accordance with the fund application scope and
budget preparation benchmark of the COA’s governing
program fund handling manual, which can be downloaded from
the program development area on the COA’s website.
3.The subsidy program application documents will not be
returned after reviewed by the COA or its subordinate
1.Review method and procedure:
(1)The manager of the subsidy program applied for shall
prepare the subsidy program application documents, which
shall be handled by the unit organizing the program
soliciting. During the review, the experts and scholars
in the relevant fields and the representatives of the COA
or its subordinate authorities shall be invited to review
the documents in writing or by way of meeting. The
applying unit may be invited to make presentation if
(2)There shall be at least three review committee members to
review the subsidy program application documents; the
number of external experts shall be not less than one
thirds of the total; and the principle of benefit
avoidance shall be abided by; and the relevant operation
shall be handled in reference to the organization
guidelines and review rules of the procurement evaluation
(3)The review results shall be ranked according to their
score or sequence; and the COA or its subordinate
authorities would the recommend the subsidy programs
according to the ranking order, file for approval by the
leadership or consent by the authorized personnel and
notify the applying units.
(4)The recommended subsidy unit can only receive the subsidy
after revising the program’s contents based on the first
and second review results specified in this article,
submitting a formal program statement and getting the
approval from the COA or its subordinate authorities.
2.Key points of review:
(1)Compliance of the program’s overall planning contents
with the COA’s key administration or research points
(2)Reviewing the appropriateness of program objectives,
feasibility of important work items and implementation
methods, program manager’s research performance and
program execution ability, rationality of program fund
and manpower and practicability of expected results
according to the review items stipulated by the COA or
its subordinate authorities.
(3)In addition to examining the program manager’s research
managing ability in selecting the subsidy object, those
receiving more than two programs of the COA or its
subordinate authorities at the same period (referring to
the research periods of subsidy programs overlapping for
more than 4 months) shall be carefully evaluated and
(4)The review table shall include the review items of the
second review and properly allocated scores for them,
review comments and scoring results, etc. The full score
is 100 and only those having an average score over 70 can
be recommend for subsidies.
1.The recommended subsidy unit can only proceed to the
contract signing for operation after correcting the program
content in accordance with the review results, submitting a
formal program statement and getting the approval from the
COA or its subordinate authorities.
2.The relevant contract shall be signed by using the model
contract for the COA’s subsidized science and technology
programs in principle; and the contract provisions may be
modified through consultation by the two parties should it
be needed actually.
X.Program control and effectiveness evaluation:
1.The alteration, supervision, evaluation and others of subsidy
program shall be conducted in accordance with the
development, evaluation and supervision operation
instructions and regulations of the COA’s agricultural
science and technology program.
2.The program effectiveness evaluation results are listed as
the reference for determining whether to continue the subsidy
provision or the subsidy limit increase or decrease in the
1.After the research fund is approved, the fund appropriation
shall be made in installments in principle and the fund
appropriation method shall be as agreed under the contract.
2.The fund expenditure, verification and settlement, random
inspection and property management shall be conducted
according to the COA’s governing program fund handling
3.The subsidized unit shall inspect the proof and make the
appropriation in accordance with the provisions within the
time limit notified by the COA or its subordinate
authorities; submit the accounting report within the time
limit; and make proof inspection, verification and
settlement according to the provisions.
XII.Research and development results and intellectual property
rights: these shall be handled according to the COA’s
science and technology research and development result
attribution and application measures.
XIII.Other matters needing attention:
1.In the case of subsidy program involved in experiments
related to genetic recombination, the approval documents
of biological experiment safety committee shall be
attached; in the case of involvement in gene transfer
field experiments, the approval documents of governing
authority shall be attached; in the case of involvement in
animal experiments, the approval documents of experimental
animal care and use committee or group shall be attached;
in the case of involvement in the infectious biological
material experiments above Level 2 stipulated by the
Ministry of Health and Welfare, the approval documents of
relevant units shall be attached; and in the case of
involvement in the experiments using the endemic
biological species in Taiwan as the test materials, the
approval by governing authority is required and the
relevant proof documents obtained legally shall be
provided. In the event that the approval documents cannot
be submitted by the time of application, the application
proof documents shall be submitted prior to the submission
of the formal program statement and the contract can only
be signed after the approval documents are obtained.
2.After the subsidy program is approved, in the case that
the program manager needs to implement the program in a
new working organ (institution) due to his/her service
organ (institution) change, the original working organ
(institution) shall provide a copy of the new work organ
(institution) engagement letter and a consent letter to
the COA or its subordinate authorities; after the consent
is obtained, the COA or its subordinate authorities would
terminate the contractual relationship with the original
working organ (institution) and sign a new contract with
the new working organ (institution) and then the subsidy
program can be transferred to be implemented continuously
by the new working organ (institution). In the case that
the instrument equipment purchased during the program
manager working in the original working organ
(institution) in implementing the subsidy program needs to
be transferred to the new working organ (institution) used
to implement the subsidy program of the COA or its
subordinate authorities continuously, it shall be handled
in the same way.
3.In the event that the program manager fails to submit the
closing report as required, the COA or its subordinate
authorities would not approve any subsidies to the program
within 1 to 5 years.
4.The subsidized unit shall comply with the regulations of
the Science and Technology Research and Development
Procurement Supervision and Administration Measures while
5.In the case of the subsidy object being an agriculture
related international organization not established in
Taiwan, its application operation, program review,
contract signing, project control, effectiveness
evaluation and fund management shall be handled according
to the stipulations under the contract or memorandum
signed with the COA or its subordinate authorities.
6.The matters not covered in these operation directions
should be executed in accordance with the subsidy program
contract of the COA or its subordinate authorities and
other relevant regulations.