Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

General

When will applications open for the National Technology and Innovation Sandbox?

Applications will be open from the 1st of July onwards but the application evaluation process will start in September 2020.

Who are the regulators?

Government departments or agencies who oversee regulations and laws that oversee a certain industry.

Who are the NTIS implementation agencies?

NTIS is spearheaded by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), with support from MaGIC, TPM and MIMOS as the NTIS secretariat to enable and coordinate the rollout. Additionally, the NTIS will be supported by the private sector industry.

What is the benefit of the NTIS to startups and companies?

The NTIS will provide a structured framework for the latest innovations to be tested in a controlled environment for innovators, researchers and product developers.

What does the commercialisation of a product mean?

The commercialisation of a product means converting a product or solution from the R&D stage to a commercially viable product procured by government agencies or corporates.

Eligibility Criteria

Who can apply to the NTIS?

Malaysian citizens or registered companies in Malaysia which have at least 51% ownership by Malaysians and the primary base of operations is in Malaysia. The primary applicant must be a Malaysian citizen above 18 years old and residing in Malaysia.

How long is the application process?

Applications will be open from the 1st of July onwards but the application evaluation process will start in September 2020.

How do I apply to the National Technology and Innovation Sandbox?

Applications will open on 1st July 2020. Register your interest at the following link: https://bit.ly/NTISMalaysia.
For further inquiries and any information, please email to sandbox@mymagic.my.

Is there an application fee?

There is no application fee.

How will you ensure intellectual property protection – that my ideas submitted will not be shared, sold or stolen?

Provide high-level concepts for the initial application process. Ideas submitted will receive email acknowledgement by the secretariat and is an overview of the concept. Submission will be kept strictly private and accessible to the secretariat only.

Is there a limit to the number of submissions per applicant?

There is no limit to the number of applications but all applicants will be required to prioritise their projects.

Goals Of The National Technology And Innovation Sandbox

What is the purpose of the NTIS?

To drive talent development so the country reaches its potential of becoming a high tech nation.

To create an alternative route for local technology solution providers to access government procurement.

To increase sector productivity through the use of advanced technology.

To accelerate R&D and commercialization by working with regulators to relax rules and regulations for a controlled testing environment.

To enhance Malaysia’s digital infrastructure and technology platforms.

Increase the innovation and commercialisation rate.

What is the purpose of the NTIS?

Address challenges facing society and the government at the national, federal and local level, which includes:

Reduce foreign national labour    dependency.

Increase employment opportunities for Malaysians.

Increase Gross Domestic Product (GDP) / Gross National Income (GNI).

Increase participation, investment and collaboration in research by the private sector.

Increase the innovation and commercialisation rate.