National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) is an organization under Ministry of Science and Technology that aims to propel Thailand towards economic prosperity by utilizing science and technology to support both agricultural and industrial sectors in order to increase their productivity and efficiency.
In particular, NSTDA helps developing the competitiveness of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Thailand with Innovation and Technology Assistance Program (ITAP).
Since 2001, ITAP has organised more than 13,000 preliminary consultancy services with primary technical experts and has supported more than 9,200 projects that delivered the appropriate technology solutions for the SMEs. As for the performance in the year 2018, ITAP delivered more than 1,600 technology solutions which account for the estimated value of 3,000 Million Baht in economic and social impact of Thailand.
ITAP acts as the much needed research and development (R&D) manager for Thai SMEs by supporting the knowledge and technology transfer process so that it is possible for SMEs to utilize R&D activities to come up with innovative new products, new processes and new services.