The search for the best future technologies begins now. Application for the 2020 Future Tech Expo is launched.
Announcement The search for the best future technologies begins now. Application for the 2020 Future Tech Expo is launched.
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has inflicted heavy losses on livelihoods and economies during its spread across the globe. Taiwan’s disease prevention efforts have received global commendation, with the international media widely praising Taiwan’s success in controlling the epidemic situation. A team composed of experts from industry, academia, and research institutions has played a pivotal role in effectively containing the number of infections and deaths. Taiwan’s technological advantages have been displayed in all aspects of the fight against COVID-19, including nationwide civil disease prevention actions, proactive research and development by research teams, screening, treatment, and preventative measures. The next step is to continue integrating academic, research, and industry efforts to prevent a resurgence of the disease.
The annual Future Tech Expo (FUTEX), which organized by Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), attracts and exhibits the best domestic cutting-edge technologies, showcasing the robust research strength and innovative competitiveness of Taiwan’s academia. In 2019, President Tsai Ing-wen attended the opening ceremony and helped to confer awards. In her remarks, she said the R&D strengths of the award-winning technologies are internationally comparable, and already serve as an important platform for the upgrading and transformation of industries. The “Futuretech Breakthrough Award,” which is being conferred for the fourth year, has begun accepting submissions. This award focuses on the two major indicators of “scientific breakthrough capability” and “industry applicability”. Award-winning technologies will be displayed at and recognized during FUTEX. The Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) encourages academic and research institutions to submit entries.
The application period for Futuretech Breakthrough Award starts today and will end on June 12, 2020. All academic and research institutions that have developed technologies assisted by MOST research subsidies and that conform to the following two benchmarks are encouraged to apply. The benchmarks are that the technology has “scientific breakthrough capability” (the technology holds a forward position in leading global rankings, or is original scientific research and a technological breakthrough that differs from existing lines of thinking) and “industry applicability” (the technology is compatible with market requirements; can create future economic benefits; and has the potential for industry-academia cooperation, interdisciplinary applications, and the establishment of innovative models). Award-winning technologies can become spotlight technologies at the 2020 FUTEX, and their teams will get the opportunity to display their R&D results to the public and participate in matchmaking discussions. Trophies, cash prizes, and certificates will be presented during a public awards ceremony. Winners can also list this honor on future plan applications to receive extra points. Institutions are encouraged to take note of the application period. For application instructions and to register, please head to FUTEX’s website (
The 2020 Future Tech Expo (FUTEX 2020) will take place from Dec. 3 to 6 at Taipei World Trade Center’s Exhibition Hall 1. Teams will showcase their innovative technologies and display the R&D strengths and creativity of Taiwan’s academic and research institutions. The past three editions of the expo have been tremendous successes, attracting a combined 170,000 visitors and creating over NT$1 billion’s worth of matchmaking business opportunities. FUTEX has received an enthusiastic response from and become highly valued by the government and industry. Along the way, it has turned into the biggest matchmaking platform for academic and research innovation in Taiwan’s science and technology sector. For more information and the latest news, please follow FUTEX’s Facebook page ( or find us on LINE (@futex).

President Tsai Ing-wen gives a speech and confers awards during the opening ceremony.

President Tsai Ing-wen; the minister of culture; the minister of science and technology; industry and academia representatives; and envoys from the representative offices of various countries attend the opening ceremony.

Experts from various sectors participate in the expo’s international forum.

An academic research team demonstrates its technology to visitors.

  • For more Futex information, please contact Future Tech Office. +886-2-2576-2013