Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


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

Applications open on 15 July 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?

MOSTI is spearheading the NTIS, supported by the NTIS Secretariat represented by MaGIC, TPM, MIMOS and Futurise to coordinate and facilitate its implementation.

How to partner with NTIS?

We welcome more partners to join us as industry and tech experts, investors, facility and programme providers. Please email to

What is the meaning of ‘Technology Readiness Level’ (TRL)?

‍TRL is a method for estimating the maturity of technologies during the acquisition phase of a programme, which is developed by NASA. It is divided into 9 levels as below:

TRL 1 – Ideation
Basics principles are observed and reported

TRL 2 – Innovation begins
Basic principles observed so practical applications can be formulated

TRL 3 – Proof of concept
Analytical and laboratory studies are required to see if the technology is viable

TRL 4 – Component test
Laboratory testing of the prototype component

TRL 5 – Prototype construction
Laboratory testing of the integrated system

TRL 6 – Alpha testing
Prototype system demonstrated in an operational environment

TRL 7 – Beta testing
Completed design tested in real environment

TRL 8 – Certification
Proven to work under its expected conditions and certified to be used

TRL 9 – System proven to successfully function
Ready for commercial deployment

Eligibility Criteria

Who can apply to the NTIS?

Malaysian individuals or Malaysian-owned companies. 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 processed in cohorts (batches). Each cohort will usually require  31 working days of processing, subject to the completeness of information submitted.

Applicants will be notified on the status of their application by email once it has been screened.

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

Applications are open from 15 July 2020 onwards. The online form is available at

Is there a need for a prototype?

NTIS applicants’ solution must be  at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6. TRL is a method for estimating the maturity of technologies during the acquisition phase of a programme, developed at NASA. 

How will NTIS ensure that ideas submitted by applicants are not 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 are strongly encouraged to  prioritise their projects.

Is there an application fee?

There is no application fee.

What are the technology areas accepted for NTIS?  
NTIS is open to all technologies, with priority given to the followings:

1. 5G/6G
2. Sensor Tech
3. 4d/5d printing
4. Advanced Material  
5. Advanced Intelligent Systems
6. Augmented Analytics & Data Recovery
7. Blockchain  
8. Neuro Tech  
9. Bioscience Tech
10. Robotic
11. Manufacturing Tech
12. Electrical & Electronics
13. Cybersecurity & Encryption
14. Drones

NTIS can consider foreign technology provided that the solutions are owned by a Malaysian majority owned company. However, this solution is not eligible for funding under MTDC.

What is a Greenlane application?

For an application to be considered for Greenlane, the applicant would need to have received financing from a government ministry, agency or GLC.

For more information on Greenlane, kindly refer to the guide in the application form.

Selection Criteria

What is the criteria for NTIS application

Malaysian Individual or Malaysian-Owned Company 

Foreign companies -  JV plans / incorporation of Malaysian-owned entity upon approval of application

Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 6 (Commercial Ready Prototype) and above

Have proof of technology ownership / permission to use the technology

Problems & Issues relating to market access / regulation

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 commercialisation 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.

Outcome 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.