The STSP, occupying a total of 1,610 hectares, consists of Tainan Science Park (TSP) and Kaohsiung Science Park (KSP). Tainan Science Park is located at the border of Sinshih, Shanhua, and Anding Districts in Tainan City with an occupation of 1,043 hectares; while Kaohsiung Science Park is located at the border of Lujhu, Gangshan, and Yongan Districts with an occupation of 567 hectares.
Additionally, Ciaotou Science Park, Phase III Expansion of the TSP, the Pingtung Science Park, and the Chiayi Science Park are all currently under construction. Among them, the Ciaotou Science Park, located between Kaohsiung’s Ciaotou District and Yanchao District, occupies an area of 262 hectares. The phase III expansion site of the TSP is located at Kanxi Farm on the southwest side of the TSP, occupying an area of 84 hectares. The Pingtung Science Park is located at the designated area of the THSR, occupying an area of 74 hectares; while the Chiayi Science Park is located at Taibao Farm in Chiayi County, occupying an area of 88 hectares.
The principles of investment introduction for the STSP are:
- Products that are not currently manufactured or technologies that are superior to those already available in Taiwan.
- R&D for key components (products) that are in urgent demand in Taiwan.
Agent in charge: Investment Services Division of the STSPB
Required processing time: one month
- Rules and regulations:
- Investment application procedure
- Business plan requirements (Please provide explicit content and do not exceed 30 pages)
- Product and technology description
- Market analysis
- Operational team
- Financial plan
- Review points for the investment application:
- Technical team and science and technology expertise
- Product technology level
- R&D plan
- Zero public hazards plan
- Tax incentives
- Import tax, commodity tax, and sales tax exemption as well as lack of declaration requirement for tax exemption, guarantees, accounting, and payment of a money guarantee for machinery, equipment, raw materials, fuels, supplies or semi-finished goods, according to the required custom declaration procedures of related taxation laws that are imported and used for the park enterprise’s own manufacturing;
- Zero sales tax for product or service export-oriented park enterprises as well as commodity tax exemption.
- Protection of investor’s rights
- The same incentives and rights protection are given to both foreign and domestic investors;
- Foreign investors are able to retain 100% ownership of Park enterprises at the STSP or seek to partner with the ROC government and local enterprises;
- Overseas Chinese investors are able to apply for the remittance of annual income generated from investment profits, capital gains and interest to other countries;
- Chinese investors owned more than 45% joint shares in enterprises are immune to eminent domain programs for 20 years from their establishment;
- Foreign investors are able to transfer or withdraw, or reduce investment capital with the approval of the STSPB and may remit all approved investment amount to other countries in one installment; this also applies to investment gains.
- Companies classified as being in the science industry are able to engage in manufacturing related import and export trading businesses with the approval of the STSPB.
- Legal protection of intellectual property rights and right holders.
- Incentive program for research and development- STSP Project for Emerging Technology Application
- According to the National Science and Technology Council’s (NSTC) “Guidelines Governing the Subsidies for the Project for Emerging Technology Application and Cooperation in Science Parks,” Park tenants that fulfill the objectives of cooperation between the industry, academic and research institutes, and other businesses are eligible to apply for relevant subsidies:
- Cooperation with academic and research institutes: This applies to institutes that are subsidized according to NSTC Research Projects by the NSTC and participate in projects with Park tenants. Meanwhile, project leaders and joint project leaders shall also be qualified according to the Point 3 of the “Guidelines Governing NSTC Subsidies for Research Projects:” leaders from the academic and research institutes shall at least participate in at least one of the MOST granted research projects.
- Cooperation with other businesses: A business participating in the research project shall be a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporate limited, a company or a subsidiary of a foreign company registered in Taiwan according to relevant laws of the Republic of China (ROC) with a robust financial status.
Application requirement: Park enterprises that are established in accordance with Article 4 of the “Act for Establishment and Administration of Science Parks” as well as having sound financial and economic capabilities are qualified to apply for “science industry” investment subsidies.
Subsidies: Subsidies consist of both parts allocated to applicants (Park tenants) as well as cooperating units (academic and research institutes). They should not exceed the maximum amount of NT$10 million and 50% of the total R&D amount applied for. The remainder must be paid by the applicants through self-raised funds. The amount allocated to academic and research institutes shall not be less than 30% of the total subsidies while the amount allocated to other businesses shall not be less than 20% of the total subsidies
- Financing method
- Domestic or international investor who has demand for the capital, please contact “Taiwan Venture Capital Association” for assistance. The Association regularly organizes conferences and seminars and liaises between its members and high-tech companies to facilitate investment flow.
- Address: Room C, 10F, #133, Section 4, Minsheng E. Rd., Songshan District, Taipei City
- Tel: 886-2-2545-0075 Fax: 886-2-2545-2752
In order to facilitate the development of the STSP and integrate its regional resources and existing industrial development base, the STSPB plans to recruit enterprises from the following six industries: IC, computer and peripherals, telecommunications, optoelectronics, precision machinery, and biotechnology.
R&D institutes at the STSP include the National Center for High-performance Computing (NCHC); the National Cheng Kung University R&D Center at the STSP; the Telecom Technology Center; the National Laboratory Animal Center – Tainan; the Metal Industries Research & Development Centre at Kaohsiung Science Park; The SME Incubator At Tainan Science Park, Small and Medium Enterprise Administration, MOEA; and finally the 3D Printing Medical Device Demonstration Field of the Industrial Technology Research Institute. Additionally, there is also the Industrial Technology Research Institute (Southern Region Campus); Academia Sinica Biotechnology Center in Southern Taiwan (ASBCST) in Southern Taiwan; the Asian Vegetable Research and Development Center; the Livestock Research Institute; the Sugar Research Institute; the Fisheries Research Institute in Tainan; the Uni-President Group Central Research Institute; the Chi Mei Foundation Hospital and Medical Research Center; the Academia-Industry Consortium for Southern Taiwan Science Park; and the Electronics Testing Center, Taiwan.
The STSP is a Science Park for everyone and the STSPB welcomes all visitors. The approximate visit time is about one hour. Due to the required preparation time, please write or fax us 10 days before the desired date of your visit by one of the contact methods listed below:
- Directly log onto the The STSP website /Park Enterprise Services /Application Form for Visiting the Park;
- Write a letter and send us a fax to inform us of the basic information of the visitors, including: the number and name of the group, purpose of the visit, preferred language, transportation needs, mobile phone number of the group leader or contact person, and the preferred visit date and time (Fax: 886-6-5050312)
- Call us (Ext.2529 for Mr. Lin);
- Official letters are required for visitors from Mainland China. In order to avoid scheduling problems, it is recommended that groups should contact the Investment Promotion Section of the Investment Services Division. Our visiting hours are between 10:00-12:00 and 14:00-16:00 from Monday to Friday.