The R&D program of ERDT is divided in five broad tracks of multidisciplinary research, namely:
Energy R&D Track
The Energy R&D Track aims to develop energy technologies and corresponding expertise that can spur new industries that will propel the country in its bid toward greater energy security. The three areas of focus include: (a) Biofuels, (b) Renewable Energy Systems, and (c) Waste-to-Energy Systems.
Environment and Infrastructure R&D Track
The Environment and Infrastructure R&D Track is composed of six research areas that seek to address the pressing needs of the community. These include (a) DRINK – drinking water in every home, (b) GRASS – green affordable shelter systems, (c) BETTER MINE – better mining technologies, (d) ITS – intelligent transport system, (e) TAMER – tactical maps of environmental risks and (f) MARINE – marine technologies and (g) EATS- Environment Adaptation Technolgies and Systems for Food Program
Information and Communications Technology R&D Track
The Information and Communications Technology R&D Track has broad areas of research with applications to Education, Health, and Resource Management and Logistics.
Semiconductor Materials and Electronics R&D Track
The Semiconductor Materials and Electronics R&D Track aims to make ERDT R&D efforts more aligned with the needs of the industry by identifying R&D needs of the industry, identifying measures to make ERDT R&D more responsive to the industry and establishing an R&D framework for the academe, government, and industry to support the industry. Currently, this track is putting its R&D agenda in the context of current industry-led initiatives aimed at enhancing their competitiveness. These initiatives include Advanced Devices and Materials Testing Laboratory (Admatel), Electronic Products Development Center (EPDC) and Philippine Microelectronics Center (PMC).
Manufacturing and Machinery R&D Track
The Manufacturing and Machinery R&D Track is a newly-proposed track of the (ERDT) Program. This track is added as the fifth ERDT R&D track with the aim of addressing the urgent need to have research and development programs and activities to help develop our country’s manufacturing industry. This is in recognition of the fact that the manufacturing industry is vital to national progress. This track shall help identify aspects and sectors of the manufacturing industry that can be made more competitive and that can be nurtured by the ERDT Program.