Corporate Laboratory@University Scheme



The Corporate Laboratory@University scheme, launched by the NRF in March 2013, supports the establishment of key laboratories by industries in our universities. The scheme seeks to strengthen Singapore’s innovation system by encouraging public-private R&D collaboration between universities and companies. It ensures that universities achieve impact by developing cutting edge solutions for problems faced by industry. 

The scheme attracts foreign and Singapore companies to collaborate with autonomous universities on industry-relevant research. It enhances collaborative partnerships between universities and industries, and enables faculty, researchers, PhD and Master’s students to work alongside companies on programmes that have direct relevance for the industry. This will support the effective translation of laboratory work for the marketplace. 

Students gain industrial experience, preparing them for employment in high value-add sectors. Industry partners can tap scientific and technological capabilities built up in our universities to develop new products and services. Research is geared towards supporting business growth for companies, generating economic benefits for Singapore, and creating good jobs for Singaporeans.

Rolls-Royce@NTU Corporate Laboratory

The S$75 million Rolls-Royce@NTU Corporate Laboratory, established in July 2013, is the first laboratory supported under this scheme. The laboratory focuses on three areas of research: electrical power and control systems, manufacturing and repair technologies, and computational engineering. The industry research laboratory is located within the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) campus. Rolls-Royce co-funds the laboratory and provides industry mentorship to NTU researchers participating in the programme.

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Keppel-NUS Corporate Laboratory

The S$75 million Keppel-NUS Corporate Laboratory is the second laboratory launched in November 2013 under this scheme, tapping on the practical expertise of KOMtech (the R&D subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine) as well as faculty, key laboratories and computational facilities of National University of Singapore, to forge a strong partnership for innovation.

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Urban Computing and Engineering Corporate Lab @ SMU

This corporate lab supports the $54 million Urban Computing and Engineering Centre of Excellence to address the multitude of challenges highly urbanised cities frequently face. The centre leverages the expertise of A*STAR’s Institute of High Performance Computing and Institute for Infocomm Research, Fujitsu and the Singapore Management University to research on the themes of dynamic mobility management and maritime and port optimisation.

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ST Engineering-NTU Corporate Laboratory 

The S$53 million ST Engineering-NTU Corporate Laboratory focuses on developing advanced robotics and autonomous systems. The two main research areas are in airport precision and airside technology (such as baggage transfer systems, aerobridges and aircraft tow trucks) and in enhancing intelligence support for crisis management. This partnership will generate new products and services through the development of new technologies, increase employment opportunities for researchers and scientists, and provide greater exposure for students in industrial R&D.

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Sembcorp-NUS Corporate Laboratory

The S$60 million Sembcorp-NUS Corporate Laboratory aims to develop new, competitive and sustainable solutions in the areas of energy, water and waste-to-resource. Research activities include solutions to optimise power generation while reducing emissions and waste residue, enhance industrial water and wastewater treatment systems, as well as transform waste into useful and high-value products such as ultra-light composites for modular construction. It will also provide an important platform for NUS students and researchers to gain experience in industrial R&D and promote interaction and exchange of ideas with engineers from Sembcorp.

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ST Electronics-SUTD Cyber Security Laboratory 

The S$44.3 million ST Electronics-SUTD Cyber Security Laboratory focuses on advancing and translating the frontiers of cybersecurity research and technology, with an emphasis on commercialisation solutions that are relevant to the emerging cybersecurity needs in the market. This collaboration also aims to grow and nurture cybersecurity manpower to support Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative.

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SMRT-NTU Smart Urban Rail Corporate Laboratory 

The S$60 million SMRT-NTU Smart Urban Rail Corporate Laboratory aims to develop solutions to enhance rail reliability and develop a more resilient urban rail system in Singapore. Two complementary research tracks will lead the development of innovative urban rail solutions. The first track focuses on developing better detection methods and monitoring systems so that potential issues can be addressed quickly and accurately. The second track aims to enhance the reliability of existing rail assets by optimising maintenance and servicing processes, through prediction methodologies and analytic tools.

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Delta-NTU Corporate Laboratory for Cyber-Physical Systems

The S$45 million Delta – NTU Corporate Laboratory for Cyber-Physical Systems will work on developing cyber-physical systems, ranging from large infrastructure systems such as water and power distribution to emerging consumer systems such as the Internet-of-Things (IoT), an ever-growing network of physical objects and systems connected to the Internet.

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NUS-Singtel Cyber Security Research and Development Laboratory

The S$42.8 million NUS-Singtel Cyber Security Research and Development Laboratory seeks to create a broad spectrum of research capabilities and novel technologies to address cyber security threats. It has two objectives: first, to develop novel data analytics techniques that allow IT service providers to detect and respond to security attacks as they occur in real time; and second, to come up with new approaches to design and implement IT systems that are "secure by design", and thus able to resist a broad array of attacks.


Singtel Cognitive and Artificial Intelligence Lab for Enterprises (SCALE@NTU)

The S$42.4 million Singtel Cognitive and Artificial Intelligence Lab for Enterprises (SCALE@NTU) aims to develop applications for use in the areas of public safety, smart urban solutions, transportation, healthcare and manufacturing. The partners, through their collective expertise and resources, aim to accelerate innovation in the fields of AI, advanced data analytics, robotics and smart computing.

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Last updated: 19 Jan 2018

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