The National Research Foundation (NRF) and Enterprise Singapore (ESG) will be jointly administering the Innovation & Enterprise Fellowship Programme (IFP) which aims to grow the pool of deep-tech talent in Singapore that can support the commercialisation of deep-tech research and bring nascent technologies to market. Researchers, Scientists, Engineers (RSEs) or working professionals with technical or business development background can apply to enrol in 9-18 month training programmes, where one would be able to develop commercialisation skills through formal training and on-the-job training with national I&E platforms, accelerators or their portfolio startups.
Under the IFP, partners such as national I&E platforms, accelerators or venture capital firms are appointed to provide formal and on-the-job training (OJT) to RSEs or working professionals with technical or business development backgrounds. It aims to:
- Develop industry-relevant talent from existing RSEs (Researchers, Scientists or Engineers)
- Expand the pool of deep-tech technical talent who are able to bring emerging technologies to market
For Fellows: This programme is suitable for talents interested in applying their deep-tech skillsets to industry relevant projects and applications.
For Partners: This application is open to entities with a focus on deep-tech activities, and keen to deploy their expertise to train and seek talent in deep-tech commercialisation. A pilot Call for Partner (CFP) has been completed, and several partners have been appointed (please click here for the list of IFP partners).
Programme Structure [Applicable to Fellows]
The IFP training programme is a full-time programme ranging from 9 to 18 months, depending on the partner programme the applicant is signing up for. Training will be conducted by IFP partners and is targeted at those with deep-tech knowledge in a technology domain – this includes researchers, inventors or professionals in specialised fields. Selected Fellows of this programme can expect to participate and benefit in the following:
- Formal training to develop tech commercialisation and business development skills. A non-exhaustive list of formal training such as technology screening, financial modelling, negotiation and technical sales skills.
- On-the-job training (OJT) where Fellows have the opportunity to work on actual commercialisation projects (e.g. bringing a technology to market)
Fellows will receive a monthly stipend for the duration of their training with the partner. The amount of the stipend varies across IFP partners and is also dependent on the Fellows’ existing qualifications. Upon completion of the programme, partners may consider offering meaningful employment opportunities to well-performing Fellows.
Fellows may approach IFP Partners to indicate interest; the IFP partners will further assess one's suitability for the training programme.
Eligibility Criteria [For Fellows]
Singaporeans or Singapore Permanent Residents who demonstrate suitable aptitude, potential and interest to pursue an I&E career may apply for the IFP training programme. Partners may assess applicants on additional selection criteria, depending on their specific programme objectives, training structure, and the nature of projects available.