National Cybersecurity R&D Programme

The National Cybersecurity R&D Programme seeks to develop R&D expertise and capabilities in cybersecurity for Singapore. It aims to improve the trustworthiness of cyber infrastructures with an emphasis on security, reliability, resiliency and usability.

The programme involves the National Security Coordination Centre (NSCS), National Research Foundation (NRF) Singapore, Cyber Security Agency (CSA), Ministry of Defence (MINDEF), Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Info-communications Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and Economic Development Board (EDB) to promote collaboration among agencies, academia, research institutes and private sector.

A 5-year S$130 million funding will be available to support research efforts into both technological and human-science aspects of cybersecurity in the following outcome-based R&D themes. The themes are designed to provide an element of operational context, while not restricting “game-changing” ideas from the community.

Cybersecurity research spans six themes:

  • Scalable Trustworthy Systems: Research into technologies to make computing systems' hardware, firmware and software function dependability despite the presence of untrustworthy components or insiders

  • Resilient Systems: Research for improving resiliency, robustness, adaptability, and capacity in systems will provide technologies to rapidly respond & recover cyber-physical systems and supporting infrastructure (e.g. power, water, communication)

  • Effective Situation Awareness and Attack Attribution: Focus on research to enhance understanding of cyber situations, deliver new cyber forensics techniques and tools to fast-track investigation and attack attribution

  • Combatting Insider Threats: Research to combat insider threats will enable us to create, analyse, evaluate, and deploy mechanisms and strategies that can provide detection, prevention and identification of insiders and their activities

  • Threats Detection, Analysis and Defence: Research to combat threats like malware and botnets will enable us to create, analyse, evaluate, and deploy mechanisms and strategies that can provide detection, analysis, prevention and immunisation capabilities against malware and botnets

  • Efficient and Effective Digital Forensics: Applied research for digital evidence acquisition and forensics to reduce the analysis time required to comprehensively locate and evaluate digital evidence in diverse, disperse and multi-tenanted systems

These efforts are complemented by studies into cyberspace governance and policy research.

December 2015
Singapore-UK Research in Cyber Security

Singapore’s National Research Foundation and UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) recently announced the results of a joint S$5.1 million research call in December 2015. The Singapore-UK collaboration will fund six new projects over the next three years, with UK and Singapore-based researchers working together to develop new solutions that will enhance resilience against cyber attacks. 

The UK’s Cabinet Office and Singapore’s Cybersecurity Agency signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Cybersecurity during Prime Minister David Cameron’s visit to Singapore in July 2015. This Singapore-UK grant call has been welcomed by both governments and seeks to strengthen knowledge and capabilities in cybersecurity and foster closer collaboration in cybersecurity research between researchers of both countries. 

22 proposals were received in total, and were evaluated by cybersecurity experts of both countries. The six awarded projects cover research in areas such as Intrusions, Data Analytics, Human Factors, and Sector and Applications.

Read press release.

October 2014
National Cybersecurity R&D Grant Call Results

Seven research projects were awarded a total of S$42 million in funding under the National Cybersecurity R&D inaugural grant call for proposals by NRF in October 2014. 

The call seeks to develop research expertise and capabilities in Singapore and more than 20 proposals were submitted from local Institutes of Higher Learning and Research Institutes. 

The projects awarded seek to strengthen Singapore’s R&D capabilities in cybersecurity, protect our critical infrastructure and improve the resiliency of cyber infrastructure. They cover research topics such as:

  • Mobile security
  • Cyber physical systems security
  • Hardware and software security
  • Digital forensics
  • Securing data in the cloud

Read press release.

Annual (2014 – present)
National Cybersecurity Postgraduate Scholarship

The National Cybersecurity Postgraduate Scholarship (NCPS) is offered jointly by NRF and the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) under the National Cybersecurity R&D Programme. It is prestigious scholarship for graduates and working professionals who are keen to contribute and commit to the protection of Singapore’s cyberspace. Applicants may pursue their Masters and/or Doctoral degrees. Applications for the scholarship open in December and closes in March every year. 

Read about the National Cybersecurity Postgraduate Scholarship offered by NRF and the Infocomm Media Development Authority.

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