Strategic Research Programmes

The Strategic Research Programmes (SRPs) support investments in areas of research to create new industries and enable high growth.

These are in:

  • Biomedical Sciences Translational & Clinical Research
  • Environmental & Water Technologies
  • Interactive & Digital Media
  • Marine & Offshore
  • Satellite & Space

Biomedical Sciences (BMS) Translational & Clinical Research (TCR)

Singapore’s BMS-TCR programme focuses on bench-to-bedside translation of basic biomedical discoveries into better medicines and therapies for improved healthcare. Multi-institutional flagship programmes have been established in gastric cancer, eye disease, infectious diseases, metabolic diseases and schizophrenia.

The strategic competitive grant programmes for healthcare is driven by the National Medical Research Council, Ministry of Health and Biomedical Research Council, as well as the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).

Environment & Water Technologies

Clean Water

The Environment and Water Industry Programme Office (EWI), an inter-agency body led by PUB, the national water agency, grows the water industry.

Supporting agencies include the Economic Development Board (EDB), International Enterprise (IE) Singapore, SPRING Singapore, Ministry of National Development (MND), Jurong Town Corporation (JTC), Workforce Development Agency (WDA), National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), and NRF.

Flagship research programmes comprise:

  • Environment & Water Research Programme (EWRP) to ensure a co-ordinated national approach to accelerating R&D in the environment and water industry through project funding;

  • Technology Pioneer Scheme (TechPioneer) to accelerate the commercialization of new environment and water technologies through early adoption of technologies in Singapore;

  • Fast-Track Environment & Water Technologies Incubator Scheme (Fast-Tech) to help start-ups to commercialise environmental and water technologies;

  • National Research Foundation Environmental and Water Technologies PhD Scholarship to develop experts and groom talent in environment and water technologies;

  • Centres of Excellence Programme (CoE) to develop world-class research centres in key environment and water technology areas.

Clean Energy

The programme addresses Singapore's needs for affordable energy to maintain our economic competitiveness, secure a robust energy supply, and limit carbon dioxide emissions.

The multi-agency Energy Innovation Programme Office (EIPO), led by EDB, is responsible for planning, synergising and executing strategies and efforts to develop and grow the sector in Singapore. Other agencies include Energy Market Authority (EMA), Building and Construction Authority (BCA), and the National Environment Agency (NEA). 

Interactive & Digital Media (IDM)

The Interactive Digital Media Programme Office (IDMPO) co-ordinates planning and execution of the programme. The programme aims to create an eco-system to generate ideas and innovation through initiatives such as i.ROCK (IDM Research Oriented Centres of Knowledge); Futurescape and IDM Futures; i.JAM and IDM in Education; and EduLab.

The multi-agency effort involves A*STAR, Ministry of Defence (MINDEF), EDB, Infocomm Development Authority, IE Singapore, the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Communications & Information, and Ministry of Trade and Industry.

Marine & Offshore (M&O)

This initiative seeks to establish Singapore as an integrated global marine and offshore hub.

Key R&D programmes run by A*STAR include the Offshore Technology Research Programme, Maritime Port Authority (MPA) – Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC) Maritime Research Programme, and Joint MPA-IDA Infocomm@Seaport Programme. A*STAR and EDB, working closely with NRF, drive the development of R&D capabilities and infrastructure, and the training of talent in support of the industry.

Satellite & Space

This initiative aims to grow Singapore’s R&D capabilities, forge internal and external collaborations, and develop talent for the space industry.

Research focuses on satellite technology, satellite remote sensing applications, satellite communication services, satellite components, satellite integration, and satellite-based services.

The Office for Space Technology and Industry (OSTIn) is the designated office to develop the industry. It is driven by EDB, with support from MTI, MINDEF, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, MOE, NRF, A*STAR and satellite-based companies.


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