Our Mission

We advance science and develop innovative technology to further economic growth and improve lives.

The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) drives mission-oriented research that advances scientific discovery and technological innovation. We play a key role in nurturing and developing talent and leaders for our Research Institutes, the wider research community, and industry.

Our research creates economic growth and jobs for Singapore. As a Science and Technology Organisation, we bridge the gap between academia and industry in terms of research and development. In these endeavours, we seek to integrate the relevant capabilities of our research institutes and collaborate with the wider research community as well as other public sector agencies towards meaningful and impactful outcomes. Together with the other public sector entities, we develop industry sectors by:

  • integrating our capabilities to create impact with Multi-National Corporations and Globally Competitive Companies;
  • partnering Local Enterprises for productivity and gearing them for growth; and
  • nurturing R&D-driven Start-ups by seeding for surprises and shaping for success.

Our research, in addition, also contributes to societal benefits such as improving outcomes in healthcare, urban living, and sustainability. These serve to enhance lives in Singapore and beyond.


Our Vision

A global leader in science, technology and open innovation

The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is a catalyst, enabler and convenor of significant research initiatives among the research community in Singapore and beyond. Through open innovation, we collaborate with our partners in both the public and private sectors, and bring science and technology to benefit the economy and society.

We aspire to be a global leader in Science, Technology and Open Innovation.


Our Corporate Values

Our corporate values – ‘A*STAR & I’ – form the backbone of our daily operations:



We are action-oriented and strive to excel in what we do. This means taking initiative and being enterprising. It also demands that we take our plans into practical consideration and focus on excellent execution once a decision is taken.


We tap on each other’s strengths so that everyone can win. We are expected to build on each other other’s abilities, stay focused on team gains instead of individual advantage and be generous in our expertise and resources.


We are dedicated and determined to achieve our mission. This requires commitment and persistence in what we do, learning from failures and trying again until we achieve the end result.


We work swiftly and conscientiously to ensure that we do not lose our momentum. This means working with a sense of competitive urgency in seizing and exploiting opportunities, looking for ways to achieve goals in a prompt manner without compromising quality, and questioning and abandoning unproductive bureaucratic practices.


We innovate and adapt our plans and actions to take changes into account. This means that we need to be aware of the ever-shifting competitive landscape, challenge and review assumptions and be prepared to change strategies and tactics to achieve our mission and vision.

We need a mindset that strives for continuous improvement and must be prepared to learn, unlearn and relearn.


We will carry out our responsibilities in an honest and trustworthy manner. We are expected to uphold a high standard of conduct, display integrity in our thoughts and actions and be open in admitting mistakes and learning from them.