Building on the success of the OTR initiative, A*STAR has launched the “consortium-style” OTRs to develop technology roadmaps for groups of local companies within the same sub-sector. This allows A*STAR to work with industry partners including Trade Associations and Chambers (TACs) to reach out to more local enterprises, in line with the vision to foster pervasive innovation in the economy.
These consortium-level roadmaps will:
Help individual companies in the consortium make better-informed decisions in their firm-level innovation strategies. This would include decisions related to R&D investments, intellectual property strategy and potential R&D partners;
Provide a roadmap where the consortium can work together to develop deeper capabilities in innovation. This would include capabilities that would help SMEs in the consortium move up the value chain;
Serve as a platform for Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) to gear their research towards industry needs;
After helping the consortiums identify technologies or innovation solutions to meet their needs, A*STAR will link the solution providers to the companies for potential adoption. If there are no readily available technologies, A*STAR can work with the participating enterprises to co-develop these the new technologies, together with relevant Research Institutes and Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs).
For more information on the OTR, T-Up and TA schemes, please contact A-STAR_GET-Up@hq.a-star.edu.sg.