The Technology for Enterprise Capability Upgrading (T-Up) initiative aims to second A*STAR Research Scientists & Engineers (RSEs) to local enterprises to build/ upgrade their in-house R&D capabilities.

A*STAR organises the Technology for Enterprise Capability Upgrading (T-Up) Excellence Awards to recognise outstanding T-Up RSEs who have made impactful contributions to local enterprises and drive knowledge & innovation-based economy.

  • The Award, held in conjunction with the annual SME Day event, is open to T-Up RSEs who have completed their secondment to local enterprises.
  • Cash prizes will be given out to a maximum of three award winners each year by the attending Guest-of-Honour.
  • Publicity efforts will be made to profile award winners and the companies that they were seconded to.



Nominations should be made based on the following criteria:

  • Growth in technical, innovation and R&D activities
  • Growth in product/service offering, generation of IP and commercialisation
  • Growth in business
  • Improvement in business efficiency
  • Recognition by external parties


  • The award is open to research staff from A*STAR RIs who have officially completed their secondment (by 31 Oct 2019) to local enterprises via the T-Up scheme.
  • Current and previous employees of A*STAR RIs can be nominated.
  • Past winners of any T-Up Excellence Awards are not eligible for the award.
  • Additional supporting information on the outcome of the T-Up project (e.g. awards, patents’ filed, customer testimonial etc.) should be included to further support and substantiate the nomination.


  • Nominations are open from 18 November 2019 to 17 January 2020.
  • Candidates for the award shall be nominated by companies. Click here to download the nomination form.
  • Completed Nomination Forms should be sent by e-mail and be addressed to the Award Secretariat at A-STAR_Get-Up@hq.a-star.edu.sg.
  • If e-mail is not available, a hard copy of the form may be sent by regular mail to:

    Award Secretariat, T-Up Excellence Awards 2020
    c/o Agency for Science, Technology and Research
    Science and Engineering Research Council
    1 Fusionopolis Way, #18-10, Connexis North
    Singapore 138632
  • The nomination form must reach the Award Secretariat no later than 17 January 2020
  • The judging panel reserves the right to reject the application if the quality of the entries does not meet the standard requirement.
  • Mandatory for shortlisted secondees and their respective T-Up companies to present at the final round in February/ March 2020.
  • The winner(s) for the T-Up Excellence Award would be informed by the Award Secretariat in April/ May 2020. Should the quality of all entries not meet the standard required, the judging panel reserves the right not to declare winners.


  • Past winners of T-Up Excellence Awards are not eligible for the award.
  • Re-submission of previous nominations is allowed. Additional supporting information should be included in order to further support and substantiate the nomination.
  • Previous nominations by companies can be resubmitted for T-Up Excellence Awards 2020 as there are no limits to the number of such re-submissions.
  • The nominators who are resubmitting their nominations are encouraged to include additional write-ups in any of the judging criteria to further support and substantiate their nomination.