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Industry Alignment Fund – Industry Collaboration Projects (IAF-ICP)

IAF-ICP is intended to support public research performers in strategic R&D projects with industry by applying and commercialising public sector research capabilities, IPs and technologies towards industry-relevant challenges. This grant is different from typical academic grants, as proposals will be assessed primarily on their potential economic impact. This includes:

- the level of the industry partner’s commitment to R&D in Singapore;

- potential for job creation;

- potential for product development, manufacturing and other significant economic activity; and

- technology-and people-capabilities developed locally-based company (SME, LLE and/or MNC)

The maximum duration of IAF-ICP projects should not exceed 3 years (36 months)

IAF-ICP is governed by a Strategic Oversight Committee (SOC) comprising MD A*STAR, MD EDB, CE SPRING and CEO NRF. The SOC makes decisions on all IAF-ICP policies and project approvals.

ELIGIBILITY

IAF-ICP is open to all public research performer Institutions in Singapore.

Companies are not eligible, nor will they be considered as co-applicants.

All applications are to be submitted by Institutions – applications submitted directly by individual researchers will not be accepted.

APPLICATION PROCESS/TIMELINES

Interested Institutions should submit a Letter of Intent (LOI, template available here).

Letters of Intent will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year and should be sent to the IAF-ICP Implementing Agency at <IAF_ICP@a-star.edu.sg>.

Upon review by the SOC Agencies, applicants will be contacted by the Implementing Agency and invited to submit a Full Proposal.

LOIs and Full Proposals must be endorsed by the Research Office and preferably, also the Innovation & Enterprise Office (or Technology Transfer Office) of each applying Institution.

Applicants may be requested to submit supplementing documents and/or clarifications.

The application process is summarised in the schematic below:

DIFFERENCES WITH IAF-PP

Potential applicants should not be confused with the scheme known as IAF Pre-Positioning Programmes (IAF-PP). IAF-PP is intended to develop industry-ready capabilities and integrated and multidisciplinary programmes with early industry involvement. Such programmes should have the potential to contribute to the growth of new sectors and catalyse new activities in existing sectors.

Unlike IAF-ICP, IAF-PP projects do not require upfront industry commitment, but are expected to lead to industry projects and investment in 3 to 5 years.

AME IAF-PP and HBMS IAF-PP+ are run closer to typical academic grants, in that there is a science/technology review.  However, industry relevance continues to be an important criteria, and proposals with strong potential industry applications and interest will have an advantage.

The differences between IAF-ICP & IAF-PP are summarised in the table below:

Characteristic

IAF-ICP

IAF-PP

Application open to public research performers only

Provides partial funding for strategic industry projects with economic outcomes

Supports development of industry-ready capabilities and integrated and multidisciplinary programmes with early industry involvement

Upfront commitment from Industry Partner(s) required

Governance

Pan-Domain

Domain-specific

(separate applications to AME, HBMS, SDE, USS+)

+ The 4 R&D Domains under the national RIE2020 funding framework are: Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME), Health and Biomedical Sciences (HBMS), Services and Digital Economy (SDE), and Urban Solutions and Sustainability (USS).

A*STAR is the Implementing Agency for the AME IAF-PP and HBMS IAF-PP. These grants are governed by a Strategic Oversight Committee (SOC) comprising MD A*STAR, MD EDB, and CE NRF, under separate governance and application processes from IAF-ICP. More details are available at https://www.a-star.edu.sg/Research/Funding-Opportunities/Grants-Sponsorship/IAF-PP.aspx 

ENQUIRIES

For further clarifications, please check with your Research Office and/or Innovation & Enterprise Office, or contact the IAF-ICP Implementing Agency at <IAF_ICP@a-star.edu.sg>.

 

Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)

1 Fusionopolis Way, #20-10 Connexis North Tower, Singapore 138632

 

contact@a-star.edu.sg

 

(65) 6826 6111


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