4th Singapore-Germany International Collaboration on Circular Economy

about the grant

Against the backdrop of a further increase in the demand for raw materials in Germany and Singapore and at the same time dwindling natural resources, new strategies for action are becoming necessary. Urban mining has the potential to make a significant contribution to a resource-conserving circular economy by extracting valuable materials from buildings, infrastructure, consumer and capital goods, etc. in the urban environment. By tapping into secondary raw materials in this way, dependence on imports and thus both raw material shortages and waste volumes can be reduced

This grant call serves to further strengthen efforts in research and innovation between Singapore and Germany in the area of Circular Economy based on the agreement on scientific and technological cooperation, to build a basis for mutual market access and sustainable economic alliance. The grant call is both competitive and multi-disciplinary in nature and is aimed at encouraging engagements between the Singapore and German research community and industry collaborators. Projects should also aim to achieve a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) between 5 and 7 upon completion. Key topics include:

  • Polymer design and recycling
  • Valorisation of biogenic waste
  • Waste as resource

Eligibility Criteria

This Call for Proposal is a joint submission that involves at least one Singapore-based and one Germany-based public sector research performer, with possible partnerships with one Singapore-based and/or one Germany-based industry collaborator.  Eligible Singapore- based public sector research performers include the Institutes of Higher Learning (including universities and polytechnics), A*STAR Research Institutes, and non-defense-related public sector agencies (e.g., Ministries, Statutory Boards). 

Companies will be assessed on the quantitative and qualitative merits of the proposed project. The two companies participating in the proposal must be separate entities. One of the companies should not be the Singapore/German office of the other participating company (i.e. Singapore company is the branch company or subsidiary of the Germany’s company and vice versa).

Grant Call Timeline

Indicative timeline of grant call activities are as follows:

Application opening period13 May 2024 - 18 Jul 2024
Assessment of applications and Cross evaluation22 Jul 2024 - 27 Sep 2024
Joint Steering Committee review30 Sep 2024 - 18 Oct 2024
Announcement of Outcomes21 Oct 2024 - 08 Nov 2024
Letter of Award and Project Start DateEarly Apr 2025 

Application Procedure

Singapore-based applicants are required to submit their applications electronically via iGrants by 18 July 2024, 23:59hrs SGT. The Germany-based public sector research performer must also concurrently submit the joint proposal to BMBF.

Only COMPLETE proposals will be accepted for review, evaluation and assessment for awards. Please see the attached templates and guidelines for more information.

Application Materials

For Enquiries

A*STAR (Singapore)
Mr Alvin Lau oga_bilats@hq.a-star.edu.sg

DLR-PT on behalf of BMBF (Germany)
Dr. Ludwig Kammesheidt Ludwig.Kammesheidt@dlr.de
Ms Birgit Ehrenberg Birgit.Ehrenberg@dlr.de