First Executive Programme of Scientific and Technological Cooperation (Italy – Singapore)

About the Grant
Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI), and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) are opening a call for proposals for the First  Executive Programme of Scientific and Technological Cooperation for the years 2023 - 2025.

Proposals must be submitted within one of the following priority research areas:
  • Foodtech
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Health/Medical (Cancer, Immunology and Skin Research)
  • Photonics
  • Quantum Technology
  • Robotics
  • Hydrogen-related Research 
Quantum of award is up to S$450,000 per project (inclusive of 30% indirect costs) over a period of 36 months.

Eligibility criteria for Singapore-based PI are as below:
  • PI must be an independent researcher from public sector research performers, namely the Institutes of Higher Learning (universities and polytechnics), A*STAR Research Institutes, as well as other non-defense-related public sector agencies (e.g., Ministries, Statutory Boards).
  • PI must hold a primary appointment of at least 75% in a local publicly funded institution and salaried by the institution.
Grant Call Timeline
Event Date
Launch of Call for Proposals 7 Oct 2022
Closing of Call for Proposals 30 Nov 2022, 1900Hrs (Singapore Time)
Internal Review by MAECI and A*STAR1 Dec 2022 - 10 Mar 2023
Joint Review Meeting20 Mar 2023
Funding Commencement20 Apr 2023

Application Procedure
Joint proposals:
  • must be written in English.
  • must have the same duration of the Executive Programme (E.P.): 3 years, 2023-2025.
  • collaboration with PIs from multiple institutes are allowed.
  • Singapore-based PIs to independently identify potential collaborator(s) from Italian institutes.
  • each PI can only submit one proposal (multiple applications will be rejected).
  • All applications must be submitted to A*STAR (as the Implementing Agency) electronically via the Integrated Grants Management System (iGrants) at the following link: by 30 Nov 2022, 1900Hrs (Singapore Time). The Italy-based PI must also concurrently submit the joint proposal to MAECI.
  • Applications must be endorsed by the applicants’ Host Institution(s), prior to submission.
Selected Projects
For Enquiries
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