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 CEO A*STAR, MD EDB, ACE ESG 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

The IAF-ICP Implementing Agency (IA), together with SOC Agencies, have recently reviewed the application process, and will be trialing a new one-stage only proposal evaluation between now and 31 Mar 2021.

Please find the following relevant documents for your one-stage proposal submission:

1. Cover Note from Host Institution; (template available here)
2. Full Proposal Template (please fill in and submit in Word format); (template available here)
3. Section 13 of the Full Proposal – ICP Budget Request (please fill in and submit in Excel format); (template available here)
4. A*STAR T&Cs 2020; (available here)
5. A*STAR Guidelines 2020; and (available here)
6. Guidelines for Demonstrating Actualisation of Industry Contributions. (available here)

This will be applicable to all new IAF-ICP submissions submitted between now and 31 Mar 2021.

Do note that the intent of this change is to streamline the application process. There is no change in the evaluation criteria.

For the duration of this pilot one-stage proposal evaluation (until 31 Mar 2021):
Please submit your proposal directly to the IAF-ICP Implementing Agency at <IAF_ICP@a-star.edu.sg> using only the provided templates.
There is no requirement to submit the Letter of Intent (LOI).

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:
IAF ICP

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 CEO A*STAR, MD EDB, and CEO 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>.