The Low-Carbon Energy Research (LCER) Funding Initiative (FI) is a multi-agency initiative involving the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), the Economic Development Board (EDB), the Energy Market Authority (EMA), the National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS) and the National Research Foundation (NRF). It is co-driven by EDB and EMA, with A*STAR as the implementing agency on behalf of the Government.
The LCER FI aims to develop low-carbon energy technologies in the domains of hydrogen and carbon capture, utilisation, and storage (CCUS), to support the decarbonisation of the power and industry sectors. Technologies should be cost-effective and deliver carbon abatement for Singapore, with the intention to be commercialised/deployed beyond the project timeline.
- Hydrogen supply, storage, and downstream uses
- CCUS, focusing on capture for low-concentration CO2 and utilisation of CO2 to produce aggregates and synthetic fuels/chemicals
Grant Call Quantum
- Up to S$10 million per project for Tier 1, and S$4 million per project for Tier 2. Both Tiers are for a period up to 3 years
- For All Applicants & Interested Parties
- For Shortlisted Applicants Only
- For Successful Awardees Only
This grant call will focus on developing low and medium technology readiness level (TRL) technologies (i.e. low: TRL 1-3, medium: TRL 4-6). All proposals should focus primarily on achieving the LCER FI objectives, but also aim to achieve research excellence through the inclusion of appropriate KPIs such as citations. At the same time, proposals for medium-TRL technologies are encouraged to incorporate industry contributions, in cash or in-kind.
To demonstrate that the proposals are capable of meeting LCER FI objectives, we further encourage the inclusion of work packages in the respective proposals, which develop and enhance life-cycle assessment (LCA), life-cycle costing (LCC) and techno-economic models and proposals which develop models that are able to compare different CCUS/hydrogen pathways across the entire energy system/economy.
As part of the proposals, researchers should also establish the (i) prevailing scientific and technical landscape underpinning the technologies proposed for development and (ii) build versus buy considerations, in particular, explaining why the proposed technology is highly recommended for further R&D in Singapore, if there are existing similar R&D activities in other countries.
All proposals should only be submitted through the Integrated Grant Management System (IGMS) website (https://researchgrant.gov.sg/).
The grant call will open on IGMS in early-February and close on 17 May 2021, 0900hrs. Late submissions will not be accepted.
For general enquiries, please refer to “Annex E - Frequently Asked Questions”.
If you require further clarification, you may reach us at LCERFI_secretariat@hq.a-star.edu.sg
Please allow up to 3 working days for us to provide a response.
For any queries on the use of IGMS or technical issues please contact the IGMS helpdesk at:
Tel No: (65) 6556 8807 or (65) 6556 6971