The Technology for Enterprise Capability Upgrading (T-Up) initiative aims to second A*STAR Research Scientists & Engineers (RSEs) to local enterprises to build/ upgrade their in-house R&D capabilities.

A*STAR organises the Technology for Enterprise Capability Upgrading (T-Up) Excellence Awards to recognise outstanding T-Up RSEs who have made impactful contributions to local enterprises and drive knowledge & innovation-based economy.

  • The Award, held in conjunction with the annual SME Day event, is open to T-Up RSEs who have completed their secondment to local enterprises.
  • Cash prizes will be given out to a maximum of three award winners each year by the attending Guest-of-Honour.
  • Publicity efforts will be made to profile award winners and the companies that they were seconded to.

Our 2021 Award Winners



Nominations should be made based on the following criteria:

  • Growth in technical, innovation and R&D activities
  • Growth in product/service offering, generation of IP and commercialisation
  • Growth in business
  • Improvement in business efficiency
  • Internationalisation
  • Efforts towards the environment and society
  • Recognition by external parties


  • The award is open to research staff from A*STAR RIs who have officially completed their secondment (by 31 Mar 2022) to local enterprises via the T-Up scheme.
  • Current and previous employees of A*STAR RIs can be nominated.
  • Past winners of any T-Up Excellence Awards are not eligible for the award.
  • Additional supporting information on the outcome of the T-Up project (e.g. awards, patents’ filed, customer testimonial etc.) should be included to further support and substantiate the nomination.


  • Nominations are open from 04 May 2022 till 30 June 2022.
  • Candidates for the award shall be nominated by companies. Click here to download the nomination form.
  • Completed Nomination Forms should be sent by e-mail and be addressed to the Award Secretariat at A-STAR_Get-Up@hq.a-star.edu.sg.
  • Alternatively, a hard copy of the form may be sent by regular mail to:

    Award Secretariat, T-Up Excellence Awards 2022
    c/o Agency for Science, Technology and Research
    Enterprise Division, Local Enterprise Office (GET-Up)
    1 Fusionopolis Way, #14-10, Connexis North
    Singapore 138632
  • The nomination form must reach the Award Secretariat no later than 30 June 2022
  • The judging panel reserves the right to reject the application if the quality of the entries do not meet the standard requirement.
  • It is mandatory for shortlisted secondees and their respective T-Up companies to present at the final round in August 2022.
  • The winner(s) for the T-Up Excellence Award would be informed by the Award Secretariat in September 2022. Should the quality of all entries not meet the standard required, the judging panel reserves the right not to declare winners.


  • There are no limitations to the number of nomination resubmissions. (i.e. If company has submitted nominations in previous years, company can resubmit the nomination this year) However, projects that were awarded the T-Up Excellence Award in previous years are not eligible for nomination resubmission.
  • Companies intending to put in a nomination resubmission are encouraged to include additional write-ups in any of the judging criteria categories to further support and substantiate their nomination.