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.

The annual T-Up Awards recognise the outstanding performance of A*STAR RSEs seconded to the industry under the T-Up scheme, whose contributions have helped companies achieve significant outcomes of their businesses. 

The T-Up Excellence Awards celebrate the secondees' exceptional contributions to the SME ecosystem by developing innovative, marketable products and improving the R&D capabilities of the companies, whilst the T-Up Emerging Talent Awards recognise the secondees for their potential to meet industry needs and help local enterprises grow. 

In 2022, the newly introduced T-Up Eagles Awards commend up-and-coming Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) student innovators who have excelled in their work attachments at local enterprises under the T-Up/Integrated Work Study Programme (IWSP) partnership. 



Nominations should be made based on the following criteria:

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

  • Nominations are open from 01 April 2023 till 14 May 2023.
  • 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.
  • The nomination form must reach the Award Secretariat no later than 14 May 2023.
  • The judging panel reserves the right to reject the application if the quality of the entries does not meet the standard requirement.
  • It is mandatory for shortlisted secondees and their respective T-Up companies to present at the final round in July 2023.
  • The winner(s) for the T-Up Excellence Award would be informed by the Award Secretariat in August 2023. Should the quality of all entries not meet the standard required, the judging panel reserves the right not to declare winners.

Our 2022 Award Winners

T-Up Excellence and Emerging Talent Awards

T-Up Eagles Awards