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De-risk your development by leveraging the Supply Chain Control Tower as the company’s testbed, to co-develop & deploy advanced Supply Chain technologies via projects.

Join in the community and ecosystem to share, learn and grow together in Supply Chain thought leadership that ARTC is building via regular meetups, workshops or product showcases

Companies can play an active role in our SC4.0 research development by providing their expert insights and data, which can be utilized by the company once it is ready.

Upskill your workforce to be SC4.0-ready via customised trainings @ SCCT.


1 \ What is the goal of SC4.0?

SC4.0 is a 2-year programme funded under RIE2025 to look at developing digital and automation technologies, together with industry partners who can contribute their knowledge and data to any of the 7 Work Packages that they want to participate in. This will in turn benefit companies who contributed as the development is based on their data/solutions, reducing customization required if they intend to adopt/deploy the technologies.

2 \ What kind of commitment is expected from companies taking part in SC4.0? Example: time, manpower, in-kind or financial contributions.

i) If any of the 7 Work Packages in SC4.0 are of value and interest to companies, ARTC will arrange regular updates and discussions with them. It is preferable to appoint a Point-of-Contact to work with A*STAR. Companies do not need to commit financially to be involved in SC4.0.
ii) They can also contribute by giving in-kind contributions to the research themes they wish to participate in, whether software or hardware, so that A*STAR development can be built on top of their solutions and data. 
iii) If they wish to take our development further by customizing to their company’s business processes and operations, ARTC can scope it as a project, then develop & deploy it for the company. This will require financial commitment as the Engineers/Scientists will need to be reimbursed for their time to develop the solutions.

3 \ When is the deadline for the call of industry participation for SC4.0?

There is no deadline set, and companies are free to participate throughout the whole duration of the SC4.0 programme (2 years, starting from Nov 2021).

4 \ Who owns the IP for the 7 Projects in SC4.0?

As this programme is funded by public monies in Singapore, A*STAR owns the IP developed in the 7 Projects under the Innovation Themes. 

5 \ Will companies who participated and contributed (Cash/In-Kind) in this programme be able to use the IP to develop solutions with or on top of A*STAR development?

There are various options to explore:
i) Licensing option
Companies who intend to commercialize/sell the solution developed in the Work Packages can work with A*STAR on securing the licensing rights (exclusive/non-exclusive). 
ii) Companies owning the Foreground IP (FIP)
Companies may want to adopt certain Work Packages for further development with A*STAR, customized to their requirements and processes. 
In that case, the IP developed from the Work Packages will be considered as Background IP (BIP), owned by A*STAR and documented in the Project Agreement. New development/process derived as the outcome of this project with the companies will be considered Foreground IP (FIP). Companies can work with A*STAR to negotiate the terms to own the FIP, further highlighted in Question 6.

6 \ We understand the default A*STAR IP positioning in “Research Collaboration Agreement (RCA)” does not allow companies to fully own the FIP in the projects. What are the ways to own the FIP?

For the Foreground IP (FIP), the default IP position in A*STAR project agreements using RCA is either “Jointly-Developed, Jointly Owned” or “Sole-Developed, Solely-Owned”, which either allows the IP to be co-owned with A*STAR or fully owned by A*STAR. For companies who would like to own the FIP, an escalation process is to be made subject to approval by our Deputy Chief Executive (DCE, A*STAR).
Alternatively, if companies join as an ARTC member (consortium membership model), we have 3 types of Project Agreements. 1 of which allows companies to own the FIP, namely:

7 \ Is the project done in collaboration with other companies (both MNCs, LLEs and SMEs), or just with A*STAR?

The main development for each Project will be led by A*STAR Engineers/Scientist to achieve the deliverables highlighted under each Project. The team will be working with companies in the development to ensure relevance to industry needs and opportunity to proliferate the technologies back to the industry.
This is an open platform. It is both an invitation for companies to work with us in this programme, and for companies to be able to network and collaborate.

8 \ Do companies pick one of the Projects under our Innovation Themes to work on? Is it limited to these 3?

i) Are the problem statements fixed?
The Work Packages are meant to solve problem statements gathered from extensive industry feedback. We also understand that each company has its own challenges and is at different technological maturity/stage. Hence, we are open to exploring and discussing with the companies on how we can work on their problem statements as a one-to-one project.
It can be both ways. Example: A company works with us on 1 of the 7 Work Packages but is also engaging us in parallel on a project that is looking at utilising AGV for their warehouse/production.

ii) For the work deliverables of each Project, are those existing solutions that ARTC has, which ARTC would like to test out with companies?
No, they are not existing solutions. They are what we plan to develop in 2 years. But companies do not have to wait 2 years for us to develop before they get to test it out. There are multiple Minimal Viable Products (MVP) milestones set up for each Work Package that companies can take and test out. We are able to share more with the companies.

9 \ Is there funding to send companies’ workforce for training regarding Supply Chain related courses?

Training courses have been developed and are currently in the process of seeking WSG subsidies.