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UK – Singapore Collaborative R&D Round 2

Fund Name

UK - Singapore Collaborative R&D Round 2

Project Length

24-36 months

Project Value




Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £5 million in innovation projects in partnership with Enterprise Singapore. This competition has an open scope.

UK registered organisations must apply to and will be funded by Innovate UK.

Singapore partners must apply to and will be funded by Enterprise Singapore.

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Fund details

The aim of this competition is to fund business led collaborative research and development (CR&D) projects focused on industrial research. Your proposal must include at least one partner from the UK and one partner from Singapore.

The projects innovate UK will fund are expected to result in a new product, industrial process or service. They must be innovative, involve a technological development and have high market potential in the participating countries.

Your project must demonstrate:

  • A clear game-changing or disruptive innovative idea leading to new products, processes or services
  • A strong and deliverable business plan that addresses and documents, market potential and needs
  • Sound, practical financial plans and timelines
  • Good value for money which will always be a consideration in Innovate UK funding decisions
  • A clear, evidence-based plan to deliver significant economic impact, return on investment (ROI) and growth through commercialisation, as soon as possible after project completion
  • Considerable potential to significantly benefit the UK economy or national productivity
  • The benefits of participants from the countries working together and how this adds value
  • A clear definition of where intellectual property (IP) can be used and shared between the participants and countries
  • A clear route to market within 2 to 3 years of project completion

Innovate UK would particularly welcome applications from the following sectors:

  • Advanced manufacturing and materials
  • Agrifood tech
  • Mobility and transport
  • Cybersecurity
  • Health and life sciences


Your project must:

  • Apply for a maximum grant of up to £350,000
  • Start by 1 November 2023
  • End by 31 October 2026
  • Last between 24 and 36 months

You must only include eligible project costs in your application.

UK project partners must carry out the majority of their project work in the UK and intend to exploit the results from or in the UK.

The consortium must include at least one business registered in Singapore that is a separate, non-linked entity.

All businesses in a consortium must be separate and non-linked entities. This is to ensure that projects encourage genuine international collaboration, not internal company research. Linked companies are considered a single entity under the parent company.

Projects should have a balanced contribution of the total eligible project costs among the partners from the participating partner countries. No more than 70% of the total project costs can be claimed by any single partner or by all partners from a single participating country.

Each organisation will receive funding from its respective national funding body.

To lead a project your organisation must:

  • Be a UK registered business of any size
  • Be or involve at least one grant claiming UK registered SME
  • Partner with a Singapore registered business, which must be a separate non-linked entity to the UK project partners

Academic institutions cannot lead or work alone.

Project team

To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must be one of the following UK registered:

  • Business of any size
  • Academic institution
  • Research and technology organisation (RTO)

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