Singapore Food Story R&D Programme

Singapore Food Story R&D Grant Call

Theme 1 - Sustainable Urban Food Production

This grant call will launch on 18 December 2019 and close on 31 March 2020, 12pm Singapore time (UTC +08:00). Proposals are expected to be awarded by October 2020. All applications have to be submitted on-line via the Integrated Grants Management System (IGMS) and endorsed by the host institution’s Director of Research or equivalent in order to be eligible.

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The grant call under this R&D Theme aims to encourage researchers, technology providers and potential adopters to co-develop innovative solutions for the tropical aquaculture and urban agriculture industries.

Food Security

The tropical aquaculture and urban agriculture industries are sectors that align with Singapore’s existing industry base, with potential for further development to achieve the ‘30 by 30’ goal. Aquaculture will be increasingly important for food production as global fisheries decline and demand for fish increases. Singapore’s tropical aquaculture sector has high potential for growth, particularly with the use of intensive farming technology. In addition, urban agriculture technologies such as climate control and indoor multi-tier farming systems can increase Singapore’s capacity to grow locally. These technologies also enable the growing of seasonal crops not typically found in the tropics.

For both sectors to significantly develop in Singapore, various technological challenges will need to be overcome. Through this grant call, SFA is seeking solutions with the ability to increase the productivity of local food producers beyond what is achievable by current best-in-class technologies. Such solutions shall also take into consideration aspects such as cost effectiveness, resource use efficiency, sustainability, and climate resilience.

Scope of Grant Call

Category A: Targeted research leading to translation/scale-up

Category A supports targeted research in specific areas of interest, which has strong potential for translation/scale-up.

Funding support will be up to $2 million for a period of up to three years.

However, if the Research Proposal entails components such as the use of genetic improvement techniques (e.g. selective breeding, gene editing, etc.), funding support for the awarded Research Proposal could be up to $5 million for a period of up to five years.

Category B: Other new research areas pushing the frontier

Category B aims to support proof-of-concept research in areas within the tropical aquaculture and urban agriculture space, which are not covered under Category A.

Funding support for each Research Proposal awarded could be up to S$500,000 for a period of up to 18 months.

Eligibility Criteria

Principal Investigators (PI) from all Singapore-based institutions of higher learning (IHLs), public sector agencies and not-for profit research laboratories as well as companies and company-affiliated research laboratories/institutions, are eligible to apply.

Common FAQs

For enquiries on the Theme 1 grant call, please refer to the following documents.

1. Information Sheet
2. FAQs

Otherwise, all other enquiries can be directed to:

(Latest as of 30 Sep 2020) Successful applicants will be notified of in-principle approval for the award of the grant by Dec 2020

Theme 2 – Future Foods: Alternative Proteins

For more information on A*STAR’s grant call on alternative protein seed challenge, please refer to website:

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