Funding Framework

Funding Framework

MPA has established a Maritime R&D framework to build Singapore as an international Centre of Excellence for maritime R&D by developing partnerships with tertiary and research institutions (TRIs) and the maritime industry

MPA’s Maritime R&D framework was established with the vision of developing Singapore as an international Centre of Excellence for maritime R&D and technology solutions. MPA seeks to achieve this through enhancing Singapore’s position as a premier global hub port and developing a vibrant maritime technology cluster that would spur new areas of growth and innovation linkages that will sustain Singapore as an International Maritime Centre.

This two-way flow of ideas and information between the technology provider and the maritime industry end user would help steer the development of innovations, technologies and solutions that are relevant and impactful to the maritime industry.

In addition, the maritime R&D framework is developed around a value chain that involves the following areas:

  • Applied R&D in creating new knowledge, R&D capability and intellectual property;
  • Test-bedding newly developed technologies
  • Development of maritime technology products and solutions leading to commercialisation
  • Adoption of technologies with beneficial impact to Maritime Singapore



Maritime R&D Focus Areas

As the key driver of maritime R&D in Singapore, MPA coordinates the innovation capabilities and research needs of both public and private researchers and partnerships with the maritime industry in close consultation and feedback from industry leaders and key stakeholders, MPA has identified the key maritime research and technology development focus areas which would help to raise Singapore’s maritime technology position to the next level. These focus areas include:


To augment and support the aspirations and activities for maritime R&D, technology and solution development under this framework, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has established the S$200 million Maritime Innovation and Technology Fund.