Call for Proposals

MINT Fund Call For Proposals 2016

MPA invites the submission of research, innovation development, test-bedding and technology translation projects through a directed Call For Proposals (CFP), for consideration for co-funding under the MINT Fund.


This CFP seeks to support companies to utilize R&D to solve specific and well-defined maritime industry problems. Selected projects should demonstrate the potential to enhance knowledge, capabilities, and/or technology development in relevant areas. MPA is accepting submissions involving innovative technologies under one or more of the themes set out below.

CFP Themes

MPA aims to support the diverse needs of the local maritime industry and to promote Singapore as a responsible global maritime player. The challenges and opportunities created by important global and regional developments, together with rapidly improving technology trends that have the ability to catalyse entire sectors, have created strong drivers for MPA to continually support and drive innovation in the maritime industry. In view of this, MPA has identified the following CFP themes:

Utilization of UAVs (drones) to facilitate enhanced maritime operations

Examples of possible outcomes that could be considered:

  • Modular UAV that can be equipped with Gas detectors (for SOx, or harmful gases), Night vision, Oil detectors, Optical camera
  • One-man operation
  • Able to land on water or open deck space
  • Obstacle recognition and avoidance
  • Endurance of 12hrs in tethered, 2hrs untethered
  • Ship to Shore delivery Technology Demonstration
  • Recognition from High Definition optical images and/or videos (Oil slicks, Personnel in water, Smoke plumes, Cracks/corrosion)
  • 2D/3D mapping of terrain
  • Tracking for ID, position, speed, direction, and communication with shore-based system through 4G network

Utilization of Additive Manufacturing to replace traditional manufacturing processes

Examples of possible outcomes that could be considered:

  • 3D Printers for large scale metal printing (>1m x 1m x 1m) and more complex parts (Bigger parts for ships such as propellers, bigger and more complex parts for marine structures )
  • Production processes, which include 3D printed sand casting, powder bed fusion and laser cladding
  • Testing and Standards (National & international standards, Certification & Classification, Regulation)
  • Translation and optimization of traditional manufacturing design to AM design

Use of Maritime Data Analytics

Examples of possible outcomes that could be considered:

  • Early Piracy Warning Systems for ship masters and CSO
  • Joint Industry Project on vessel profiling analytics to aid Flag State Inspection
  • Under Maintenance Analytics, the use of Condition Monitoring for Port equipment,  Offshore structure, or Shipboard equipment

Raising Harbourcraft Productivity

Examples of possible outcomes that could be considered:

  • Autonomous Bridge
  • Autonomous Engine Room
  • Industry-wide integrated resource management platform
  • Shore-based fleet operations centre
  • Automation of repetitive processes to reduce manning requirements
  • Future Bunkering Concepts
  • Applications riding on port-wide 4G broadband service
  • Real-time low-cost ship-to-shore communications
  • App for real-time information of Flotsam Retrieval/ Garbage Collection and other craft
  • Flotsam detection and tracking, with alert and prioritisation

Ballast Water Management

Examples of possible outcomes that could be considered:

  • Development of optimized BWTS to improve on the following parameters: Footprint/ Size, Energy Consumption, Speed of disinfection, Avoiding the use of active substances
  • Pre/Post treatment monitoring
  • Single Pass Treatment
  • Shore Reception Facilities
  • Feasibility of Common Risk Area
  • Rapid on-board Sampling/Diagnostics/Testing

Operations in Emerging Frontiers such as Arctic/Harsh Environments

Examples of possible outcomes that could be considered:

  • Equipment Winterization
  • Development of ships to obtain Polar Code Certification
  • Modelling and Simulation of Structural Ice Loading
  • Stability Modelling
  • Image Recognition for Ice Avoidance
  • Cargo Liquefaction Simulations
  • Crew Training Simulations

Diversify and Build New Sources of Competencies

Examples of possible outcomes that could be considered:

  • Innovative design of marine vessel/equipment
  • Alternative/clean energy for ships
  • Sea-bed mining technologies

CFP Timeline

Commencement for submission of proposal: 01 May 2016
Deadline for submission of proposal: 29 July 2016
Date of announcing the outcome of grant call: Nov/Dec 2016

Proposal Submission Instructions

For information on the eligibility criteria, submission requirements, and funding details, please download a copy of the CFP document.

Only proposals properly completed and with relevant supporting documents attached will be accepted for evaluation and assessment.

The deadline for proposal submission to MPA is 29 July 2016.  All proposals must be submitted to