Research & Development (R&D) Projects

R&D plays an important role in contributing to MND’s vision of creating An Endearing Home, A Distinctive Global City for all Singaporeans. As cities around the world face increasingly complex urban sustainability challenges, MND recognises the importance of R&D in future-proofing Singapore’s development, and works closely with partners from the research community and industry to drive R&D efforts that can effectively address key national challenges.

Cities of Tomorrow

The Cities of Tomorrow (CoT) is a multi-agency effort led by MND that seeks to sustain Singapore’s success in the decades ahead by leveraging on R&D. In 2019, MND announced that close to $70 million will be invested in the CoT Research Programme over the next two years, in order to establish Singapore as a highly liveable, sustainable, and resilient city of the future. This will be achieved through the integrated development of R&D in four key verticals, namely, a) Advanced Construction, b) Resilient Infrastructure, c) New Spaces, and d) Greater Sustainability. These are supported by two enabling horizontals of Urban Environment Analytics, and Complexity Science for Urban Solutions.

Find out more about the Cities of Tomorrow here.

Land and Liveability National Innovation Challenge

The Land and Liveability National Innovation Challenge (L2NIC) is a multi-agency effort led by the MND and the National Research Foundation under the Prime Minister’s Office. It leverages on R&D to create innovative technological solutions to optimise Singapore’s space capacity for our long-term development needs, providing options for future generations. The funding allocation for the first phase from 2013 to 2018 is S$135 million.

Find out more about the L2NIC here.

Urban Sustainability R&D Congress

The Urban Sustainability R&D Congress is a biennial event co-organised by MND and partner agencies to bring together the research community, industry and government agencies to discuss R&D responses to national sustainability challenges. Launched in 2011, the Congress is the national platform for key stakeholders in Singapore’s urban sustainability development to showcase research capabilities and facilitate cross-sector partnerships to deliver tangible outcomes.

Find out more about the Urban Sustainability R&D Congress here.