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Inaugural National Cybersecurity Research and Development Programme Grant Call

Published on : 14-Mar-2014


The inaugural National Cybersecurity Grant Call for Proposals by the National Research Foundation (NRF) is now open for application.  The National Cybersecurity R&D Programme (NCR) was conceptualised to develop cybersecurity R&D capabilities to meet national strategic security needs and to provide a common platform for R&D collaboration among agencies, academia, research institutes and the industry.

NCR Programme

The programme aims to improve the trustworthiness of cyber infrastructures with an emphasis on security, reliability, resilience and usability. S$130 million will be available over 5 years to support research efforts in these areas of cybersecurity, namely: scalable trustworthy systems; resilient systems; effective situation awareness and attack attribution; combating insider threats; threats detection, analysis and defence; and cyberspace governance and policy research.

Objectives and Scope

The inaugural call for R&D proposals will be guided but not limited by the following themes:

1.       Scalable Trustworthy Systems

2.       Resilient Systems

3.       Effective Situation Awareness and Attack Attribution

4.       Combatting Insider Threats

5.       Threats Detection, Analysis and Defence

6.       Efficient and Effective Digital Forensics

7.       Cyberspace Governance and Policy Research

Funding and Duration

This grant call offers funding support for proposals of varying sizes, capped at $10million up to a period of 5 years. Proposals spanning more than 3 years will require strong justifications.


Principal Investigators (PI) from all Singapore-based institutions of higher learning (IHLs), and research institutions are eligible. Private sector and other entities can participate as collaborators.

Lead and Co-PIs at the point of application must fulfil the following requirements:

·          Hold a primary appointment in a local publicly funded institution;

·          Have a laboratory or research program that carries out research in Singapore;

·          Be an independent PI with a track record of leadership ability in coordinating research programs and providing mentorship to research team, as well as having productive research outcomes;

·          No outstanding reports from other national grants.

NCR Call Process

The NCR call process has 2 stages: (i) White Paper stage; and (ii) Full Proposal stage.

All applications must be submitted via RITA and endorsed by the NTU endorsement authority by NRF’s stipulated deadline. First time RITA users may sign up for an account here:

Administrative checking is to be completed by applicants and respective School Administrators.  A checklist will be disseminated to your School Administrators soon for your use.  Interested applicants are requested to check with their School Administrators regarding their Schools’ internal deadlines for administrative checks.

Application Deadline  

•      Indicative interest: (to be submitted through School Administrators) no later than 4 Apr 2014 noon;

•      Summary table (to be submitted through School Administrators) to RSO no later than 13 Apr 2014 noon;

•      Signed checklists (to be submitted through School Administrators) than no later than 28 Apr 2014 noon;

•      To avoid any unforeseen technical errors, all applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their proposals online by 28 Apr 2014 noon for endorsement by the appointed institution authority.

Please refer to for further information and details related to the NCR Programme.

Queries can be sent to or respective School Administrators.