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Provides funding for innovative science and technology research in areas relevant to defence and security.


Open to NUS, NTU, SUTD, SMU, SIT, A*STAR and any local research institutes or commercial companies operating from Singapore. Researchers of DSO National Laboratories, Temasek Labs at NUS, NTU and SUTD and ST Engineering are not eligible to apply. Research work under the project shall be carried out in Singapore.


Award is based on the innovative merits of the Applicant’s research and its potential impact on the defence and security of Singapore.

MINDEF’s Department Managing DIRP Funding

The funding is managed by Future Systems and Technology Directorate (FSTD), MINDEF.

Terms and Conditions Governing DIRP

  1. Funding – The Award may be used to fund research manpower, consumables, equipment, and travel expenses related to the project.
  2. Duration – The maximum duration for each project is four (4) years, with mutually agreed intermediate milestones for deliverables.
  3. Project Agreement / Research Contract – Successful Applicants (called Principal Investigators or PIs) would be required to sign with a Research Contract or a Project Agreement (PA) as applicable with FSTD either through their respective university or organisation. The PIs must initiate the project within three (3) months of signing of the Research Contract or PA. Failing to do so may result in the award being rescinded.For applicants from the universities, all terms and conditions governing the award will be in accordance with the Master Agreement signed between university and MINDEF. Existing university/ organisation policy on recruitment, procurement and project finances are to be adopted accordingly.
  4. Payment – Payment will be made in accordance to the agreed milestones stipulated in the PA or Research Contract and the amount should commensurate with expenses.
  5. Reporting – The PIs are expected to submit a progress report at mutually-agreed six-monthly intervals or milestones upon commencement of the project. This report should document the progress made in the last six (6) months or from the previous milestone and should include: achievements, deviations from plans (if any) and plans for the next six (6) months or towards the next milestone. These progress reports are to be submitted to the FSTD Programme Manager (PgM)/Project Manager (PjM) overseeing the project.
  6. Mid-term review – A mid-term review will be conducted between the PI and FSTD PgM/PjM to determine the continuation of the project. FSTD will have final decision on any discontinuation of the project
  7. Final report –The PIs are required to provide a final report at the end of the project, giving details of the research outcomes, comparisons of these against the initial objectives, as well as details on how the approved funding was utilised. The final reports are to be submitted to the FSTD PgM/PjM overseeing the project. A softcopy of the final report (in pdf format) is to be provided to FSTD through the respective university’s point of contact.


Solicitations for proposals will be announced once every year.

Application Procedure:

  1. Idea Discussion – Prior to any proposal submission, Applicants are encouraged to approach and discuss with relevant FSTD PgM/PjM to affirm their interest in the idea first. The full list of technology research areas of interest to FSTD and the respective PgM/PjM in charge are available here.
  2. Preliminary Proposal Submission – Applicants from the universities are required to complete and submit via email, the DIRP preliminary proposal to the respective university’s point of contact. The university’s point of contact will collate and forward all preliminary proposals to FSTD. Applicants from other local research institutes or commercial companies operating from Singapore are to submit directly their DIRP preliminary proposals to FSTD.
  3. Full Detailed Proposal submission – For DIRP preliminary proposal that are selected for further evaluation, FSTD will notify the applicants through the university’s points of contact or research institutes or commercial companies, where applicable. The selected applicants are to submit a full DIRP detailed proposal using a full proposal form.Applicants from the universities are required to submit via email, the DIRP full proposal to the respective university’s point of contact as listed in Table 1. Applicants from other local research institutes or commercial companies operating from Singapore are to submit their DIRP preliminary proposals directly to FSTD.

Contact Person

Ms Angela Luow, Senior Associate
Temasek Laboratories, SUTD
Tel: 6499 4599


All applications will be considered by a DIRP Selection Panel. The Panel’s decision is final and no appeal will be entertained. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.


Please do not use previous years’ templates.

Document Purpose
DIRP_Prelim_Proposal_Form_Template For all applicants responding to 2016 DIRP call for proposal.
DIRP_Full_Proposal_Form_Template Only for proposals which are shortlisted for 2016 DIRP call.
DIRP_Report_Template For progress update and final reporting to MINDEF FSTD.

Table 2: Forms for DIRP Call 2016


Call Status Date
Call for proposal 30 Aug 2016
Close of Call 30 Sep 2016
Invitation to Submit Full Proposal for Selected Applicants 15 Dec 2016
Submission of full proposal by Applicants 31 Jan 2017
Applicants Informed of Outcome 30 Apri 2017

Table 3: Schedule for DIRP Call 2016

Jointly Organised By

Future Systems and Technology Directorate (FSTD), MINDEF
Temasek Laboratories @ Nanyang Technological University (TL@NTU)
Temasek Laboratories @ National University of Singapore (TL@NUS)
Temasek Laboratories @ Singapore University of Technology and Design (TL@SUTD)
DSO National Laboratories (DSO)
Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd