Technology for Enterprise Capability Upgrading (T-Up)

About this programme

Administered by A*STAR and AI Singapore (AISG), the Technology for Enterprise Capability Upgrading (T-UP) programme supports local SMEs and LLEs in enhancing business competitiveness. Get access to researchers, scientists and engineers to enhance your products and technologies.

  • Up to 70% of eligible costs
    Get up to 70% support of allowable costs as an SME or startup, or up to 30% support as an LLE. Both support levels are capped at S$250,000 per project.
  • Engage scientists and research engineers
    Identify and execute suitable R&D or innovation projects for a period of up to two years through the attachment of research scientists, engineers and technical experts from A*STAR’s research institutes and institutes of higher learning.
  • Support for overseas research projects
    Funding includes overseas costs such as living allowances and airfare of contracted research scientists and engineers.
  • Grow your business revenue
    Collaborate with R&D institutions for effective technology transfer, build up your R&D capabilities, and identify critical technologies for sustainable growth.
  • Project areas include (the list is not exhaustive):
    • Data storage
    • High performance computing
    • Info communications
    • Materials research & engineering
    • Microelectronics
    • Manufacturing automation & technology
    • Chemical and engineering sciences
    • Bioimaging
    • Bioprocessing
    • Genomics & Proteomics
    • Molecular & Cell Biology
    • Drugs/Biologics Discovery and Development
    • Bioengineering & Nanotechnology
    • Computational Biology
    • Immunology
    • Medical Technology
    • Artificial Intelligence/ Machine Learning

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Career fields supported

  • Trade Operations Executive
  • Procurement/ Sourcing Executive/ Manager
  • Trade Finance Manager
  • Carbon/ LNG/ Hydrogen Trader/ Analyst
  • Compliance Specialist
  • Supply Chain Professional
  • Sustainability Analyst/ Manager
  • Sustainability Finance and Strategy Manager
  • Artifical Intelligence/ Machine Learning


  • Business entity registered or incorporated in Singapore
  • Company has at least 30% local equity held directly or indirectly by Singaporean(s) and/or Singapore PR(s), determined by the ultimate individual ownership
  • Business entity must be able to finance and complete the project
  • Company has a Group Annual Sales Turnover not exceeding S$100 million, OR a Group employment size not exceeding 200 employees

How to apply

Interested in T-Up?

Looking to expand your tech capabilities or develop a new product, and need a scientist or engineer? Register your interest and let us aid you in your innovation journey.

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