Economic Development Board Industrial Postgraduate Programme (EDB IPP)

The IPP is an initiative by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) to establish a pool of doctorate/graduate research manpower in Singapore with industry-relevant skill-sets through training in a corporate R&D environment and local universities.

Candidates under IPP

  • Admitted IPP candidates must be full-time employees of the company while pursuing full-time research programmes at NUS School of Computing.
  • The candidate is expected to spend at least 50% of the research project activity within the company’s facility.
  • The candidate will undertake an approved jointly-identified research project, and be supervised by an NUS SoC full-time faculty member and a company staff with appropriate research qualifications.
  • The award is governed by the following conditions:
  1. The candidate must be a Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident.
  2. The candidate must meet the prevailing admission criteria for research programmes to SoC.
  3. There is no bond requirement. Candidate should be either a new hire or existing employee of the company.
  4. Sponsorship terms by EDB & company includes full tuition fees for research programme, monthly salary and employer’s CPF contribution (remuneration is determined by company).

Companies interested to participate in this programme will need to jointly scope research projects with an NUS SoC faculty member, and submit the research proposal to EDB for consideration.

The requirements of the company:

  • Singapore-based entity.
  • Possess the capacity and ability to scope and conduct an industrial postgraduate project with the academic partner, such as:

-        Assign suitable PhD-level company R&D leaders to be supervisors.

-        Have an established corporate R&D lab in Singapore with a sizeable team of PhD. researchers and a good 
track record of research activities.

-        Demonstrate commitment to support trainee(s) towards attaining a postgraduate degree within stipulated candidatures.

-        Have visibility of the R&D role in which trainee will be employed upon completion of the IPP project.

Company’s contributions:

  • Supervision and hosting of IPP candidates at research facility.
  • Co-share research grant to academic faculties for cost incurred at faculties.
  • Funds all other costs related to IPP Project and IPP trainee-incurred expenses (eg. insurance, equipment, travel, conferences, publications, etc).

Research Projects, Contractual Agreement & Intellectual Property Arrangements

NUS faculty members who wish to participate in EDB-IPP should, jointly with the collaborating company, contact EDB on sponsorship of the IPP/submission of project proposals. The project proposed for IPP should also be submitted to NUS SoC for approval.

Companies will then work with NUS and EDB to formulate contractual agreements for each project undertaken by the IPP candidate, company and NUS. Intellectual property arrangements arising from IPP projects undertaken by IPP candidates are to be agreed upon by both the company and NUS.


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