Technology Adoption Program (TAP) & Technology Developer (TD) Fund - A*STAR
Technology Adoption Program
Technology Developer (TD) Fund
By: Malcolm Chua, Head,TAP
Dated: 24th Feb 2014
• TAP Key roles
• Objectives of TD fund
• Eligibility Criteria
• Project examples
• Proposal Gathering
Our Mission Statement
To boost the productivity of local companies,
especially SMEs, through the adoption of
innovation and technology.
Our Journey thus far
Our traditional sectors
Our new sectors
Key roles for TAP
No available Technology
TD Funded projects
• System Implementer
Centre of Innovation
Institute of Higher Learning
Six priority sectors:
Food Manu, Marine, PE and Retail
Under mandate of National Productivity and Continuing Education Council
(NPCEC), TAP is to fund Public sector performers such as A*STAR RIs,
Universities, Polytechnics, COIs and ITEs on productivity improvement
projects under Technology Developer (TD) Grant.
The intent is to fund Public sector institutions to translate existing
technologies to deployable solutions and subsequently transfer the
solutions to end-user companies.
Objectives of TD fund
Technology Developer Fund
Mass Adoption by SMEs
Public Sector Performers to draw on their existing capabilities to
translate them to a deployment-ready solution.
The developed solutions should lead to:
• raise productivity of a process by 20%.
• mass adoption by companies.
TD Fund Eligibility Criteria
Applicant must be from a Public Technology Developer (Research Institutes,
Institutes of Higher Learning, Centres of Innovation, etc).
Preferably, a minimum of 20% productivity improvement expected for
relevant business activities after project implementation.
A group of a local companies, should be benefit from the developed solution.
At least 50% of the participating companies must be SMEs
Working solution ready to be deployed commercially and for adoptions
Outreach event with TAP team to create awareness to the industry on
the developed solutions.
Dynacut - turning [SIMTech]
Problem statement: Local machining companies are in shortage of
highly trained engineers and still depend on trial and error approach for
solving machining problem such as machining vibration, which often
limits their productivity.
Solution: Dynamic simulation and optimization technology to quickly
provide optimal cutting condition.
Productivity improvement expected: 20% [Machining time reduction]
Company adoption expected: 20 companies
1. Top down approach: A industry wide problem statement
identified by TAP team and a grant call would be issued.
2. Direct approach is proposed where COIs, IHLs and RIs
can approach A*STAR with solutions to known industry
problems. Grant call is optional.
For projects with:
• Technology ready to translate to deployable
• Productivity improvement solution
• Ready for mass adoption