Research laboratories in universities and/or polytechnics

The laboratories of the National University of Singapore (NUS) cover a large spectrum of domains from bio-imagery to quantum communication. NUS also have numerous partnerships with other institutions and universities like the A*STAR – Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Neuroscience Research Partnership (NRP).

The laboratories of the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) are more oriented toward technological and engineering sciences like bioengineering or additive manufacturing.

The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) focus is on technology and design through a multidisciplinary approach. Research follows four main axis: architecture and sustainable design, engineering product development, engineering systems and design, information systems technology and design.

The Singapore Management University (SMU) also runs research programmes in human sciences, entrepreneurship and commercial sciences.

Lastly, the five polytechnics; Singapore Polytechnic (SP), Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP), Temasek Polytechnic (TP), Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) and Republic Polytechnic (RP) – which are equivalent to France’s IUT – conduct applied research in their own areas of speciality.

Research Centers of Excellence

The Research Centres of Excellence (RCEs) were founded and co-funded by the National Research Foundation and the Ministry of Education (MOE). These centres, building upon the existing academic strengths and research competencies of the local universities, aim to become world-class research centres.

  • Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS)
  • Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT Singapore)
  • Cancer Science Institute of Singapore (CSI)
  • Mechanobiology Institute (MBI Singapore)
  • The Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE)

Campus for Research Excellence And Technological Enterprise

The Campus for Research Excellence And Technological Enterprise (CREATE), was launched in 2012. With CREATE, the National Research Foundation (NRF) aims to develop research collaborations between top international universities and/or private laboratories and local universities and research centers. Singapore hosts numerous international recognized partners at CREATE like Cambridge, MIT, ETH-Zurich, Technion-Israel, Berkeley, etc.