Q:When does submission commence?
A:Submissions commence from 3rd September 09:00am (GMT +8) onwards. Please visit https://xcite.innovation-challenge.sg for more details.
Q:When is the deadline for submission?
A:The submission deadline is 15th November 6:00pm (GMT+8).
Q:Who is eligible to participate in the call?
A:This innovation call is open to all Singapore enterprises and solution providers. Interested local Research Institutes (RIs) and Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) will have to partner up with a Singapore start-up or SME to be eligible for the call.
Non-Singapore enterprises that are interested to participate will have to partner up with a Singapore start-up or SME to be eligible for the innovation call.
The Singapore start-up or SME will need to be the lead applicant for the submitted proposal.
Q:How can I participate in the call?
A:All eligible innovators can participate by submitting their proposal at this link: https://xcite.innovation-challenge.sg
Q:What is the funding support?
A:Eligible innovators may apply for funding support from Enterprise Singapore under the Enterprise Development Grant or National Innovation Challenge.
Enterprise Development Grant (use the following link for more information, https://www.enterprisesg.gov.sg/financial-assistance/grants/for-local-companies/enterprise-development-grant/overview)
Awarded solvers are required to submit an application for the grant through the Business Grant Portal. More information on documents required for submission can be found in the application form in BGP. The proposal and agreement will then be reviewed by Enterprise Singapore to determine the final amount of funding.
National Innovation Challenge (use the following link for more information, https://www.openinnovationnetwork.gov.sg/about/about-national-innovation-challenges)
Awarded solvers are required to submit an application for grant at a later stage (if shortlisted). More information on documents required for submission will be shared. The proposal and agreement will then be reviewed by Enterprise Singapore to determine the final grant amount.
Q:What are your policies on intellectual property (“IP”) protection and confidentiality obligations?
A:The participant is solely responsible for the protection of IP rights in his/her/its submission. Land Transport Authority (LTA) or Enterprise Singapore (ESG) will not request for a stake in the IPs developed (save for LTA’s right of first refusal for commercialisation of the Call IP in accordance with clause 23 of the rules for the OI Call). If you would like to share IP rights which may contribute to the value proposition of the developed solution, you are advised to obtain appropriate legal advice prior to making any disclosures to the parties involved.
Q:I am currently filing a patent for this submitted solution; can I check if my submitted proposal is treated confidential?
A:LTA, ESG and IPI acknowledge that the information provided by companies in the proposals could be sensitive and will ensure that such information is handled with care. However, we do not advise companies to submit information deemed confidential.
The companies should not disclose any information relating to the provisional patent until after it has been filed. Despite that, it is advisable that the participant exercises caution in disclosing only necessary information for the purpose of submitting his/her/its proposal. This is because there is no assurance that the participant’s concept, after converting to a patent application, would be granted eventually to offer him/her/it the needed protection, especially if what was filed was just an idea/concept. Therefore, IPI advises the participant to either approach IPOS or engage a patent attorney for professional advice.