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National Research Foundation grants S$42 million to seven cybersecurity projects

Zafirah Salim | Oct. 17, 2014
These projects seek to strengthen Singapore’s R&D capabilities in cybersecurity, protect critical infrastructure, and improve the resiliency of cyber infrastructure.

The National Research Foundation (NRF) announced yesterday that it will be awarding S$42 million to seven research projects under the National Cybersecurity R&D inaugural grant call for proposals.

The inaugural grant call, made earlier on 7 March 2014, seeks to develop research expertise and capabilities in cybersecurity for Singapore.

In its media statement, NRF said that it worked closely with the National Security Coordination Secretariat, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Defence, Infocomm Development Authority, and Economic Development Board in the evaluation and selection of these research projects.

The grant call proposals were guided by the research themes in the areas of cybersecurity, namely: scalable trustworthy systems, resilient systems, effective situation awareness and attack attribution, combating insider threats, threats detection, analysis and defence, and cyberspace governance and policy research.

The grant call closed on 2 May 2014 with more than 20 proposals received from the local Institutes of Higher Learning and Research Institutes. All submitted proposals were evaluated by a panel of experts in the cybersecurity domain as well as representatives from government-affiliated agencies.

The projects awarded cover research topics in mobile security, cyber physical systems security, hardware and software security, digital forensics, and data security in the cloud. These projects seek to strengthen Singapore's R&D capabilities in cybersecurity, protect critical infrastructure, and improve the resiliency of cyber infrastructure.

"We have adopted an inter-agency approach in developing R&D capabilities to respond to cyber threats and cyber intrusions. For this call, we are pleased to see good ideas coming from local universities and research institutes," said George Loh, Director, Physical Sciences and Engineering, NRF.

William Lau, Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Research), DSO National Laboratories, who chaired the evaluation panel, added, "The projects that the panel has recommended for the inaugural grant call have the potential to significantly strengthen Singapore's cybersecurity. We are, however, only at the beginning. A lot more work lies ahead of us to give the researchers the time and space to innovate and then to get the projects translated to actual deployment."


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