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EDB-Industrial Postgraduate Program (EDB-IPP)

The aim of EDB's Industrial Postgraduate Program (IPP) is to build a pool of PhD manpower in Singapore with critical R&D skill sets for roles in industry through graduate training in a corporate R&D environment. NUS principal investigators will need to link up with locally-based companies that have established R&D labs and strong R&D capabilities in Singapore to propose an IPP project for EDB's consideration. Students will be jointly selected by NUS and the company, and jointly supervised by NUS faculty members as well as non-academic industry supervisors/mentors from the company. By default, students will be "employees" of the company and are expected to spend at least 50% of the research project activity within the company's facility.

The IPP Scheme

EDB's contribution

EDB provides the following funding support to the company (capped at four years):

  • IPP trainee's tuition fees
  • Basic salary of up to S$3,300 per month and employer's CPF contribution. Actual salary received by IPP trainee is decided by the company and can be lower or higher than S$3,300 per month.
  • 50% of the company's research grant to NUS capped at S$12,500/student/year

Company's Contribution

  • Supervision and hosting of IPP trainees at research facility
  • Disbursement of research grant to NUS PI for cost incurred at NUS
  • All other costs related to IPP Project and IPP trainee-incurred expenses (eg insurance, equipment, travel, conferences, publications)

NUS' Contribution

  • Jointly scope out project of mutual interest with company
  • Supervisor to ensure academic rigour
  • Research facilities

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 YLLSoM admission criteria for PhD.
  3. There is no bond requirement. However, companies should have visibility of hiring the trainee as a full-time employee after the completion of the IPP project.

Other Information

Foreground Intellectual Property (IP) Arrangement

By default, the foreground IP arising from the projects of trainees, recruited in the IPP scheme from 1 April 2011 till 31 March 2016, shall be the sole and absolute property of the company. The company may enter into an IP arrangement with NUS that is different from the default, as long as both parties agree.

Licence for Usage

Where the project IP is owned by the company, the company shall grant NUS non-exclusive, royalty-free rights to use the IP for academic; R&D and non-commercial purposes and in a non-competitive field of use at NUS only.

Where otherwise, NUS may negotiate an agreement with the company.

Management of IP

Where the project IP is owned by the company, the company shall be responsible for all IP-related applications and shall bear all costs associated therewith (eg filing, prosecution and maintenance).

Background IP arrangement

All background IP shall remain the property of the party introducing and/or disclosing the same to the other party for project purposes. NUS and company agree that the use of background IP shall be limited to performing each party's obligation under the project.


  1. NUS PI who wishes to participate in the EDB-IPP has to submit an application online at https://itumed.nus.edu.sg/postgrad/IPP/staff/stafflogin.aspx for review by the School Graduate Program Committee (SGPC). The NUS PI needs to first check with EDB if the collaborating company is eligible to apply for the IPP.
  2. If the application is approved by the SGPC, the NUS PI can start discussions with the company on the proposed research project and identify a suitable PhD candidate for the project. The company can then proceed to send a formal application to the EDB for the IPP. The NUS-PI should keep the University Point of Contact (POC), Mr Leonard Lim, Senior Manager at the Provost Office (PVO) and the Dean's Office informed of the IPP application.
  3. The company needs to apply to the EDB directly for the IPP funding, not the NUS PI.
  4. The proposed PhD candidate must meet the School's admission criteria for PhD and has to submit an official application online for PhD admission at Application Procedure Page.
  5. The SGPC will assess the candidate’s suitability for admission to the School PhD program. There is no bond for the PhD candidate.
  6. The main NUS supervisor should be a full-time staff member. An adjunct faculty member can be a co-supervisor.
  7. Once the IPP application is approved by the EDB and the PhD candidate is approved by the School, the NUS PI needs to keep the School and the University POC informed of the outcome of the IPP application. The NUS PI should then contact Ms Madelyn Ho Fee Muen (ilomhfm) at the Industry Liaison Office (ILO) to work on the draft for the NUS-Company Agreement for the approved project.
  8. After the NUS-Company Agreement has been prepared and endorsed by all parties, the NUS PI has to inform the Dean's Office and Mr Leonard Lim at the PVO accordingly.