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List of IPAs issued to R&A applicants

The list of In-Principle Acceptances (IPA) granted are listed below:

S/N Supplier Robot type  In-Principle Acceptance (IPA) 
 1 Transforma Robotics Pte Ltd  Pictobot
Spray Painting
 BIP 2020-08-0117
 2 Shimizu Corporation   Robo-carrier
Automatic Conveyor System
 BIP 2020-11-0119

NOTE: The above publishing of R&A suppliers is solely for the purpose of sharing of information to facilitate the industry users to source for such products. It is NOT an endorsement of these products by BCA nor does BCA give any warranties, explicit or implied, regarding the availability of the products, information, product or services, efficacy of the products or warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, title or non-infringement of intellectual property rights. The supplier/user must ensure that their products are safe for public use and comply with all relevant regulations and statutory requirements at all times. For verification of IPA certificates, please email Mr Christopher Chien at christopher_chien@bca.gov.sg.

Funding schemes to support Robotics & Automation in the Built Environment

Robotics & Automation (R&A) has been identified as a key enabler for industry transformation under the digitalisation pillar of the Construction Industry Transformation Map (ITM). Besides improving productivity, digitalisation can also help build up the Built Environment (BE) sector’s resiliency. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it even more pertinent for the need to reduce reliance on foreign workers to fill up low-skilled jobs. Adoption of autonomous R&A solutions by BE firms can potentially bring long-term sustainable benefits to the firms and the BE sector. Meanwhile, research & development could overcome issues that current solutions cannot solve today. 

A list of funding schemes across Whole-Of-Government had been collated below to encourage the development and adoption of R&A solutions.

For further information on the individual schemes, please visit the respective funding links provided in Table 1 below.

 Cities of Tomorrow (CoT) R&D Programme This programme is a multi-agency effort, led by the Ministry of National Development (MND), to identify challenges that cities face and develop R&D solutions to address these challenges. The key research thrusts that are supported include Advanced Construction, Resilient Infrastructure and Greater Sustainability. 
Built Environment (BE) Robotics R&D Programme Supports the research, development and deployment of innovative robotics that demonstrate practical implementation and commercialisation potential in areas such as manufacturing, assembly, as well as smart and sustainable assets. 
Cool Ideas Enterprise Cool Ideas Enterprise is an open innovation platform for innovators to co-develop solutions that improve the living environment and residents’ quality of life. We arelooking for solutions in five focus areas– Energy, Urban Greenery, Living Environment, Water and Waste, and Building Technology – that can be piloted in our Living Labs island wide. Participants can benefit fromfunding support, mentorship, and access to facilities.
BETA Catalyst Funding To embark on industry-led R&I projects that build competitive advantage in firms, are impactful in transforming the built environment cluster, and have high commercialisation potential. 
Built Environment Accelerate to Market Programme (BEAMP) Supports the fast-track development and commercialisation of innovative solutions under the Gov-PACT initiative, which connects innovators with firms in the BE sector seeking to solve identified challenges. 
Growth and Transformation Scheme As announced at Budget 2021 and MND’s COS 2021, BCA will enhance support to drive transformation in the built environment sector through the Growth and Transformation scheme (GTS) which will support alliances across the value chain. For more information, please refer to media release.
ESG Enterprise Development Grant Today and into the future, companies that thrive are the ones that have strong business foundations and strategies, adopt technology and innovative processes, and grow their overseas presence. The Enterprise Development Grant (EDG) helps Singapore companies grow and transform. This grant supports projects to upgrade businesses, innovate or venture overseas, under three pillars: 1) Core Capabilities, 2) Innovation and Productivity and 3) Market Access.
NRF Central Gap Fund The National Research Foundation (NRF) Central Gap Fund (“Central Gap”) aims to support the translation of research outcomes into products, processes and/or services that generate economic and societal benefits for Singapore. The scheme provides a national-level platform to resource impactful projects and encourage collaboration across public research performers and/or industry. 
Advanced Digital Solutions (ADS)

The aim is for solution providers to step forward with readily available R&A solutions to be funded through IMDA’s Advanced Digital Solutions (ADS) support that can meet the requirements of (1) reduce reliance of foreign labour and increase productivity and (2) increase safety. Successful BE SMEs and larger enterprises will be provided with up to 80% funding support for qualifying costs to adopt these integrated solutions.

The R&A solution should align with the should align with the Robotics for Autonomous Construction and Facilities Management solution category described under the Construction and Facilities Management Industry Digital Plan.
Productivity Innovation Project (PIP) Supports Singapore-registered firms to build up their capability in DfMA technologies and Integrated Digital Delivery (IDD) and improve site processes in order to achieve higher site productivity. 
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