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PUB’s Competitive Funding for Water Research (CWR) programme: RFP 2101 & 2102

PUB has launched a grant call on 13 Sep 2021 under the Research Innovation and Enterprise 2025 Competitive Funding for Water Research (CWR) programme to invite Institutes of Higher Learning, research institutions and industries to submit proposals.

There are two Request-For-Proposals (RFPs):
1.   RFP 2101: Recovery Chemicals & Minerals from the Water Loop
​​2. ​  RFP 2102: Projecting the Impacts of Climate Change on Singapore’s Water System

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Recovering Chemicals & Minerals from the Water Loop
As a small city state, Singapore has always been aware of the need to balance economic development and environmental sustainability. Reducing waste and adopting a circular economy approach will benefit the environment and create economic opportunities. Circular economy also provides opportunity to increase Singapore’s resilience against disruptions to global supply chains.

This RFP hence solicits technologies and solutions that can recover the following two categories of useful resources:
i)    Chemicals needed in water and used water treatment processes from local waste streams (including, but not limited to, waste streams produced by PUB).
ii)   Rare metals relevant to industries from seawater desalination brine.

Projecting the Impacts of Climate Change on Singapore’s Water System
As the effects of climate change become increasingly pronounced around the world, there is need to address the longer-term impacts of climate change on Singapore’s water systems, including the effects on various water sources such as local catchment, seawater and NEWater. This RFP hence aims to study the impact climate change has on the Singapore water system for the next 10, 20 and 40 years, so as to guide the formulation of future adaptation strategies.

The study shall address two focus areas, namely the impact to (i) water quality and (ii) PUB’s infrastructure. Applicants are also free to propose other areas of study, except for areas related to flooding and coastal protection where separate studies are already ongoing.​

Eligibility Information

This call is open to Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs), public sector entities and private sector companies based locally in Singapore. Under this Thematic RFP, IHLs and public sector entities will qualify for 100% funding support of approved qualifying costs and 30% overheads. Funding support for non-Singapore entities is up to 30%, Large Local Enterprises up to 50%, Singapore Small Medium Enterprises, start-ups and not-for-profits up to 70%.

Closing Date: 26 November 2021, 4:00 pm (Singapore time, GMT +08:00).

Grant Call Information Session
PUB will be conducting a Grant Call Information Session, with details as follows:

Date: Friday, 24 September 2021
Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm
Meeting details: Zoom meeting room

To register, please RSVP via the following link by 21 Sep 2021. For any further enquiries, please contact Ms Chay Peck Si at