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  • What is the NTU Sustainability Challenge?
    In line with NTU’s 15-year sustainability manifesto, NTU Singapore and Enterprise Singapore are co-organising the inaugural NTU Sustainability Challenge 2023 to bring together innovators and researchers to leverage on technology to co-develop eco-friendly solutions that can address environmental issues in-campus.
  • How do I participate in the NTU Sustainability Challenge?
    You can submit any number of applications at the application portal.
  • Do I need to follow a template for submission?
    No! You may submit a pdf or ppt (less than 10mb) in any format that puts your proposal in the best light. However, a template is available here if you require some help with it.
  • Can I submit multiple applications?
    Yes you can.
  • Can I collaborate with other companies?
  • When is the deadline for submission?
    Applications must be completed on the submission portal by 1 September, 11.59pm
  • What is the evaluation process?
    After the closing of the application period, a judging panel will evaluate all applications, and short-list several applications for each challenge for further assessment. In this further assessment phase, you may be required to submit further information about your proposal, and/or attend evaluation sessions either remotely or physically to pitch your solution.
  • When will I know the outcome?
    Winners will be announced by October.
  • Who is eligible?
    The Challenge is open to all local and foreign registered startups and small and medium-sized enterprises (“SMEs"). All applicants/entrants/participants ("Participants") must be above the age of 18 years old as at the date of entry and must submit their project proposals (“Project Proposals”) detailing their solution to a particular challenge statement (“Challenge Statement”) launched under the Challenge, via the official website at Please refer to individual Challenge Statements for any exception or additional criteria. Employees, representatives and family members of the Nanyang Technological University (“Challenge Statement Owners”), as well as the Organiser, should declare such relationship to the Organiser and Challenge Statement Owner(s) that they are submitting their Project Proposals to. Project Proposals with solutions that have received funding from other programmes run by government agencies or statutory boards should declare the funding received and project details to the Organiser. Enterprise(s) collaborating with Public Researchers; Public researcher(s) can participate by either: Registering a new spin-off to license the technology, led by a committed and capable team; or Submitting a joint proposal with an enterprise (the enterprise has to co-develop the solution, lead the proposal submission and eventually commercialize the proposed solution).
  • What Technology Readiness Level (TRL) are you looking for?
    TRL 6 and later solutions are preferred, but earlier stage solutions are welcome to apply as well.
  • If I am already conducting a test on campus through a research project, can I still apply?
    Yes. You may apply as long as you meet the following eligibility criteria stated above.
  • Will solutions that require integration to the Building Management System be considered?
  • Will you provide up-to-date mechanical and electrical plans for further study?
    Detailed mechanical and electrical plans will not be provided at the stage, unless crucial for the solution provider to demonstrate their innovation.
  • What kind of impacts do you want to see for challenge statement 5: “Encouraging user behaviors to reduce carbon footprint”?
    The desired impact is behavior change that leads to a measurable reduction in NTU's carbon emissions. The target is a quantified reduction of around 20%.
  • Will I have to give up equity or IP?
    All background intellectual property (IP) rights are owned by creators. Commercialisation of IP generated during this challenge shall be negotiated separately between the participants and NTU. For more information, please refer to the rules and regulations.
  • What is the implementation timeline for the project?
    The implementation timeline is between 6 months and 1 year . This includes implementation of the pilot solution, data collection and analysis.
  • How many pilot trials will be awarded?
    Up to one paid pilot trial will be awarded per challenge statement. However if there are proposals with strong value proposition, more than one may be considered.
  • Will I be eligible for any funding from Enterprise Singapore if my proposal is selected?
    Enterprise Singapore may support local Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) with the Enterprise Development Grant (“EDG”) (for eligible enterprises). Awarded participants are required to submit a proposal for the grant through the Business Grant Portal (“BGP”). More details of the EDG may be found here.
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