Joint Singapore-UK Research in Cyber Security

Singapore's National Research Foundation (NRF), the UK's Cabinet Office (CO) and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) (from here on 'the Agencies') wish to encourage joint research activities in cyber security.

Through a single, shared process which is managed by EPSRC on behalf of the Agencies, we expect to identify and support up to three collaborations, each of which involves leading academic researchers in both the partner countries. While funding for researchers in Singapore and UK will ultimately be provided separately by their respective Governments, the key to success in the call will be the identification of a programme of work which is of high scientific quality and truly collaborative.

Proposals for new projects in any area relevant to cyber security, from new or established partnerships, are welcome. We intend to fund a balanced programme of research in which the individual projects can work together to maximise mutual benefit.

Collaborations will need to prepare a single, unified, proposal which describes a full programme of work in both countries. This will be submitted to EPSRC by the UK lead organisation on behalf of the research partners in both the UK and Singapore. Projects should last between 25 and 36 months, to start in Spring 2016 and end no later than December 2018.


Building on previous initiatives intended to foster stronger research links between Singapore and the UK, the Agencies would like to strengthen collaboration between our nations' best cyber security researchers.

The challenges of cyber security are global and do not respect national boundaries. Solutions to the problems with which we are faced will need to be developed and implemented in a shared way to reflect this fact.

This call is open to proposals, in any area of research, which have real potential to enhance our understanding of cyber security and strengthen relationships between researchers in Singapore and the UK. In particular we welcome projects which address shared challenges in:

  • Intrusion: Malware, exploits, intrusion detection and protection
  • Data Analytics: Algorithms, machine learning, privacy, trust, and personal/aggregated data issues ('Big Data')
  • Human Factors: Usability, behaviours, incentives, and more general economic, social and legal concerns
  • Policy Aspects: Issues that directly affect policy, government or business. Includes best-practices (e.g. BYoD), ownership (e.g. copyright, DRM), regulation and compliance
  • Sectors and applications (e.g. Internet of Things (IoT)): Targets the concerns of particular sectors or applications. Includes general areas such as healthcare and cities, to specific issues, e.g. smart cities, and detecting extremist activity.