Support Schemes

Overview of IDM R&D Programme

With the advantage of an established infrastructure, strong and talented workforce, stability of financial institutions and proven ability in information technology, Singapore aims to be a global media city with the Interactive Digital Media (IDM) sector as a key driver.

The Government announced in July 2006 the allocation of S$500 million over the next five years to fund Research and Development (R&D) in IDM. This focus underscores the government’s commitment to develop the IDM sector and create a niche for Singapore to excel in.

The IDM R&D Programme Office (IDMPO), hosted by the Media Development Authority (MDA), was created to coordinate efforts between the multi-agency team including agencies such as the Economic Development Board (EDB), Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Ministry of Education (MOE), Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts (MICA) and the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI). The IDMPO coordinates a nation wide effort to implement an IDM R&D Programme that will support all IDM stakeholders, including industry players, Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) and individuals.

Since its inception, the IDMPO has established an IDM R&D Programme with funding initiatives to address the spectrum of IDM stakeholders within three R&D focus areas.


IDMPO and agencies have been putting in place strategies and schemes to realise the goal of creating a thriving IDM R&D ecosystem which would be the source of innovation for the IDM sector.

The key overarching strategy is to support and interlock IDM R&D efforts of 4 key groups of stakeholders:

i) Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) and Research Institutes (RIs)
ii) Industry
iii) Start-ups
iv) Schools

The IHLs and RIs are supported under the i.ROCK (IDM Research Oriented Centres of Knowledge) initiative. The aim is to build a network of IHLs and RIs in Singapore by strengthening local capacity and attracting leading institutes from around the world. Our goal is to establish tens of leading IDM R&D centres in Singapore.

The industry players are supported under the Futurescape initiative. The aim of Futurescape is to encourage Singapore-based companies, including MNCs, flagship and Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to engage in IDM R&D. We target to have hundreds of companies conducting industry IDM R&D under this initiative.

The start-ups are supported under the i.JAM (IDM Jumpstart and Mentor) initiative. The aim of i.JAM is to seed grassroot effort, and ensure constant innovation in IDM. The i.JAM programme targets to reach thousands of startups in Singapore through a network of IDM incubators.

The IDM in Education effort will develop and promote widespread adoption of IDM-based pedagogical models, tools and content, by students.

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