Collaboration Opportunities

PUB welcomes research collaborations that are in line with our mission: to ensure an adequate, efficient and sustainable supply of water. The opportunities for collaborative research abound for partners in the water and related industries, universities and research institutions (locally and overseas) and creative individuals who share our objective of improving water supply management through use-inspired fundamental research, application and technological development, as well as investment in process improvement, knowledge management and implementation.

To support this endeavour, PUB offers many opportunities for the collaborative development of new water technologies. Intellectual properties (IP) arising from these engagements are managed in accordance to PUB’s IP Policy.

  1. Collaborative Research and Development

    In PUB, we believe that use-inspired basic and applied research often result in innovations that produce the most significant benefits to us, our partners and customers. We welcome novel ideas and technologies that enable PUB to increase Singapore’s water resources, manage our water quality and security, and at the same time, lowering production costs. Our experience with collaborative R&D has shown that such partnerships often result in the transfer of complementary expertise, thus creating a win-win situation for all parties.

    Over the years, PUB’s commitment to create effective research partnerships with local and international research organisations, water utilities and technology solution providers has resulted in a number of collaborative R&D projects. Got a new idea? Please log in to PUB R&D portal SINGwater to submit your proposal. Let’s explore the R&D possibilities together.

  2. Test-bedding Opportunities

    The water industry is different from the other industries in many ways, and one of them is the conservative outlook to new treatment technologies without track records. While this position has been adopted for the good reason of protecting water safety and public health, it has somewhat stifled the application of potentially revolutionary water innovations.

    PUB would like to foster the growth of these innovations by facilitating the testing of products, processes, systems and services. The aim is to help these new technologies establish good track record in order for them to be competitive in the water market.

    PUB has been offering industrial test-bedding sites to the public and private sectors. With a group of experienced professionals, PUB has the operational know-how to facilitate the projects from conceptualisation to completion, inclusive of technical feedback from the users.

    Let’s explore our partnership now. Contact us at SINGwater.

    Venues and facilities available for test-bedding include:
    Catchment and reservoirs
    Water supply plants (including waterworks, NEWater factories, desalination plant, and variable salinity plant)
    Water distribution network
    Water reclamation plants
    Used water network

  3. Partnering to Seek External Funding Support

    Breakthrough innovations often arise when research occurs across the boundaries of distinctly different disciplines. An excellent example is the advancement in polymeric membrane materials, which has greatly benefit seawater desalination and water reuse today. PUB therefore encourages cross-disciplinary research that can potentially lead to high impact innovations and applications in the area of water.

    Although such research may not relate directly to PUB’s operation and expertise, PUB will partner proponents to seek funding support from external agencies. This allows the different parties to share the cost of performing research and development, and at the same time, to reduce the associated risks. A listing for available funding schemes that support environmental and water research is shown below:

    Contact us at for any other enquiries.

Last updated on 13 Nov 2014