Singapore’s government investment arm Temasek Holdings has appealed to the community for ideas for how to make the prosperous tropical city-state more liveable.
From today until the end of March, Temasek Foundation Ecosperity (TF Ecosperity), a new offshoot of Temasek’s philanthropic arm, is accepting proposals for solutions in areas such as energy, water, waste management and pollution.
Successful applicants will be given up to S$3 million per project to help them bring their solutions to market. This marks the first call that TF Ecosperity has issued since its inception last year and kicks off a regular twice-yearly invitation for submissions.
Singapore is among the most liveable cities in Asia, but has stagnated in a global ranking of 140 cities by the Economist Intelligence Unit, while global leaders such as Melbourne, Vienna and Vancouver have advanced.
The citystate ranked 46th in the ranking last year, below regional rival Hong Kong (43rd), performing well in providing a safe and stable habitat, but less well for culture, environment and healthcare.
Results from TF Ecosperity’s selection are expected to be announced in June.
The unit announced S$6 million in funding for four proposals in January.
The proposals included an idea to drastically shorten the amount of time a product remains in the testing phase, especially relevant during health epidemics. The second aims to produce a smart mask and micro ventilator for young children.
Another test beds Airbitat Smart Coolers in public areas of high humidity, while the last will develop bio-pesticides against mosquitoes to help combat Singapore’s dengue problem.
More information and the application form for participation can be found on the Temasek Foundation Ecosperity website. Applications close on March 31.