Innovation Challenges

Challenge Owner(s) JTC Corporation
Enterprise Singapore, JTC Corporation
Industry Type(s)
Circular Economy & Sustainability, Environmental Services, Sustainable Energy
Opportunities and Support Up to $250,000 in funding
Application Start Date 15 September 2020
Application End Date 26 October 2020
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About Challenge


The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed businesses to pivot in order to adapt and evolve. Given the scale of infrastructure projects, the built environment industry is in a great position to tap on new solutions to transform. If you have fresh solutions to build smarter, faster and greener – JTC wants you!

Supported by Enterprise Singapore Gov-PACT and Open Innovation Network, JTC aims to identify partners with the capability to develop new solutions that better address challenges in the built environment. Our objectives are to find solutions that let us build and operate sustainably, manage life cycle costing, and improve safety and productivity throughout the building life cycle.

Shortlisted projects get up to $250,000 in funding, and JTC will also provide domain expertise, and access to test-bed and pilot locations in selected JTC estates. Identified parties will work with JTC research engineers, operations specialists, and building and estate owners to co-create and co-develop these solutions. The developed solutions may also be adopted by other public agencies or corporate partners.

Through our support, companies can defray development costs, reduce business risk and bring ideas to market faster.

For 2020, JTC Innovation Challenge will focus on:

  • Automation and productivity, solutions that improve manpower productivity and reduce reliance on manual labour
  • Digitalisation of the build environment, easing the transition into using Building Information Mangement (BIM) Models and developing BIM-based solutions that address construction painpoints
  • Sustainability and resilience, to reduce our carbon impact on the environment and improve our resilience to supply chain disruptions

Sustainability and Resilience


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Challenge Owner(s)JTC Corporation
Industry Types(s)Energy & Chemicals

JTC and Whole-of-Government (WOG) are deploying solar panels in suitable spaces in Singapore, hence with the wide-scale deployment, being able to detect defective panels effectively will allow JTC to ensure optimised renewable energy generation and minimise any risks from defective electronics.

What are we looking for

Technologies/systems that can accurately and quickly identify a variety of defects, such as hot spots, cracks or PID in solar plants, and flag out fault conditions and generate reports is a possible solution to mitigate such a challenge. The solution will shorten the time needed to identify problem areas in solar installations and enable solar plants to improve plant yield and increase safety of operation and maintenance.

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Challenge Owner(s)JTC Corporation

Worldwide, construction booms in a thriving economy. The Global Status Report 2019 revealed that the building and construction together account for 39% of all carbon emissions in the world with 11% coming from embodied carbon. To decarbonise the sector, bold and innovative actions have to be taken.

What are we looking for

We are seeking new materials for non-structural and structural applications that meet most, if not all, the following desired outcomes:

  • Lower embodied carbon;
  • Improve construction productivity;
  • Reduce life cycle costing;
  • High possibility for wide-scale implementation

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JTC Corporation (JTC)

Applicants may submit proposals for a specific Challenge Statement under the category of “others” if they have missed the earlier submission closing date of Challenge Statement. Proposals received after the closing date of a past phase will be subjected to the same selection process, but award is subject to the availability of resources.

Additional Information

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Briefing Date: Tuesday, 29 September, 2020 - 09:00

Briefing Venue: Virtual briefing. Refer to briefing instructions.

Briefing Instructions: Briefing session is over. You may view the recorded session here

Please refer to the documents attached for more details of this innovation challenge and submission guidelines.

Submission open from 15 September to 26 October 2020, submit your clarification ( 10 working days before the closing date.

Briefing day 29 September 2020, 0900H to 1100H. Register your interest for the briefing 3 working days before the briefing (, first come first serve basis.

Additional information:

JTC Innovation challenge will have three thematic phases spaced out over 18 weeks. Each phase will last 6 weeks, and consist of two to three challenge statements each related to the theme. After the submission for the phase has closed, applicants can submit proposals under the “others” category of the later phase. These proposals will be assessed under the same selection process, but will be subject to the availability of resources.