Good Design Research


This initiative helps designers and design enterprises in Singapore find their unique value proposition in designing for impact through research and experimentation, and a network of knowledge partners.

Who is this for

Practising designers with interest in:

  • design impact exploration and research
  • building innovation into their business
  • cross-industry collaborations


  • Enable designers and design enterprises to gain a competitive edge in the global marketplace with their unique value propositions.
  • Equip them with knowledge, skills, network and resources to develop globally relevant and impactful solutions, while meeting increasingly complex needs of clients.

About the Programme

There is a growing recognition of the role design can play in mitigating the world’s complex issues such as climate change, diversity, national identity and even an ageing population.

To stay relevant, designers will have to relook how, why and what they design; re-examine the materials, technology and processes they work with; and study the impact their works have on individuals, society and the environment.

Engagement & Sharing

Together with industry partners, the DesignSingapore Council will hold monthly engagement and sharing sessions, starting in August 2020 to help designers develop their design impact projects through:

  • Meeting experts in the fields of technology, systems and processes, and identity and culture;
  • Learning about latest innovations, concepts and tools available to designers;
  • Gaining deeper understanding of global issues, challenges and opportunities
  • Exchanging ideas and forming partnerships within a network of impact-driven clients and designers

*Seeking Knowledge Partners*

The Good Design Research programme is also seeking knowledge partners in our efforts to equip designers with knowledge, skills, networks and resources. If you would like to be part of this initiative and are keen to engage with Singapore's design community email us at 

Examples of profiles that we’re looking for could include:

  • A bold material or digital technology innovator seeking partners to design for new applications
  • A traditional cultural and heritage practioner seeking to work with designers to modernise your craft
  • A first-mover of new systems and/or processes
  • An advocate of social cohesion and inclusivity who would like to inspire designers with your ideas
  • A potential client/venture capitalist looking for innovative solutions or keen engage designers who are driven by design impact


Date Event Name & Details

24 August
4.00pm  to 5.30pm

Designing for Inclusivity - Safeguarding Culture and Heritage
More info.

10 September
4.00pm  to 5.30pm

Designing for Inclusivity - Digital Technologies to Empower Everyday Living
More info.

Support for exploratory projects

Additionally, we are looking to support exploratory projects in these areas:

  • Identity & Culture
    How might good design promote social cohesion, or foster a sense of identity and connectedness? Projects within this cluster may explore emerging contemporary identities, modern interpretation of ethnic cultures and crafts, or community-based participatory design that encourage ownership and interaction.
    For example: The Wellness Kampung designed by Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
  • Systems & Processes
    How might current systems and processes be re-designed to achieve global goals like sustainable development? Projects within this cluster may explore new craft methods, as well as manufacturing or prototyping processes or the adoption of novel systems models that have ecosystem impact.
    For example: The “Pay per lux” intelligent lighting model designed by architect Thomas Rau and Philips
  • New Technologies
    How might we design bold new products, services and experiences through the adoption of technological and digital advancements? Projects within this cluster may explore new materials, application of robotics, artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, or embedding of IOT.
    For example: Combining emerging technologies with experimental fabrication processes.

Sponsorship Period

The DesignSingapore Council and a panel of independent design experts will select projects that could be supported with funding until the “proof of concept” stage, for a maximum period of 12 months.

Sponsorship Quantum

Dsg will sponsor up to 70% of the qualifying costs for activities essential to deliver the “proof of concept” over a maximum duration of 12 months, for projects with overall cost at S$50,000 or less. Projects with overall cost higher than S$50,000 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Projects will be assessed for:

  • Strength and feasibility of proposal;
  • Clarity of commercialisation/publicity plan;
  • Depth of research and approach in addressing a global issue and impact outcomes in any of the following areas:
    1. Enabling economic transformation;
    2. Raising quality of life;
    3. Advancing Singapore’s brand and culture; and
    4. Achieving ground-breaking design achievements
  • Clarity on how the project strengthens the unique value proposition

Designers and design enterprises will be assessed for:

  • Track record of portfolio over the past two years
  • Design ethos that aspires towards design impact

Eligibility critiera for funding support:

  • Practising designers with three years of working experience or more at the time of application;
  • Design enterprises that have been incorporated in Singapore for three years or more at the time of application;
  • Lead applicant must be a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident

How to apply

Download the Good Design Research information kit, application form and a list of Frequently Asked Questions here. Please email if you have further queries.

Please note: Applications for the first Open Call closed on Thursday, 30 April 2020 (5pm). Here are the results, and you can find out more about each of the projects here in this series of stories. Please look out for the next round of applications, which will be announced in our enewsletter and social media platforms in the 4th quarter of 2020. Thank you.

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