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Development Assistance

last updated 30 November 2018

Development Assistance provides funding for the development of innovative prototypes / pilot content of original IPs, integrating the use of data and/or digital technologies.

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IMDA will support up to 70%* of a project’s qualifying costs that are directly linked to the project. Projects should demonstrate the following key attributes:

  • New formats and content pilots with plans to exhibit on or through new and/or digital platforms; and
  • Application of data and/or technologies to help in the IP development or prototype of the new media product or offering

The qualifying cost categories include:

  • Manpower
  • Professional Services
  • Equipment (Hardware)
  • Equipment (Software)
  • Intellectual Property
  • Others

*IMDA will assess and determine the final grant amount upon successful application and approval of the project.

  • Interested applicants can submit their application enquiries via the Online Feedback Form or approach an IMDA Industry Officer to discuss their project. Eligible applicants will be issued an invitation by IMDA Industry Officer via the Online Grant Management System (OGMS).
  • Please download application guidelines for D-Assist here.

Related-party transactions are as defined in Financial Reporting Standard (FRS) 24. Examples of related parties include (but are not limited to) subsidiaries, associated companies, joint ventures, key management staff and their close family members (e.g. spouse, children, domestic partner, and dependents). The examples cited here are by no means exhaustive. For the purpose of declaring related party transactions in the above, the Company should seek specific advice from a professional accountant on the interpretation of related parties under Financial Reporting Standard (FRS) 24.

If any potential supplier/service provider for the project is a related-party, grant applicants are reminded to make the appropriate declaration to IMDA when submitting their grant application. Do note that any related-party transaction incurred by grant applicants, that had not been declared to IMDA and approved by IMDA, would not be funded.