MOT and CAAS Issue Call-For-Proposal to Develop Solutions for Innovative UAS Operations in Singapore

03 November 2017

The Ministry of Transport (MOT) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) have jointly issued a Call-for-Proposal (CFP) to develop systems and technologies to enable the innovative and wide-ranging use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in Singapore’s densely populated urban environment without compromising safety.

This CFP invites proposals for the development of various capabilities and technologies such as navigation capabilities, sense-and-avoid technologies, as well as fleet management and UAS Traffic Management solutions. Among others, these capabilities and technologies can enable beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) operations, which can be more cost-effective as they help enhance productivity of current processes. For instance, BVLOS operations could enable unmanned aircraft to fly a large area without requiring the UAS operator to keep a physical watch on the aircraft. This could benefit search and rescue efforts, building and structural inspections, land traffic monitoring and transportation of goods.

“UAS operations in urban environments like ours pose operational challenges with higher risks to people and property. Yet, the technology’s potential to transform the way we work and live is undeniable. This Call-for-Proposal is a good opportunity for us to work closely with industry players to explore the possibilities and test-bed the solutions robustly,” said Kevin Shum, Director-General, CAAS.

MOT and CAAS will co-fund the development and trials of up to $1.5 million per proposal, or up to 50% of the total qualified project costs, whichever is lower, for each successful proposal. Applicants will be required to develop working prototypes and are encouraged to identify and partner an end-user so as to take into consideration its commercial viability.

The closing date for submission is 5 January 2018, 2359hrs (Singapore Time). More information on the CFP can be found at

Ministry of Transport

The Ministry of Transport formulates polices for the air, land and sea transport sectors. The Ministry strengthens Singapore’s connectivity and develops the transport sector’s potential to advance the country’s economic competitiveness and the quality of life in Singapore. Our vision is to have an integrated transportation system that connects people and places seamlessly within Singapore, and to the rest of the world. The Ministry oversees four statutory boards, comprising the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, Land Transport Authority, Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore and Public Transport Council, which are responsible for the implementation of transport policies and operational matters. Please visit for more information.

About the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS)

The mission of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) is to grow a safe, vibrant air hub and civil aviation system, making a key contribution to Singapore's success. CAAS' roles are to oversee and promote safety in the aviation industry, develop the air hub and aviation industry, provide air navigation services, provide aviation training for human resource development, and contribute to the development of international civil aviation. For more information, visit

For more information, please contact:

Charlotte Chan
Assistant Director (Corporate Communications)
Ministry of Transport
DID: +65 6376 5041

Nur Diana Jamaludin
Senior Manager (Corporate Communications)
Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore
DID: +65 6541 2085
Mobile: +65 9655 1532

Last Updated on 12 November 2019