The National Research Foundation (NRF), set up on 1 January 2006, is a department within the Prime Minister's Office. The NRF sets the national direction for research and development by:
- Developing policies, plans and strategies for research, innovation and enterprise;
- Funding initiatives that strengthen research and scientific capabilities, and achieve economic and national impact;
- Building up research and development capabilities and capacities through nurturing people in Singapore and attracting foreign researchers and scientists; and
- Coordinating the research agenda of different agencies to transform Singapore into a knowledge-intensive, innovative and entrepreneurial economy.
NRF is the secretariat to the Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council (RIEC), chaired by the Prime Minister.