The Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council (RIEC) is chaired by the Prime Minister of Singapore, who appoints members to two-year terms. The RIEC comprises Cabinet Ministers and distinguished local and foreign members from the business, science and technology communities.
Set up in 2006, the RIEC provides strategic direction for national R&D.
It has two main goals:
- Advise the Singapore Cabinet on national research and innovation policies and strategies to drive the transformation of Singapore into a knowledge-based society, with strong capabilities in R&D; and
- Lead the national drive to promote research, innovation and enterprise by encouraging new initiatives in knowledge creation in science and technology, and to catalyse new areas of long term economic growth.
This high-level council underscores the political commitment to and importance placed on the national R&D agenda.
The RIEC is supported by the National Research Foundation (NRF) Board, which is responsible for the formulation of 5-year plans and policies to grow Singapore’s research capability, support economic growth and meet Singapore’s future national challenges (Information on RIE2020 Plan 2016-2020).