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Good Design Research

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Good Design Research

The Good Design Research (GDR) initiative empowers designers and enterprises in Singapore to find their unique value proposition in designing for impact through research and experimentation, supported by a wide network of knowledge partners. 

About the Good Design Research Initiative

The Good Design Research (GDR) initiative aims to help local designers and enterprises develop unique value propositions to seize new opportunities in emerging global trends, through practice-based applied research, so that they may gain a competitive edge.  

We look to support innovative design impact projects through a GDR Grant. If you’re a practising designer or enterprise who is keen to design for impact through applied research and build innovation into your business/ products/ solutions, apply for the GDR Grant today.

Your proposal could be (1) self-initiated (2) inspired from our open challenges or (3) in response to one of our real-world challenge statements below.  

How do I know if Good Design Research is for me?

Wondering if your design practice or enterprise can truly benefit from Good Design Research? Have an exciting and impactful idea but unsure of how exactly to develop it? Not sure if you have enough resources to see your projects through?  

We have an experienced panel of design experts who will provide one-on-one mentorship to support you through the process and help shape your research. You can also get in touch with us for any queries such as project suitability or how you can frame your submission.

Looking to make a difference? Apply for the GDR Grant today!

For this grant call, you are invited to respond to a real-world Challenge Statement, be inspired by one of our open challenges or submit a self-initiated project. Application closes on 3 June 2022!

Respond to challenge statements from potential clients

Designers who are keen to work on impactful design projects but do not have a project in mind can take on one of these real-world challenge statements. By responding to these challenges, designers stand a chance to turn these solutions into actual business opportunities with these partners above!  

Or submit a self-initiated proposal exploring these tracks

Good Design Research’s Three Project Tracks

Already have an existing project in mind? Designers can submit self-initiated proposals exploring the tracks above.

Strengthen your project with our Resource Partners

If you’re ready to work on a design challenge but need some extra help to develop your Proof of Concept, here is a list of resource partners you can tap on! Whether it’s boosting your technical capabilities, finding sustainable sources or enhancing accessibility and reach, check out what our partners can do for you here.


Stay up to date with the various events we have lined up to build capabilities and share knowledge amongst our design community!   

Upcoming Event
Briefing Session: Good Design Research Grant (April 2022)
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Our support

Successful applicants will receive the following support:

1. Seed funding

Selected projects will be supported with up to 70% of the qualifying costs capped at S$50,000, for activities essential to deliver the Proof of Concept over a maximum duration of 12 months. Examples of supportable items include material costs, research and prototyping related third-party costs that are essential to deliver the Proof of Concept.

2. Industry mentorship

Selected projects will be given an option to be paired with a pre-selected list of industry mentors who could help refine their research process and outputs. 

3. Publicity outreach

Selected projects will collectively be profiled on Dsg’s social media channels and potentially be connected with showcase and business opportunities. 

Who can apply?

Application TracksEligibility Criteria
Enterprises(i) Must be incorporated in Singapore for three years or more at the time of application

(ii) The lead applicant must be a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident
Individual Designers(i) Must be a practising designer with three years of working experience or more at the time of application

(ii) Must be a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident

Assessment criteria

All proposals will be evaluated by our panel of independent design experts. They are assessed based on Strength of Proposal, Proposed Design Impact, Enhanced Unique Value Proposition, Designer Track Record and Designer Ethos. Please download our Info-Kit for the full details of Evaluation Breakdown.

Before you apply:
For more information on the Good Design Research Grant application, download the Application Kit below to guide you through the process.
1. Information Kit
2. Frequently Asked Questions
3. Sample Application Form

Any Questions?

For further enquiries regarding the Good Design Research initiative, please feel free to write in to

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