The Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) is a major research enterprise established by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in partnership with the National Research Foundation of Singapore (NRF) in 2007. SMART is the first entity in the Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE) being developed by NRF.
SMART is MIT's first, and to-date only, research centre outside the United States. It is also MIT's largest international research programme. MIT faculty members have laboratories at SMART, mentor postdoctoral associates and graduate students, and collaborate with universities, research institutes and industries in Singapore and Asia.
Our Objectives As a leading research hub in Asia, SMART aims to:
Interdisciplinary Research Groups Headed by senior MIT faculty members, research projects are organised into interdisciplinary research groups (IRGs). SMART expects to engage over 900 MIT and Singaporean researchers, comprising of faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students, to work and collaborate in the IRGs:
SMART Innovation Centre Similar to the highly successful Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation at MIT, the SMART Innovation Centre aims to bring the market definition closer to technology development, by having each selected project worked on by a team that includes either an entrepreneur or a venture capitalist right from the start.