Sandbox Facilitation:

Ready, Set, Apply

Think you have what it takes to advance our country through advanced technology?

  What will I go through during this application process?


Check Your Eligibility

Refer to the basic eligibility list on top of this page


Consultation Session

Need any clarification or simply want to pitch an idea? We are happy to help. Reach out to the NTIS team via to book a slot.


Apply and Create an Application

Click on “Apply Now” and follow the steps listed below in the “How to Apply” section.


Complete and Submit Application

Once submitted, your application will be processed on the first date of the next month.


Pre-screening by NTIS Operations

The team will reach out to you if the application is not complete and you will be given several days to revert before the deadline, so be sure to check your email!


Screening by Technical Assessors

The assessors may contact you for further information. At this stage, your application and technology utilised will be audited by our technical assessors, TPM and MIMOS.


ESC Meeting

Your application is presented at the Executive Selection Committee meeting where an executive decision will be made regarding the status of the application. Once presented, you will be contacted within the week through email regarding your status.



If you are successful, and you have applied for funding, MTDC would then reach out to you within the week with the necessary paperwork. Your application will be presented at the MTDC AC Meeting where an executive decision will be made regarding your funding application. Once presented, you will be contacted within the week through email regarding your status.


Begin testing at live environment

At this stage, you can begin testing at your chosen live test environment. You can reach out to us to meet with potential Innovation Accelerator Network partners who can assist you in your journey. Learn more about our IAN partners here (link). If you require government intervention, our team will be assisting you to facilitate the support needed.

  A quick reference to TRL

TRL is a method developed by NASA to estimate a technologies maturity. Need an example of how TRL works? Let us take you through.

Imagine you are designing a tyre for vehicles.

  TRL 1


Basics principles are observed and reported
One day you’re at your lab, and you got an idea. To develop a synthetic rubber compound. You put this on a report and start investigating.

  TRL 2

Innovation begins

Basic principles observed so practical applications can be formulated
After investigation you concluded that the synthetic rubber can be used to create tyres that can be used for cars.

  TRL 3

Proof of concept

Analytical and laboratory studies are required to see if the technology is viable
The rubber is tested in the lab for strength to prove that it’s suitable to be made into tyres.

  TRL 4

Component test

Laboratory testing of the prototype component
You begin a sample of rubber to test in your lab durability if used as tyre.

  TRL 5

Prototype construction

Laboratory testing of the integrated system
You have created a prototype rubber on a wheel, close to a real tyre.

  TRL 6

Alpha testing

Prototype system demonstrated in an operational environment
The tyre is now mounted on a wheel and tested on a rolling road.

  TRL 7

Beta testing

Completed design tested in real environment
The tyre is now assembled into a real vehicle and be tested on a real road.

  TRL 8


Proven to work under its expected conditions and certified to be used
The tyre is now certified safe to be used on the road.

  TRL 9

System proven to successfully function

Ready for commercial deployment
The tyre has now been tested through a life cycle to ensure it is safe for use.