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Introduction to CATOS

The Online Trust and Safety (OTS) Research Programme is a funding initiative from the Ministry of Communications and Information(MCI). It is part of the Smart Nation and Digital Economy (SNDE) domain of the Research, Innovation and Enterprise 2025 programme (RIE2025) administered by the National Research Foundation (NRF). The overarching aim of the OTS Research Programme is to develop technological capabilities to combat online harms and align translation efforts with high-impact use cases.

With support from the MCI, NRF and partner organisations, the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) established the Centre for Advanced Technologies in Online Safety (CATOS) to host the OTS Research Programme as its flagship programme. CATOS comprises functions responsible for key strategic pillars for the OTS Research Programme, including:

  • Deep Tech Research Pillar - Focusing on selecting and funding low-TRL research with high competitive advantages and potential to move to mid-TRL

  • System Engineering Pillar - Focusing on mid-high TRL technology evaluation, integration and translation of technology outputs into needle-moving use cases

  • Programme Coordination - Focusing on engaging research and practitioner communities through workshops, forums, and collaborative networks

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