SPIRE is an inter-disciplinary project funded by the Social Sciences Research Council with $4.74 million for research into service productivity from 2017-22. The project draws scholars with diverse expertise including data analytics, optimisation, stochastic modelling, applied microeconomics, and behavioural science.

SPIRE aims to advance new scientific knowledge in the disciplines and develop cost-effective and scalable strategies to raise productivity across multiple industries, including supermarkets, logistics, transport services, and healthcare. The project team is collaborating with partners in the public and private sector, including the Ministry of Trade and Industry, InfoComm Development Authority, SingHealth, Eastern Health Alliance, Yamato Asia and Sheng Siong.