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Since 2008, the SMF Research Grant Programme has funded research on Parkinson Disease, Liver Cancer, Neuromuscular Disease, Mental Health, Biofuel and Respiratory Diseases.

In 2011, the SMF Research Grant Programme opened its first Grant Call to fund research projects on Learning & Pedagogy, Ageing and Palliative Care, and Non-Medical Bioscience.

The research focus areas were refined in 2017 to the following areas: Learning & Pedagogy, Palliative Care, and Food Supply Resiliency & Bio-Mimetics, applicable from the 8th grant call (starting 1 November 2017).

To date, 43 research proposals have been funded under seven grant calls.

The list of projects funded and details on the projects can be viewed here:

Project Description

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7th Grant Call

  • It takes a village: Igniting the scientist in Normal Stream Students
  • Design and Develop a Tool to Support In-situ Language Learning for Children with Dyslexia
  • Effectiveness of the Supportive and Palliative Care Review Kit (SPARK) for cancer patients in the acute hospital
  • Improving sleep continuity through mindfulness training for better cognitive ageing
  • Prognosticating Advanced COPD and Identifying high Needs Group (The PACING Study)
  • Revive Acetone-Butanol-Ethanol (ABE) Fermentation through Metabolic Engineering of Clostridia
  • An Innovative nutrient medium to improve taste of leafy vegetables in soilless cultivation

6th Grant Call

  • Mobile Education Networked Tutoring on Request (MENTOR)
  • Bidirectional Myoelectric (BiMyo) Soft Robotic Glove Technology for Robot-Assisted Hand Therapy in Stroke Patients
  • Bio-based strategies to Improve Indoor Air Quality by Increasing Negative Ion Release
  • Development of Blue Light Technology to Reduce Fruit Waste due to Fungal Spoilage
  • AutoSENS: Development of A Rapid, Ultra-sensitive, Cost-effective Biosensor for Autonomous Monitoring of Listeria Monocytogenes in Food Industries

5th Grant Call

  • Think on Your Feet- Learning through Purposeful Collaborative Play and Movement
  • Smart Window of Tunable Transparency by Microscopic Crumpling of Transparent Thin Films
  • Creating a Collaborative Healthcare Workforce: Designing and Evaluating a Virtual Hospital for Collaborative Practice Across Higher Education Institutions in Singapore
  • Rapid, On-spot Analysis of Beta-Lactam Antibiotics in Milk and Egg Products
  • Polyploidy Assisted Breeding To Improve Yield and Nutritional Value of Leafy Vegetables to Ensure Sustainable Food Production in Singapore
  • Costs and Medical Care of Patients with Advanced Serious Illness in Singapore (COMPASS) Study
  • Singapore Mental Health Studies 2016

4th Grant Call

  • Online Tutor for Engineering Students (OnTEN)
  • Minimally-invasive, Thoracoscopic-ally Implantable Cardiac Assist Device for Palliative Care of the Elderly with Failing Hearts
  • Validating a prognostic model incorporating the palliative performance scale and biological variable in life limiting illness
  • Tannic Acid as P5,173lant-Inspired Primer for Antifouling and Antibacterial Coatings
  • Biologically Inspired Artificial Tentacles for Transnasal Procedures
  • Effective screening of food import in Singapore using highly sensitive and reliable sensing platforms based on two-dimensional nanomaterials
  • Engineering non-transgenic high yield, good quality and drought-tolerant super rice by fast-track Cas9/sgRNA-mediated molecular assembly breeding  platform

3rd Grant Call

  • Virtual Pink Dolphins-Assisted Therapy for Children with Autism
  • Developing Soft Robotic Technologies for the Prevention of Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Knowledge and preferences for treatment of end stage renal disease among elderly patients and their family caregivers
  • Bio-syringe delivery of pest control without pesticide
  • A Biomimetic and foundational study on light-enhanced calcification in the giant clam, Tridacna Squamosa, in association with symbiotic zooxanthellae
  • Enhancing sustainability in Soon Hock vertical farming through co-culturing with Pacific White Shrimp and plants in an Integrated Multi-Trophic Recirculating Aquaculture System

2nd Grant Call

  • Survey on preferences for care at the end of life among cancer patients in Singapore
  • Rapid Detection of Food Borne Pathogens via Microfluidic Platform
  • Accessing unmet Palliative Care needs in patients with advanced cancer and their families through the development and validation of a novel palliative care needs assessment tool for Singapore
  • Reimaging Show & Tell: Child-manipulated Robotic Puppetry for Child-centered Participatory Pedagogy in Early Childhood to Primary School education
  • Integrated Vertical aeroponic farming system: Towards food security and sustainability in Singapore
  • Vertical farming and breeding of Soon Hock, Oxyeleotris Marmorata

1st Grant Call

  • Transformation of Science Learning Environment- Learning and Assessment
  • Brain wave Driven Computer Game- A Pedagogical Tool for Attention-Deficit Children
  • Effective interaction designs in a multi-touch table-top and portable computing device
  • Tele-Rehabilitation for Newly Disabled Homebound Older Persons Needing Supervised Physical Therapy
  • Developing sustainable culture and depuration method for value-added hepatitis A-free blood cockles’ project
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