NRF, NUS launch new consortiums in cybersecurity, synthetic biology

NRF, NUS launch new consortiums in cybersecurity, synthetic biology

The Singapore Cybersecurity Consortium and the Singapore Consortium for Synthetic Biology aim to encourage research while training manpower and raising awareness of technology in their industries.

SINGAPORE: Two new consortiums in cybersecurity and synthetic biology were launched by the National Research Foundation (NRF) and National University of Singapore (NUS) on Tuesday (Sep 20).

The announcement was made by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who is also the chairman of NRF, at the opening of the Singapore Week of Innovation & Technology.

The Singapore Cybersecurity Consortium and the Singapore Consortium for Synthetic Biology aim to encourage research while training manpower and raising awareness of technology in their industries.

The two consortiums will build on NRF's existing research investments – a S$42 million investment in NRF's National Cybersecurity R&D programme and a S$34 million investment in synthetic biology. They will also look for commercialisation opportunities with industry players.

NRF Director (Programmes) George Loh said: "NRF has been supporting the setting up of collaborative R&D consortiums, built around scientific breakthroughs and new knowledge discovered from research programmes funded by NRF. These consortiums will foster closer interaction between industry and research institutions."

Source: CNA/cy