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Seven projects awarded NRF proof-of-concept grants

A biosensor to measure blood samples, a medical device that can prevent damage to nerves, and a membrane system for air handling units -- are among the seven projects from Singapore's institutes of higher learning that have been awarded a grant of up S$250,000 each.

SINGAPORE: Seven projects from Singapore's institutes of higher learning have been awarded a grant of up S$250,000 each.

They include a biosensor capable of measuring blood samples for the early detection of dengue, a medical device that can prevent damage to nerves in the limbs of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, and a membrane system for air handling units that can cut the energy consumption of buildings by up to 23 per cent.

The researchers behind the projects are also given 12 months to turn their ideas into products.

The funding comes under the Proof-of-Concept (POC) Grant scheme of the National Research Foundation (NRF).

The seven projects were chosen from among 31 research projects submitted in response to the 10th NRF POC grant call.

Four of the awarded projects are in the engineering category and the other three are in the medical device and pharmaceutical/biotechnology categories.

NRF CEO Professor Low Teck Seng said: "The latest batch of proposals that were awarded the POC grants seeks to improve technology in ways that are pertinent to daily living.

"We look forward to seeing these ideas being translated into useful products that can help and benefit Singaporeans."

An NRF statement on Monday said the 11th PC grant call is now open and will close on March 3, 2014.

More information on the projects and the grant may be found at the NRF website. 

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