Grant Call


Seed Research Project Call For Proposal

This is a call for proposals for the under Temasek Laboratories at Nanyang Technological University (TL@NTU) to take advantage of emerging opportunities from recent scientific advances. The primary considerations in funding the seed research projects are novelty, potential impact and relevance in defence applications. The work may include conducting preliminary research, building computer model and/or physical proof-of-concept prototype, collecting data and studying the feasibility of technical ideas.
Possible research areas are:

a. Centre of Microsystem Technology (CMT)

  • III-N based heterostructures for high frequency and high power applications
  • Interposer technology with high thermal handling capabilities for multi-chip integration

b. Centre of Communication and Signal Processing (CCSP)

  • Single channel detection of signals below the noise floor using Machine Learning
  • Prototype Design for high-speed Unlimited Sampling ADC
  • DSP correction techniques for very high speed and dynamic range DACs

c. Centre of Hardware Assurance (CHA)

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) / machine learning for sample preparation & failure analysis (e.g. fault isolation, decapsulation, delayering, etc.)
  • Fully automated precise large area FESEM imaging
  • Simulation and in-situ thermal and mechanical property studies for advanced 3D device sample preparation (e.g. chemical reaction, polishing, etc.)
  • Magneto-optical sensitive material coating for laser probing of magnetic field
  • Unsupervised learning based anomaly detection in microscopic images for automatic detection of noises (e.g. dusts, scratches, loss of focus, etc.)
  • Deep learning with domain adaptation for enhanced training efficiency where basic features of two sets of images are similar but feature size, contrast, etc. are varying
  • Security of emerging technologies, in particular magnetic memories and evolving them towards security by design at technology level
  • Hardware security of deep learning networks deployed on embedded nodes with special attention on implementation attacks (e.g. side-channel, fault attacks)

d. Key Emerging Technology (KET)

  • Advanced materials for quantum technology (e.g. advanced materials for quantum sensing, quantum computation, or quantum networking)
  • Advanced actuator materials for wearable exoskeletons (e.g. novel light weight, high efficiency and high work density actuator materials for artificial muscles used in exoskeleton for soldiers, robots and artificial intelligence embedded systems. New design concepts to fabricate the artificial muscles are also included)
  • Wearable electronics for environment sensing and health monitoring (e.g. materials that can enhance the sensing ability of soldiers to environmental threat such as sound from enemy and potential biochemical threats; Materials potentially used for health monitoring are also considered)
  • Light weight, high strength aluminum matrix composites (e.g. aluminum matrix composites with high tensile strength and good ductility by exploring novel reinforcement fillers. Processing technique can be powder metallurgy or liquid infiltration method)

Applicants are allowed to initiate collaborative research project with professors or researchers in NTU, or other universities and research institutes. The research project may involve graduate and undergraduate students if applicable.
1. Open to faculty in NTU and TL researchers. The research work of the seed project shall be carried out in NTU.
2. The Seed Research project (SRP) is typically up to S$100,000. It may include expenses incurred on manpower cost, direct expenses such as materials and facility charges. No part of the SRP Funding should be sub-awarded, sub-contracted or transferred to any Co-PrincipalInvestigator, collaborators and/or other members not indicated in the Project.
3. The seed research project is generally for a period up to 12 months, exceptions may be made for special circumstances. The project must commence within one (1) month upon accepting the award. Failing to do so may result in the award being rescinded.
Submission Process
4. Please submit the completed proposal (Using the template provided) electronically by 15 October 2019. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
Evaluation Process
5. The Director of TL@NTU, or a designated committee appointed by the Director, will review the proposals received, subjected to endorsement by   DSO National Lab. Proposals will be evaluated based on novelty, potential impact on defence technology and application, rigour of approach and potential for the research to provide a basis for further funding from MINDEF. The decision from the evaluation committee will be final.

Please use the proposal template below.
Seed Project Call For Proposal
Seed Project Proposal Template
Schedules for TL@NTU Seed Research Project Call for Proposals
Call for proposal 05 Sept 2019
Submission of proposal By 15 Oct 2019
Notofication of Award 01 Dec 2019
Project Start Date 01 Jan 2020
If you have any questions pertaining to the call for proposal, please email to For technical questions, TL Admin will direct tothe respective research area representative.

Further Information on the administration of the awarded project

a.    A TL@NTU program manager will be appointed to oversee the progress of the project. The TL@NTU representative shall be notified at least 14 days in advance and clearance from the TL@NTU representative must be obtained before the project team may submit publications linked to the project to any editors, journals, seminars, public talks, teaching materials, publicity and the like.
b.    The project shall be governed by the terms and conditions of the DSTA-NTU Master Agreement (POD0713727) and the Seed Research Program Agreements (PA No: DSOCL18252/ 9017103024) signed between DSO and TL@NTU where applicable.
c.    Progress Reporting - at six monthly intervals from the project start date, the project Principal Investigator shall submit a detailed progress report. The PI may be called upon to conduct a technical presentation to the management of TL@NTU.
d.    Final Report - a final research report shall be submitted to TL@NTU within 30 days after the official project end date. This shall cover the research and design methodologies, models & prototypes, algorithms codes, measurement and test results, follow-on research and direction. If necessary, a final technical presentation is to be conducted to provide a comprehensive update on the research findings and outcome of the project.