SingHealth – National Health Innovation Centre Singapore (NHIC) Joint Medical Technology (MedTech) Grant
In 2015, SingHealth and NHIC collaborated and rolled out the annual SingHealth – NHIC Joint MedTech Grant, which funds feasibility studies and deserving pilot projects prior to embarking on NHIC applications.
Medical technology development is a research growth area for SingHealth, which aims to bring novel healthcare technology solutions to the patients’ bedside. The advancement of medical technology is a mission of the SingHealth Medical Technology Office (MTO), a core platform under the SingHealth Office of Research (OoR). One of MTO’s key roles is to link researchers and their validated clinical problem with technological solutions – with an end goal of improving patient care through clinically relevant technology.
This jointly supported grant aims to:
- provide seed funding for investigators to explore novel research ideas,
- support exploratory efforts for early-stage projects that involve an unmet clinical need
- show potential for further development with the next stage of POC funding.
I. Investigators/researchers primarily employed in SingHealth and her member institutions are encouraged to apply provided the following criteria are fulfilled:
- Principal Investigators (PIs) with previous MedTech research funding (irrespective of funding source) of <S$1 million in total between the period 1 June 2016 to 1 June 2018 are eligible to apply.
- PIs (other than Allied Health professionals and Nurses) must not have held more than 1 SHF-Foundation grant (i.e., a maximum of 2 SHF-Foundation grants may be awarded to any PI who is not an Allied Health professional or Nurse); Allied Health professionals and Nurses must not have held more than 2 SHF-Foundation grants (i.e., a maximum of 3 SHF-Foundation grants may be awarded to any PI who is an Allied Health professional or Nurse).
- The PI must be under an ACP or have any form of active collaboration (direct/indirect) with an ACP within, at least, the past 2 years. Justifications must be given to support these research contributions and activities.
- The proposed research project must be conducted within SingHealth academic health system and the PI must have an official employment (permanent/contract) throughout the effective grant period.
- For proposals involving patients, the PI or Co-I should be SMC registered; or should be able to demonstrate ability to access patients through SMC registered collaborators.
- PIs must not be recipients of NMRC Transition Award (TA), NMRC Clinician Scientist Award (CSA), SingHealth Research Strategic Hire or Research Talent schemes at the point of application and upon award.
- The project’s aims and objectives, and/or the same protocol must not be funded by other funding agencies.
- No outstanding reports from previous SHF-Foundation grants.
II. Applicants will need to complete a self-declaration on the ACP to which research they have contributed; to be endorsed by the Academic Vice Chair, Research of the declared ACP.
III. If eligible, successful (awarded) investigators must apply for follow-on funding [such as NHIC Innovation to Develop (I2D) Grant, SMART Innovation Grant and NRF Central Gap fund] or take other concrete steps to develop the technology towards commercialization (details of which must be provided to the grant implementing agencies), at the end of the project.
IV. All awarded investigators will need to agree to having a mentor for this project, assigned by MTO and mutually agreed on by the PI.
V. Applications that do not fulfil the eligibility criteria will be automatically disqualified from the Review Panel’s review.
Funding Quantum and Deliverables
The award value is capped at S$100,000 per successful application, to be utilised over a period of 1 year.
The end deliverable should be a physical clinical device, drug or diagnostic solution, potentially applicable in SingHealth Duke-NUS Academic Medicine Centre (AMC) and optimally, across other healthcare institutions; and/or show potential for patent protection.
Projects should aim towards securing follow-on funding [such as NHIC Innovation to Develop (I2D) Grant, SMART Innovation Grant and NRF Central Gap fund] or take other concrete steps to develop the technology towards commercialization, at the end of the project.
List of funded projects
|Host Institution||Principal Investigator (PI)||Project Title|
|2015 batch (Awarded in 2016)|
|KKH||Dr Derrick Chan||An adaptive video analytics device for detection of night time seizures|
|KKH||Dr Oh Ting Ting||Automated Spinal Landmark Identification to improve Patient Safety and Efficacy during Neuraxial Anaesthesia Needle Insertion|
|NDCS||Cl A/Prof Goh Bee Tin||From serendipity to predictability: A novel topographical-driven bioactive membrane for guided tissue regeneration|
|SGH||Dr Wong Ting Hway||Oral Irrigation-Suction Device for Patients with Motor or Cognitive Problems Maintaining Mouth Hygiene|
|SGH||A/Prof Tan Bien Keem||Wearable non-invasive device to provide dynamic neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) of the superficial and deep calf muscles for lower limb venous return|
|2016 batch (Awarded in 2017)|
|NDCS||Dr Mac Ho Meng Fatt||To develop a noninvasive saliva-based clinical assay for therapeutic monitoring of amino acids in patients with Maple Syrup Urine Disease and Phenylketonuria|
|NNI||Dr Ling Ji Min||A novel device to regulate drainage of cerebrospinal fluid from external ventricular drain|
|SERI||Dr Hou Aihua||Replacement of OAHFA in human tear using an over-the-counter eyedrop medical device to prevent dry eye|
|SGH||Prof Lo Ngai Nung||Energy damping system for a novel hip implant The SingHealth Hip Prosthesis – A Novel Take on Challenging Current Design Limitations|
|SGH||Dr Shariq Ali Khan||Development of a device to reduce medication errors in Anaesthesia|
|2017 Batch (Awarded in 2018)|
|NDCS||Liu Yuchun||Development of a flexible sensing dental splint for real-time monitoring of bruxism|
|NHCS||Ang Hui Ying||Novel amphiphilic biomolecules-based excipient for drug-coated balloons|
|SERI||Marcus Ang||Development of a novel Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty surgical device|
|2018 Batch (Awarded in 2019)|
|SERI||Tham Yih Chung||Artificial Intelligence for Functional Vision Screening Using Retinal Imaging (AVIRI)|
|SGH||Wang Yu Tien||Mobile application for patient self-management of functional gastrointestinal disorder|
|SGH||Liu Yanqun||Identification of circulating cell-free DNA markers for detection of early colorectal cancer|
For more information about this grant, please contact your Host Institution’s Research Office OR SingHealth Office of Research:
Ms Iris Soh
DID: 6576 7014
Ms Tan Yi Mei
DID: 6576 7013