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SingHealth – National Health Innovation Centre Singapore (NHIC) Joint Medical Technology (MedTech) Grant

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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.


Application Eligibility

I. Only investigators/researchers primarily employed in SingHealth and her member institutions are encouraged to apply provided the following criteria are fulfilled:

  1. Principal Investigators (PIs) with previous MedTech research funding (irrespective of funding source) of <S$1 million in total between the period 1 October 2018 to 1 October 2020 are eligible to apply.
  2. PIs (other than Allied Health professionals and Nurses) must not have held more than 1 SHF-Foundation/AM grant (i.e. a maximum of 2 SHF-Foundation/AM 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/AM grants (i.e. a maximum of 3 SHF-Foundation/AM grants may be awarded if the PI is an Allied Health professional or Nurse).
  3. Association/Affiliation with an Academic Clinical Programme (ACP)
    1. The PI must be under an ACP or contributing to the growth and development of research in/under an ACP through active collaboration. Justifications must be given to support these research contributions and activities.
      • Applicants will need to complete a self-declaration on the ACP to which their research has contributed and obtain acknowledgement from the respective ACP Vice Chair (Research)*.
        *Refer to attached list ‘ACP Academic Vice Chair, Research & Administrators Contact list (Jul 2020)’
    2. If the applicant is unable to fulfil the above condition (i), the applicant should have his/her proposal signed-off by the relevant ACP Vice Chair (Research) and have it endorsed by the ACP’s Academic Chair while keeping the respective ACP Administrators informed. The signing-off in support and as endorsement of the proposal signifies that the applicant is associated to the ACP.
  4. The proposed research project must be conducted within SingHealth Duke-NUS academic health system and the PI must be primarily employed by SingHealth or her member institutions (e.g. MOHH employed medical officers and residents are not eligible). PI must have an official employment (permanent/contract) throughout the effective grant period.
  5. PIs must not be recipients of NMRC’s Transition Award (TA) or Clinician Scientist Award (CSA); or be current recipients of SingHealth Duke-NUS AM’s Nurturing Clinician Scientist Scheme (NCSS) or Khoo Mentored Research Award (KMRA); or have been hired under SingHealth Research Strategic Hire or Research Talent schemes, at the point of application and upon award.
  6. The project’s aims and objectives, and/or the same protocol have not been funded by other funding agencies.
  7. No outstanding reports from previous SHF-Foundation/AM grants.

II. 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.

III. All awarded investigators will need to agree to have a project monitor for their project, assigned by MTO and mutually agreed on by the PI.

IV. Applications that do not fulfil the eligibility criteria will be automatically disqualified from 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 (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 (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 (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 (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 
NCCS Park Sung Yong A Novel High-throughput Motion Sensitive Device for the Prediction of Clinically Relevant Dosimetric Uncertainty in Radiotherapy
SERI Tyler Rim Hyungtaek From Machine to Machine - Developing a Deep Learning Algorithm for Quantification of Ocular Traits based on Retinal Photographs
SERI Wong Seng Mun An automated beverage thickening device for people with swallowing impairment
CGH Charlene Liew Predictive Modelling with Artificial Intelligence for Pneumonia Disposition and Severity
KKH Paul Tan Marking and angular fixation device for neuraxial ultrasonography
SGH Chia Zi Yang Joint Preservation in Knee Osteoarthritis – The Inflatable Balloon Spacer
SGH Siti Radhziah Binte Sudirman A practical solution to contain aerosol and droplet spread during evaluation of the oral and nasal cavities
KKH Mark Koh Jean Aan Design and Development of a 7-in-1 Punch Biopsy Device for Skin Biopsies
NCCS Liu Ying Evaluating in vivo efficacy and toxicities of novel biologics with molecular stratification via a companion biomarker kit in peritoneal carcinomatosis
SGH Ng Tze Kiat Development and Validation of Novel Point of Care Urine Biochemistry Device to Optimize Management of Nocturia


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
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Ms Tan Yi Mei
DID: 6576 7013
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