Updated on 9 September 2014
(left to right) Mr Kevin Lai, Director Biomedical Sciences Singapore EDB, Dr Lily Chan, CEO NUS Enterprise, Prof Barry Halliwell, NUS Deputy President (Research and Technology) and Mr Ron A Andrews, President Genetic Sciences Division, Thermo Fisher Scientific; Photo Courtesy: NUS Enterprise
Singapore: National University of Singapore (NUS) and Life Sciences Group of Thermo Fisher Scientific have struck a strategic alliance of a three to five year programme, to advance fundamental knowledge through basic and applied life sciences research, in areas that lead to food and animal safety and human health.
NUS-Thermo Fisher Scientific strategic alliance kicked off with a call for applications for short-term and multi-year sponsored research projects.
The research topics of interest for the inaugural 2014 call are in the areas of:
• New Devices for Biological Science;
• Mammalian Cell Biology and Synthetic Biology;
• Methods and Tools for Analysis and Understanding of the Human Microbiome;
• Human Stem Cell-based programmes; and
• Applications for Thermo Fisher Scientifics' Capillary Electrophoresis Systems.
Successful research projects will receive multiple year grants of up to $300,000 per year from Thermo Fisher Scientific. In addition, Thermo Fisher will be providing short-term grants for innovative investigations that need rapid and flexible support to projects that meets the alliance goals.
To encourage collaboration between both parties, each project will be managed by an NUS Principal Investigator and a research collaborator from Thermo Fisher Scientific. A joint steering committee comprising of scientists from NUS and Thermo Fisher Scientific will be responsible for reviewing and awarding grants to these high impact research projects. The first batch of grants will be awarded by the end October 2014.