Proof-of-Concept Funding

Often, convincing industry of a technology’s value requires further validation. NTUitive administers the NRF (National Research Foundation) Proof-of-Concept grant call which provides up to $250K to bring early research work into product form for further commercialisation.

Grant calls are made officially twice a year in accordance to NRF’s grant call cycle. However, faculty may contact us at any time for preliminary discussions. Our staff will assist in the paperwork for grant application including securing early expressions of industry interest where possible, advantageous in securing grant.

Interested applicants, please click here for the application process and guidelines.

For the record, NTUitive has secured 40 out of the 88 grants awarded since 2010. Some examples of recent awards are shown below :

List of POC Awarded

Commercial Prototype of a Novel Instrument for Measuring Membrane Pore Size.
Asst Prof Chew Jia Wei
School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering

An Imbedded Chip for Battery Application.
Assoc Prof Tan Cher Ming
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

4D Microscope Camera for Biomedicine
Prof Anand Asundi
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Clean, Safe, Inexpensive, and Transition Metal-Free Approaches to Amino Acid-Type Bioactive Compounds and Animal Food Additives
Assoc Prof Chi Yonggui Robin
School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences

Facile Preparation of High-Platinum Loading Catalysts by Microwave-Assisted Continuous Flow Reduction
Prof Chan Siew Hwa
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering / Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N)

Thin Film Multi-Junction Solar Cell
Prof Yoon Soon Fatt
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Vibratory-Stirring Membrane Module System for Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactors (VS-AnMBRs)
Assoc Prof Adrian Law
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering / Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute

Highly Effective Antimicrobial Coatings for Bio-medical Devices
Prof Mary Chan Bee Eng
School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering

Electrochemical Lateral Flow Biosensor for Detection and Quantification of Dengue Virus in Whole Blood
Dr Robert Marks
School of Materials Science and Engineering

Development of an Energy Efficient Expander-compressor Unit for Refrigeration Air-con Systems
Prof Ooi Kim Tiow
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Next Generation High Performance Uncooled Infrared Image Sensors Based on AlGaAsInGaAs Heterostructure
Assoc Prof Wang Hong
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering


Real-Time Monitoring and Fault Detection of Train’s Electrification System
Assoc Prof See Kye Yak
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Method and Apparatus for Enhancing Sensitivity of Optical Coherence Tomography
Asst Prof Liu Linbo
School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering

Blood Perfusion Monitoring Device for Application in Ischemic Foot
Assoc Prof Chen Peng
School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering

Rapid Near-infrared Spectroscopy System for Intraoperative Margin Assessment in Breast Conserving Surgery
Asst Prof Quan Liu
School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering

Development of Master And Slave Transluminal Endoscopic Robot (MASTER); a paradigm shift in endoscopy and surgery
Assoc Prof Louis Phee Soo Jay
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Self-healing Anticorrosion Coatings via Microencapsulated HDI
Asst Prof Yang Jinglei
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Next Generation Low-cost Touch Interface for Large-sized Surfaces
Asst Prof Andy Khong
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Light-Emitting Diode with High Luminous Efficacy and Color Tunability by Self-Assembled Hemispherical Microstructures
Dr Chen Rui
School Of Physical And Mathematical Sciences

Next Generation Contact-free Optical Motion Sensor
Assoc Prof Ramakrishna Kakarala
School Of Computer Engineering

Multi-layer Polymer Capacitors Using Grafted Fluoropolymer for Applications in Mobile Phone Cameras
Assoc Prof Lee Pooi See
School of Materials Science and Engineering

Ion Camera: a real-time high-sensitivity and high-resolution ISFET-based ion detection system for food and drug safety
Dr Yan Mei
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Non-substrate Transfer Process to Prepare Large-area Grapheme Films for ITO Replacement
Yin Zongyou
School of Materials Science and Engineering

Perspective Audio: Creating 3D Sound Ready for Prime Time
Assoc Prof Gan Woon Seng
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Low-Cost High-Performance Catalyst for Hydrogen Generation
Prof Chan Siew Hwa
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Ready to Use Semiconducting Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes Powder and Film for New Generation of High Performance Printed Electronics
Prof Mary Chan Bee Eng
School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering

Electrochromic Photonic Crystal Smart‐Window Technology
Assoc Prof Alfred Tok Iing Yoong
School of Materials Science and Engineering


Low‐Cost Antenna‐in‐Package for Single‐Chip Tri‐Band Radio Devices
Prof Zhang Yue Ping
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering


A Body Vein Pattern Verification System for Criminal Investigation
Assoc Prof Kong Wai-Kin, Adams
School Of Computer Engineering

Handheld Ultrasound Bath Analyzer
Assoc Prof Claus‐Dieter Ohl
School Of Physical And Mathematical Sciences

Drug Loaded Microparticles Encapsulated Into Bioadhesive Films, Locally Delivered by Angioplasty Balloons
Asst Prof Terry W.J.Steele
School of Materials Science and Engineering

Ultrafast-Charging and High-Power Lithium Ion Batteries with Novel Two-Dimension Electrode Materials
Assoc Prof Liu Xuewei
School Of Physical And Mathematical Sciences

Beyond Lithium Ion Batteries: Novel Fluoride Ion Batteries
Assoc Prof Madhavi Srininasan
School of Materials Science and Engineering

Sol-gel Derived Environmentally Stable Nanostructured Single Defogging Layer with Persistent Super Hydrophilicity
Wu Xinghua
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Scalable Production of Ultrahigh Purity Single-walled Carbon Nanotubes (SWCNTs)
Assoc Prof Chen Yuan
School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering


Immersive 3D Audio System for 3D Media
Tan Ee Leng
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Automated Neuro-motor Stroke Rehabilitation Device - A platform for functional recovery of paralyzed hand after stroke
Dr John Heng
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

A New Glaucoma Drainage Device with Sustained Drug Elution
Prof Subramanian Venkatraman
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Network Animation Factory (NAF)
Prof Seah Hock Soon
School Of Computer Engineering

Rapid Design Verification Platform for Analog/RF Circuits Beyond the Scale of 65nm and 60GHz
Asst Prof Yu Hao
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Development of a Highly Energy Efficient Revolving Vane Expander
Prof Ooi Kim Tiow
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Electrogeneration Chemilumine School of Computer Engineeringnce in Ultra-thin Cells & Using Coloidal Quantum Dots for Display & Lighting Application
Prof Sun Xiaowei
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Power Electronic Converter for Hybrid Vehicle
Assoc Prof Tseng King Jet
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

New Grid Array Antennas and Their Integration Method for a Total Solution of 60-GHz Radio Devices
Prof Zhang Yue Ping
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Handheld Reflection Lensless Digital Microscope for MEMs and Micro-device Inspection and Characterization
Prof Anand Krishna Asundi
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Ultra low Power RF Tran School of Computer Engineeringiver Chip
Prof Yeo Kiat Seng
School Of Electrical And Electronic Engineering

Hernia Mesh using PVDF
Prof Freddy Boey
School of Materials Science and Engineering

Low Cost High Performance Anti-reflective Coating Based on Si Nanocrytsal Embedded in SiO2 Film
Eunice Goh Shing Mei
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

A MEMS Integrated Wavelength Tunable Laser
Prof Liu Ai Qun
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

A Semantic Based and Service Oriented Framework for the Virtualisation of Sensor Network
Dr Lim Hock Beng
Intelligent Systems Centre