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5 research projects awarded S$14m in funding by MND, NRF

SINGAPORE: Five research projects were awarded a total of S$14 million in funding under the Land and Liveability National Innovation Challenge's (L2 NIC) second call for proposals, said the National Development Ministry and the National Research Foundation (NRF) on Monday (May 16).

One of the successful projects by the National University of Singapore (NUS) will develop prototype equipment to help reduce the cost of underground space construction by enabling direct injection of cement into soft ground around corners and obstacles, MND and NRF said in a joint press release.

"This is useful for ground strengthening, which is an important yet expensive part of construction in congested underground spaces which exist in dense urban environments like Singapore, and developed cities around Asia," they said.

Another successful project is by the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), which will look into developing cool surface materials that can help to reduce the ambient temperature of surroundings when used on buildings or road surfaces, they added.

This call for action was launched in July last year, and was meant to challenge the research community to come up with innovative solutions to improve the cost effectiveness of underground developments by 50 per cent, and improve human comfort and wellbeing by reducing ambient temperature by 4oC and ambient noise by 10dBA in residential areas, they said.

Twenty-six white papers were received by the closing deadline of August 2015, they added.

Including the 5 new projects awarded under the Second Call for Proposals, L2 NIC has awarded 25 projects since inception, covering key topics such as underground construction, floating structures, ageing-in-place, noise mitigation, environmental modelling and greenery.

The NRF is overseeing the S$19 billion Research Innovation Enterprise 2020 Plan, which seeks to support and translate research into solutions that address national challenges, build up innovation and technology adoption in companies, and drive economic growth through value creation.

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