Awarded Projects of Third NRF-NSFC Joint Grant Call

The National Research Foundation, Prime Minister's Office, Singapore and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding in November 2015 to explore collaboration through joint grant calls. 

The third joint call addressed two topics of mutual interest, i.e. synthetic biology and earth science. The selected projects from the third call are listed below. 

NRF-NSFC Joint Grant Call (Synthetic Biology)


Project Title

Principal Investigators


Synthetic biology via engineering enzymes and cascade reactions: Efficient production of valuable hydroxy fatty acids and lactones from fatty acids

Zhi Li, National University of Singapore

Yan Feng, Shanghai Jiao Tong University


Identify essential genes to construct a functional unfolded protein response programme using synthetic biology

Guillaume Thibault, Nanyang Technological University

Yingjin Yuan, Tianjin University


Synthetic biology-driven smart virus sensors for prevention and control of emerging zoonotic viral diseases

Linfa Wang, Duke-NUS Medical School

Haifeng Ye, East China Normal University


Metabolic engineering of Yarrowia lipolytica for efficient lactones production

Uttam Surana, Agency for Science, Technology and Research

Xueli Zhang, Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology, Chinese Academy of Sciences



NRF-NSFC Joint Grant Call (Earth Science)


Project Title

Principal Investigators


Persistence and removal of antibiotic resistant bacteria/genes in drinking water and pipeline biofilm

Jiangyong Hu, National University of Singapore

Xin Yu, Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences


Sinkhole risk assessment for tunnelling in complex geological conditions using big data analysis

Fook Hou Lee, National University of Singapore

Dianqing Li, Wuhan University


Development of thermal-aerodynamic models for local climate zones

Nyuk Hien Wong, National University of Singapore

Zhaolin Gu, Xi'an Jiaotong University


Evaluating unrest and potential hazards at Changbaishan Volcano, China

Susanna Jenkins, Nanyang Technological University

Jiandong Xu, Institute of Geology,China Earthquake Administration

5 Probabilistic tsunami hazard assessment in South China Sea region - Quantification of aleatory and epistemic uncertainties
Philip Liu, National University of Singapore

Hua Liu, Shanghai Jiao Tong University



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