Innovative Research Projects

Innovative Collaborative Research Projects

Duke University and Duke-NUS Medical School (Duke-NUS) are pleased to announce a call for proposals for collaborative bio-engineering pilot projects between faculty based in Durham and those based in Singapore. The ultimate goal of this program is the development of international innovation teams that advance translational and clinical medical technologies towards commercialization. For purposes of this RFP, medical technology is defined as application of organized knowledge and skills in the form of devices, procedures and information technology systems developed to solve a health problem and improve quality of lives.

Awards will support novel ideas, applied research, potential products, nascent services and creative projects that if successful, will lead to new opportunities in the market. To receive funding, projects must demonstrate a potential path to subsequent financial support, new company formation, licensing, not-for-profit partnering or other channels to enable translation. Applications will be evaluated according to the scientific merit of the proposal, the strength and clarity of the collaboration between the Duke and Duke-NUS Co-PIs, and the future potential for commercialization.


 2020-2021 Innovative Pilot Projects 

Duke Faculty: Walter T. Lee. MD, M.H.S. Associate Professor of Head and Neck Surgery and Communication Sciences

Duke Department: Head and Neck Surgery and Communication Sciences

Duke-NUS/SingHealth Faculty: Tan Hiang Khoon, MBBS, FRCSEd, FAMS

Singapore Program: SingHealth - ONCO/SURG

Project Title: Development of a Machine Learning Algorithm for Head and Neck Cancer Screening

Duke Faculty: Marc Deshusses, Ph.D Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Duke Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering

Duke-NUS/SingHealth Faculty: Gregory C. Gray MD, MPH, FIDSA Professor of Medicine, Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Medicine

Singapore Program: Duke-NUS

Project Title: Web Application for Rapid Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessments

Duke Faculty: Daniel Buckland MD, PhD. Assistant Professor of Surgery

Duke Department: Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Duke-NUS/SingHealth Faculty: Marcus Ong MBBS, MPH, PBM. Senior Consultant and Clinician Scientist, Emergency Medicine

Singapore Program: Singapore General Hospital

Project Title: Prediction of Emergency Department Outcomes Using Machine Learning Assisted Data Analytics