Call for Proposals

TL@SUTD Seed Research Programme

This is a second call for Seed Research Project proposals under the TL@SUTD Seed Research Programme.  The primary focus is the development of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI). The possible research areas include

  • robotics and AI to improve soldier performance,
  • man-unmanned teaming,
  • edge intelligence, and
  • advanced AI techniques for defence related applications.

Applicants are encouraged to collaborate with joint Principal Investigators who are professors or researchers in SUTD, or other universities and research institutes. The research project may involve graduate and/or undergraduate students.


This seed research programme is open to faculty in SUTD.   Research work under the project shall be carried out in SUTD.


Each seed research project may be funded up to S$85,000. It may include manpower cost, direct expenses such as equipment, materials and facility charges.

 Project Duration

The seed research project is generally given up to 12 months to complete, with exceptions under special circumstances. The project must commence within one (1) month upon acceptance of the award. Failing to do so may result in the award being rescinded.

Submission Process

Interested applicants are to submit the completed proposal (using the template provided) electronically by 6 November 2019.  Late or incomplete submission will not be considered.

Evaluation Process

Director of TL@SUTD, or a designated committee appointed by the Director, will review the proposals received. Accepted proposals will also subjected to endorsement by the Senior Director (Information Division), DSO National Laboratories before they are awarded. Proposals will be evaluated based on relevance to the focus areas, novelty, technological significance, innovation and potential for defence applications.  An intended outcome of the seed project is to grow an idea into a comprehensive proposal that could draw further research funding from MINDEF/SAF.

If you have any questions pertaining to the grant programme, please email to

Schedules for TL@SUTD Seed Research Program Call for Proposals

Call Status Date
Call for Proposal 05 September 2019
Indication of Interest by 06 October 2019
Submission of Proposal by 06 November 2019
Notification of Award 06 February 2020