Call for Proposals

TL@SUTD Seed Research Programme

TL@SUTD would like to announce the First call for SEED Proposals in 2021. This grant call is open to all SUTD faculty. The seed research project funding is typically up to S$85,000 and the project duration is generally up to 12 months.  The primary focus is the development of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI). 

Areas of Research include but not limited to :

  • Innovative Robot Platform and Perception and navigation in difficult Environment with minimal sensors such as heavy rain, dust, day/night operation and limited GPS and Communication
  • Human Robot Teaming such as trust model and interaction modalities.
  • Multi-Agent Learning and Coordination
  • Advanced Artificial Intelligence Approach to make sense of data such as learning from small data, generating hypothesis/story from data and causal reasoning

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 Failing to do so may result in the award being rescinded.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 30 June 2021.

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 20 May 2021
Indication of Interest 31 May 2021
Submission of Proposal 30 June 2021
Notification of Award end September 2021