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Utilising integrative technologies to combat emerging infectious disease



In September 2011, the Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Biomedical Research Council (A*STAR) and the National Health and Medical Research Council, (NHMRC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of general cooperation to promote and encourage research and development activities amongst researchers from Singapore and Australia.

A*STAR and NHMRC have determined that research into the use of integrative technologies, including bioinformatics, genomics (computational genomics, evolutionary genomics, functional genomics) and proteomics, to combat emerging infectious disease is a mutually benefit topic for a joint grant call.

Emerging infectious diseases not only include the appearance of new strains of influenza and other zoonotic viruses but the re-emergence of known diseases which may also now exhibit multidrug resistance, such as tuberculosis. This is currently a significant problem being experienced in the Asia-Pacific region.

A*STAR and NHMRC have allocated a total of up to SGD$4.5M/AUD$3.5M to support up to six collaborative research projects for up to three years duration. The amount funded for each project will be between SGD$500k/AUD$390k - SGD$1M/AUD$780k.

To be eligible, proposals must involve a genuine collaboration involving at least one research team each from Singapore and Australia. The research project requires joint input of both the Singapore and Australian teams.


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Canberra ACT 2601


Last updated: 4 June 2014
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