Published on 18 Jun 2023

NEWRI receives S$92 million funding for research and innovation

A breakthrough method involving lab-grown human cells will soon allow scientists to identify new chemical compounds in drinking water. This innovative technology developed by NTU scientists could enhance testing capabilities for water agencies and serve as an early detection system for potential water hazards, both for drinking and industrial purposes.

Professor Shane Snyder, Executive Director of the Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute (NEWRI) noted that water often harbour various contaminants and chemical compounds, with comprehensive testing demanding substantial time and resources. Being able to study these compounds' interaction with human cells can help single out potentially toxic ones.

The project is one of several water research initiatives supported by a $92 million grant by the National Research Foundation, which aims to support water and environmental innovation and commercialisation.

The funding boost will also help to attract an extra $23 million in industry funding, elevating the total water research investment to $115 million by 2026. Additionally, it will support other research projects, such as novel technologies to help Singapore cut down energy consumption and carbon emissions in water treatment and desalination processes.

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