Research Grants

External Grants
YearProject TitleFunding AgencyAward Amount
2023Collaborative development of a One Health Participatory Surveillance System for Infectious Diseases for Chiang Mai ThailandThe Tides Center (Prof May Oo Lwin)S$65,702.55
2023Exploring Concerns of Inappropriate Conduct in Sport: Athlete’s Perspectives in SingaporeSport Singapore (Prof May Oo Lwin)S$30,000
2023Investigating the acceptance of delayed prescription among the population in Singapore: An explorative studyNational University of Singapore (Prof May Oo Lwin)S$48,900
2023Overcoming Spiritual Barriers to Cancer Screening: An Intervention to Decrease Cancer Fatalism among SingaporeansSingapore Cancer Society (Assoc Prof Kim Hye Kyung)S$30,000
2022Persuasive Communication of Safety in the Metaverse to Children and YouthMeta Platforms, Inc. (Assoc Prof Goh Hoe Lian, Dion)S$129,865.08
2022Seeing Is No Longer Believing: Examining Deepfake Identification, Impact and Instruction MOE AcRF Tier 2 (Assoc Prof Goh Hoe Lian, Dion)S$495,970.00
AUTOMATING TRUTH & ACCOUNTABILITY? Public Attitudes toward AI and Human-Machine Communication in Singapore
AI Singapore (Assoc Prof Edson C Tandoc Jr.)S$299,975.00
Preparing for the Era of AI-powered Synthetic 
Advertising: Theoretical Development, Practical and Policy Recommendations
AI Singapore (Asst Prof Chen Lou)S$299,904.80
ATTAIN*SG: Achieving public TrusT in AI in autoNomous vehicles in SinGapore
AI Singapore (Prof Shirley S. Ho)S$498,024.80
Consumers' Risk Perceptions, Rational and Implicit Considerations in Alternative Protein Acceptance Behaviours
A*STAR (Prof May Oo Lwin)S$1,960,200.00
Policies and Strategies for Sustainable News Media in Small Markets
MCI (Prof Ang Peng Hwa)S$149,500.00
Singapore Food Demand Survey
Singapore Food Agency (Prof May Oo Lwin)S$495,950.00
Shaping Public Adaptive Capacity for Environmental Infectious Disease (SPACE)
CNRS@CREATE Ltd (Prof Shirley S. Ho)S$4,999,995.00
Understanding the Roles of Discrete Emotions in Privacy Management
Meta Platforms, Inc. (Asst Prof Kang Hyunjin)S$136,220.00
Piloting a sustainable community-care ecosystem of gamified digital health technologies to improve elderly mobility and well-being in Singapore
NRF (Asst Prof Edmund Lee Wei Jian)S$249,665.26
A Review of Trade-Related Digital Libraries
Hinrich Foundation Limited (Assoc Prof Goh Hoe Lian, Dion)S$44,430.68
A Longitudinal Assessment of Children’s Advertising Guidelines on Child Food Consumption and Preferences in Singapore
NMRC (Prof May Oo Lwin)S$424,800.00
Intelligent Modelling for Decision-making in Critical Urban Systems (DESCARTES): WKW (Sub-project 2)
CNRS@CREATE Ltd (Prof Shirley S. Ho)
Perceived and Actual Effectiveness of COVID-19 Communication - What, How and Whom to Address
DSO National Laboratories (Assoc Prof Kim Hye Kyung)S$197,139.60
Strengthening the Social Fabric of Singapore: Perspective from Intergroup Contact Theory
DSO National Laboratories (Asst Prof Nuri Kim/Asst Prof Benjamin Li)S$321,310.00
Strengthening the Sense of Belonging to Singapore: Explicating Cognitive, Affective and Neural Pathways (Excan)
DSO National Laboratories (Assoc Prof Kim Hye Kyung/Asst Prof Ben Turner)S$639,164.90
Examining and inoculating against the digital deception of deepfakes
DSO National Laboratories (Asst Prof Saifuddin Ahmed/Assoc Prof Edson C Tandoc Jr.)S$731,280.00
Gamification of Hand Rehabilitation Exercise with Wearable Data Gloves
Singapore Health Technologies Consortium (HealthTEC) - NUS (Asst Prof Edmund Lee Wei Jian)S$50,000.00
Video composite lectures, guided gaze, and content depth position
TechSmith Corporation (Asst Prof Sonny Ben Rosenthal)S$10,000.00
Trust to Train and Train to Trust: Agent Training Programs for Safety-Critical Environments [AISG RP]
SMU (Assoc Prof Vivian Chen Hsueh-hua)S$740,439.81
Conversations for life: Laying the groundwork for more effective communication in palliative care
NMRC (Prof May Oo Lwin)S$705,588.00
Vaccine communication and messaging: Addressing COVID- 19 vaccine hesitancy and promoting population acceptance
NMRC (Prof May Oo Lwin)

Skillsets Mapping for Future-Ready Seniors: Comparative Investigations within the Food Services Sector
SkillsFuture Singapore Agency (Assoc Prof Goh Hoe Lian, Dion)

2020Border Crossings in Celluloid Asia: South Korea's Encounter with Sinophone Cinemas in Southeast AsiaAcademy of Korean Studies (Asst Prof Lee Sang Joon)S$28,120.96
2020Consumers' implicit and explicit responses to sensory cues in alternate protein foods: A cross-cultural investigationA*Star (Prof May Oo Lwin)S$203,280.00
2020PIONEERS: Public Opinion of Nuclear Energy and other Energy SourcesNRF (Prof Shirley Ho)S$697,500.00
2020Anonymizing Driver and Passenger DataGrabtaxi Holdings (Prof Theng Yin Leng)S$120,000.00
2020Media communication, online falsehoods and population responses surrounding the novel coronavirus disease crisis (COVID-19) in SingaporeNMRC, (Prof May Oo Lwin)S$275,400.00
2020Sustainment, Development and Enhancement of a Mobile Surveillance System for Vector-Borne Diseases: Mo-Buzz+Tides Foundation, (Prof May Oo Lwin)S$151,673.59
2020Littering – Reducing Litter through Group CompetitionNRF (Asst Prof Sonny Rosenthal)S$542,929.90
2020Modelling and analytics for the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Singapore (COVID19RF-004)MOH (Prof May Oo Lwin)S$140,000.00
2019Defining, Determining, and Dealing with Deliberate Online Falsehoods in SingaporeMOE-SSRTG (Assoc Prof Edson Tandoc)S$385,984.00
2019Is Correction Fluid? How to Make Fact-Checks On WhatsApp More EffectiveWhatsApp
(Assoc Prof Edson C. Tandoc Jr.)
2018Virtual and augmented reality training systems for the elderly in SingaporeWDARF
(Prof Jung YounBo)
2018Preventing obesity-related diseases from young: Evaluating the longitudinal impact of multimedia intervention in promoting self-regulation of calorie consumption in childrenMOH-NMRC
(Prof May Oo Lwin)
2018Home First Study: Information Seeking Behaviour on Ageing WellAIC
(A/Prof Alton Chua)
2018Mobile gamification strategies to manage online emergence of nativismMOE, Tier 2
(Assoc Prof Arul Chib)


MOE Tier 1
YearProject TitleFunding AgencyAward Amount
2023CometoCare: Investigating the Roles of Computer-mediated Self-disclosure and Social Support on the Psychological Well-being of Family Caregivers of the ElderlyMOE, Tier 1(Prof Shirley S. Ho)S$90,000
2023Understanding the Role of Social Media in Extremism: Triangulating evidence from surveys and big dataMOE, Tier 1(Asst Prof Saifuddin Ahmed)S$84,830
2023A theorization of the utility of film criticism in the education of the military professionalMOE, Tier 1(Asst Prof Kevin Chew)S$50,000
2023Self-effects via online digital platforms in a mental health context: How people can persuade themselves by making self-presentations, and the factors that facilitate this phenomenonMOE, Tier 1(Asst Prof Lew Zijian)S$50,000
Preemptive Defense Mechanisms against the Strategic Use of False Information
MOE, Tier 1 (Asst Prof Poong Oh)S$81,367.10
Narratives, perceived experience, and false memories of climate change
MOE, Tier 1 (Asst Prof Sonny Ben Rosenthal)S$89,208.00
Information Fatigue Among Online Information Seekers: Defining It and Exploring Its Impact
MOE, Tier 1 (Asst Prof Li Junting Benjamin)S$86,670.00
Piloting the Equitable use of Telehealth Technologies Among the Underprivileged in Singapore: A Sustainable Community-Centric Approach
MOE, Tier 1 (Asst Prof Edmund Lee Wei Jian)S$49,900.00
Why don't you fact-check? Investigating how to encourage individuals to use fact-checking sites to fight fake news
MOE, Tier 1 (Assoc Prof Edson C Tandoc Jr.)S$89,514.00
Leveraging Social Media Influencers and Artificial Intelligence For Psychosocial Wellbeing Interventions Among the Elderly
MOE, Tier 1 (Asst Prof Chen Lou)S$100,000.00
Intergenerational Digital Media Socialisation for Enhancing Elderly Digital and Health Literacy
MOE, Tier 1 (Prof May O. Lwin)S$196,500.00
Videoconference Fatigue: Defining it, understanding its impact and assessing potential solutions
MOE, Tier 1 (Asst Prof Li Junting Benjamin)S$83,358.00
Automatic Profiling of User Accounts Driving Scholarly Communication on Twitter
MOE, Tier 1 (Assoc Prof Jin Cheon Na)S$79,733.34
2021A multi-methods approach to investigate factors shaping public acceptance of cultured meat in SingaporeMOE, Tier 1 (Prof Shirley S. Ho)
Planned seeking of secondary risk information about climate change mitigation
MOE, Tier 1 (Asst Prof Sonny Ben Rosenthal)


Examining health mobile apps and wearables use through the lenses of communication equality
MOE, Tier 1 (Asst Prof Edmund Lee Wei Jian)
2020The Social Laboratory of Apps: Tech, Everyday Life and Trust from Mobiles to Internet of ThingsMOE, Tier 1 (Prof Gerard Goggin)S$88,316.28
2020An Investigation of the antecedents and user responses to the personalization-privacy paradox of the Internet of ThingsMOE, Tier 1 (Asst Prof Kang Hyunjin)S$83,737.80
2020Using public opinion to reach common ground on a contentious social issue: Attitudes toward lesbians and gays in Singapore 2005-2020MOE, Tier 1 (Assoc Prof Benjamin DetenberS$89,478.00
2020Us and AI: Public Opinion on Artificial Intelligence in a Post-Trust EraMOE, Tier 1 (Asst Prof Saifuddin Ahmed)S$84,498.50
2019Framework for the Sustainability and Viability of Media in Small StatesMOE, Tier 1 (Prof Ang Peng Hwa)S$82,450.00
2019Social oil and social glue: Sharing news on smartphones as ritualised performances of self and community, and its impact on society.MOE, Tier 1 (Asst Prof Duffy Andrew Micheal)S$59,500.00
2019Redefining Parasocial Relationship in Social Media Marketing and Ensuring Adequate Consumer ProtectionMOE, Tier 1 (Asst Prof Chen Lou)S$66,640.00
2019Public Practices and Misconceptions Surrounding Antimicrobial-Related Behaviors in SingaporeMOE, Tier 1 (Prof May Oo Lwin)S$84,541.00
2019Fake vs. fact: The rise of fact-checking in AsiaMOE, Tier 1
(Assoc Prof Edson C. Tandoc Jr.)
2019U.S. Propaganda and the Cultural Cold War in AsiaMOE, Tier 1
(Asst Prof Lee Sang Joon)
2018Motivating physical activity among elderly Singaporeans: The role of fitness tracking and social contextMOE, Tier 1
(Prof Richard Seyler Ling)
2018Science Communication on Social Media: Investigating the Roles of Spokesperson Credibility, Issue Controversy, and Discourse Civility on Public Perceptions of Science & TechnologyMOE, Tier 1
(Assoc Prof Shirley Ho Soo Yee)
2018Broadening minds through intergroup contact: A test of a new scale for representative thinkingMOE, Tier 1
(Asst Prof Nuri Kim)
2018Social responses to virtual FinTech agents: Social presence of virtual FinTech agents and its implications on people's everyday financial activitiesMOE, Tier 1
(Prof Kwan Min Lee)
2018‘SynBio & Singapore’: convergent research cases to prioritize public engagement and promote policy-makingMOE, Tier 1
(Asst Prof Christopher L. Cummings)
2018Toward a Comprehensive Theory of Defensive Resistance in Health CommunicationMOE, Tier 1
(Asst Prof Kim Hye Kyung)