November 14, 2019, by Lisa Chin

Research Programme Funding

This post is contributed by Dr Faye Chong, Dr Amr Ahmed, Prof Asgar Ali, Dr Christina Vimala Supramaniam, Dr Ianatul Khoiroh, Dr Phei Li Lau, Dr Soma Mitra and Dr Vasanthi Sethu.    

The Newton-Ungku Omar Fund 2019 Grand Challenge Research Programme Funding has enabled us to form a group of researchers with similar interests but diverse expertise. In this two-day programme, we formed a new yet strong bond with our groupmates by going through a series of stimulating and engaging activities, such as sandpit sessions under the guidance of experienced industrial partner and academics, and three-minute presentation and competition on our newly formed idea given a short period of time for preparation. These activities, together with the sharing session of successful Newton fund case studies have helped us to shape a better idea for our proposal for the coming Newton-Ungku Omar Funding application. The post-activities are the engagement with local and UK industrial and council partners to initiate cross-country collaboration. Throughout the discussion processes, we faced difficulties like unsuitable scoping or different opinions, but we all learned and resolved the issues. Regardless of the application outcome, most important thing is that we enjoyed the research programme because we got to meet with other colleagues from different disciplines, which have greatly enabled us to collaborate in the near future.

Featured image: (Top, from left) Dr Ianatul Khoiroh, Dr Vasanthi Sethu; (bottom, from left) Dr Soma Mitra, Dr Faye Choong and Dr Phei Li Lau

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