Initiatives and Programmes

Iniatives and Programmes


NERI is the NUS Point-of-Contact for government agencies, industry, and institutions for environment and water research. The Institute plays a pivotal role: engaging government agencies, industry and institutions to understand their research needs and bringing together researchers and expertise from across NUS to propose possible research initiatives and solutions to address these needs.

Current Initiatives and Programmes

Some of the Key Initiatives/Programmes are:

A) Singapore Peking Oxford Research Enterprise (SPORE) Programme, a collaborative initiative hosted under NERI and supported by the Singapore National Research Foundation through the Environment and Water Industry Programme Office (EWI), the National University of Singapore, The University of Oxford, and Peking University. The Programme focuses on research, education, and commercialisation of technology in water eco-efficiency.

B) Shanghai Jiao Tong University and National University of Singapore Joint Programme on Energy and Environmental Sustainability Solutions for Megacities (E2S2). This Programme, hosted by NERI and supported by the Singapore National Research Foundation under the Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE) scheme, focuses on the challenges facing megacities.

C) Centre for Climate Change Studies, C3S at NUS. A multidisciplinary research programme initiated by NERI, focusing on:
- Vulnerability to Climate Change
- Methods of adapting to Climate Change
- Climate Change Mitigation Options, and
- Plans and solutions to respond to Climate Change

NERI collaborates with Singapore and Regional government agencies, institutions and industry to promote awareness and develop projects of mutual interest.

At NUS, NERI works closely with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tropical Marine Science Institute (TMSI) and the Centre for Remote Imaging Sensing and Processing (CRISP) on advancing climate change research. TMSI is a NUS research institute focusing on excellence in research, development and consultancy in tropical marine as well as aquatic science. CRISP operates a high-tech remote sensing satellite ground station at NUS and conducts active research programmes on optical, infrared and microwave remote sensing with emphasis on monitoring the regional environment. NERI also collaborates with the Singapore Delft Water Alliance (SDWA), NUS and LIPI, Bogor and University of Jambi, Indonesia on peatland studies.

D) NERI and the Singapore Centre of Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE), Singapore's fifth Research Centre of Excellence, are collaborating on developing infrastructure and capability in biofilms and environmental metabolomics research.

Academia - Industry Collaborations

NERI supports Singapore Economic Development Board's mission in attracting multi-national companies and organisations to establish research footholds in Singapore.

A) NERI GE Master Research Collaboration Framework
collaborates with the GE Singapore Water Technology Centre at NUS on research on water treatment processes, joint seminars, and development of student training programmes. This Technology Centre helps to develop advanced water technologies to address environmental and water challenges faced by the world.

B) NERI Agilent Environment Research Alliance (NAERA)
NERI and Agilent Technologies have collaborated to equip a part of NERI's new research laboratories with instruments for environmental research. These include chemical, bioanalytical, and electrical measurement instrumentation. Under the NERI Agilent Environmental Research Alliance, the parties will also work closely on joint seminars, manpower development and training, as well as scientific publications on environmental topics. New and novel biological and analytical methodologies resulting from this partnership will be further developed into joint R&D projects.

C) NERI Thermo Fisher Scientific Collaboration on Metabolomics Study of Urban Water Systems
This collaboration focuses on the study of how metabolism in plants and bacteria affects water quality and the ecosystem in and around Singapore. Researchers from NERI and the Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE), an interdisciplinary Research Centre of Excellence (RCE), funded by the National Research Foundation, Singapore Ministry of Education, NUS and Nanyang Technological University, will examine how metabolomes (all the metabolites present in an organism at a given time) relate to the functioning of microbes in the urban water cycle. The team will employ a wide range of analytical tools including state-of-the-art liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (LC-MS) systems to identify and measure metabolites in samples. One of the goals is to better understand and enhance the self-purification capacity of urban waterways that use natural processes to reduce or remove nutrient and contaminant loads in surface water. Another goal is to understand the metabolic basis of wastewater purification in order to improve the processes involved.

International Training Programmes

NERI invites distinguished scientists as visiting professors under the Environment and Water Industry Programme Office Visiting Professor Programme to develop expertise in strategic research areas in water technology. NERI also supports research attachments from overseas graduate students to participate in NERI's research programmes.