MOE TRF Research Grants

MOE Tertiary Education Research Fund

External funding for education research is available on a competitive basis from the Ministry of Education (MOE). The MOE Tertiary Education Research Fund (TRF) aims to promote higher education innovation and research.

SMU has been awarded the MOE TRF grant for the following projects:

Year Awarded Project Title

PresentationPro: Improving Public Speaking Skills through AI-Driven Virtual Reality Interactions

Lead PI: Associate Professor Kyong Jin Shim (SCIS)

PromptTutor - Generative AI-enabled Personalised Tutor for Reflection Learning in Programming Courses

Lead PI: Associate Professor Ouh Eng Lieh (SCIS)


Slide++: Automatic Augmentation of Academic Slides Towards AI-Enabled Student-Centred Learning

Lead PI: Associate Professor Hady Wirawan Lauw (SCIS)

AP-Coach: AI-based formative feedback generation to improve student learning outcomes in introductory programming courses

Lead PI: Assistant Professor Ta Nguyen Binh Duong (SCIS)

From Suffering to Flourishing: Toward a Synthesis of Mindfulness Practice and Positive Psychology in Tertiary Education

Lead PI: Professor Jochen Reb (LKCSB)


Not for Girls?: Gender Imbalance in STEM and Its impact on Female Students’ Creative Performance

Lead PI : Associate Professor Cheng Chi-Ying (SOSS)

An evaluation of SMU’s experiential learning programme (“SMU-X”) and its multifaceted impacts on students and graduates

Lead PI: Associate Professor Yang Hwajin (SOSS)


Preparing Accountants of the Future: Evaluating a Programme in Accounting Data and Analytics.

Lead PI: Associate Professor Seow Poh Sun (SOA)


Learning Analytics on Student Feedback to Improve Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

Lead PI: Assistant Professor Swapna Gottipati (SIS)

When Academic Cultures Clash – An Exploration of Creativity Benefits of Doing Double Major.

Lead PI: Assistant Professor Jennifer Tong (SOSS)


Evaluating SMU-X Pedagogy: An Innovative Approach to Prepare University Students with Future Work Skills.

Lead PI: Associate Professor Gary Pan (SOA)

For enquires on the MOE TRF and grant call, please contact the Office of Research (ORe) at ore [at]