VinUniversity’s Seed Grant Program aims to accelerate groundbreaking research for positive impact,  forge vital connections among researchers, students, staff, and external partners, and bring bold ideas and powerful innovations that make a real positive impact on people, quality of life, and the planet.


All full-time faculty members at VinUniversity are eligible to apply. When there is not sufficient funding available to fund all high-scoring proposals, priority will be given to funding proposals from early career, research-active faculty. Faculty members who have received an award through this program within the previous two years are not eligible to apply. Those who have received Fast Track funding are, however, eligible to apply.


*Should there be anything else you would like to ask, please send an email to the Research Management Office at vpo@vinuni.edu.vn.


Each seed proposal will be reviewed by the members of the VinUniversity Research Advisory Committee (RAC). The RAC comprises members selected from the faculty of VinUniversity. The Vice Provost of Research and Innovation (VPRI) will select the committee members using the best judgment to allow a fair review while distributing the review load across all committee members. Each proposal will be reviewed based on the following categories:

  • Building talents
  • Real life impact
  • Reputation building for VinUni


Research projects funded through this program are expected to be completed within two years; however, longer projects and extensions will be allowed as needed.


The PI will submit six monthly reports on their funded project. A template will be provided for the report.

At the conclusion of the project, the PI will provide a complete report of the expenses, research outcomes, publications or manuscripts or working papers, and plans for future work.

In addition to written reports, the research team may be invited to present the outcomes in a workshop, symposium, or conference.


The Seed Grant Program will support VinUni research in meeting the following overarching objectives. Accordingly, the decision to award funding for a proposal will be guided by the extent to which submitted proposals meets these considerations.

  • Initiate research with results that could lead to larger-scale, longer-term programs that are funded externally by local, national or international organizations
  • Conduct research that has near term measurable positive impact and addresses urgent issues, so as to build the reputation and name recognition of VinUni by accomplishing some quick but notable wins.
  • Build research capability and self-sufficiency by acquiring equipment, databases, and other resources needed to pursue ground-breaking research.
  • Build collaborations with international and national peer institutions to extend the infrastructure for conducting and supporting research available to VinUni faculty, as well as gain exposure to research practices at these institutions.
  • Provide opportunities to build and enhance research skills and expertise of VinUni researchers and students, to grow the next generation of future talent and academic leaders.
  • Partner with companies in the VinGroup eco-system to conduct research with real-world applications and with direct benefit to VinGroup.
  • Build new and lasting interdisciplinary research collaborations across VinUni, VinGroup and other collaborators and partners


Over the past two years, many faculty members have received Seed Grant and FastTrack funding for their research. Below is the list of all the previously funded projects:

AY21-22 Fast Track

Project Title Principal Investigator, College
Culture and Climate Change in Vietnam David Harrison, CAS
At the Crossroads of International Relocation: What Makes The Influence of Reputation Stronger? Jin Suk Park. CBM
Employee learning in tourism and service experiences during Covid-19 pandemic Giang Phi Thi Linh, CBM
Implicit deep learning Laurent El Ghaoui, CECS
Multimodal Federated Learning for Multi-Objective Recommendations Dung Le Duy, CECS
Evaluation of the effects of molnupiravir on the cardiomyocytes derived from human-induced pluripotent stem cell Nhung Nguyen Thi, CHS
Improving symptoms for women after cancer treatment: a trial of the i-CanManage application Huyen Nguyen Thi Hoa, CHS


AY21-22 Seed Grant

Project Title Principal Investigator, College
Fake News and the Tam Giao Michael Clark, CAS
Impact of Covid-19 on Vietnam’s Textiles and Clothing Industry: Response, Recovery, and the Path to Resilience Anupama Devendrakumar, CAS
Stability, efficiency, and resilience of hotels during Covid-19 pandemic: The role of capital structure and ESG strategy Lan Nguyen Thi Mai, CBM
Fibroblast Growth Factor 23 as a Predictor for Left Ventricular Hypertrophy in Chronic Kidney Disease Tuyet Nguyen Thi, CHS
Impact of Dengue virus infection on mosquito vector behaviour: a multidimensional investigation of a growing public health threat to Vietnam Andrew Taylor-Robinson, CHS
Women’s Wellness After Giving Birth Program (WWAGBP) for Vietnamese Women Huong Nguyen Thi Thanh, CHS
Air Hanoi Project: public knowledge, awareness and perceptions of air pollution in Vietnam’s capital city – a mixed methods study Pranee Liamputtong, CHS
Using codesign to create the Smart Kidney Health Support program for people with chronic kidney disease in Vietnam Van Hoang Lan, CHS


AY20-21 Seed Grant

Project Title Principal Investigator, College
Vietnam Manufacturing Competitiveness Dung Vu Anh, CAS
Using eye tracking to understand the cognitive processes of second language learners when reading and engaging with electronic texts Daniel Ruelle, CAS
Vietnam and Industry 4.0: Philosophical and Ethical Foundations Billy Wheeler, CAS
Vietnam Service Quality and Excellence Index Rohit Verma, VINO
Evolving Digital Consumer Behavior and Social Customer Relationship Marketing (CRM): A Comprehensive Approach Integrating Data from Consumer and Firm Kyunghwa Chung (Jenny), CBM
Improvements to the model to convert user generated content (UGC) to structured data in hotel service quality using sentimental analysis – Case study of Vinpearl Lan Tran Phuong, CBM


“Looking through the customer’s eyes”, using eye-tracking, in-depth interviews and surveys to examine wellness quality of Vinpearl hotels and resorts Dung Le Thi Phuong, CBM
Medication Monitoring App Minh Do Ngoc, CECS
3D imaging of cells and tissues using polarized light microscopy Mai Tran Thi, CECS
In-situ monitoring of directed energy deposition additive manufacturing (3D printing) system using optical and infrared imaging Truong Do Thi, CECS
ECGs classification for cardiovascular diseases diagnostics on mobile devices Cuong Do Danh, CECS
Energy-efficient light-emitting diodes for solid-state lighting applications through hybridization between quantum emitters and optical metamaterials Quynh Le Van, CECS
Privacy-Preserving Data Publishing for Autonomous Vehicles Kok-Seng Wong, CECS
Applying Machine Learning to mitigate RF impairments in wireless communications systems Tu Nguyen Viet, CECS
Feasibility Study for the Vietnam Cohort Study (VINCohort) Maurizio Trevisan, CHS
Workplace conflicts and conflict management among nurses in selected Vietnamese healthcare institutions Long Nguyen Hoang, CHS
Immune System Measuring: A study on Patients of Infections and Cancers Chien Huynh Dinh, CHS


Seed Grant Symposium 2022

Message from Professor Laurent El Ghaoui – Chair of the Research Affairs Committee and Dean of the College of Engineering & Computer Science, VinUniversity.

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