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NMRC Bedside and Bench Grant

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The Bedside & Bench (B&B) Grant aims to foster closer interactions between the basic scientist and the clinicians to translate scientific discoveries in the laboratory to clinical useful and commercially viable applications to improve health outcomes.

 

 The B&B Grant will fund collaborations between 2 Co-Principal Investigators (PIs), one of whom is a basic scientist and the other a clinical investigator, with each Co-PI providing symmetrical intellectual inputs into the project. The applicants will need to show evidence of understanding required to bring a novel idea to clinical use and define these clearly as milestones, outcomes and future value.

 

Projects such as experimental medicine studies/phase zero studies or projects that will lead to the development of novel biomarkers, medical devices, therapeutics, new product candidates, technologies or techniques that can improve healthcare outcomes will be considered for funding. This grant will not support stand-alone pre-clinical studies, studies in model systems and approaches such as genetic association studies that do not link to direct commercial outcomes.

 

Priority for funding will be given to those applications which have the greatest potential for a commercial endpoint and impact on healthcare. Partnerships with industry collaborator(s) are strongly encouraged and additional consideration will be given to proposals that demonstrate industrial interest or engagement.


 

Funding Information

(1)  Up to $2M per project with additional 20% IRC provided to the Host Institution of the non-A*STAR Co-PI. The budget for each basic science and clinical Co-PI will be capped at S$1M.

 

Capped Amount Maximum Duration
$2M 3 years

 

(2) Additional funding of up to $3M, inclusive of 20% IRC, may be provided by the BMRC for proposal involving a scientist from the BMRC research institutes or units. In this scenario, the budget of the non-A*STAR Co-PI will be capped at $2M (exclusive of 20% IRC) and the BMRC RI Co-PI is capped at $3M (inclusive of 20% IRC).
 

 

Eligibility


Each proposal must involve a demonstrable collaboration between the 2 Co-Principal Investigators. Each team must be made of one basic scientist and one clinician. Both must be independent investigators with a strong track record of peer reviewed research publications and grant support.

 

The Basic Science Co-PI should at the point of application fulfill the following requirements:

 

a) Possess a minimum academic qualification of a PhD or the equivalent training.

 

b) Hold a primary appointment[1] in a local publicly funded institution.

 

c) Be an independent Co-PI with a track record of leadership ability in coordinating research programs and providing mentorship to research team, as well as having productive research outcomes e.g. quality research publication record in the past 3 years;

 

d) Have a laboratory or research program that carries out research in Singapore.

 

e) Hold a minimum of 9 months employment with a local Singapore institution, and fulfilling at least 6 months of residency in Singapore over a period of 1 calendar year[2]

 

f) No outstanding reports from previous BMRC, NMRC grants, and other national grants.

 

The Clinical Co-PI should at the point of application fulfill the following requirements:


a) Clinically qualified (i.e. with MD/MBBS/BDS) and preferably with post-graduate clinical training and experience. For proposals involving patients the clinical Co-PI should be SMC registered; or the Co-PI should be able to demonstrate ability to access patients through SMC registered collaborators.

 

b) Hold a primary appointment in a local public hospital/public health institutions/national specialty centre/public universities/Academic Medical Centers and salaried by the institution.

 

c) Be an independent Co-PI with a demonstrated track record of research as evidenced by the award of nationally competitive funding (international funding to be considered on a case by case basis) and substantial publication record in the past 3 years

 

d) Have a laboratory or clinical research program that carries out research in Singapore

 

e) Hold a minimum of 9 months employment with a local Singapore institution, and fulfilling at least 6 months of residency in Singapore over a period of 1 calendar year[3]

 

f) No outstanding reports from previous BMRC, NMRC grants, and other national grants.

 

Note:

The declaration to be an exception under the CS-IRG scheme does NOT apply to the Bedside & Bench Grant as the clinical co-PI for B&B must be clinically qualified.

Applicants who have applied for exception to become a clinical Co-PI under the CS-IRG grant cannot revert back and apply as a basic science Co-PI under the B&B grant.  

 

[1]  For PIs with joint appointments, please take note that the primary employer is the one which pays a higher percentage of the PI's salary.

[2] CREATE campus PIs are expected to fulfill the residency and other requirements as stipulated by the NRF and the above criteria (c), (d) and (f).

[3] CREATE campus PIs are expected to fulfill the residency and other requirements as stipulated by the NRF and the above criteria (c), (d) and (f).

 

 

Schedule of Annual Call

 

Once a year

 

 

Application Procedures
 

 

Letter of Intent (LOI)

 

Kindly submit the following documents to NUHS, Towerblock Level 6, by 12 noon, 25 Sept 2012, and forward a softcopy to Grant_RO@nuhs.edu.sg  

 

Please indicate NUHS as the Institution.

 

NUHS Co-PIs Submitting Through NUHS NUHS Co-PIs Submitting Through Other Host Institutes                

(1 original hardcopy duly signed by both co-PIs and other co-PI's Host institution, and 1 softcopy in a single Microsoft Word document including all annexes, pictures, tables, charts and attachments, if any)

 

Please name the LOI in the following format:

B&B Sept 2012 LOI_(Basic Science Co-PI’s Name, Name of Institution) _ (Clinical Co-PI’s Name, Name of Institution)

 

  • Grant Endorsement Form
  • 1 original hardcopy duly signed by NUS/NUH PIs and HOD

    For NUS PIs: Link

    For NUH PIs: Link

    (1 original hardcopy duly signed by NUHS Co-PI, and 1 softcopy in a single Microsoft Word document including all annexes, pictures, tables, charts and attachments, if any)

     

    Please name the LOI in the following format:

    B&B Sept 2012 LOI_(Basic Science Co-PI’s Name, Name of Institution) _ (Clinical Co-PI’s Name, Name of Institution)

     

  • Grant Endorsement Form
  • 1 original hardcopy duly signed by NUS/NUH PIs and HOD

    For NUS PIs: Link

    For NUH PIs: Link

     

     

    Please visit NMRC website for more information: http://www.nmrc.gov.sg/content/nmrc_internet/home/grant/compgrants/edg111.html

     

     

    Kindly Note:
    If the proposed study would requires biospecimen or tissue banking, please contact Dr Eng Chon Boon (chon_boon_eng@nuhs.edu.sg ) from the NUHS Tissue Repository. The tissue repository will assist in biobanking budgetary. Kindly visit http://medicine.nus.edu.sg/tissue/Cost%20Recovery%20Schedule.pdf

     

    Contact Us

     

    Mr Chia De Qing

    Tel : 6772 3708

    Email : medcdq@nus.edu.sg