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Health Services Research Competitive Research Grant (HSR-CRG)


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The Health Services Research Competitive Research Grant (HSR CRG) seeks to harness HSR and relevant expertise in a system-wide effort to promote the translation of knowledge into better care and improved health outcomes on a sustainable basis, and to enhance the role of HSR in policy and practice in Singapore. 


Grants are awarded based on scientific merits, implementability, and national significance. The HSR CRG seeks a wide range of research projects. To ensure that awarded research projects have local implementability and national significance, priority would be given to research projects which address the strategic areas and yearly themes (listed at Annex A) which are identified to be priority areas of national importance. The list shall be updated every year. While priority would be given to research projects which address the strategic areas and yearly themes, proposals whose topics do not fall within these areas and themes may still be submitted for consideration.







Funding Information





Phase Study Type Form of Evaluation Amount   Funding Period
Phase 1 Pilot/ Formative Pilot test, assess feasibility, formative evaluation and refinement, develop intervention/
evaluation protocols 
Capped at $200K 2 years
Phase 2 Efficacy Small-scale rigorous trial in controlled settings with ongoing intervention support;
emphasis on internal validity
Capped at $200K 2 years
Phase 3 Effectiveness Large-scale rigorous trial under routine conditions in varied settings; emphasis on external validity  Capped at $1M 2 years




Indirect research costs (i.e. facilities and administrative (F&A) costs) would be set at 20% of the direct cost (excluding exceptional items) of each approved grant.



Schedule of Annual Call


Grant call for HSR-CRG will open May each year.


Review and selection of projects would generally require 8 months from the Closing Date. 



Application Criteria


  • Only one Principal Investigator (PI) is allowed per application.
  • PI should possess a minimum qualification of PhD and/or MBBS/BDS/PharmD/MD and/or other appropriate Postgraduate Qualification.
  • PI should have at least 1 first-author publication; and
  • For non-clinicians, applicant should have at least 2 years research experience; or
  • For clinician, applicant should be at least a Registrar or Associate Consultant (or equivalent);


In addition, PI should fulfill the following requirements:



  • Principal Investigators (PIs) should be from local public healthcare or academic institutions.
  • hold a primary appointment in a local public institution and salaried by the institution; and
  • have access to a laboratory to conduct research in Singapore; and
  • hold a minimum of 9 months employment with a local Singapore institution. Upon award, the PI must agree to fulfill at least 6 months of residency in Singapore for each calendar year over the duration of the grant award



Applicant has to provide justifications and allocation of time spent in Singapore if the above are not met. Exceptions will be evaluated by the panel on a case-by-case basis.



  • Co-Investigators need to hold at least an adjunct position in a local public institution.


  • Researchers from overseas institutions or private companies can only participate as collaborators.


  • There is no limit to the number of Co-Investigators or collaborators.





Application Procedure




All applications should be submitted online via nGager by 12 noon, 22 May 2013,Wednesday- for NUHS Research Office to check and endorse.


  • Submission of research proposal is via nGager. There is no need to submit separate hardcopy/ softcopy for the research proposals.



  • Please prepare your grants using the following forms before submission to the online nGager. For new applicants, nGager account can be created via the nGager website.




            HSRG Guide and Application Form (May 13).zip 





  • The only hardcopy and softcopy submission to NUHS Research office (email: grant_ro@nuhs.edu.sg) is the following NUH/ NUS grant endorsement form.



Principal investigators whose primary appointment is in NUS should use the NUS grant endorsement form while Principal investigators whose primary appointment is in NUH should use the NUH grant endorsement.



 Our internal deadline for nGager online submission will be 12 noon, 22 May 2013,Wednesday. 



 NUS grant-endorsement-form.doc  



Guide and Application Form

  NUH grant-endorsement_form (May13).doc 


Guide and Application Form


Forward the Softcopy to Grant_RO@nuhs.edu.sg. (Attention:Serene Lim)



Forward the Softcopy to Grant_RO@nuhs.edu.sg. (Attention:Serene  Lim)




  • Applications not using the latest application templates from nGager will be rejected by NMRC.


  • Any softcopy document must be uploaded to nGager as 1 file at each uploading tab either in Word DOC or PDF format (please do not submit scanned PDF format except for signatories). Please upload the related documents under the relevant sections in nGager.





Kindly indicate NUHS as the Host Institution when submitting the online application.  As incomplete applications and late submissions will be rejected by NMRC, we strongly encourage applications to be submitted earlier.



For more information about this grant can be downloaded from NMRC Website.



Kindly Note:


If the proposed study 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 with the biobanking budget. Kindly visit  http://medicine.nus.edu.sg/tissue/Cost%20Recovery%20Schedule.pdf



Contact Us


 Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any enquires.


Ms Serene Lim Tel:  6772 3718 Email:  medv951@nus.edu.sg