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Individual Research Grants

Grants

NMRC

Individual Research Grant (NMRC IRG)

NMRC
Exploratory / Development Grant

(NMRC EDG)

NMRC

New Investigator Grant (NMRC NIG)

Biomedical Research Council (BMRC)

Amount Awarded (max)

$1.5M over 3 years

$200K over 2 years

$200K over 2 years

$1.5M over 3 years

Brief
Description
The focus of the research should be translational and clinical in nature. This grant is intended to encourage exploratory and developmental research projects by providing support for early and conceptual stage research leading up to an IRG application.  The NIG is a step for the new investigator towards a first independent national level grant. BMRC funds basic biomedical and translational research that is relevant and important to human health.

No. of Calls Per Year

Twice
(May & Nov)

Twice
(May & Nov)

Twice
(May & Nov)

Once (May)

Applicable to

 NUHS

 Grants

NUHS Cross Department

Bridging Funds

Academic Research Fund Tier 1 Faculty Research Committee
(AcRF Tier 1 FRC)

Academic Research Fund Tier 1 University Research Committee
(AcRF Tier 1 URC)

Amount Awarded (max)

$40K over 1 year

Depending on PI’s needs which will be reviewed by Committee

<$180K over 3 years

$180K≤ TPV<$500K

Brief
Description
Priority will be given to a joint proposal between a clinical science and a basic science NUHS dept, followed by joint proposals from 2 clinical depts or 2 basic science depts (by full time research active applicants)

Maintain key research personnel for up to 1 year whilst academic staff resubmit an external grant application that has
narrowly failed to achieve funding. Consumables cost allowed on case by case basis.

 

Funding will be provided on the excellence of the proposed project and innovation of the Research. Priority is given to areas of excellence that lack appropriate external funding. Funding will be provided on the excellence of the proposed project, innovation of the Research. Priority to novel interdisciplinary interactions and areas of excellence that lack appropriate external Funding. Established staff are not eligible for Tier 1 URC funding

No. of Calls Per Year

Twice (Apr & Sept)

 Twice (Jun & Dec)

Twice (Apr & Aug)

Twice (Feb & Aug)

Applicable to

NUHS

NUS

Grants Academic Research Fund Tier 2 Ministry of Education
(AcRF Tier 2 MOE)
National Research Foundation – Proof Of Concept (NRF POC) Singapore Millennium Foundation-
National University of Singapore (SMF-NUS) Research Horizons
NUS Cross Faculty Grant for Interdisciplinary Research

Amount Awarded (max)

Excluding RS ≥$500K $250K over 1 year 1st Stage: S$100,000 for one year (Phase I) - seed funding to kick-start his/her novel research.
2nd Stage:
Continual funding (Phase II) of up to S$1 million to develop ideas further.
$25K over 2 years
Brief
Description
Supports research with good potential for creating new knowledge that will benefit the larger academic community. Research outcomes should also drive future research, potentially leading to innovations and discoveries. Emphasizes MOE’s mission of training of postgraduate researchers (PGR). Provides funding for proof-of-concept development to researchers in institutions of higher learning (IHLs), to facilitate commercialisation of technologies developed in the IHLs Fosters innovation in research and expands the pipeline of ideas that merit further exploration. It looks for ideas which are substantially or totally novel, preferably cross-disciplinary, and (if fulfilled) would change current views substantially. Aims to encourage academic staff in different disciplines (between faculties) to interact in productive ways and to facilitate the generation of pilot data

No. of Calls Per Year

Twice (Feb & Aug) Once (Apr) Once (Sep) Once (Aug)

Applicable to

NUS

 

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Specialised Individual Research Grants

Grants

Ministry of Health
Health Services Research
(MOH HSR)
Phase 1

Ministry of Health
Health Services Research
(MOH HSR)
Phase  2

Ministry of Health
Health Services Research
(MOH HSR)
Phase 3

Amount Awarded (max)

$200K inclusive of IRC over 2 years $200K inclusive of IRC over 2 years $1M inclusive of IRC over 2 years
Brief Description / Specialty Pilot/Formative:
Pilot test, assess feasibility, formative evaluation and refinement, develop intervention/ evaluation protocols
Efficacy:
Small-scale rigorous trial in controlled settings with ongoing intervention support; emphasis on internal validity
Effectiveness:
Large-scale rigorous trial under routine conditions in varied settings; emphasis on external validity

No. of Calls Per Year

Twice (May & Nov)

Twice (May & Nov)

Twice (May & Nov)

Applicable to

 NUHS

Grants

Biomedical Research Council (BMRC)
Singapore Stem Cell Consortium (SSCC)

Biomedical Research Council (BMRC)
Singapore Immunology Network (SIgN)
Ajinomoto Amino Acid Research Programme
(Exploratory)
Ajinomoto Amino Acid Research Programme  (Young Investigator)

Amount Awarded (max)

$500K to $1M over 3 years $500K over 3 years US$100K per annum for up to two (2) years
Brief Description / Specialty Seeks to catalyze the translation of basic stem cell research into clinically viable stem cell therapies for chronic, debilitating diseases, by building strong linkages between basic science and clinical research groups. The scientific focus of SIgN is to study Immune-regulation during Infection, Inflammation, Autoimmunity and Cancer. It encompasses the investigation of immunity in the tissues in physiological and pathological conditions. Explore novel functions/properties of amino acid structure, biology, nutrition, physiology and/or pharmacology. Investigators who are within 5 years of their first appointment as independent investigators.

No. of Calls Per Year

Once (Feb)

Once (Aug) Once (Mar)

Applicable to

NUHS

Grants Venerable Yen-Pei National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Singapore
Anti-Tuberculosis Association
(SATA)
Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences
(SICS)

Amount Awarded (max)

$300K over 3 to 5 years $300K for 1 year $750K over 3 years
Brief Description / Specialty The acceptable areas of research would be basic science and clinical research that are of renal or renal related projects. Providing funding for research projects related to tuberculosis or lung health. The research focus of SICS is centered on the human as the model system, and will complement other A*STAR Research Institutes (RIs) by focusing on the clinical and translational research portion of the spectrum of biomedical research.

No. of Calls Per Year

Twice (Jan & July) Once (October) Once (July)

Applicable to

NUHS

Grants NUS Virtual Institute for the Study of Ageing (VISA) NUS-MINDEF Joint Applied R&D Cooperation Programme Defence Science and Technology Agency  - Defence Innovation Research Programme (DSTA DIRP)

Amount Awarded (max)

$20,000 over 2 years $50K over 18 months To be confirmed.
Brief Description / Specialty Projects must address issues relevant to ageing from a broad perspective. The objective is to bring together researchers in NUS, and defence engineers and scientists in MINDEF to conduct small-scale research projects to enhance the defence capability of our nation. DIRP seeks and funds innovative research with the potential to create significant value to the defence and security of Singapore.  Hence, the grant proposal’s research areas should cover science and technology of relevance to defence and security.

No. of Calls Per Year

To be confirmed. Twice (Jan & July) Once (May)

Applicable to

NUS

 

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Programme Grants

Grants

National Research Foundation

Competitive Research Programme
General Call
(NRF CRP)

National Research Foundation
Competitive Research Programme
Scenario-Based
(NRF CRP)

Amount Awarded (max)

$10M over 3 to 5 years $10M over 3 to 5 years
Brief Description / Specialty To surface any new area of research with potential economic and societal benefits for Singapore through a bottom-up approach To identify research programmes which will complement the General CRP scheme. The Scenario-based CRP aims to support R&D programmes that are truly use-inspired and able to produce technical breakthroughs to big challenges and opportunities for Singapore.

No. of Calls Per Year

To be confirmed. To be confirmed.

Applicable to

NUHS

Grants NMRC Programme Project Grants (PPG) NMRC Centre Grants (CG) NRF MOE Research Centre of Excellence (RCE)

Amount Awarded (max)

$1M / year for 3 years $3M / year for 3 years Depending on the RCE’s needs
Brief Description / Specialty Award is PI centric. Programme areas will NOT be strategically directed and a ground up approach will be adopted. Award is institution centric for CG. Organizing diverse research groups around a common research focus. 3 - 5 meritorious projects/themes are required for consideration for the Centre grant application. Will catalyse the development of local universities into research-intensive universities and will enhance their international standing.

No. of Calls Per Year

To be confirmed. To be confirmed. To be confirmed.

Applicable to

NUHS

 

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Awards - CSA and STaR

Grants

Clinician Scientist Award

(CSA-INV)

Clinician Scientist Award

(CSA-SI)

S'pore Translational Research Investigator Award (STaR)

Amount Awarded (max)

  • 3 years' salary (100% funded)
  • Grant up to $225K/yr for 3 years
  • 5 years' salary (100% funded)
  • Grant up to $350K/yr for 5 years

Grant up to $1M/year for 5 years

Brief Description The objective of the CSA is to provide adequate salary & funding support for selected outstanding clinician scientists, who possess a consistent record of excellence in research, to enable them to carry out internationally competitive and influential translational and clinical research. The STaR Investigator Award is a prestigious award offered by the Singapore Ministry of Health’s National Medical Research Council (NMRC) to recognise and support investigators in translational and clinical research.

No. of Calls Per Year

Twice (Apr & Sept)

Once (Mar)

Applicable to

NUHS

  

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