Grant Applications and Guidelines

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The following sources of funding are currently available for HSS staff.

 

Calendar for Regular Grants that Faculty Usually Consider Applying

​Grant Calls ​Forecasted Call Deadlines ​Remarks
​MOE AcRF Tier 1 (Call 2/2016) ​September 2016 ​Email Announcement Sent
​MOE AcRF Tier 1 (Call 1/2017)  May 2017 Based on 2016 Schedule
​MOE AcRF Tier 2 (Feb 2017) ​September 2016 Email Announcement Sent​
​MOE AcRF Tier 2 (August 2017) May 2016 ​Based on 2016 Schedule
​MOE Tertiary Education Research Fund Grant  ​April 2017 ​Based on 2016 Schedule
​College Incentive Scheme (Call 1/2017) ​January 2017 Based on 2016 Schedule
​College Incentive Scheme (Call 2/2017) ​June 2017 ​Based on 2016 Schedule
​HSS-SUG (January 2017) January 2017 ​​Based on 2016 Schedule
​HSS-SUG (August 2017) ​August 2017 ​​Based on 2016 Schedule
​Merlion Joint Franco-Singaporean Research Projects ​September 2016 ​Email Announcement Sent
​MSF Social and Family Research Fund (SFRF) ​November 2016 Email Announcement Sent
​NTU/NUS - Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)

- Joint Research Projects
- Joint Seminar
​August 2016 Email Announcement Sent
​​Social Science Research Thematic Grant ​August 2017 ​Based on 2016 Schedule
​Singapore Millennium Foundation Grant Call ​January 2017 ​Based on 2016 Schedule
 

     

    MOE Academic Research Funding (AcRF) Tier 1

    The Academic Research Fund (AcRF) Tier 1 grants are applicable for resarch proposals of project values between $5,000 to $400,000, over 3 years. For projects under the Accountancy, Business, Humanities and Social Sciences discipline cluster, the TPV proposed should be less than $100,000.

    Proposals should be submitted through the NORA system.

    Click here for the recent grant call announcement.


    MOE Academic Research Funding (AcRF) Tier 2


    The MOE Academic Research Fund (AcRF) Grant funds research projects on a competitive basis across Singapore-based universities. Each grant proposal submitted should have a total project value (TPV) between $500,000 and $1 million over a three-year duration. Projects under Accountancy, Business, Humanities and Social Sciences (EP4) with TPV of $100,000 and above are eligible for funding under AcRF Tier 2.


    MOE AcRF Tier 2 grant calls are expected in February and August every year, however it may be subject to changes. 

    Click here for the recent grant call announcement.


    MOE Academic Research Funding (AcRF) Tier 3

    The AcRF Tier 3 programme-level funding scheme will enable high impact, multidisciplinary research performed at the universities to be carried out in a comprehensive and organized manner. It will allow the emergence of game-changing science by bringing together collaborative teams of experts to develop integrated solutions to scientific issues.

     

    The following are pertinent information about the Tier 3 programme:

     
    1. Full time academic faculty of NTU and those who are in the process of joining NTU are eligible to apply as PI;
    2. The Tier 3 funding scheme to enable high impact, multi-disciplinary research at universities to be carried out in a comprehensive and organized manner.
    3. There are 2 categories of awards in Tier 3:
      1. Funding for Type A Tier 3 programme: funding quantum of $5 to $10 million over 5 years
      2. Funding for Type B Tier 3 programme: funding quantum of $10 to $25 million over 5 years
    4. Organisation of project team: Led by Lead PI who will oversee senior PIs and PIs
    5. Funding for EOM of research staff and PhD students (number of students supported restricted by MOE)
    6. Application process: 2 stages: White Paper (6 pages) and Full Proposal for shortlisted PIs
    7. Number of submissions by NTU restricted by MOE to 8 White Papers
     

    Click here for the recent grant call announcement.

     
    MOE Tertiary Education Research Fund (TRF)

    TRF was set up to promote innovation and research into teaching and learning at a higher education level. The funds applied educational research projects on a competitive basis across Singapore's publicly-funded universities, polytechnics and Institution of Technical Education (ITE). Through the TRF, the MOE empowers Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) to actively and continuously improve teaching and learning (T&L) practices based on reliable research and data. The TRF promotes effective and innovative T&L practices which have the potential to improve the quality of T&L across all IHLs in Singapore.

    Click here​ for the recent grant call announcement.


    College (COHASS) Incentive Scheme

    The scheme was first introduced by CoHASS in April 2011 to encourage more Tier-2, Tier-3 and external grant applications. The scheme provides seed-funding support that is needed to develop the external grant proposal and is open to all HASS full-time faculty for a grant up to S$5,000. Please refer to the recent email circular below for more information.

    Click here for the recent grant call announcement.
     


    HSS Start Up Grant (SUG)
    Applicable to new faculty only

    The HSS-SUG is funded by the Provost and the maximum grant applicable to Humanities and Social Sciences research project is now capped at $35,000, unless other agreements have been made contractually. The grant is to enable newly joined academic staff to undertake preliminary research activities. Full-time, tenure-track faculty who joined NTU no later than half a year from the date of submission is eligible to apply.

    Important Note

     
    • Divisions should inform new incoming faculty of their SUG eligibility once they confirmed their appointments and advise them to submit their proposal before they assume duty. This would ensure that new faculty colleagues will be able to pursue their research as soon as they start work at HASS.
    • SUG are awarded once, on an individual basis, normally within the first six months of the faculty’s employment. The upper limit of the SUG is $35,000, unless other agreements have been made contractually.
     

    Click here for the recent grant call announcement.


    MSF - Social Family Research Fund (SFRF) 


    The SFRF funds research on family trends and issues in Singapore. The supported research should preferably inform on family policies in Singapore. Please refer to the Family Research Agenda and the focused research topics for examples of the relevant family research issues. The latter aims to complement the ground-up approach to the FRF. Applicants seeking funding can choose to develop their research proposals based on these focused topics. Applications submitted for the focused research topics will be assigned similar priority as relevant research topics proposed by researchers.

    Click here for the recent grant call announcement.


    NTU/NUS - Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)

    The Japan society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and the National University of Singapore (NUS)/Nanyang Technological University (NTU) carry out bilateral cooperative in accordance with their mutual agreement on international scientific collaboration. The aim of this programme is to form sustained networks evolved from individual scientist exchanges including young scientists, in the areas of Natural Science, Humanities and Social Sciences.

    ​Click here​ for the recent grant call announcement. 


    Social Science Research Thematic Grant

    The Social Science Research Thematic Grant aims to encourage high-quality and impactful social science and humanities research in areas of strategic relevance to Singapore. It supports social science and humanities research projects, programmes or centres with bearing on key societal and economic issues affecting Singapore and the region. It aims to catalyse collaborations among existing research performers in Singapore, and encourage the effective use and adoption of innovative and inter-disciplinary methodologies, techniques and approaches. It also aims to support pathways to impact, including the test-bedding of ideas arising from research.

    There are 2 types of Thematic Grant available:
    • Type A ($100,000 to $1 million for up to 3 years per project) Aims to support smaller-scale investigator-led research in areas of strategic relevance.

    • Type B (>$1 million to $10 million over 3 to 5 years per project) Aims to support more ambitious research where research performers are encouraged to collaborate to pursue more ambitious, inter-disciplinary research on issues of cross-cutting interest.

    ​Click here​​ for the recent grant call announcement. 


    MDA Academic Engagement Programme

    The Academic Engagement Programme (AEP) is a new initiative launched by the Media Development Authority, aimed at supporting media-related research projects by undergraduates, postgraduates and academics.

    Click here for the recent grant call announcement.​​

     

    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is inviting applications to Grand Challenges Explorations, which has awarded over 1070 grants in over 58 countries to date.

    Click here for the recent grant call announcement.​


    Merlion Grant Call

    This call and the subsequent support for the selected projects aim to create or strengthen existing scientific co-operation between France and Singapore. Submitted projects must be joint research projects involving a French and a Singaporean partner. Therefore, the aim of this ninth call for proposals is: 

    •       To provide support for joint scientific and technological projects, 

    •       To enable scientists to meet and discuss on future collaborative projects, 

    •     To encourage the creation of research laboratories jointly run by France and Singapore, such as BMC2, CINTRA, IPAL, MajuLab, SONDRA, the creation of start-ups and facilitating technology transfer. 

    The application has to be a joint effort by both the French and Singaporean partners. By making a joint application, both parties implicitly agree to co-funding of their joint project

    Click here​ for the recent grant call announcement. 
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    NRF - The Science of Learning Initiative

    This NRF initiative aims to grow and strengthen Singapore’s research capabilities and grow a pool of manpower in relevant research areas.  NRF seeks to develop a science-based understanding of the effectiveness of Singapore’s education methods as well as develop new methods to realise better learning outcomes.​

Click here​ for the recent grant call announcement.


    Singapore Millennium Foundation (SMF)

    The Singapore Millennium Foundation (SMF) was set up as a charity and IPC in 2001 by the then Singapore Technologies Pte Ltd (STPL). Since 2011, it is a non-profit organisation supported by Temasek Trust to promote research in Singapore. The Board of Directors of the SMF comprise eminent members of the Scientific Community and Industry.

    Click here​ for the recent grant call announcement.



    National Heritage Board - Heritage Research Grant (NHB HSG)

    The Heritage Research Grant is a new grant opportunity from Singapore's National Heritage Board (NHB). The objectives of the grant is to encourage local Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs), research institutions and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to embark on heritage-related research proposals, to grow and develop the heritage ecosystem in Singapore and to promote the use and technologies for the documentation and preservation of Singapore’s heritage.

    Research Fellow or Post-doctoral Fellow may participate as a Co-Investigator (Co-I) in a  proposed project. However, he/she cannot tap on the project funding for honorarium if he/she is already a salaried/paid researcher.  If the Co-I is  funded by an external grant, approval from the funding organisation has to be sought before his/her participation in the HRG project

    ​Click here for the recent grant call announcement. 

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