Communicable Diseases Public Health Research Grant  

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Communicable Diseases Public Health Research Grant 

 

The Communicable Diseases – Public Health Research Grant (CD-PHRG), awarded by the Ministry of Health (MOH) is a  newly established  grant to encourage researchers to work on strategic research topics with major public health (PH) impact for Singapore, particularly in the area of Communicable Diseases (CD).

Objectives

The new grant aims to support evidence-based PH risk assessment, intervention and policy formulation for CD; build and mobilise strong national research capabilities across a range of disciplines to support PH preparedness and response to any new CD outbreak or crisis; and to develop depth and breadth of expertise for PH thought leadership.

Grant Type

There are two categories of grant: (a) Thematic Grant and (b) Commissioned Studies

(a)    Thematic Grant
 

i.    Investigators are invited to propose projects based on strategic areas of interest specified by MOH (see CD-PHRG Administration Guidelines Annex A for Nov-Dec 2014 Priority Themes). Applications will be reviewed by a peer-review process.

ii.    Grants are awarded based on relevance, scientific merit, applicability to the local context and national significance.

(b)    Commissioned Studies

i.    Investigators are invited to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) based on the research question defined by MOH [see Annex B for MOH Commissioned Studies research question(s) for FY2015].

A most suitable proposal will be selected based on relevance to MOH’s identified research question as defined in Annex B. The selected investigator will be informed by MOH to submit a full research proposal. All applications (i.e. LOI and full research proposal) will be reviewed by the CD-PHRG Stakeholders Committee (CD-PHRG SC). Grant will be awarded to the proposal that has addressed MOH’s specific research question.

Overseeing Committee
A local CD-PHRG Stakeholders Committee (CD-PHRG SC) will oversee the CD-PHRG and make the final decision for grant award. The Committee comprises members from MOH, public sector healthcare institutions and academia.  

Project Funding Cap
Funding per project is capped at $1m (inclusive of indirect costs, capped at 20% of eligible funding amount).

Period of Award
Projects will be awarded for a period of up to 3 years; any requests for extension of project deadlines will follow National Medical Research Council (NMRC) policies and guidelines. 

Eligibility Criteria

Project Teams applying for the CD-PHRG should meet the following criteria:

a)      PIs should be from local public healthcare or academic institutions [i.e. Clusters/ Restructured Hospitals (RHs) & Institutions, Universities, Health Promotion Board (HPB), or Health Sciences Authority (HSA)][1].

1 Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs) are not eligible to apply. VWOs may however, collaborate with public institutions on relevant projects (e.g. projects across healthcare sectors), so long as the PIs are from the public institutions. 

b)      Applications must be endorsed by the institutional authorities (e.g. Department Head, Director of Research or equivalent), to ensure institutional support, ownership, and oversight for the projects; and

The PIs, together with their Project Teams, are responsible for the planning, direction, and execution of their proposed projects.

Projects which are currently already receiving support from other sources of funding will not be eligible for CD-PHRG funding.

Please refer to the following documents for more information about these grants:

­   For Thematic Grant: CD-PHRG Administration Guidelines and Annex A

­   For Commissioned Studies: MOH-CS Commissioned Studies Administration Guidelines and Annex B

Past Events

Two road shows were held on 8 and 9 October 2014.

1)      Roadshow at College of Medicine Building (COMB)

Date:

8 October 2014 (Wednesday)

Time:

3.30 pm – 5.00 pm

Venue:

COMB Auditorium

2)      Roadshow at NUHS Tower Block 

Date:

9 October 2014 (Thursday)

Time:

3.30 pm – 5.00 pm

Venue:

NUHS Tower Block – Level 1 Auditorium

The list of approved Nov 2013 CD-PHRG proposals may be found here.

Application for CD-PHRG - Thematic Grant [Currently Closed]
 

The CD-PHRG Grant Call is open from 3 November 2014 to 1 December 2014. For applicants who are interested to apply, please submit your application via the NMRC Grant Application and Grant Evaluation for Research (nGager) online system. Click here for the nGager User Guide. You may refer to the Guide for CD-PHRG Application for instructions on completing the CD-PHRG Application on nGager.

Application for MOH - Commissioned Studies

The Commissioned Studies grant is open from 2 March 2015 to 16 March 2015. For applicants who are interested to apply, please submit a Letter of Intent for the research question via email to MOH_CD-PHRG@moh.gov.sg. Click here for LOI and form guide for the instructions.

The contents of the Letter of Intent (LOI) should be aligned to MOH’s research needs and address the specific research question as defined by MOH. The LOI will be reviewed by the CD-PHRG Stakeholders Committee (CD-PHRG SC) and MOH. Grant will be awarded to the proposal that has addressed MOH’s specific research question.

Please note that the identified investigator for the project under MOH Commissioned Studies is required to submit a full research proposal. Click here for MOH-CS Proposal Form. MOH will work with the identified PI to align the research proposal to MOH’s division needs. Identified PI may refer to the MOH-CS Proposal Form Guide for instructions on completing the MOH-CS proposal. Identified PI is required to submit the full research proposal via email to MOH_CD-PHRG@moh.gov.sg and mail the hardcopy to the following address:

CD-PHRG Secretariat

Communicable Diseases Division

College of Medicine Building, 16 College Road,

Singapore 169854

 

Please also refer to the following documents for the terms and conditions, as well as policies, governing the CD-PHRG:

 

Contact Information

For further clarifications on CD-PHRG, you may contact us at MOH_CD-PHRG@moh.gov.sg