Traditional Chinese Medicine Research Grant (TCMRG) 


Traditional Chinese Medicine Research Grant

The Traditional Chinese Medicine Research Grant (TCMRG) is a grant established by MOH to encourage local collaborative research in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It seeks to harness TCM principles and scientific research methodologies and expertise to promote the translation of TCM knowledge into better care and improved health outcomes on a sustainable basis, and to enhance the role of TCM in policy and practice in Singapore.



The TCMRG serves the following objectives:

a.       To help public and healthcare professionals understand which TCM therapies have been proven to be safe and effective, empowering public to make informed decisions about TCM treatments;

b.       To assist policy makers by providing clinically proven treatments to serve the healthcare needs of the public;

c.       To improve healthcare services through a more holistic approach, increasing accessibility to more evidence based treatment options.


Grant details

Priority would be given to research projects which address the strategic areas and priority themes (see Application Guide for TCMRG) as well as projects involving collaborations with TCM organisations. Grants are awarded based on relevance, scientific merit, implementability, and national significance.


Project Funding Cap

Funding per project is capped at $750,000 (inclusive of indirect costs, capped at 10% 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 the Terms and Conditions of a Competitive Grant (TCMRG). 


Overseeing Committee

The TCM Research Advisory Committee (TRAC) will oversee the TCMRG and make the final decision for grant award. TRAC comprises local and foreign researchers, and TCM practitioners.


Eligibility Criteria

Project Teams applying for the TCMRG should fulfil the following criteria:

a.       Principal Investigators (PIs) must be from local public healthcare or academic institutions (i.e. Clusters/ Restructured Hospitals & Institutions, Universities, HPB, or HSA)1.

As VWOs are not “public institutions”, they would not be eligible to apply. TCM VWOs, private TCM schools or companies are however, strongly encouraged to collaborate with public institutions on relevant projects, so long as the PIs are from the public institutions.

b.      TCM practitioners, fully registered with the Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners Board, preferably with more than 10 years of clinical experience, may lead in project teams as PIs for studies that do not involve clinical trials and/or laboratory services e.g. observational or case description type studies.

c.      Applications must be endorsed by the institutional heads (CEO or equivalent), to ensure institutional support, ownership, and oversight for the projects.

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 TCMRG funding, so that there is no double funding.


Please refer to the application guide below for more information about this grant.


Application for TCMRG

The TCMRG Grant Call is open from 2 April 2018 to 30 June 2018. For applicants who are interested to apply, please submit 1 soft copy of your application to and 1 hard copy to:

Manager (PCC Div/TCM Branch)
Ministry of Health
College of Medicine Building
16 College Road
Singapore 169854

Click here for the TCMRG Application Form and the Application Guide for TCMRG.


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

Guidelines for the Management of TCMRG

Terms & Conditions of a Competitive Grant (TCMRG)


For Successful Applicants

The list of successful applicants for the 1st grant call (2 Jan – 31 Mar 2014) can be found in the table below.

Application ID

Project Title

Host Institution


TCM Collaborator

TCMCRG 2703001

Acupuncture in the treatment of fatigue in Parkinson’s Disease: a pilot randomized controlled study


Kong Keng He

TTSH Centre for Integrative Medicine Clinic

TCMCRG 3103001

Randomised clinical trial of acupuncture and herbal treatment in dry eye: cutting edge technologies meet traditional Chinese medicine


Louis Tong

Singapore Chung Hwa Medical Institution

TCMCRG 3103002

A pilot study investigating the effects of acupuncture on pain relief in oocyte retrieval in IVF compared to standard conscious sedation in Singapore General Hospital


Yu Su Ling

SGH Pain Management Centre

TCMCRG 3103004

Ethnic differences in TCM syndrome classification of diabetic nephropathy in Singapore


Tan Hong Chang

Singapore Thong Chai Medical Institution

TCMCRG 3103005

Randomized placebo controlled trial of traditional chinese medicine for treatment of irritable bowel syndrome


Wang Yu Tien

Singapore College of TCM

The list of successful applicants for the 2nd grant call (2 Jan – 31 Mar 2017) can be found in the table below:

Application ID

Project Title

Host Institution


TCM Collaborator


A pragmatic randomised controlled trial of a novel TCM physician involved collaborative care model in the management of patients with Axial Spondyloarthritis (AxSpa) in Singapore



Dr Warren Fong

Singapore Thong Chai Medical Institution


Adjuvant role of herbal traditional Chinese medicine in management of mild to moderate childhood asthma



Dr Cheong Han Hui

Singapore Thong Chai Medical Institution


Efficacy of acupuncture as a treatment for faecal incontinence



Dr Emile Tan

Singapore College of TCM


A clinical trial to investigate the effects of acupuncture on the brain networks in patients with Parkinson disease



A/Prof Nicolas Kon

TTSH Centre for Integrative Medicine Clinic


Claim Form
TCMRG Claim form

Progress and Final Reports

Progress reports
TCMRG Progress Report Form
TCMRG Report Annex

Final report
TCMRG Final Report

Contact Information

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