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Traditional Chinese Medicine Research Grant

28 Feb 2019

Overview

The Traditional Chinese Medicine Research Grant (TCMRG) encourages 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.

Its objectives are to:

  • help public and healthcare professionals understand which TCM therapies have been proven to be safe and effective, empowering the public to make informed decisions about TCM treatments;
  • assist policy makers by providing clinically proven treatments to serve the healthcare needs of the public;
  • improve healthcare services through a more holistic approach, increasing accessibility to more evidence-based treatment options.

Grant Types

Projects will be awarded for a period of up to 3 years at a cap per project of $750,000 (inclusive of indirect costs, capped at 10% of eligible funding amount). Any requests for an extension of the project deadlines will follow the Terms and Conditions of a Competitive Grant (TCMRG). 

Priority will be given to research projects that 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.

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

  • Principal Investigators (PIs) must be from local public healthcare or academic institutions (i.e. Clusters/ Restructured Hospitals & Institutions, Universities, HPB, or HSA)1.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • VWOs are not 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 public institutions.

The list of research projects awarded the TCM Research Grant (TCMRG) from 1st to 3rd Grant Call can be found in table below.

1st Grant Call (2 Jan 2014 to 31 March 2014)

S/N

Research proposal

Institution

PI

TCM Collaborator

1

Ethnic differences in TCM syndrome classification of diabetic nephropathy in Singapore

SGH

Dr Tan Hong Chang

 

Singapore Thong Chai Medical Institution

2

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

SGH

Dr Yu Su Ling

SGH Pain Management Centre

3

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

TTSH

Dr Kong Keng He

TTSH Centre for Integrative Medicine Clinic

4

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

SERI

A/Prof Louis Tong

Singapore Chung Hwa Medical Institution

5

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

SGH

Dr Wang Yu Tien

Singapore College of TCM

2nd Grant Call (2 Jan 2017 to 31 March 2017)

S/N

Research proposal

Institution

PI

TCM Collaborator

1

Efficacy of Acupuncture as a treatment for faecal incontinence

SGH

Dr Emile Tan

Singapore College of TCM

2

Clinical Trial to investigate the effects of acupuncture on brain networks in patients with Parkinson’s disease

NNI

A/Prof Nicolas Kon

TTSH Complementary and Integrative Medicine

3

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

SGH

Dr Warren Fong

Singapore Thong Chai Medical Institution

4

Adjuvant role of TCM in management of mild to moderate childhood asthma

KKH

Dr Cheong Han Hui

Singapore Thong Chai Medical Institution

3rd Grant Call (2 Apr 2018 to 30 June 2018)

S/N

Research proposal

Institution

PI

TCM Collaborator

1

HEalth-Related quality of life-intervention in Breast Cancer Survivors experiencing cancer-related fatigue using TraditionAL Chinese Medicine: The HERBAL Trial

 

NUS

A/Prof Alexandre Chan

Singapore Thong Chai Medical Institution

2

Acupuncture for bowel dysfunction in patients after colorectal cancer surgery: a pilot randomised controlled trial

SGH

Dr Eugene Yeo Shen Ann

NTU Chinese Medicine Clinic

Application

The 4th TCMRG Grant Call is open from 1 March 2019 to 30 May 2019.

Please submit 1 soft copy of your application to MOH_TRAC_Secretariat@moh.gov.sg 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 [DOC, 114KB] and the Application Guide for TCMRG [PDF,253KB]

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 [PDF, 326KB]
Terms & Conditions of a Competitive Grant (TCMRG) [PDF, 276KB]

Claim Form

TCMRG Claim [XLS, 24KB]

Progress and Final Reports

Progress reports
TCMRG Progress Report Form [DOC, 74KB] 
TCMRG Report Annex[XLS, 46KB]

Final report
TCMRG Final Report [DOC, 82KB]

Contact Information

For more information, contact us at  MOH_TRAC_Secretariat@moh.gov.sg.