• For Public
  • For Healthcare Professionals

Traditional Chinese Medicine Research Grant

01 Feb 2019


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.


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, 343KB] 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.