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Grant Call on Falls Prevention

The Grant Call on Falls Prevention is the sixth Grant call under the National Innovation Challenge on Active and Confident Ageing (NIC). The Grant aims to catalyse translational research and innovations that could (i) identify seniors at a higher risk for falls in an accurate and cost effective manner, as well as (ii) reduce their fall risks, including effectively preventing recurrent falls among these seniors, and enable them to age in place safely in their own homes (i.e. not in institutions). 

Challenge Statement

Applicants forming Project Teams can submit more than one Application and the Application should be in response to the challenge statement below. However, a Project Team can only be awarded Funding for one Research project.

The challenge is to formulatecost-effective, accurate and timely methods to identify seniors at higher risk of fallsanddevelop a scaleable intervention programme or solution that can be applied to reduce the risk of falls and/or recurrent falls in seniors living in the community by 40% compared to baseline measurements,so that seniors with high fall risk can age well in the community without the need for premature institutionalisation or recurring readmissions. The proposed projects can pertain to either primary or secondary fall prevention. Project teams must demonstrate the methodology to be used in identifying falls, measuring and achieving the desired outcome, including the possible use of proxy indicators (e.g. balance and strength), pre-and post-intervention.


The Enabling Innovation Grant is open to all public and private entities, research institutes and institutes of higher learning (IHLs), registered and/or incorporated in Singapore Interested applicants should form Project Teams comprising:

  1. Members from multi-disciplinary (e.g. pairing medical and technology, engineering) background; and
  2. An Implementation Partner (e.g. service providers, community organisations) to test-bed the proposed solutions.

For detailed participating criteria and instructions, please refer to the Grant Call on Falls Prevention Public Document and the Grant Call on Falls Prevention Public Document Annex A.


  • Up to 80% funding of approved qualifying costs to develop and implement proposed solutions for up to a period of three years.
  • Support for indirect costs2, on top of supportable qualifying costs, is capped at 20% of the supportable qualifying direct costs.

2 Only Singapore-registered Institutions that are IHLs or not-for-profit entities, including public healthcare providers, may qualify for support for indirect costs.

Important dates to note

The timeline for key activities under the Enabling Innovation Grant is set out below.



Call for Applications

18 Sep 2017 (Mon)

Public Briefing

29 Sep 2017 (Fri)

Deadline for Project Abstract Submission

31 Oct 2017 (Tues)

Deadline for Submission of Project Proposal

5 Jan 2018 (Fri), or as otherwise specified by the Grantor in the invitation email

Evaluation and Moderation Process

Jan 2018 – Feb 2018

Announcement of Results

By end FY2017

Public Briefing

A public briefing was held on 29 September 2017. You may download the briefing slides here.


For terms and conditions of the Grant, please refer to the Grant Call on Falls Prevention Public Document and the Grant Call on Falls Prevention Public Document Annex A.

Project proposals will be submitted through a two-stage process, as follows: 

  1. Project Abstract.     Project Teams are to first submit an abstract of their proposed Project, using the “Project Abstract Submission Template”.

    Participants shall furnish all necessary information and documents as required in the template. One hardcopy of the Project Abstract should reach MOH no later than 31 October 2017 at 1700hrs.

    All Project Abstracts received will be preliminarily assessed for compliance with the eligibility criteria and scope. Shortlisted eligible Project Teams will be asked to flesh out their proposed Project in greater detail for the second stage. 

  2. Project Proposal.     MOH will inform the respective Leads of shortlisted Project teams via email to submit their detailed Project Proposal using the “Project Proposal Submission Template” that will be emailed to them. Project Teams shall furnish all necessary information and documents as required in the template. One hardcopy of the Project Proposal should reach MOH.

    In addition to submitting one hard copy, applicants shall email soft copies of their Project Abstract and Project Proposal to by their respective deadlines.

Documents for Downloading



Supporting Agencies:

  • National Research Foundation (NRF)

  • Health Promotion Board (HPB)


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