16 Nov 2020 - 16 Dec 2020

The Open Fund - Individual Research Grant (OF-IRG) is provided to support the conduct of research proposals in basic and translational clinical research that are relevant to human health and wellness as well as research that looks at the causes, consequences, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of human diseases.

Research Theme

IRG is open to proposals of the highest quality across the breadth of disciplines relevant to its mission articulated above. To better realise the goals of Health and Biomedical Sciences (HBMS) in Singapore, the following five therapeutic areas have been identified as national priorities:

  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Neurological and sense disorders
  • Infectious diseases
  • Diabetes mellitus and related metabolic/ endocrine disorders
  • Cancers

(Please click here for the HBMS Disease Taskforces’ Reports)

While the focus of the IRG is on scientific excellence, the HBMS community is encouraged to address these therapeutic areas and consider their proposals’ relevance to the HBMS industry sectors in PharmBio, MedTech, Food & Nutrition and Personal Care.

Evaluation Criteria

Selection of successful proposals would be based on the following evaluation criteria:

  1. Quality of the science
  2. Capability of the research performers to conduct the research
  3. Objectives of the research programme in context of HBMS goals

Eligibility Criteria for IRG

Only one Principal Investigator (PI) is allowed per application. Applicants applying as Principal Investigator are required to fulfil the following criteria at the point of application:

a)      Holds a primary appointment in a local publicly funded institution and salaried by the institution.

b)      PIs should have PhD or MD/MBBS/BDS qualifications. (Exceptions would be made on a case-by-case basis).

c)       Is an independent PI with a demonstrated track record of research, as evidenced by the award of nationally competitive funding (international funding to be considered on a case by case basis), substantial publication record in the past 3 years, or PI status in research institutes.

d)      Has a laboratory or clinical research program that carries out research in Singapore

e)      Holds a minimum of 9 months employment (per calendar year) with local Singapore institution(s). Upon award, the PI must agree to fulfil at least 6 months of residency in Singapore for each calendar year over the duration of the grant award.

f)       Has no outstanding report from previous BMRC, NMRC grants, and other national grants.

g)      For proposals involving patients, the PI should be SMC registered; or should be able to demonstrate ability to access patients through SMC registered Co-Is or collaborators.

Grant Call Frequency

There will be two grant calls per year (May and November).

Funding Quantum

The IRG will provide a funding quantum of up to S$1.5M (inclusive of 20% indirect cost) and up to 5 years.

Submission Mode and Deadline

It is mandatory for all applications to be submitted and endorsed by Director of Research (DOR) online via IGMS by 16 Dec 2020, 5pm. We will not entertain any late submissions or submissions from individual applicants without HI DOR endorsement.

Please download the OF-IRG Application Guide for more information.