01 May 2019 - 31 May 2019

The Clinician Innovator Development Award aims to support clinicians with potential medical innovation ideas. This pilot programme provides a seed fund and salary support, so that the clinician innovators can generate pilot data and bring their ideas to the next level. The award is non-renewable as the award recipients are expected to apply through subsequent funding (e.g., NHIC I2D) after this award.

A) Areas of Research

This programme is open to applications on all research areas. Applicants focusing on translation of research and innovations into healthcare in the following strategic areas (covering both expertise in technology as well as use case areas) will be prioritised: 

  • Medical Technology (MedTech), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Data Science and Digital Health
  • Epidemiology, Population Health and Implementation Science
  • Precision Medicine
  • Healthy and Productive Longevity
  • Family Medicine and Primary Care

B) Key Features of Award 

  • Funding quantum up to $100k grant support and 30% salary support up to 2 years. Applicant will need to indicate the grant and salary support required at the point of application and with institution support. Subsequent changes may not be entertained. 

  • The funding of the salary is capped by clinical grade for awardees who devote 30% time to research. For those requiring less than 30% time for research, the salary support will be adjusted proportionately. Table 1 indicates NMRC’s annual salary support based on the clinical grade (including fringe benefits and related allowances)* 

Table 1: NMRC’s Annual Salary Cap by Clinician’s Clinical Grade

Clinician’s Clinical Grade

30% Annual salary cap*

Senior Consultant




Associate Consultant




* NMRC supports up to 20% of the salary; Institution is required to co-fund the remaining 10% of the salary.

  • The Institution is also required to top up the difference if the salary exceeds NMRC’s Annual Salary Cap. Should there be a change in the awardee’s clinical grade, Host Institution should write timely to NMRC for approval for changes to the salary support. The request must be submitted along with an official HR letter indicating the awardee’s new position and the effective date. After NMRC’s approval, the revision of the award cap will apply from the month when the request was received or the effective month of new clinical grade, whichever is appropriate. Institutions will also need to provide annual report to NMRC on awardees’ time spent on research (e.g., using time sheet).  

  • Optional nomination of mentor by the applicant is allowed at the point of application. The mentor is to provide the applicant with guidance in the research and should be an accomplished researcher in the proposed research field and have experience in mentoring.

C) Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicant should hold a clinical qualification (e.g. MBBS, MD, BDS or equivalent), with specialty training beyond medical or dental school (including specialists, family physicians and public health practitioners). The maximum number of years after exiting from specialist training should not exceed 15 years.
  • Applicant must be registered with the SMC/SDC and hold a primary appointment of at least 0.6 FTE in a local public health institution.
  • Applicant must be a Singapore citizen or Permanent Resident at the point of application.
  • All research must be conducted in Singapore at a public research institute, hospital/centre or medical school.
  • Applicant must not currently be supported under the Transition Award (TA), Clinician Scientist Award (CSA) or Singapore Translational Research (STaR) Investigator Award. Applicants for the CIDA also cannot make concurrent applications for the TA, CSA or STaR Awards. Applicants are allowed to hold up to 0.3 FTE salary support under the Clinician Scientist / Clinician Investigator Salary Support Programme (CS/CISSP), if awarded the CIA.

D) Review Procedures

The applications will be evaluated through a one-stage review process by a local selection panel. The review process will take about 5-6 months after the application closes. Shortlisted applicants may be invited for an interview.

E) Submission Deadline

All applications must be submitted online via IGMS by 31 May 2019. Please ensure that all submissions are using the latest templates, endorsed by the Institution's Head of Department and Institution’s Director / CEO / Dean of Medical School and accompanied by the required supporting documents. Late or incomplete submissions from individual applicants will not be accepted.

Please download the Application Guide and Application Templates for reference and for more information.

For more information, you may contact us at MOH_NMRC@moh.gov.sg