Microbiome in Health, Disease and Ageing


Microbiome in Health, Disease and Ageing

Joint Research Grant Call

– Application is now closed, thank you for your interest. –

BIGHEART recently organised a joint workshop on Microbiome with participation from the National University Health System, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Engineering, Centre for Health Ageing and Medical Science Cluster (MSC).

Arising from the success of this workshop, BIGHEART in conjunction with the Office of the Deputy President (Research and Technology), Centre for Healthy Ageing, MSC, and the Department of Surgery from NUHS, are jointly launching a seed grant call in August 2018 to support projects in the area of “Microbiome in Health, Disease and Ageing”. We are seeking original and innovative ideas in both basic and translational research.

General Information

  1. Each proposal will be capped at S$100K for a period of 2 years.
  2. This funding serves as a seed grant to enable interdisciplinary research collaboration among researchers so as to generate preliminary data for future grant application.
  3. This funding can be used to support manpower, small equipment, consumables and travel.
  4. Principal Investigator (PI) will be required to submit a 1-page annual progress report and a 2-page final report on the achievement of the project no later than 3 months after the end of the grant.

Funding Criteria

  1. Innovativeness (Is the idea novel and useful?)
  2. Translational Value (Does it address an unmet need?)
  3. Collaborative spirit (Is the research interdisciplinary?)
  4. PI and team member’s track record (Is the team capable?)
  5. Potential for further industry or academic funding (What is the plan beyond this seed grant?)

Eligibility Information

  1. PI should hold primary academic or clinical appointment in NUS or NUHS and demonstrate track record in running an independent and active research team.
  2. PI with multiple appointments at different institutions is to select one Host Department for matters related to grant administration and finance.
  3. Project must be supported by respective Heads of Departments (or nominee) and/or Deans (or nominee) of each Faculty/School.
  4. Each PI is allowed to lead one proposal only.
  5. Project should be interdisciplinary in scope and team composition.
  6. Funding is for new research ideas and not for supplementing existing projects or collaborations.
  7. Proposal should articulate plans to apply for future competitive external funding.
  8. Research projects must obtain full ethics approval (applicable for projects involving cells, humans or animals etc) and other research-related approvals from relevant authorities prior to award of funding.
  9. There is no limit to the number of co-investigators or collaborators as long as their roles and contributions are well defined.

Application Details

Please click the links below for application documents and links:

Application Form

Budget Phasing

Research Compliance

Softcopy of submission should be emailed to bigheart.info@nus.edu.sg

Hardcopy can be mailed to BIGHEART, MD6, 14 Medical Drive, #14-01, Singapore 117599

All proposals should be submitted to BIGHEART Office by 30 Sep 2018

– Application is now closed, thank you for your interest. –

Enquiries should be addressed to Dr. Donny Liang at cieldd@nus.edu.sg