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Research Grants

Social and Family Research Fund


As our society evolves and as our families adapt to the rapid changes around them, it is critical for policymakers to continuously reassess policies, identify and address needs, leverage on opportunities, and prepare for the future. 

The Research Fund was introduced in 2008 to support research which identifies emerging trends and issues, strengthen the evidence base for social and family development policies and improve the Ministry’s forward planning capabilities to respond quickly and effectively to new challenges and opportunities. By providing funding support to researchers, the Ministry aims to promote ground-up research initiatives which can potentially inform and make a difference to Singapore’s social and family landscape.


The SFRF offers two grant categories:   

Undergraduate Category

  • Honours year undergraduates doing their theses at recognised universities in Singapore.
  • Final-year Singaporean undergraduates at recognised overseas universities who will conduct their research in Singapore.  
  • Funding quantum of up to $1,000 per research project.

Click here for more information about the grant for undergraduates. 

Postgraduate/Academic Category 

  • Postgraduates, academics and researchers at recognised universities and affiliated research institutes in Singapore.
  • Funding quantum of up to $100,000 per research project (inclusive of the Institutional Indirect Research Cost).

Click here for more information about the grant for postgraduates and academics. 

Useful Research Topics

Applicants are encouraged to submit research proposals that are relevant to the work of MSF. Please refer to the suggested research topics and past SFRF projects. 

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Application Forms & Closing Dates

Application Form for Undergraduate Category

Application period: 1 August 2017 to 30 November 2017

The results will be available approximately 2 months, after the submission of complete application documents required. 

Application Form for Postgraduate/Academic Category

Application period: 1 September 2017 to 30 November 2017

The results will be available approximately 5 months, after the closing date. 

You are strongly encouraged to submit your application early, to provide sufficient time for our funding evaluation before you start your project. 

The grant may support up to 100% of qualifying project costs, subject to the funding terms and conditions.

Application Process

Submit the following documents in Microsoft Word format only (in the following order) to

  1. Application Form (signature required for hard copy)
  2. Research Proposal (Arial font size 11, 1.5 line spacing)
  3. Curriculum Vitae (CV) of applicant(s)
  4. Supporting documents (if any) 

AND submit ONE hard copy to:

The Social and Family Research Fund (SFRF) Secretariat
Strategic Planning, Research and Development Division
Ministry of Social and Family Development
512 Thomson Road, #07-00, MSF Building
Singapore 298136 


For more information or queries, please contact:

The Social and Family Research Fund (SFRF) Secretariat
Tel: 6354 8401