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Research Grants

Social and Family Research Fund

Aim

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 Social and Family 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.

Eligibility

The SFRF offers two grant categories:   

Undergraduate Category

  • Honours year Singaporean 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 S$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 S$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 past SFRF projects and the list of suggested research topics.

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Application Process

Application period for the 13th grant call: 3 August 2020 to 20 November 2020

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

Undergraduate Category

Applicants may submit the proposal individually or jointly with other Honours/final year undergraduate students (up to 5 members per project). Applicants are advised to read the factsheet and the application process before proceeding to fill up the online application form.

Click here for the online application form for the undergraduate category

The results will be available approximately 2 months, after the submission of complete application documents required. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their application early to provide sufficient time for our funding evaluation before the start of their project. MSF reserves the right to cancel an application if the required documents are not submitted by the closing date.

Postgraduate/Academic Category

Applicants may submit the proposal individually or jointly with other co-investigators (up to 5 members per project). Applicants are advised to read the factsheet and the application process before submitting the application form.

Click here to download the application form for the postgraduate/academic category

Submit the following documents in PDF or Microsoft Word DOCX format to MSF_SFRF_Secretariat@msf.gov.sg
1. Application Form
2. Detailed Research Proposal (Please see requirements in the application form)
3. Curriculum Vitae (CV) of applicant(s) (Please see requirements in the application form)
4. Supporting documents (if any)

The results will be available approximately 5 months after the close of the grant call. MSF reserves the right to cancel an application if the required documents are not submitted by the closing date.

Contact

For more information or queries, please contact:

MSF Social and Family Research Fund (SFRF) Secretariat
Email: MSF_SFRF_Secretariat@msf.gov.sg