The Principal Investigator (PI) leading the research project must be employed on a full-time basis by either a private organisation or Voluntary Welfare Organisation (VWO) in the community care sector and must spend at least 75% of his/her time in Singapore. Collaborators or Co-Investigators can be from the Regional Health Systems (RHS), acute hospitals, academia, community care sector or industry.
2. Uses of the Fund
This grant is designed to fund items used directly for the specific research project. Salaries for PIs, Co-Is, or collaborators, conference fees, and costs of travel to and from conferences will not be supported.
3. Proposal Objectives
Research proposals must be aimed at gathering new, generalisable knowledge, such as understanding risk factors or developing prediction models for specific diseases or disability outcomes, understanding the natural history of a disease or disability population, evaluating novel interventions that could prevent or treat diseases or disability outcomes, etc.
Proposals that are not research-focused will not be considered. This funding mechanism will also not support the hiring of additional manpower to deliver a current service, expanding or improving physical facilities in a community care organisation, quality improvement projects, development of a technology (eg. manufacturing cost for a prototype), or evaluation of an existing service or pilot programme. There are other funding sources for these activities. Additionally, research studies that are already under way, or do not involve data collection in Singapore will not be considered for the grant.
4. Timeline and Deliverables
The grant quantum will be computed based on the resources required for the completion of the research project. Proposed studies should take no more than one to two years to complete. Proposals must describe quarterly milestones that will be met for the duration of the project. Project deliverables must also be clearly stated.
AIC will actively monitor the progress of successful grantees. Grantees are expected to provide annual progress reports and a final report at the end of the study.