Principal Investigators (PIs) must be employed by a Singapore-registered not-for-profit or private entity that provides intermediate or long-term services and supports to older adults. These entities include community hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, and home and/ or centre-based care providers. There are no nationality or citizenship requirements but the PI must spend at least 75% of his or her time in Singapore. The PI is expected to lead the research project. Collaborators or Co-Investigators (Co-Is) may be from the Regional Health Systems, public or private hospitals, family medicine clinics (polyclinics or private clinics), academia, social service agencies, or private companies.
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, generalizable knowledge, such as understanding the epidemiology of health and social conditions relevant to older adults; understanding the lived experiences of older adults; understanding the impact of changing demographics and social structure on ageing in Singapore; modelling relevant health or social outcomes to identify modifiable determinants or predictors; understanding the experiences of community care service providers; and rigorous evaluations of programmes that yield generalizable conclusions that may inform programme design elsewhere.
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 underway, or that 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 1 to 2 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.