Competitive Research Programme

Scheme Objectives

The National Research Foundation Competitive Research Programme funding scheme seeks to foster the formation of multi-disciplinary teams to conduct cutting-edge research projects that are of relevance to Singapore and the society.  

The Competitive Research Programme funds use-inspired basic research projects that are selected  through a merit review process based on scientific excellence. The theme of the proposed research project must be motivated by an important need or problem to be solved. Past projects have made discoveries of potential significant impact to industry and society.  

Call Frequency and Grant Quantum

The CRP scheme offers funding support for research programmes of varying sizes, up to a period of 5 years. Calls-for-proposals are launched twice yearly to solicit research ideas in all areas of science and technology. Research ideas at the intersection of multiple disciplines, including biological sciences, are considered.

Eligibility Criteria

PIs from publicly funded Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs), Research Institutions and Medical Institutions in Singapore are eligible to participate in the call. Private sector and other entities can participate as collaborators.

Lead and Co-PIs at the point of application must fulfil the following requirements:

  • Hold a primary (Minimum of 9 months employment with a local Singapore Institution) appointment in a local publicly funded institution;

  • Have a laboratory or research program that carries out research in Singapore;

  • Be an independent PI with a track record of leadership ability in coordinating research programs and providing mentorship to research team, as well as having productive research outcomes; and

  • No outstanding reports from other national grants.

Evaluation Criteria

NRF Expert Panels will shortlist promising ideas to be developed into Full Proposals, which will be evaluated by international peer reviewers and the CRP International Evaluation Panel (IEP). The evaluation criteria for the proposals are as follows:

  • Significance of research

  • Potential for scientific breakthroughs/ Disruptive Innovation

  • Programme management & Budget

  • Technical competencies of research team

  • Potential impact / Relevance to Singapore

Visit the Integrated Grant Management System (IGMS) website to find out more about the next CRP grant call.


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