The National Research Foundation Competitive Research Programme (CRP) 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 CRP 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. Click here to view these projects.
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.
The 31st CRP grant call, which was originally scheduled for launch in September 2023, will be paused to accommodate to an ongoing CRP grant scheme mid-term review. The CRP grant calls will resume in 2024.
Principal Investigators (PIs) from institutions/organisations which fulfil the following criteria will be eligible to participate as Lead PI/Team PI:
Registered as an Public Institute of Higher Learning (IHL), Public Healthcare institution, A*STAR Research Institute, CREATE research entities, or research institutes affiliated with the Autonomous Universities (AUs)/A*STAR;
Has adequate research infrastructure to support research activities; and
Has the ability to take up the responsibilities of a Host Institution.
Private sector and other entities can participate as collaborators.
Lead PI and Team PI(s) must fulfil the following requirements at the point of application and throughout the project duration:
Hold a primary and/or joint appointment(s) at eligible institution(s)/organisations(s), with a minimum time commitment of 9 months (per calendar year) in Singapore; and
Be an accomplished PI with a track record of leadership ability in coordinating research program(s) and providing mentorship to research teams(s), as well as having productive research outcomes.
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.