The Temasek Foundation Innovates’ Singapore Millennium Foundation Grant Programme seeks to support novel and innovative projects with a clear and direct impact to Singapore society. We are interested in projects that address the following research areas:
Learning & Pedagogy:
We are interested in projects on learning and/or pedagogy, with a specific interest in those that cover nascent areas with high potential for broad impact on Singapore. These include special education, early childhood education, and education that is conducted outside of the formal school curriculum.
We are interested in projects on palliative care for all age groups and demographics, including palliative care for the young. We have less interest in drug trials.
Food Supply Resiliency & Bio-Mimetics:
We are interested in projects on food supply resiliency and bio-mimetics, including food supply resiliency projects that study or solve industry-wide challenges and issues, beyond specific species or food types.
Each proposal can be funded up to $750,000 for 3 years. An additional year of funding of up to $250,000 (“Booster Grant”) may be applied for, if an interdisciplinary collaborator, social enterprise partner or commercial partner is identified before the end of the initial grant term.
The maximum quantum notwithstanding, project budgets that exhibit financial prudence stand a higher chance of being selected, as financial prudence is one of the evaluation criteria of the review process.
Although it is common for the proposed project’s principal investigator to prepare the grant application, do note that the actual applicant for the grant is the principal investigator’s host institution, which subsequently appoints the principal investigator to lead the project.
All researchers affiliated to a Singapore-based institution and conducting work in the specified research areas above are eligible to apply through their institution. This includes new researchers in a particular field.
Yes. You are allowed to apply for grant funding even if you are a previous or current grantee or a previous unsuccessful applicant. This information has to be stated in the grant application form. Your proposal will undergo the same review and evaluation process based on the merits of your new application.
The grant call typically opens on 1 November each year and closes on 31 January of the following year. Results of your application will be known 6 to 7 months following the closing of the grant call.
The grant does not provide additional funding for indirect costs. All project funding must be used for direct project costs.
Yes, the grant programme allows for a maximum of two host institutions to make a joint application. The joint application must be signed by both host institutions and must be submitted via a single application form. Each host institution must also appoint a principal investigator (i.e. the project will have two principal investigators).
The project budget will be approved as a lump-sum. It will be tracked based on the four categories of manpower, equipment, overseas travel and operating expenses, but will not be segregated between the two joint host institutions.
In other words, when a claim is made, the amount will be checked against the category only and the host institution making the claim is not taken into account. Therefore, both host institutions need to mutually agree which institution would be claiming for which item before making a claim. This is done via the claims cover sheet tabulation that both host institutions need to sign off. Please refer to the “Claims Process” questions & answers below.
To be eligible for the Booster Grant, any partner that helps bring your research closer to deployment and wider impact is acceptable. This requirement has been left flexible, so as to encourage such partnerships. You simply need to explain how the partnership is intended to achieve the above objective in the Booster Grant application and provide documentary proof that there is a formal relationship between you and the partner.
A formal document needs to be signed between you & the partner. This can be in the form of a Letter-of-Intent (LOI), an Memorandum-of-Understanding (MOU), a contract and so forth. An email exchange is not sufficient.
Yes. The additional year of funding is meant to encourage any form of partnership that can bring your project close to field application. This incentive does not discriminate against finding such a partner earlier, including identifying such a partner before the project begins.
A partner is not an applicant of the grant and does not receive any funds under the grant. In contrast, a joint applicant is an applicant of the grant and receives fund under the grant. A joint applicant is responsible and liable for the commitments under the grant.
The budget approved under a Booster Grant is co-mingled with the budget approved under the main grant to maximize allocation efficiency, as both budgets are intended to work in tandem to achieve the outcomes of the project. The combined budget is managed and tracked as a single unit.
All submitted proposals will go through a multi-stage shortlist and review process. The projects are first shortlisted by an internal grant review subcommittee comprising experts in the respective focus areas. The shortlisted proposals are then sent for external peer review by subject matter experts. You may propose appropriate peer reviewers as a part of your application. Following the peer reviews, a final recommendation of the selected projects will be made by the internal grant review subcommittee to the Temasek Foundation Innovates Board, which has the final and full discretion to approve the supported projects.
The review of your application is guided by the main principles below. The order of presentation below does not imply any order of importance of the principles and a balance of multiple factors will be taken in to account during deliberation at the full discretion of the internal grant review subcommittee:
- Impact of the Proposed Research to the Singapore society or industry, by addressing current problems and challenges defined by a user, practitioner or user institution.
- Innovation and Novelty of the Proposed Research.
- Profile of the Principal Investigator, although given that the intent of this grant programme is to fund nascent research areas, our Foundation does expect some applicant researchers to be relatively new.
- Competency of the Research Team.
- Commercialisation or Deployment Potential, especially if evinced by an existing or a planned collaboration or partnership with an interdisciplinary collaborator or a social enterprise partner or commercial partner.
- Robustness of the Execution Plan for the Proposed Project, including whether the proposed objectives are achievable in specified timeframe.
- Appropriate Level of Funding Requested, based on the scope and the objectives of the proposed project.
- Contingency Measures.
Where applicable, ethics approval(s) need to be submitted prior or together with the first progress report and claims request, which is typically within the first 6 months of the start date of the project. The first disbursement will only be made after the ethics approval(s) had been submitted and duly reviewed by Temasek Foundation Innovates.
Each host institution prepares its own itemized claims form and supporting documentation. However, both host institutions then collates and tabulates the total on a single claims cover sheet and sign off jointly. In this way, the host institutions are kept aware of each other’s claims and can resolve any conflicting claims prior to submission.
Assuming the documentation for a submitted claim is in order, the final amounts will be checked against available budget in the relevant category (i.e. manpower, equipment, overseas travel, or operating expenses). The categories are not further segregated by the host institution, hence as long as the items are allowed and there is budget, the claim will be processed. The intent is to provide the host institutions with maximum flexibility in jointly carrying out the project.
Do note that each host institution will be kept aware of the claims made by the other host institution because every quarterly claim cover sheet must be signed off by both host institutions.
The amounts claimed by each of the joint host institutions will be paid out directly to the host institutions. This removes the need for either of the host institution to need to further transfer grant funds to the other host institution.