The Temasek Foundation SMF Research Grant is awarded through a competitive grant call, which is open for applications once a year from November to January.

The research areas supported centre on four key themes:

  1. Start Well – Helping babies achieve their full potential
  2. Learn Well – Building community and social resilience against adversities
  3. Live Well – Good health, well-being, and nutrition for a healthier and happier society
  4. Leave Well – Active ageing and good end-of-life care

The SMF Research Grant provides funding on applied, translational and downstream research. The intended outcomes that projects should aim to achieve are any/all of the following:

  1. The ability to transfer knowledge of research approaches or findings to immediate research community and practitioners
  2. The ability to translate findings or technologies into tangible actionables at a "systems level" (i.e. via a protocol, procedure and/or business model) across institutions in Singapore (e.g. adoption of novel healthcare model in a different healthcare cluster)
  3. The ability to work towards tangibly informing/transforming industry or policy norms via collaborations

Interested parties, such as individuals or groups, researchers, collaborators, from any local entity (e.g. IHL, public and private sector, Social Service Agencies (SSA’s)) are invited to apply for the grant, for their project that falls in one of the four key themes above.

Please refer to the cover paper for more information. To apply, please download and fill in the application form.

The 11th grant call is open from 1 November 2020 and the closing date for submission of proposals is on 31 January 2021

Frequently Asked Questions


All researchers affiliated to a Singapore-based entity (e.g. IHL, public and private sector, Social Service Agencies (SSAs)) are eligible to apply.

All other main project team members that include Co-PIs, Co-Is and Collaborators can be from Singapore or overseas entities. All roles of the project team must be clearly indicated on the application form.

A mentor can be based overseas or in Singapore. A mentor can be from an applicant’s host institution, but need not be. Both the mentor and host institution must agree to the appointment of the mentor for the duration of the project.

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.

E-signatures on application forms are allowed.

There are no page limits to each section unless otherwise stated on the application form. All sections should be clearly described and points detailed sufficiently. This will further assist in the review process.

The percentage of time spent for each team member applies to each individual independently from other team members. It is not intended to be summed into a cumulative percentage for the whole team. Hence, the percentages do not necessarily need to add up to 100% and may well exceed 100%. That said, as a rule-of-thumb, the total percentage should not be significantly lower than 100%. For instance, if there are 4 researchers involved in the project including the PI, but each of them is only committing 10%, this totals 40% commitment for the whole project. This may be an indication that not sufficient attention is being allocated to the project and it may bring into question the likelihood that the project outcomes can be achieved.

Joint Applications

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 categories of manpower, equipment, and operating expenses.

Applicants will need to indicate on the application form, the budget categories required for each institution’s portion of work.