2017 MSC Seed Grant
The Mind-Science Centre (MSC) is an academic research centre at the Department of Psychological Medicine under the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. The Centre aims to be a knowledge centre of excellence for psychological research, education and service with a non-drug approach. The Centre also aims to focus its research to the local context with community-based translational programmes that can be scaled nationally.
The MSC-Seed is open to application on all research themes with translational value. However, there will be strategic consideration for applications which focus on the following priority areas:
- Cognitive Enhancement (e.g. subjective cognitive complaints; biomarkers linked to cognitive decline; sleep)
- Emotional Resilience (e.g. therapies including art therapy, sensory reminiscence therapy, exercise)
Projects will be evaluated largely based on scientific merit, research value, impact and relevance to both the Asian society and MSC’s goals. Selection of successful proposals would be based on the following evaluation criteria:
- Category 1: Research Design and Personnel
- Category 2: Research Relevance and Impact to Centre’s Goals and Aims
- Category 3: Alignment with MSC’s short-medium term (1-3 years) goals & priorities.
All MSC Seed Grant applications will be evaluated by the MSC Academic Board.
Click HERE to view the Seed Grant Selection Criteria in detail.
Successful candidates will be notified via email.
- The Principal Investigators (PIs) must be a staff under NUS/NUH, defined as a minimum of 6 months employment with the institution.
- Funding requested should be for new research ideas and not for supplementing existing projects/ collaborations.
- For proposals involving patients, the PI or co-I should be SMC registered (if applicable); or should be able to demonstrate ability to access patients through SMC registered collaborators.
- Only one PI is allowed per application.
- Each PI is allowed to submit up to two applications.
- MSC-Seed only funds research conducted in Singapore, but can involve overseas collaborators.
Funding Quantum and Duration
- The number of awards to be given out will be flexible and not pre-determined.
- A maximum of S$300,000 will be awarded in total for the MSC-Seed Grant Call 2017.
- The final approved budget will be administered and managed by the main applicant (PI) and his/her respective Department.
Grant Call Schedule and Process
Call for Proposal
31st January 2018, 5pm
Announcement of Results
Application for Approval/ Preparation
May 2018 - July 2018
Commencement of Project
August 2018 or earlier
Submission of Progress Report
Midpoint of the estimated project duration
Second disbursement (Category A), or final disbursement (Category B and C), or one year from the first disbursement, whichever is earlier
Submission of Final Report
Within 3 months of project completion
Date: November 2017
Deadline: 31st January 2018, 5pm
Date: March/April 2018
Date: May 2018 – July 2018
Date: August 2018 or earlier
Date: Midpoint of the estimated project duration
Deadline: Second disbursement (Category A), or final disbursement (Category B and C), or one year from the first disbursement, whichever is earlier
Date: Projection completion
Deadline: Within 3 months of project completion
Submission Mode and Deadline
- All applications should be submitted online to Mr. Jonathan Wong (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 31st January 2018, 5pm. Please ensure that all online submissions are endorsed by the corresponding host institution’s Research Director/Head of Department by the closing date.
- Late or incomplete submissions will not be entertained.
The 2017 MSC Seed Grant Review Panel consisted members from the MSC Academic Board, chaired by A/Prof Rathi Mahendran and comprised of the following members.
MSC Academic Board
- A/Prof Rathi Mahendran, Chairman, Senior Consultant Psychiatrist, Department of Psychological Medicine
- Prof Kua Ee Heok, Senior Consultant Psychiatrist, Department of Psychological Medicine
- A/Prof Tan Chay-Hoon, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology
- Dr Tian Cheong Sing, Senior Consultant, Department of Psychological Medicine
- A/Prof Ng Tze Pin, Associate Professorial Fellow & Research Director, Department of Psychological Medicine
- A/Prof Roger Ho, Senior Consultant, Department of Psychological Medicine
- Adj A/Prof Johnson Fam, Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Psychological Medicine
- A/Prof John Wong Chee Meng, Ex-Officio
- Ideally each proposal will be independently scored by each member of the MSC Academic Board. Where some members are unavailable, a minimum of 3 members of the Board is required to provide a valid assessment of the proposal prior to approval.
- Should the Chairperson decide the members do not have the technical/scientific expertise to evaluate the academic/scientific merit of a proposal, appropriate subject matter experts will be utilized to provide advice to the Academic Board and/or to independently score the technical content of such proposals.
- Proposals must obtain at least Average in all categories to be shortlisted for consideration.
- The average score will be used to discriminate between multiple proposals i.e. funds will be awarded to proposals with the highest score and drawn down subjected to availability of the pool and MSC Centre Director approval.
- Should two or more competing research projects end up with the same final average score, the Chairman of the MSC Academic Board will make the final recommendation to the Centre Director.
Click HERE to view the Seed Grant Selection Criteria in detail.
Effectiveness of “Where-there-is-no-psychiatrist Integrated personal Therapy” (WIT) among community dwelling older adults: A pilot randomized controlled trial
Assistant Professor Shefaly Shorey
Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies
Singapore youth epidemiology study: Prevalence of psychiatric disorders in a school-based sample of Singaporean 10 to 18 year olds
Associate Professor Wong Chee Meng, John
Impact of comprehensive dietary counselling on dietary quality, mental health, and quality of life in older adults.
Assistant Professor Kim Jung Eun
Department of Chemistry
Project Title: Effectiveness of “Where-there-is-no-psychiatrist Integrated personal Therapy” (WIT) among community dwelling older adults: A pilot randomized controlled trial
PI: Assistant Professor Shefaly Shorey
Host Department: Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies
Project Title: Singapore youth epidemiology study: Prevalence of psychiatric disorders in a school-based sample of Singaporean 10 to 18 year olds
PI: Associate Professor Wong Chee Meng, John
Host Department: Psychological Medicine
Project Title: Impact of comprehensive dietary counselling on dietary quality, mental health, and quality of life in older adults.
PI: Assistant Professor Kim Jung Eun
Host Department: Department of Chemistry
FOR GRANT RECIPIENTS
- Recipients are required to provide a progress report to MSC at the midpoint of the estimated project duration.
- Recipients are to submit a final report of the project to MSC within 3 months from the project completion date.
- All publications and presentations of this project must acknowledge “NUS Mind-Science Centre” as the funding body.
- Please refer to MSC Guidelines for Managing Grants section 7 and 8 for more details.
Use of Funds
- The funds can be employed for the purposes of Manpower, Equipment and Other Operating Expenses (Publications, Equipment Usage Charges etc.)
- Please refer to document MSC Guidelines for Managing Grants section 10 for list of non-fundable items.
- The PI is responsible for obtaining all the necessary approval from the appropriate Board/Office (where applicable).