NRF Central Gap Fund
1. Which Innovation and Enterprise Office (IEO) manages the submission of the National Research Foundation (NRF) Central Gap applications for the public healthcare institutions?
2. How do I apply for the National Research Foundation (NRF) Central Gap Fund?
All Central Gap applications from the public healthcare institutions must be endorsed by NHIC. Please speak to the respective NHIC Cluster manager if you are interested in applying for the Central Gap Fund.
|Healthcare Cluster||NHIC Cluster Manager|
|SingHealth||Dr Tan Ee Lim|
|NHG||Dr Michael Ho, Dr Chuah Yon Jin|
|NUHS||Dr Yeow Siang Lin|
1. What types of Grant Schemes does NHIC provide?
There are three types of Grant Schemes available from NHIC.
|Innovation to Develop (I2D)||Innovation to Protect (I2P)||Innovation to Industry (I2I)|
|This scheme supports the development of a healthcare innovation towards commercialisation.||This scheme funds healthcare-related patentable innovations with a commercialisation potential.||This scheme, by NHIC invitation only, funds healthcare-related projects which have successfully completed I2D funding.|
2. Who is eligible to apply for NHIC grants?
I2D Grant: The Principal Investigator must hold a primary appointment and be salaried by one of the following local institutions:
I2P Grant: One of the Inventors must hold a primary appointment and be salaried by one of the below local institutions:
|Public Hospital||Singapore General Hospital, Changi General Hospital, National University Hospital, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, KK Woman’s and Children’s Hospital, Seng Kang Health, Alexandra Hospital|
|Public Health Institution||Singapore Eye Research Institution, NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, Institute of Mental Health|
|National Speciality Centre||National Skin Centre Singapore, National Heart Centre Singapore, National Cancer Centre Singapore, National Neuroscience Institute Singapore, National Dental Centre Singapore, National University Cancer Institute Singapore, National University Heart Centre Singapore, Singapore National Eye Centre|
|Academic Medical Centre/Medical School||Duke-NUS Medical School, NTU Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine|
3. How do I apply for a grant?
I2D Grant: Interested applicants must submit a NHIC I2D Grant Application Form (NHIC-I2D-FORM-1) through your Healthcare Cluster Research/Innovation Office to NHIC. Consult your respective Healthcare Cluster Research/Innovation Office for their internal deadline submission date.
I2P Scheme: Interested applicant must submit a NHIC I2P Patent Support Scheme Application Form (NHIC-I2P-FORM-1) and Invention Disclosure Form (NHIC-I2P-FORM-2) through your Healthcare Cluster Research/Innovation Office to NHIC. Kindly consult your respective Healthcare Cluster Research/Innovation Office for more details.
I2I Grant: By invitation only. Interested applicants must speak with your NHIC Innovation Manager for more details.
4. When are the deadlines for application submission?
I2D Grant: The due date for grant application submission falls on the first Friday, 5pm of each April, August, and December. If the due date falls on a public holiday, the submission deadline is next business day. For confirmation of dates and application forms, see nhic.sg.
I2Start Program: There is no deadline for the submission of I2S Letter of Intent. The Letter of Intent (LOI) will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year and will be batch processed by the I2S Program Team.
I2P Scheme: There is no deadline for I2P applications; the application should be lodged before the respective patent action is undertaken.
5. Do you allow Indirect Research Costs?
Yes, a maximum of 30% Indirect Research Costs are allowable under the I2D and I2I grants.
A maximum of 30% Indirect Research Cost is allowable during NHIC Phase in the I2Start Program.
6. How can I check the outcome of my I2D grant application?
You will receive an email notification on the outcome of your I2D grant application from the NHIC Grant Secretariat within six (6) weeks of the submission date.
1. How do I request a budget Variation? (applicable only to the I2D/I2I Grant)
The Grant Variation request and justification must be submitted to NHIC at least three (3) months prior to the grant completion date. Refer to Guidelines for the Management of MOH/NMRC (Grantor) Funding Programmes for more details of fundable and non-fundable direct costs and virement within or between votes.
Download the Grant Variation Form (NHIC-GEN-FORM-17) and submit the completed form to NHIC for approval.
2. How do I request a Grant Extension?
The Principal Investigator can request a grant extension of up to six (6) months. The Grant Extension Form and justification must be submitted to NHIC at least three (3) months prior to the grant completion date.
Download the Grant Extension Form (NHIC-GEN-FORM-18 or NHIC-I2P-FORM-7) and submit the completed form to NHIC for approval.
3. How do I request a change of Principal Investigator/Research Team member?
For changes of Principal Investigator, Co-Investigator, Collaborator, download the Request for Changes to Team form (NHIC-GEN-FORM-11) and submit completed form through your Research/Innovation Office to NHIC for approval.
You will receive an email notification on the approval outcome of your request by NHIC Grant Secretariat. Please note that a revised of the Letter of Award to a new Principal Investigator will not be issued.
4. How do I request a variation of the project?
Project variation may encompass a variety of changes, including, but not limited to the following changes:
- Project Commencement Date
- Project Scope of Work
- Project Title
- Project/Grant Termination
- Host Institution
For changes to research scopes, milestones/deliverables, equipment relocation and grant deferral/suspension/termination of your project, download the Grant Amendment Form (NHIC-GEN-FORM-27) and submit the completed form through your Research/Innovation Office to NHIC for approval.
5. When and how do I submit my Progress Report?
The Principal Investigator of the awarded I2D project is required to submit a Quarterly Progress Report (NHIC-GEN-FORM-20) to NHIC Grant Secretariat. The Progress Report is due on a quarterly basis, within thirty (30) days after the close of the quarter.
The submission of a Quarterly Progress Report is waived if the project commencement date is less than three (3) months from the progress report reporting period. For example, if the project commencement date is 01 July 2017, the first progress report reporting period will be Oct – Dec 2017. A Quarterly Progress Report is not required for the final quarter.
Submit the Progress Report to your Host Institution Research Office or Healthcare Cluster Research/Innovation Office. Your Research/Innovation Office will collate the report and submit to NHIC Grant Secretariat.
6. When and how do I submit my Final Project Report?
The Principal Investigator of the awarded I2D project is required to submit a Final Project Report (NHIC-GEN-FORM-21) to NHIC Grant Secretariat after grant completion date. The final report is due two (2) months from the grant completion date.
Submit the Final Project Report to your Host Institution Research Office or Healthcare Cluster Research/Innovation Office. Your Research Office will collate the report and submit to NHIC Grant Secretariat.
7. When and how do I submit a Reimbursement Claim?
The Principal Investigator (PI) may utilize the approved budget after the project commencement date and expenditure should be incurred before the grant completion date.
Download the Reimbursement Claim Form (NHIC-GEN-FORM-19) and submit completed form to NHIC Grant Secretariat by 15th calendar day of each Feb, May, Aug and Nov.
Please note that the Final Claim must be submitted to NHIC within three (3) months of the grant completion date.
8. What is the claim submission timeline?
The reimbursement to the Host Institutions will be made three (3) months from the submission deadline upon receiving a completed I2D or I2P Reimbursement Claim Form. Kindly note that this process may take longer if we need to request further verification from you and late submissions will be processed in the next quarter.
|Submission Deadline||Payment to Host Institution|
9. How do I check the status of the Project Claim?
An email notification will be sent by the bank (eg: DBS eadvice) to your Finance-in-charge’s email address stated in your reimbursement claim form to confirm the disbursement of your Project claim. For more information or any clarifications, you may contact NHIC Grant Administrator directly.
10. How do I know if my Grant has closed?
I2D Grant: The I2D grant is officially closed once the Final Progress Report, Final Statement of Accounts and Final Claim have been submitted to NHIC and the Host Institution has received the final reimbursement.
I2P Scheme: The I2P grant is officially closed once the Final Claim and Filed Patent Application has been submitted to NHIC and the Host Institution has received the final reimbursement. No further notification will be sent by NHIC.
11. May I know the Terms and Conditions that governs NHIC grants?
NHIC adheres closely to NMRC Terms & Conditions.