Funding for development of a healthcare innovation to a commercialisable endpoint
This funding is for development of a clinically significant and commercially viable healthcare innovation. The grant application must clearly illustrate the scientific merit, competitive advantage and technical feasibility of the project. Additionally, it must demonstrate potential for translation to a point where the technology would be attractive to an industry partner or follow-on funder.
Grant applications that emphasise on the following aspects of the project are considered for funding:
- Well defined unmet healthcare need
- Proven scientific merit with proof-of-concept data in in vitro and/or in vivo research/laboratory models
- Strong intellectual property position
- Detailed development plan highlighting future project work, milestones, endpoints
- Clear and achievable commercial plan outlining the proposed route to market, competing technologies and potential industry partners
- Potential to result in reduced healthcare costs, delivering cost-effective treatment or adoption by the healthcare system.
A funding quantum capped at S$250,000 (inclusive of max. 20% indirect costs) will be awarded to the host institution on a reimbursement basis for expenses incurred by project teams towards the development of proposed technology.
The funding support is up to 1 year with a maximum possible extension of 6 months (subject to approval by NHIC).
The Principal Investigator must hold a primary appointment in and be salaried by public healthcare institution or academic medical school in Singapore. Project teams must have strong clinical representation. Collaborations with industry are encouraged if they strengthen the proposal. All applications are considered based on merit and eligibility is not limited to NMRC-funded research.
Only one re-submission is allowed.
Terms and Conditions
Please see Terms and Conditions governing NHIC grants.
NHIC I2D Grant Call
NHIC I2D grant application is open for submission three times a year.
Submission deadlines for 2021 are:
- 5 April 2021, Monday, 5pm
- 6 August 2021, Friday, 5pm
- 3 Dec 2021, Friday, 5pm
Submission deadlines for 2022 are:
- 1 April 2022, Friday, 5pm
- 5 August 2022, Friday, 5pm
- 2 Dec 2022, Friday, 5pm
Important: Applicants are advised to refer to institutional internal deadlines for submission of grant applications.
Each form MUST be endorsed and submitted electronically by the designated Research/Innovation Offices from the respective Healthcare Cluster (as listed in the table below) to the NHIC Grant Secretariat.
|Healthcare Cluster||Designated Research/Innovation Office|
|National Healthcare Group (NHG)||NHG Centre for Medical Technologies & Innovations|
|National University Health System (NUHS)||NUHS Research Office|
|Singapore Health Services (SingHealth)||SingHealth Office of Intellectual Property (SHIP)|
|Duke-NUS Medical School||Duke-NUS Medical School Sponsored Research Department|
|Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine||NTU Research Support Office|
|Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine||NUHS Research Office|
NHIC I2D Grant Process
An overview of the grant process is as follows:
All NHIC I2D grant applications are evaluated based on the criteria detailed below.
NHIC I2D Evaluation Criteria
|Background and preliminary data||Is there sufficient background to evaluate the scope and nature of the problem?
Is the unmet need clear?
Does the preliminary data support and de-risk further development of the technology?
Has the preliminary data been generated using the technology?
|Development plan and deliverables||Is the development plan sensible and robust?
Are the deliverables realistic for the timeframe?
Are the deliverables attractive to a commercial partner (or a follow-on funder)?
Is the timeframe for obtaining ethics approvals appropriate?
|Uniqueness of technology||How is the product/solution better than other options that are currently in use? Better, faster, cheaper?|
|Healthcare impact||Is the expected benefit of this technology clear?
How does the technology fit with current clinical practice/standard of care? Consider clinical adoption, patient benefit.
|Commercial potential||Is the current IP status clear?
Consider the market size, route to market, competitive landscape.
|Team composition||Does the team have (or able to access) the necessary competencies in: scientific and technological domains, clinical expertise, business development, where relevant?
Will recruitment of manpower impact project timelines?
|Budget||Is the budget realistic for the work outlined?|
All applicants, regardless of shortlisted or non-shortlisted will be provided feedback.
Only shortlisted applicants are allowed to provide written rebuttal on reviewer feedback and present a 15 minutes’ slide presentation to NHIC Evaluation Panel, comprising of experts from academic, clinical, industry, investments, regulatory and commercial backgrounds. Funding for projects recommended by Evaluation Panel is then subject to approval by the NHIC Oversight Committee.
The maximum timeline from grant application submission to funding decision is 16 weeks per grant call.