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​2nd A*STAR-NHMRC Grant Call: Novel Molecular Mechanisms of Obesity and Metabolic Diseases

Published on : 26-Jan-2017

We are pleased to inform you that the 2nd A*STAR-NHMRC Grant Call – Novel Molecular Mechanisms of Obesity and Metabolic Diseases is now open for application. Please find more details of the grant call below.


In September 2011, the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) signed an agreement with the National Health and Medical Research (NHMRC) to promote and encourage research and development activities amongst researchers from Singapore and Australia. This agreement was renewed in 2014 to continue the collaborative relationship.

Under this agreement, collaborations were facilitated through convening a joint symposium and joint international calls for research. In March 2015, the second joint A*STAR-NHMRC symposium focusing on novel molecular mechanisms of obesity and metabolic diseases was held to stimulate new ways of thinking.

The symposium provided a platform for researchers from both countries to share their latest research and aid collaboration. Symposium attendees gained insights into new and emerging science behind the human biology of obesity under four key themes: genetics, epigenetics, neurology and microbiomes.

Following on from the workshop, this call has been developed jointly by A*STAR and NHMRC. ​


This joint call is for research into novel molecular mechanisms of obesity and metabolic diseases.

The specific objectives of the joint call are to:

  • generate new knowledge that will lead to novel approaches to manage metabolic diseases and obesity to translate into policy and practice
  • foster co-investment with international partners in research programs of joint interest that will involve researchers based in Singapore and Australia
  • increase the level of scientific skills and technological capabilities between Singapore and Australia
  • build further collaborations between Singapore and Australian researchers.

Eligibility and funding

Proposals must involve a genuine collaboration involving at least one research team each from Singapore and Australia to be eligible. A research team must involve more than the two lead Chief Investigators. The research project requires joint input of both the Singapore and Australian teams.

Singapore-based co-applicants must reside in Singapore and be full-time employed researchers at a public sector research organization in Singapore, including hospitals, universities, polytechnics and A*STAR research institutions, and they will carry out the proposed project at this institution. 

A*STAR and NHMRC have allocated a total of up to $4 million (AUD) to support up to five collaborative research projects. Grants will be awarded for a total duration of 3 years. Applicants may request in their budget a maximum of $350,000 (AUD) for research conducted in Australia, and a maximum of $350,000 (SGD) for research conducted in Singapore in total over the life of the grant.


The NHMRC's Research Grants Management System (RGMS) must be used to submit your application. As this joint grant call is utilizing NHMRC's RGMS, the Chief Investigator A (CIA) and Administering Institution will need to be Australia side and the lead Singapore CI must be listed as CIB. Applicants who are not yet registered on RGMS should contact the Research Help Centre on for more information.

Please note that only one joint Grant Proposal is to be submitted in RGMS. The Australian CIA is expected to submit the joint application into the RGMS. The submission should contain information from both sides, such as individual budget information and project milestones. Singapore applicants may use the templates attached to detail the Singapore side budget information and project milestones for joint proposal. Please refer to Guidelines for Managing A*STAR Grants for funding Guidelines.

A complete application consists of the following:

1.       Completion of Parts A and B of the application form (including the joint Grant Proposal pdf); 

2.       The relevant information in your RGMS profile and CV.

Key Dates

25 January 2017: Applications open in NHMRC's RGMS
1 March 2017: Minimum data due
22 March 2017: Applications close in RGMS
18 – 28 May 2017: Approximate rebuttal period for applicants

All applicants are required to commence their application and provide the specified minimum data in RGMS by Wednesday  1 March 2017 by 2.00 pm Singapore Time (SGT)/5.00 pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) to allow the NHMRC to start sourcing reviewers with appropriate expertise.  Applications initiated after this date will not be accepted.

More detailed information on the grant call please refer to 2nd A*STAR-NHMRC Grant Call NHMRC's page.​

Internal process

please submit following application documents to RSO by 22 March 2017 (5pm) through your respective school administrator for record purpose.

-          The uploaded grant proposal, containing your Detailed Background and Research Plan, Track Record for each Chief Investigator and so on

-          Singapore side budget

-          Singapore side milestone

Further queries may be forwarded to respective school administrators or RSO-ASTAR mailbox.​