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​​​​​​​​2nd NRF-NSFC Joint Research Grant Call now open for application

Published on : 02-Mar-2017

​We are pleased to inform you that the second National Research Foundation – National Natural Science Foundation of China (NRF-NSFC) Joint Research Grant Call is now open for application. Please see key information regarding this grant below:
Details​ ​2nd NRF-N​SFC Joint Research Grant Call
​Scope and objective ​• ​​Objective of grant call:  The aim of the programme is to encourage research cooperation between Chinese and Singaporean scientists   • Scope of application:
  • Quantum Technologies
  • Environmental Science
   • The Joint Call will support and fund up to ten (10) collaboration projects in both countries.  • More details are available here:
​Mandatory criteria ​Only one Chinese and one Singapore researcher are allowed to participate as PIs in one application of this joint call

• Project proposals to be written, submitted and assessed as a single, unified proposal which describes a full programme of work in both countries
  • All proposals must be written in English
  • Proposal in English to be submitted by Chinese PI to NSFC.  In addition, the Chinese PI is requested to submit an identical Chinese-language proposal to NSFC
  • Proposal in English to be submitted by Singapore PI to NRF through RITA.  Email submissions are not accepted by NRF

First-time RITA users may register for an account here:

RITA user-guide available here:

Eligibility criteria​• Principal Investigators (PI) from publicly funded Institutions of Higher Learning (IHLs) and Research Institutions (RIs) in Singapore are eligible. 
  • Lead PIs at the point of application must fulfil the following requirements:
  1. Hold a primary appointment (minimum time co​mmitment of 9 months per year) in a local publicly funded institution;
  2. Have a laboratory or research programme that carries out research in Singapore; 
  3. Be an independent PI with a track record of leadership ability in coordinating research programmes and providing mentorship to research team, as well as having productive research outcomes; and 
  4. No outstanding reports from other national grants. 
​Project duration ​36 months ​
​Budget supported  ​• Maximum $500,000, including up to 20% indirect costs per project. Applicants are requested to ensure compliance with NRF’s Fund Guide (attached)
  • Any equipment purchase over $100,000 to be clearly specified in the proposal and strong justifications to be furnished to NRF
  • Funding for researchers in Singapore and China will be provided separately by their respective Governments
  • Only research work conducted in Singapore may be funded by NRF 

​Key deadlines​• Indications of interest: 31 Mar 2017, noon
  • Submission of endorsement form: no later than 17 Apr 2017, noon
  • ​Recommended internal deadline for early RITA submission: 26 Apr 2017, noon
 • NRF’s RITA submission deadline: 28 Apr 2017, 4 pm
  All submission are made to RSO through School/Institute Administrators 

​Endorsement form

• The NTU endorsement form for this grant is attached in the email for your use

• NIE researchers - please approach the NIE Research Office for the NIE form and the internal deadlines.

 Interested applicants are requested to prepare their proposals in accordance to NRF’s guidelines. For submission of research proposals, PIs are requested to take note of that administrative checking is done by applicants and respective School/Institute Administrators. Interested applicants are requested to check with their School Administrators regarding their Schools’ internal requirements and deadlines for administrative checks.  
 ​Queries can be sent to