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​MOE Academic Research Fund (AcRF) Tier 2 August 2017 Grant Call

Published on : 20-Jan-2017


1.       MOE Academic Research Fund (AcRF) Tier 2 August 2017 Grant Call is now open.  The AcRF Tier 2 funds research projects on a competitive basis across the Singapore-based universities. ​​

2.       The MOE AcRF Tier 2 grant scheme is the premium investigator-led for academic research. You are urged to prepare early for this highly competitive grant. ​

a)     We have also attached documents on proposal writing tips and guide for your refere​nce, including feedback from MOE. 

b)    Please refer to the administrative guidelines and RGF supplementary from the August 2016 call issued by MOE for reference.

c)      Under the "Abstract Section", it is recommended for PIs to provide clear and specific objectives and to avoid general statements. 

d)      Please be mindful of grammar and typographical errors.  

3.       Each grant proposal submitted should have a total project value (TPV) between $500,000 and $1     million over a three - year duration. Exception to the above TPV for projects are applied to projects under the Accountancy, Business, Humanities and Social Sciences discipline cluster (EP4) and the Pure Mathematics and Statistics  projects. 

a)   Projects under Accountancy, Business, Humanities and Social Sciences with TPV of $100,000 and above are eligible for funding under AcRF Tier 2. 

b)   Only Pure Mathematics and Statistics projects under the Informatics and Mathematics discipline cluster (EP2) with TPV of S$250,000 and above are also eligible for funding under AcRF Tier 2.  

4.    Principal Investigators (PI) and Co-investigators (co-PI) need to be full-time faculty of the AUs in order to be eligible for AcRF Tier 2 funding. Collaborators can be based overseas.  AcRF Tier 2 funding can only be spent on research conducted in the AUs.   

5.      Interested applicants are requested to submit the full proposals to RSO through your School/College for review by the NTU Research Council (NTURC) by 3 May 2017.   

6.      ** Writing Tips**  ( Extracted from the RGF Guidelines ) ​

Proposal Details: Information provided should be sufficiently self-contained for an assessment of the proposal without further reference to other materials.  ​

Anyone proposing a research project should be able to answer the following:

- What are you trying to do? Articulate your objectives using absolutely no jargon.

- How is it done today, and what are the limits of current practice?

- What's new in your approach and why do you think it will be successful?

- Who cares? If you're successful, what difference will it make?

- What are the risks and the payoffs?

- How much will it cost? How long will it take?

- What are the mid-term and final "exams" to check for success? 

Quote by Professor David Currow:

Most funders are buying something. They're not simply "granting" money.

Quote by Michael J Spires:

To put it simply, proposal writing is a sales pitch. 

7.       To facilitate the review and short listing of proposals by the NTU Research Council, please use the (attached) hardcopy application form and guidelines for the submission of your full proposal.  Please refer to the attached budgetary guidelines in formulating your proposal. 

  • Please also complete Annex A if you have previously submitted a similar proposal, but your proposal was not shortlisted by the NTU Research Council for submission to MOE.  
  • Please complete Annex B if the scope of your proposal falls beyond a single discipline cluster.


8.     Please note that proposals rejected in previous grant calls by MOE are generally not allowed to be resubmitted unless invited by MOE for re-submission. Applicants must justify how the current proposal differs significantly from the previous proposal if the applicant will like to submit a similar proposal. Applicants found to have submitted similar proposals rejected from MOE to the NTURC review will be automatically disqualified.

9.     RSO aims to have the review of proposals by the NTU Research Council completed by July 2017.

10.   All shortlisted applicants will be required to submit their proposals via the MOE online system (OLGA). 

11.   Please find in the email announcement, the following documents for the preparation of your AcRF Tier 2 proposal​ :-

a.       NTU OHR EOM budgetary guide

b.      RGF Application form (please do not re-use past year's)

c.       Annex A – for resubmissions

d.      Annex B – for interdisciplinary proposals

e.      RFP for August 2016 call (for reference)

f.        AcRF Tier 2 Administrative Guidelines for August 2016 call (for reference)

g.      Guidelines for the Management of Competitive R&D Grants

h.      Terms and Conditions of a Competitive Grant

i.       Grant writing dos and donts and reviewers' comments

j.      Tier 2 FAQ​

12.   Further queries may be directed to the following email address at through your School Administrators.​​​​​​​​​​​