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​​​​Traditional Chinese Medicine Research Grant (2nd Grant Call)​​

Published on : 02-Jan-2017

The Ministry of Health 2nd Traditional Chinese Medicine Research Grant Call (TCMRG) will open from 2 Jan to 31 March 2017.​

Attached are the application form and relevant documents. More details on the grant call is available at:

TCMRG was established to encourage local collaborative research in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It seeks to harness TCM principles and scientific research methodologies and expertise to promote the translation of TCM knowledge into better care and improved health outcomes on a sustainable basis, and to enhance the role of TCM in policy and practice in Singapore.


  1. ​Help public and healthcare professionals understand which TCM therapies have been ​proven to be safe and effective, empowering public to make informed decisions about   TCM treatments;
  2. Assist policy makers by providing clinically proven treatments to serve the healthcare   needs of the public;
  3. Improve healthcare services through a more holistic approach, increasing accessibility to more evidence based treatment options.

Strategic areas and priority themes

  1. ​​​Asthma control 
  2. Cost effectiveness studies, health-related quality of life studies, health promotion NEW
  3. Diabetes control 
  4. Health benefits for the elderly through traditional Chinese exercise (e.g.太极 taiji and 八段锦 baduanjin) ​NEW ​
  5. Health benefits for the elderly through traditional Chinese manipulative therapies (e.g. 推拿tuina) NEW 
  6. Hypertension prevention/control 
  7. Obesity 
  8. Pain management, focusing on joint pain NEW
  9. Post stroke rehabilitation 
  10. Skin conditions: e.g. atopic dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis NEW
  11. Substance abuse (alcohol/smoking cessation) 
  12. Women's Health: e.g. menopause, infertility and menstrual problems NEW


•When all things being equal, joint collaboration between clinicians/researchers in public healthcare institutions and TCM VWOs will be accorded with higher priority.

•Proposals that do not fulfil priority themes may still be submitted for consideration. Grants are awarded based on relevance, scientific merit, implementability, and national significance.

•Not supported: Proposals with phytochemical or pharmacological focus (e.g. extraction and/or study of chemical components in herbs) or commercial interests.


•Only 1 PI per application

•PI for TCMRG should possess a minimum academic qualification of PhD and/or MBBS/BDS/PharmD/MD and/or other appropriate Postgraduate Qualification

•Please check with RSO for eligibility if PI is not under academic track (Prof/Assoc Prof/Asst Prof/Lecturer)

•PI should have at least one first-author publication

•PI must have access to laboratory services (biochemical/radiological) to conduct research in Singapore (if applicable, depending on the types of research) and reside in Singapore.

•Researchers from overseas institutions cannot be included as team member.

Funding details
Funding                : $750,000 (inclusive of indirect costs capped at 10% of eligible funding amount)
Direct cost            : maximum $681,818.18
Duration         ​​      : 3 years (Funding for year 2 and 3 will only be released upon a review and acceptance by MOH of the progress report)

Submission deadline
27 Mar  : Softcopy (single WORD doc) and hardcopy (PI's signature must be original) submission to RSO for checks and endorsement. Please check with your respective Schools administrators for internal deadline.

Please direct any further enquires to Dr Ong Tan Ching at<> or tel: 6790 5637.​