MSF-Family Research Fund Application
Purpose of the Grant
To contribute to the growth of quality research on family trends and issues in Singapore.
The research project should promote the understanding of issues affecting families in Singapore, and preferably inform local family policy. The research is to be solely funded under the FRF. FRF applicants should not be receiving other research grants for FRF funded research project as co-funding is not allowed.
Open to all Honours year undergraduates, postgraduate students, academics and researchers at recognised universities and affiliated research centres in Singapore, as well as Singaporean final-year undergraduates at recognised overseas universities planning to undertake the research in Singapore.
Grant for Undergraduates
Open to all undergraduates doing their Honours year thesis at recognised universities in Singapore, and Singaporean final-year undergraduates at recognised overseas universities who are planning to undertake the research in Singapore.
Grant for Postgraduate Students, Academics and Researchers
Open to all postgraduate students or persons holding academic or research appointments at recognised universities and affiliated research institutes in Singapore.
Scope of Funding
The awarded grant should be used exclusively for conducting the research which includes the following purposes:
- Hiring a survey company or research assistants (applicable for postgraduate students, academics and researchers grant category only)
- Transport costs incurred during local fieldwork
- Incentives or tokens to respondents
- Items needed for conducting the research (Please note that the purchase of hardware or equipment is not supported under the FRF)
The awarded grant cannot be used for the payment of tuition fees and other administrative charges imposed by the universities as part of the course of study.
The FRF does not fund overseas research travel expenses as the fieldwork is expected to be undertaken in Singapore.
Types of Research Funded
The FRF funds research on family trends and issues in Singapore. The supported research should preferably inform family policies in Singapore. Examples of relevant family research issues can be downloaded from the Family Research Agenda and the Focused Research Topics below. The latter aims to complement the ground-up approach to the FRF. Applicants seeking funding can choose to develop their research proposals based on these focused topics. Applications submitted for the Focused Research Topics will be assigned similiar priority as relevant research topics proposed by the researchers.
The FRF Evaluation Panel assesses the applications based on several factors, which include:
- The relevance of the research in promoting understanding of family trends and issues in Singapore.
- The contribution of the research to family policy development in Singapore.
- The rigour of research methodology and analytical techniques used.
- The review and feedback from academic reviewers and/or relevant MSF divisions.
The FRF is awarded on a competitive basis, subject to the number and quality of the applications received in each call. The Evaluation Panel’s decision is final.
Application & Closing Dates
Only research which has yet to commence should be submitted for application.
FRF Application Form for Undergraduates
Closing date: 1 November 2013
FRF Application Form for Postgraduate Students, Academics and Researchers
Closing date: 11 November 2013
Submit the following documents in Microsoft Word format only (in the following order) to MSF_FRF_Secretariat@msf.gov.sg:
1. Application Form (signature required for hard copies)
2. Research Proposal (Arial font size 11, 1.5 line spacing)
3. Curriculum Vitae (CV) of applicant(s)
4.Supporting documents (if any)
AND submit TWO (2) hard copies to:
The Family Research Fund (FRF) Secretariat
Strategic Planning, Research & Development Division
Ministry of Social and Family Development
512 Thomson Road, #07-00, MSF Building