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Collaborative Solutions Targeting Antimicrobial Resistance Threats in Health System (CoSTAR-HS)

Collaborative Solutions Targeting Antimicrobial Resistance Threats in Health System (CoSTAR-HS)

Closes On
18 Apr 2019
Funding Source
PI Salary Support
Funding Per Grant Amount


Academic Appointment
Funding Period
12 months

Singaporean/ Permanent Resident / Foreigner

Call Opens
18 Mar 2019
SMC/SDC Registered


Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a pressing threat to health.  As microbes become increasingly resistant to antimicrobial agents, our ability to treat infections becomes compromised, and this erodes the health benefits achieved as a result of progressive advances in medicine and public health

The Collaborative Solutions Targeting Antimicrobial Resistance Threats in Health System (CoSTAR-HS) programme aims to build capacity, infrastructure and networking opportunities for antimicrobial resistance (AMR) research in Singapore. It is a partnership involving researchers and clinicians from the National University Health System (NUHS), Singapore General Hospital (SGH), and the Communicable Diseases Centre (CDC), funded through a Centre Grant awarded by National Medical Research Council (NMRC).

The focus of the CoSTAR-HS Antimicrobial Resistance Research Grant (CoSTAR-HS ARG) is to encourage exploratory and developmental research projects by providing support for the early and conceptual stage research. It is intended for innovative research projects that

  1. Develop and strengthen inter-institutional research collaboration or networks in Singapore

  2. Need to utilize the facility cores developed under CoSTAR-HS

Details on facility cores can be found here (internet accessible link).

Details on research themes can be found here (internet accessible link).


  1. Interested investigators/researchers from SingHealth cluster institutions are welcome to apply as PI as long as there are investigators/researchers* from at least 2 of the 3 main institution partners of CoSTAR-HS (NUHS, SGH, CDC) or at least 1 of the 3 main institution partners of CoSTAR-HS and one other external institution involved in the project.*Note: Investigators/ researchers here can refer to either PI/ Co-Investigator/ Collaborator.
  2. PI must have a PhD and/or MBBS/BDS/PharmD/MD and/or other appropriate Postgraduate Qualifications (at least a Master's Degree). For proposals involving patients, either the PI or Co-I should be SMC-registered; or should be able to demonstrate ability to access patients through SMC-registered collaborators. It is recognized that some studies may not require patient involvement.
  3. PI must hold a primary appointment in a local publicly funded institution and salaried by the institution.
  4. The PI need not be from any of the 3 main institution partners of CoSTAR-HS.


Funding Details
Funding support of up to S$50,000 per project spanning no more than 12 months.


Submission/Application procedure

  1. Applications should be typed in Arial font size 10 double spacing using the attached application form.
  1. 1 soft copy (1 file including all attachments either in Word DOC or PDF format) must be submitted to Ms Zunairah at through your Host Institution’s Research offices by 18 April 2019 (Thurs), 5pm.
  1. 1 endorsed hardcopy (with original signatures) must be submitted through your Host Institution’s Research offices by 18 April 2019 (Thurs), 5pm to the following address:

    Attn: Ms Zunairah binti Lukman/ Ms Quake Ai Li
    c/o Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health
    National University of Singapore
    Tahir Foundation Building
    12 Science Drive 2
    #10-01, Singapore 117549
  1. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of applications by end June 2019. Awarded projects should start no later than 1 July 2019.

SingHealth PIs are to please refer to your respective Institutional Research Administrators for guidance on internal deadlines and submission procedures set by your institutions.


Contact person

NUS Contact Person:
Ms Zunairah Binti Lukman


Ms Quake Ai Li


Additional Information
CoSTAR-HS ARG Application Form.doc