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Khoo Pilot Award (Collaborative)

Khoo Pilot Award (Collaborative)

Closes On
15 Aug 2019
Funding Source
PI Salary Support
Funding Per Grant Amount


Academic Appointment
Funding Period
2 years

Foreigner / Singaporean/ Permanent Resident

Call Opens
14 Jun 2019
SMC/SDC Registered


The Khoo Pilot Award (Collaborative) grant awards funding for collaborations among budding and early stage clinician-scientists. The funding aims to strengthen the collaboration between two junior Principal Investigators (PIs) from different Academic Clinical Programmes (ACPs)/Research Institutes in SingHealth or Signature Research Programmes/Research Centres in Duke-NUS.

The Khoo Pilot Award (Collaborative) grant encourages clinician-scientists to either collaborate amongst themselves or with their PhD-trained scientist counterparts, to generate translational or clinical research that has potential for bench-to-bedside or bedside-to-bench applications. The fund is intended to help the PIs develop a research project for publication and/or to prepare for a joint large competitive grant.


Funding Details

The grant award is up S$60,000 over a period of 2 years which is to be shared between the two PIs.


Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be two PIs from different ACPs/Research Institutes in SingHealth or Signature Research Programmes/ Research Centres in Duke-NUS.

  • At least one of the PIs must be performing clinical duties as a clinician or allied health professional.

  • PIs must either be clinically qualified (i.e. with MD/MBBS/BDS/PharmD) or have PhD qualification.

  • PIs must be keen to pursue research as part of their career, as evidenced by:
    (i) at least 1 publication of original research as first author, AND
    (ii) having completed or currently undergoing research training in a PhD or Masters programme, or in relevant local or overseas universities, research institutes, centres, etc., such as during a research fellowship, HMDP, Nurturing Clinician-Scientist Scheme, Khoo Scholars Programme or during CS-year for CS-residency programme.

  • PIs must not have been PI on an NMRC CSA, CS-IRG or OF-IRG, MOE-Tier 2 grant or an NRF grant, or have been PI on any grant with grant value exceeding S$375,000 in a single grant. PIs with NMRC CS-IRG-NIG, Open Fund-YIRG, Transition Award and other institutional grants with grant value not exceeding S$375,000 are eligible to apply.

  • PIs must hold a Duke-NUS academic appointment (regular/adjunct) at the time of application, or must at least have an academic appointment in process by the close of the grant call, with all required documents submitted to Duke-NUS.

  • Applicants who have held a Khoo Award (e.g. a previous Khoo Pilot Award or Khoo Mentored Research Award) must have completed the project funded by the Khoo Award before applying for the Khoo Pilot Award (Collaborative). Awardees will not be allowed to apply for the same award again.

Note: Interested investigators who are unsure whether they meet the eligibility criteria, please approach Ms Angie Tan before submission. Her details can be found in the contact person section below.



Applicants are to submit their completed applications (1 hard copy and 1 soft copy) using the attached application form ‘Khoo Pilot Award (Collaborative) 2019 application form’ by 15 August 2019, 5pm.

  • 1 Hardcopy submission to below address:
    Centre for Clinician-Scientist Development
    Duke-NUS Medical School
    8 College Road, Level 6
    Singapore 169857
    Attn: Angie Tan

  • 1 soft copy (Word/PDF) of the application must be submitted to Ms Angie Tan at

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to give a presentation before a final selection panel.

Note: 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

Ms Angie Tan


Additional Information

Please find the below attachments in the zipped file.

  • Khoo Pilot Award (Collaborative) 2019 application form

  • Khoo Pilot Award (Collaborative) 2019 grant info

 Khoo Pilot Award (Collaborative) 2019 application

Kindly refer to the website here (internet accessible link).