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​SDGHI seeks to improve health outcomes and reduce the burden of disease through support of evidence-based research. To this end, we facilitate research partnerships, fund pilot research grants for faculty and build on-site research capability of our collaborating partners.


Professor Gavin Smith, Programme Director and Professor in the Emerging Infectious Diseases Programme, Duke-NUS Medical School


Current Programmes

Pilot Research Grants

Pilot funds are awarded to SDGHI faculty to stimulate interdisciplinary research collaborations, with the larger goal of enabling investigators to leverage preliminary findings and data to obtain larger awards of external funding.

Research grants underway include:

  • Assessing the Burden of Viral Pneumonia in Severe Paediatric Respiratory Failure
  • Developing Standards for Paediatric Acute and Critical Care for COVID-19 in Asia
  • Research on the impact of COVID-19 on the Management of Hepatocellular Carcinoma in Asia
  • Initiating synthesis of COVID-19 mitigation strategies across ASEAN countries


ACP Programme Funding for Global Health

SDGHI collaborates with the Joint Office of Academic Medicine (JOAM) to foster the Academic Clinical Programme (ACP) activities in Global Health, to advance knowledge and/or practice in academic medicine in the faculty.

Current programmes include:

  • Ongoing efforts to characterise Wilms tumour in Vietnam to aid refinement of risk stratification in Asian patients and develop validated molecular diagnostic capabilities
  • Establishing a Singapore-Regional Initiative of Global Health Action to Improve Networks in Stroke
  • Assessing Emergency Medical Services Systems in the ASEAN region


Travel Grants

SDGHI provides international travel awards to support SDGHI faculty and junior investigators to explore new research opportunities by visiting potential collaborators

Travel grants awarded:

  • Travel funding was provided to explore global health research opportunities related to Pediatric Critical Care in multiple sites in Indonesia with a focus on communicable diseases and health systems strengthening.
  • Travel funding was provided to explore the development of a global health research project on comparing ASEAN Emergency Medical Services Systems for the Validation of the ROSC After Cardiac Arrest (RACA) Score in Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand.


For more information on SDGHI's grants and funding opportunities, please go to our Grants & Funding page.