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SCS Cancer Research Grant 2021

 Since 1973, SCS has been supporting local cancer research projects across a wide spectrum of subjects, with the objectives of improving the quality of life, quality of care and quality of treatment for cancer patients. The Society would also like to underscore the importance of cancer prevention and screening, as well as the psychosocial aspects of cancer on the patients and their caregivers.


Research Areas

SCS is inviting the research community to address the following areas while considering the proposals’ relevance to SCS services and programmes in terms of cancer prevention and screening, psychosocial support, survivorship support, cancer rehabilitation as well as palliative care.

Research Areas

Examples of topics (but not limited to the following)

Cancer prevention & screening

Cancer risk factors; nutrition & dietetics; development and evaluation of screening test; cost-effectiveness analysis of screening program

Cancer survivorship

Cancer support program; cancer rehabilitation program

Palliative care

Behavioural and psychological supportive care, symptom management

Psychosocial and spiritual aspects related to cancer

Effects of cancer on patients, family members & caregivers; spirituality in cancer care; developing long-term solutions for cancer ‘epidemic’

Health communication

Communication strategy to inform cancer patients and caregivers

Health service program

Identifying critical gaps in evaluating and improving quality of cancer care

Clinical research

Medical/surgical/radiation oncology, clinical pharmacology


With the evolving healthcare landscape in Singapore, SCS would very much welcome the following themes listed below (in no order of importance) as well:

  • Exploratory understanding and acceptability of self testing for cervical cancer
  • Understanding the barriers and motivations of cancer screening compliance
  • The efficacy of oncology rehabilitation services in home hospice setting
  • Efficacy of a community based head and neck cancer rehabilitation programme
  • Role of community based cancer rehabilitation programmes for young cancer survivors
  • Feasibility of return to work programme for cancer survivors
  • Telemedicine / Tele-rehabilitation for oncology patients in the community settings
  • Quality of life indicators for cancer survivors/palliative patients/caregivers
  • Lived experiences of cancer patients /survivors
  • Family support and caregiving of cancer patients /survivors


Eligibility Criteria

The grant call aims at delivering holistic patient care and hence the invitation is open to all researchers from various cancer related disciplines, healthcare institutions and organizations in Singapore; from the public, private and voluntary sectors, which are involved in cancer care and/or research. Only one person can act as the Principal Investigator. Only one application per Principal Investigator per grant cycle is permitted.


Selection Criteria

Proposals will be reviewed by the SCS Cancer Research Panel and approved by SCS Council. Selection criteria for funding would be based on following:

  • Relevance of research topic to SCS programs and services
  • Scientific Merit of Project
  • Track record of Principal investigator and study team
  • Feasibility of Project to successful completion
  • Reasonableness of budget requested


Submission & Funding Guidelines

  • The grant call for 2021 will open on Monday, 26 July 2021, 9AM and close on Friday, 6 August 2021, 4PM.
  • Proposals can seek funding for a duration up to 2 years, and up to S$200,000 per project. It should be noted that reasonableness of project budget is part of the assessment for SCS Cancer Research Grant applications.
  • Overlapping funding for projects supported by other grants is NOT
  • Only completed applications submitted online via SCS research portal will be accepted. Please read through the SCS Research Portal Training Manual and ensure each supporting document (such as research proposal, CVs, Letter of Support from HoD) is no larger than 2MB.
  • Late or incomplete submissions will not be accepted.
  • A soft copy of the completed, duly signed application form and relevant supporting documents MUST be submitted to the following e-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Original hardcopy submissions are NOT required, but to be retained and kept by respective teams.
  • Successful applicants will be notified by email. The results of grant call will also be published on SCS website in December 2021.


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Category: Cancer Research


It is well known that the key attribute of scientific research is presentation in conferences and/or publication in refereed journals. Singapore Cancer Society’s recent publications in International journals, peer-reviewed for scientific content and qualitative impact on the clinical community include the following:


Journal Articles


Joan Khng
Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development, DOI: 10.1080/02185385.2020.1859408


Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2020 Oct 24:S0003-9993(20)31153-9. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2020.10.105. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33203512.
Cancer Supportive and Survivorship Care in Singapore: Current Challenges and Future Outlook  [read more
Kiley Loh WJ, Terence Ng, Choo SP, Alethea Chung PY, Khee CS, Saw HM, Mahendran R, Celia Tan, Gail Chang CY, Ong YJ, Alexandre Chan
Iris Journal of Nursing and Care, 1(1): 2018. IJNC.MS.ID.000501.
Journal of Global Oncology, Open Access, online Feb 23, 2018. DOI: 10.1200/JGO.17.00117.


Asia-Pacific Journal of Oncology Nursing, 5, no. 4, Oct-Dec 2018: 442-443.


Foong PY, Srilatha B, Ong YJ.
Psycho-Oncology, 27, no. 2, Feb 2018: 706.



Cancer, 123, no. 3, Feb 2017: 529-530. 


Conference Papers

Regional and international conferences are clinical platforms where healthcare professionals in respective areas would discuss their latest research findings. These scientific meetings also create a learning environment for exchange of therapeutic perspectives with the international audience dedicated to the same cause. In this period, Singapore Cancer Society has been well represented in local and international scientific forums with the following research papers that show-cased the holistic outreach of cancer rehabilitation and palliative care services.

1. Srilatha B, Cheng NW, Cheong MK, Leong JC, “Holistic approach to cancer survivorship and rehabilitation in Singapore”. 8th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health, 19-23 June 2016, National University of Singapore, Singapore


2. Srilatha B, Yang Violet GF, Ong YJ, “Determinants of women’s sexual health in the cancer journey: a case series”. Conference of the Scientific Network on Female Sexual Health and Cancer, 6-7 April 2017, Courtyard Marriott, Sacramento UC-Davis Cancer Center - Davis, CA, USA


3. 12th Asia Pacific Hospice Conference, July 26 – 29, 2017, Suntec Exhibition and Convention Centre, Singapore

i. Nga SY Rina, Srilatha B, Ong YJ, “Outcome measurement trajectory in palliative-oncology: a framework development exercise at the Singapore Cancer Society”.

ii. Cheong MK, Leong JC, Srilatha B, “Evaluating a patient ambassador training program in prostate cancer survivorship”.

iii. Chan LP Victoria, Srilatha B, “Impact of parental cancer on the psycho-emotional perspectives of adolescents and teenagers in Singapore: lessons from the Camp Rafiki”.

iv. Ong WS Philip, Leong JC, Srilatha B, Ong YJ, Yang GF Violet, “Optimising cancer care continuum through systematic needs’ assessment: a pilot study in survivorship at the Cancer Rehabilitation Centre, Singapore”.

v. Chan YW Jeanette, Srilatha B, Leong JC, “Integrating art therapy into the trajectory of cancer survivorship”.

vi. Doris Ho, Ong YJ, “Qualitative assessment of professional response to home palliative-oncology care needs”.

vii. Rachel Du Fang, Ong YJ, “Clinical Supervision for Professional Burnout in Palliative Oncology Care”.


4. 5th Singapore Rehabilitation Conference, September 6-8, 2017, Academia, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore

i. Srilatha B, Yang Violet GF, Ong YJ, “Sexual health recovery in prostate cancer survivorship: the standard operating algorithm at Singapore Cancer Society rehabilitation centre” - short-listed for best poster award.

ii. Neo JE, Srilatha B, Ong YJ, “Evaluating dietary regimens for health-related quality of life in cancer continuum: a preliminary study”.

iii. Aw HZ, Bantilan JS, Lee KK, Srilatha B, “Man-power enhancement in prostate cancer survivorship through a facility-based exercise intervention program”.

iv. Lee KK, Kiran NA, Ong YJ, “Preliminary results from a community-based, cancer rehabilitation service in Singapore”.


5. 32nd International Conference on Oncology Nursing and Cancer Care, September 13-14, 2017, Holiday Inn, Singapore. Srilatha B, Key-Note Address, “Meeting sexual health requirements in the cancer journey”.


6. 18th Asian Conference on Clinical Pharmacy, June 20-22, 2018, Razi International Conference Center, Tehran, Iran. Key-Note Address, “Sexual medicine updates in pharmacotherapy”.


7. World Cancer Congress, October 1-4, 2018, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Global Village, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

i. Tan CJ, Toh YL, Isabel Tan MJ, Kelvin Yeo XH, Goh WL, Eileen Poon, Mohamad Farid, Srilatha B, Alexandre Chan, “An analysis of the psychosocial, financial and emotional needs of adolescent and young adult cancer survivors (AYA CS) in Singapore through focus group discussions”.

ii. Srilatha B, Huang Q, Hafidza MS, Asarpota NK, “A descriptive review of the community-based cervical cancer screening programme at the Singapore Cancer Society”.

Category: Cancer Research