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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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Successful Applications for SCS Cancer Research Grant

Year 2021

In 2021, SCS reached out to the cancer research community in Singapore and received a good response from the cancer research community in Singapore. We received 44 research proposals from 13 institutions. Following a thorough process of evaluation and deliberation, funding was awarded to these 2 projects:


Research Project Title Host Institution Principal Investigator
Acceptability of Cervical Cancer Self-screening in Singapore (ACCSS) National University Hospital Dr Lim Li Min
Measuring quality of care among patients with cancer during their end-of-life Singapore Clinical Research Institute Dr Mihir Gandhi

We congratulate all grant award recipients.