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SCS Cancer Research Grant 2020


Research Areas

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. We are inviting grants proposals for projects in the following categories:

  • Cancer prevention and screening
  • Cancer survivorship
  • Palliative care
  • Psychosocial and spiritual aspects related to cancer
  • Health communication
  • Health service program
  • Clinical research

SCS encourages the research community to address the above areas and consider 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.

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

  • Understanding the barriers of cancer screening compliance
  • Barriers, needs and issues faced on employment /re-employment /work sustainability for cancer survivors
  • Exploratory understanding of care pathway for cancer patient in and out of hospital, and the benefits of care navigation
  • Improving outcomes of cancer rehabilitation - from acute to community care settings
  • Quality of life indicators for Singaporean cancer survivors
  • 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.

Submission of Application

The grant call 2020 will open on Monday, 27 July 2020, 9AM and close on Friday, 7 August 2020, 4PM. Only completed applications submitted online via SCS research portal will be accepted. Before submitting your application, 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.

In addition, a soft copy of the completed, duly signed application form and relevant supporting documents must also be submitted to the following e-mail address:

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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 2020.

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Successful Applications for SCS Cancer Research Grant

Year 2020

In 2020, SCS received 54 research proposals from 14 institutions. Following a thorough process of evaluation and deliberation, funding was awarded to these 3 projects:


Research Project Title Host Institution Principal Investigator
Dietary Beliefs and Nutrition Education Needs of Cancer Patients in Singapore Tan Tock Seng Hospital Ms Teresa Ng
The burden of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in glioma and validation of a disease-specific HRQoL instrument for brain tumours in Singapore National University Hospital Dr Mervyn Lim
Automated Intelligent Kiosk to Increase Colorectal Cancer: Screening in the Community (KIPFIT) SingHealth Polyclinics Dr Tan Ngiap Chuan

We congratulate all grant award recipients.