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SCS Cancer Research Grant 2023

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

SCS Research Interest:

  • Overcoming cancer screening deterrence for vulnerable, minority and at-risk populations
  • Piloting new approaches for population-wide cancer screening

Cancer survivorship

Cancer support program; cancer rehabilitation program

SCS Research Interest:

  • Community-based rehabilitation for head and neck cancer
  • Clinician-driven support group for patients with lymphedema
  • Interventions to increase exercise adherence in cancer patients

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

SCS Research Interest:

  • Quality of life indicators for cancer patients/ survivors/ caregivers
  • Legacy and last wishes on end-of-life outcome
  • Narrative practices/social connectedness on increasing resilience in terminal illness
  • Hope and spirituality in cancer patients

Health communication

Communication strategies to convey information to patients and caregivers

Health service program

Identifying critical gaps in evaluating and improving quality of cancer care

SCS Research Interest:

  • Improving user experience of cancer care from screening to survivorship

Clinical research

Medical/surgical/radiation oncology, clinical pharmacology


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. The PI shall be the point of contact, with the stated Department and Institution as the Host Institution (for administrative and financial matters).


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 will open on Monday, 24 July 2023, 9AM and close on Friday, 4 August 2023, 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 permitted. 
  • 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 (e.g. completed application form, CVs, abstract, research proposal) 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 2023.


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Successful Applications for SCS Cancer Research Grant

Year 2022

In 2022, SCS reached out to the cancer research community in Singapore and received a good response from the cancer research community in Singapore. We received 26 research proposals from 9 institutions. Following a thorough process of evaluation and deliberation, funding was awarded to these 3 projects:

Research Project Title Host Institution Principal Investigator
Measuring The True Cost of Cancer: A Longitudinal Study on Productivity Cost and Health-Related Quality of Life for Cancer Patients National Cancer Centre Singapore Dr Joanne Ngeow Yuen Yie
Implementation of patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) in routine clinical practice National Cancer Centre Singapore Dr Grace Yang Meijuan
Overcoming spiritual barriers to cancer screening: An intervention to decrease cancer fatalism among Singaporeans Nanyang Technological University Dr Kim Hye Kyung

We congratulate all grant award recipients.