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SCS Cancer Research Grant 2019


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 (e.g. risk factors; nutrition & dietetics; development and evaluation of screening test; cost-effectiveness analysis of screening program)
  • Psychosocial and spiritual aspects related to cancer (e.g. effects of cancer on patients, family members & caregivers; spirituality in cancer care; developing long-term solutions for cancer ‘epidemic’)
  • Health communication (e.g. communication strategy to inform cancer patients and caregivers)
  • Cancer survivorship (e.g. Cancer support programs, cancer rehabilitation)
  • Palliative care (e.g. behavioral and psychological supportive care, symptom management)
  • Health service program (e.g. identifying critical gaps in evaluating and improving quality of cancer care)
  • Clinical research (e.g. medical/surgical/radiation oncology, clinical pharmacology)

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:

  • Public awareness on major cancers in Singapore
  • Cancer screening barriers for the older age groups
  • Comparison of different population-based cancer screening modalities
  • Psychosocial intervention and Quality-of-life outcomes in cancer patients/survivors
  • Lived experiences of cancer patients/survivors
  • Investigation on the impact of cancer rehabilitation service on treatment outcomes
  • Impact of cancer rehabilitation on improving work-related outcomes
  • Multi-institutional cancer registry (at least three hospitals involved)



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 2019 will open on Monday, 22 July 2019, 9AM and close on Friday, 2 August 2019, 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: 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 the SCS website in December 2019. 

Please do not hesitate to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. should you need further details or clarification.




Successful Applications for SCS Cancer Research Grant

Year 2018

SCS reached out to the cancer research community in Singapore and received good response. In 2018, we received 30 research proposals from 9 institutions.

Following a thorough process of evaluation and deliberation, funding was awarded to a total of 4 projects:


Research Project Title Host Institution Principal Investigator
The role of pelvic floor exercise and bladder training in treating urge incontinence in prostate cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy – a pilot randomised study Tan Tock Seng Hospital Ms Chen Sijia, Sarah
The effectiveness of an interactive Colorectal Cancer self-Management enhancement smartphone-based psychosocial intervention programme (iCanManage) on outcomes of patients with colorectal cancer and their caregivers: A randomised controlled trial National University of Singapore A/Prof He Hong-Gu 
The lived experience of post-mastectomy tele-rehabilitation and recovery: A pilot feasibility study National University of Singapore Dr Asano Miho
Regional cryotherapy in preventing paclitaxel induced peripheral neuropathy in patients with early and locally advanced breast cancer: long term follow up during survivorship National Cancer Centre Singapore Dr Loh Wei-Jen, Kiley  

 We congratulate all grant award recipients.