Grant Applications and Guidelines


Social Science Research Thematic Grant (SSR)

Social Science Research Thematic Grant (SSR Thematic Grant)
The Social Science Research Thematic Grant aims to encourage high-quality and impactful social science and humanities research in areas of strategic relevance to Singapore. It supports social science and humanities research projects, programmes or centres with bearing on key societal and economic issues affecting Singapore and the region. It aims to catalyse collaborations among existing research performers in Singapore, and encourage the effective use and adoption of innovative and inter-disciplinary methodologies, techniques and approaches. It also aims to support pathways to impact, including the test-bedding of ideas arising from research.

The themes for 2019 SSRTG are as follows:

Theme 1: The Future of Society

·        Understanding how society can address challenges arising from evolving local and global social dynamics.

Theme 2: The Future Economy

·     Understanding how Governments, firms and the workforce can cope with or take advantage of rapid changes in technology, structural shifts in the global economy and other emerging areas of economic importance.

Theme 3: Open category

This is an open category to examine any topics of interest, in particular to Singapore and the region that are not covered by Theme 1 and Theme 2, and approach them from various perspectives in the social sciences and humanities.

Dea​dlines (SSS only)
​Purpose​ ​Action by PI
​​26 April 2019, 12pm ​SSRC Engagement Session
​Date and Time 2 May 2019 (Thurs) 
​Venue ​MOE Edutorium at Podium Tower
MOE Headquarters
1 North Buona Vista Drive, S138675
​Programme Details ​​​​3.00 - 3.30pm: Pre-Event Registration
3.30 - 3.50pm: Introductory Remarks by Mr Peter Ho, SSRC Chairman
3.50 - 4.00pm: Sharing on details of 2019 SSRTG Call
4.00 - 5.00pm: Panel Discussion with SSRC members and Q&A Session
​PIs who are interested in attending the Engagement sesion are to register latest by 26 April, 12pm

Click here to register

PIs are encouraged to attend as SSRC (the panel who will review the SSRTG applications for award) will be there to answer PIs' quesitons.
​17 May 2019, Friday ​Submission of 
i. Indication of Interest (IOI)
ii. Abstract
​1. Login Grant Diirectory to indicate your IOI with abstract
2. Please also indicate in the IOI if you would like to participate in the internal SSRTG Panel Review Meeting
3. Kindly send an email to Rachel ( to express your interest
​​27 May 2019, Monday ​Submission of
i. Proposal (for review)
ii. Slides (to be presented during SSRTG Panel Review Meeting)

note: PIs who do not want to participate in the internal SSRTG Panel Review Meeting may submit the complete submission on 15 July 2019 (Monday)
​1. Email submission to Rachel ( and Jennifer (,sg)

​17 - 20 June 2019, Monday - Thursday ​Internal SSRTG Panel Review Meeting ​1. PIs are to keep themselves available between 17 - 20 June 2019 as RSO will schedule them for one round of internal SSRTG Panel Review Meeting
2. The internal SSRTG Panel will help to review the proposals and provide useful feedbacks to help PIs improve their proposals. No shortlisting will be done in the meeting
​15 July 2019, Monday ​Submission of
i. Complete application with all supporting documents (for admin checks)
ii. Summary table
​1. Email submission to Rachel ( and Jennifer (,sg)

Our office will do the first round of admin checks, tag our comments in the documents on areas that require amendment and send the tagged documents to RSO for 2nd round of admin checks. RSO/ACR office will get back to the PI with all necessary changes
​24 July 2019, Wednesday ​Submission of 
i. signed hardcopy and softcopy to ACR office (for ACR and DoR's endorsement)
​1. PIs are to submit both final softcopy and hardcopy (with signatures of PI, Co-PIs and collaborators) to Rachel and Jennifer
2. E-signatures are allowed. Team members' signatures may not have to be on the same page
Our office will seek the endorsement of ACR and submit the signed copy to RSO

For more information, please refer to the email announcement here

Please clic​k he​re​​​ to download the application materials and guidelines. 

PIs and co-PIs must hold a primary full-time appointment in the university to be eligible for the application.