MoH Singapore grants $60M for 3 new projects

BioSpectrum (Asia) - - Regulatory News -

To sup­port re­search dis­cov­er­ies that can be trans­lated into health­care so­lu­tions, in­no­va­tive medicines and med­i­cal de­vices that ben­e­fit Singapore and Sin­ga­pore­ans, the Min­istry of Health (MOH)’s Na­tional Med­i­cal Re­search Coun­cil (NMRC) has awarded $60 mil­lion to three new re­search projects un­der the Open Fund-Large Col­lab­o­ra­tive Grant (OF-LCG) pro­gramme.

The three new re­search projects - each of which were awarded grants of be­tween $10 mil­lion and $25 mil­lion - tar­get the ar­eas of lung can­cer, virus-in­duced can­cer and age-re­lated mac­u­lar de­gen­er­a­tion (AMD), a med­i­cal con­di­tion that causes po­ten­tial vi­sion loss.

NMRC has also launched the pilot of a Clin­i­cian In­no­va­tor Award. These ini­tia­tives were an­nounced at the NMRC Awards Cer­e­mony and Re­search Sym­po­sium 2018 re­cently. Close to $1.8 mil­lion has been set aside for the pilot scheme, which could fund up to eight Clin­i­cian In­no­va­tors over the next three years. The first grant call for the pilot scheme was launched in May 2018.

Once the projects show pos­i­tive pre­lim­i­nary re­sults, the clin­i­cians can ap­ply for sub­se­quent fund­ing through schemes such as the Na­tional Health In­no­va­tion Cen­tre (NHIC)’s in­no­va­tion grants to work to­wards fur­ther com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion. NMRC and NHIC will work closely to sup­port the award re­cip­i­ents and guide their progress.

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