The Singapore Heart Foundation is a non-profit organisation whose primary mission is to promote heart health and to prevent and reduce disability and death due to cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
In keeping with its objective to promote public education and research in cardiovascular health, the Singapore Heart Foundation will, subject to availability of funds, provide research grants each year, the number and amount to be decided by the Board of Directors by the end of the preceding year, Meritorious projects from doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, scientists and professionals in the mass communications and IT field will be considered. The SHF may encourage research in specific fields/subjects by soliciting requests for research funding in these specific fields.
The Singapore Heart Foundation has activities in 4 main areas.
1) Cardiac Rehabilitation and Heart Wellness. SHF assists recovering heart patients and helps individuals at risk of developing heart disease to manage their condition. In this regard, the Singapore Heart Foundation is particularly interested in how we can leverage of new media (such as on-line interactions) and mobile technologies to better engage the public in improving their own health.
2) Community Education. The Singapore Heart Foundation organises public lectures, education campaigns etc. We are interested in the effectiveness of these programmes for promoting a change in behaviour and also novel ways to provide education that will result in behaviour change.
3) Our Schools Programme is designed to instill healthy habits in children. As part of this programme, we also believe in engaging young people through service learning/community involvement programmes. One example is a health screening programme for elderly Singaporeans called "health mapping" which involves the provision of free basic health screening services to lower income residents living in one and two room rental flats. We are interested in learning more about the benefits of this programme for both the individuals who undergo health screening, but also to the students who participate as volunteers.
4) The Heart Safe Programme is designed to improve the out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest survival rate in Singapore by creating an environment for more effective use of CPR and Automated External Defibrillators (AED) in the community. The programme involves the provision of training and certification in the performance of CPR. The effectiveness of such training in terms of retention of the skills by the trainees, confidence in carrying out CPR, is of great interest. In addition, we are interested in studies that will tell us the most effective way to identify individuals who are most likely to retain the skills and the best time for such training.
You may also refer to the attached guidelines for more details.
Please submit the following documents to NUHS Research Office by Monday, 10 December 2012.
Interested applicants should prepare a 2-page Letter of Intent (LOI) (A4 size, Arial size 11 Font, 1-inch margin, not more than 600 words). The LOI must be community oriented or have clinical relevance with the following details:
I. The background of the problem. What is the problem that needs to be solved? Why is it important? What is the knowledge gap that needs to be filled in order to solve this problem? What are the potential solutions?
II. Methods: provide a brief description of the methodology of the study, including a description of the primary outcomes that will be assessed.
III. Who is the target group that will benefit from the new knowledge? How large is this target group?
IV. What new programmes could come from this research if this project is successful? Alternatively, how might we enhance existing SHF programmes? This is a key performance indicator for all SHF research grants and as such, PIs are encouraged to try to propose studies that will lead to activities that can be operationalised by the SHF.
V. What is the overall budget and the duration of the grant applied for?
Please contact the following staff if you have any enquiries