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NHG-LKCMedicine Clinician-Scientist Preparatory Programme (CSPP)

The NHG-LKCMedicine Clinician-Scientist Preparatory Programme (CSPP) is a joint programme between NHG and the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine) that aims to provide clinicians with an exposure to research in the early phase of their career through research training and project experience.

a) Doctors (i.e. clinically qualified with MD/MBBS/BDS) enrolled in the NHG Residency Programme; or with primary appointments as Associate Consultants at NHG institutions;


b) Health science / healthcare professionals with non-medical degrees, such as nurses, pharmacists and other allied health professions listed on MOH’s website in clinical practice, with primary appointments at NHG institutions and at least 3 years of clinical or relevant experience. Others may contact the Secretariat for discussion on suitability of the programme. Applicants should have at least a Bachelors (Hons)/Masters with an Upper Second, preferably First class honours degree in a relevant field. Experience as first or co-author of research publications is preferred but not required.

All applicants should also fulfil the following criteria:
a) Is interested in research but have little or no research experience; and
b) Able to commit time to complete the required CSPP research training.
c) Applicants are recommended to commit an estimated 0.1FTE to complete their research project within the award period, with the approval from their Reporting Officer.

Interested clinicians are strongly encouraged to contact the CSPP Secretariat for discussion on suitability of the Programme prior to submitting a Letter of Intent (LOI).


Award Components

Awardees are required to complete the programme within 2 years.

Residents are also required to complete the programme within the duration of their Residency. They are recommended to discuss with their Residency Programme Directors on the feasibility and recommended year to embark on CSPP, as well as the plans to complete the programme within Residency.


Application Period

Applicants are required to submit all application documents (Table 1) in softcopy to the CSPP Secretariat at NHG Group Research through their Institution’s Clinical Research Unit (CRU) / Clinical Research and Innovation Office (CRIO).

The Institution’s CRU / CRIO will set respective internal deadlines for the above submissions. Please check with your institutions for these deadlines. The Institution’s CRU/ CRIO will ensure that the respective documents reach the CSPP Secretariat by the stipulated deadlines. Applications submitted after the call closing date and time will not be considered. 


FY2024 NHG-LKCMedicine CSPP Information Sheet

This document contains important information about the objective of the scheme, award components, eligibility, application procedure, and evaluation criteria, etc., and should be read carefully before proceeding to apply.

Please click here to download the Information Sheet.


FY2024 NHG-LKCMedicine CSPP Application Package

The application package contains the following documents:
1. Information Sheet;
2. Letter of Intent (LOI);
3. Application Form;
4. Application Checklist (for reference only); and
5. NHG Funding Guidelines (CSPP)

Please click here to download the Application Package.


Contact Information

For more information and further enquiries, please contact the CSPP Secretariat:

Ms Caslyn Chen
Clinician Scientist Development Office
NHG Group Research and Innovation
Tel: (65) 6038 3630
Ms Syarafina Hasan
Clinician Scientist Development Office
NHG Group Research and Innovation
Tel: (65) 6038 3634