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NHG-LKCMedicine Clinician-Scientist Preparatory Programme Plus (CSPP+)

The NHG-LKCMedicine Clinician-Scientist Preparatory Programme Plus (CSPP+) is a joint programme between NHG and the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine) that aims to prepare clinicians to embark on formal research training leading to PhD in the early phase of their research careers. The programme would also help them to build up their research experience and generate preliminary data in preparation for competitive research. 



a) Doctors (i.e., clinically qualified with MD/MBBS/BDS) – Senior Residents enrolled in the NHG Residency Programme with indication of continuation with NHG or Associate Consultants or Consultants (no more than 5 years post-residency exit) with primary appointments 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 CSPP Secretariat for discussion on suitability of the programme. 

Applicants should have attained at least 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) Have completed the NHG-LKCMedicine Clinician-Scientist Preparatory Programme (CSPP) with good outcomes;

b) Able to commit up to 0.3FTE to complete their research project within the award period, with the approval of their Reporting Officer; 

c) Demonstrates commitment to pursue the LKCMedicine PhD by Research Programme.

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

Each awardee will receive the following funding support under the CSPP+ award:

  • Project funding quantum of up to S$30,000, for up to 1 year; and
  • Salary support for research FTE of up to 0.3FTE, for up to 1 year

- Up to 0.2FTE* will be provided by NHG Group Research

- Additional top-up of at least 0.1FTE will be provided by the NHG Host Institution

- Salary support will cover the total annual compensation, inclusive of salaries, CPF, fringe
benefits, as well as bonus / incentive payments.

*Annual salary cap by awardee’s clinical designation (Table 1) will apply. NHG Host institution will need to top up the difference if the awardee’s salary exceeds the applicable annual salary cap.


Application Period

Applicants are required to submit all application documents (Table 2) 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. Budget Breakdown Form;
5. Application Checklist (for reference only); and
6. 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
Tel: (65) 6496 6200
Ms Syarafina Hasan
Clinician Scientist Development Office
NHG Group Research
Tel: (65) 6496 6023