Research Grants Online Application

BWF Research Grants


Before you start your application, please read the following steps carefully, which will assist you in preparing the information and documents you will need and answering the questions you will be asked in the process.

  • Every field has clear written instructions for filling up the particular section which should be strictly followed by the applicants while filling up the form.
  • Ensure that all the Evaluation Criteria in the Request for Proposal Guidelines are addressed.
  • Once the form is completed, you can submit your application by clicking the “Send Application” button.
  • Your Application, along with the required documentation, will be automatically sent to the BWF Development Team.

Applicants must upload the following supporting documents with their application:

  • Researcher Curriculum Vitae
  • Endorsement letter from your Academic Institution, Research Center or from your Member Association*
  • Detailed budget breakdown in Excel format

* Endorsement Letter from your university/institution stating the research is being undertaken with the oversight of the university / institution’s academic programme

It is your responsibility to provide all supporting documents. Applications where information or documentation is incomplete may not be considered.

  • When can I apply for the 2021-2022 BWF Research Grants?

The BWF Research Application process will be open from Monday 8 March 2021 to Monday 31 May 2021.  Applicants are encouraged to check the BWF Development website for further information, applicant guidelines and eligibility criteria.

  • Where can I submit an application? 

Applications must be submitted using the below online form.  The online application allows you to submit your complete application securely and quickly.

Applicants are encouraged to commence and submit their application as early as possible during the application period due to the large volume of users on the system in the lead up to the closing date. Submitting early ensures that you will not have any last minute technical problems due to the large number of applications being submitted.

  • How can I be sure my application has been submitted? 

Once you have completed your application and click on the Send Application button – a notification will appear advising your application has successfully been submitted.

Furthermore, once you click on the submit button, you will receive a system generated email containing the copy of your application.  Please keep a copy of this email for your records.  If you have submitted but did not receive a notification email, you may contact BWF Development Officer Tracy Tan at [email protected]

  • How long will it take to have my application assessed?

As the BWF Research Programme attracts a large number of applications from all over the world overseas, the processing time for applications takes between 4-5 weeks.  All applicants, both successful and unsuccessful are notified of the outcome of their application.

  • If my application has been unsuccessful, can I be provided with information as to why?

Due to the high volume of applications received, the department does not provide individual feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

  • Should I submit additional documents not listed in the supporting documents of the applicant guidelines?

No. Applicants should not include additional documents which are not listed in the supporting documents table as they will not be taken into consideration.  To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, applications are only assessed on the required documents listed in the Supporting Documents section.

  • How much funding would each research project receive?

The BWF has a research grant budget of US$ 95,000 for this year’s programme, which will be distributed among successful applications.  Normally, one project receives between USD 6.000-8.000.  However, the Evaluation Panel will confirm the final amount.

  • What can be included as ‘investigator allowance’?

The investigator allowance helps compensate for the time and personal expenses the research team will spend participating in the research project. These can include:

  • Purchase of books, periodicals and journals.
  • Purchase of materials, supplies, mailing, and expendables.
  • Purchase of minor equipment.
  • Fees paid to research subjects, such as modest incentives for participation, where ethics clearance has been obtained

  • Is an ethics approval required in order to conduct the research? 

We do not request it; however, for journal publication (which is a requirement for the selected projects), studies involving human participants require evidence that the research has been approved by research ethics committee.

  • Can I submit same project proposal from a previous year?

Applicants may not submit the same project proposal twice without having introduced significant changes.

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