Guidance

The GSK-Singapore Sustainability Partnership

Eligibility


Any Singapore University or Research Institution. Joint applications may be written with industrial partners, but industrial partners may not serve as the principal applicant / investigator.

Project Proposal, Objectives, and Milestones

The proposal should address a key problem to sustainable manufacturing in the pharmaceutical or fine chemical industry. Specifically, the problem statements that have been issued with this call should be addressed, or similarly themed problems identified by principal applicants.

Due to the multi-disciplinary nature of sustainable manufacturing research, collaborative research across universities and institutions is encouraged. However applications that are not collaborative in nature will be treated equally and reviewed according to the same process.

The proposal should address the key objectives of the trust fund:
  • Build a strong capability and train a talent pool in Singapore to meet the sustainable manufacturing challenges of the future for local industries;

  • Further enhance the working relationship between universities, institutes, and local companies through interdisciplinary research in sustainability;

  • Enable Singapore to become a leader in sustainability research for pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals.

Project duration can to be up to the length of a PhD student (approx. 4 years), but can also be as little as 6 months for applied problems.

Projects must include milestones at which time brief reports / presentations will be submitted or upon request by the Trust to update GSK and EDB project sponsors in addition to the annual reports that is a requirement. These milestones may include decision points at which the focus of the research can be altered given the knowledge obtained and should be made in agreement with an assigned GSK contact person.

Proposed Budget

Proposed budgets should primarily address manpower costs and associated overheads with these costs. The approved budget will represent the final amount of funds disbursed. Any overhead costs related to manpower must therefore be included in budgetary requests.

While equipment and other operational costs should be included, the endowment funds have a finite limit which will preclude large expenditures in these areas.

Budgetary plans are to be provided in ½ year increments. Funds will be disbursed on an annual basis. Continued fund disbursement will be dependent on timely report submission at milestone dates and on milestones being achieved.

Review and Approval

The proposals will be reviewed by two to four subject-matter experts. Initially, these will be from GSK.

The proposals will be reviewed against the following criteria:
  1. Alignment with the strategic objectives of the endowment fund

    • Build a strong capability and train a talent pool in Singapore to meet the sustainable manufacturing challenges of the future for local industries

    • Further enhance the working relationship between universities, institutes, and local companies through interdisciplinary research in sustainability

    • Enable Singapore to become a leader in sustainability research for pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals

  2. Impact of the proposal to sustainable manufacturing science

  3. Potential for eventual industrialization of research outputs

  4. Originality / Novelty of Proposal
The feasibility of the project and its likelihood of success in achieving milestones will be considered in proposal review.

Upon acceptance and approval, each selected project will have an assigned point of contact within GSK who will be able to assist with perspective on industrial problems and research direction.

Project Resource / Manpower

With the intent of the GSM fund to build a strong capability in Singapore to meet the sustainable manufacturing challenges of the future for local industries by nurturing the local talent pool of researchers, all manpower expenditure to support this round of selected research projects has to spent on qualified trainees that are Singaporean or Permanent Resident. Definition of qualified trainees are as follows:
  • All qualified trainees funded under the Grant must be trained in Singapore

  • Singaporeans and Permanent Resident (PRs) at the Undergraduate, Masters, Doctorate and Post-Doctorate levels for the duration of the supported period.

  • Singaporeans and Permanent Resident (PRs) working on the project as Research Assistance, Associate, Chemist, Engineer, Fellow and etc with the qualification of a Diploma, Degree, Master or PhD for the duration of the supported period.


Reporting and Deliverables

Formal progress reports should be made available annually and final report upon completion of the project, with an expectation that short informal notes indicating that milestones have been achieved will occur on an ad hoc basis. In addition, principal investigators will be expected to participate in symposia to promote the work of the endowment to their colleagues and other interested industrial, academic, and governmental colleagues in Singapore.

Submission

Soft copy (preferred) Submit your scanned electronic copy of your signed proposal / application form to GSK-EDB-GSM@gsk.com

Hard copy Submit your signed proposal / application form to the following address

Address: 1, Pioneer Sector 1, Singapore 628413
Attention to: Jonathan Tan, Sustainability Manager

Questions

Any questions about the proposal form or process can be submitted via GSK-EDB-GSM@gsk.com or referred directly to one of the following project steering team members:

Dr. Joe Adams
joe.p.adams@gsk.com
Tel. +44 1438 551605

Jonathan Tan
jonathan.k.tan@gsk.com
Tel. +65 6860 4406





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