Tuesday, 11 April 2017
In today’s edition of Lianhe Zaobao, it was reported that the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences established the Mrs Lee Choon Guan Endowed Research Fund on 10 April 2017 to promote applied social work research with the aim of enhancing social service provision and delivery at social service agencies. The new research fund is established through a philanthropic gift of $2.37 million from the Mrs Lee Choon Guan Trust Fund, and the gift is eligible for the Government matching grant. The fund, which will be administered by the NUS Department of Social Work, will support practice research projects that promote collaboration between practice and research. Depending on the viability and impact of the projects, successful applicants can expect to receive funding that ranges from $20,000 to $30,000 for each practice research project. Each project is expected to be completed within a three-year period, with the first call of applications for the fund to be announced in 2018.
NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan said that the University will benefit greatly from this programme because through the close interaction and work with practitioners and professionals on the ground, we will obtain a deeper and more complete understanding of the major issues in the social work arena, where we can create and produce greater positive impact in the practice arena and also in terms of education and research programmes.