Heritage Research Grant

The Heritage Research Grant (HRG) aims to encourage institutes of higher learning (IHLs), think tanks, heritage NGOs, academics and researchers to embark on heritage-related research and/or technology-based projects for the documentation and preservation of Singapore’s heritage.

The current 02/FY2017 HRG Grant Call is open for application between 22 December 2017 and 2 February 2018.

What does the Grant support?

The HRG funds research projects on Singapore’s tangible and intangible cultural heritage as well as the relationship between heritage and modern urban life in Singapore.

There are three research topics for the 02/FY2017 HRG Grant Call. Please refer to the table below for more information on the research topics.

   Topic  Description
Tangible Heritage

This topic invites proposals for research on historic buildings, structures and sites. The research focus should be primarily on Singapore, although research on overseas tangible heritage could be considered if the research is able to link the research outcomes to Singapore. The research project should include specific case studies on historic buildings, structures and sites.


Researchers may also propose research topics linked to archaeological sites in Singapore. This could involve archaeology methodology, theory and practice, archiving and database management, archaeology mapping, archaeology ethics, colonial archaeology, pre-colonial archaeology, and peoples' archaeology.


Researchers may take a cross-disciplinary approach for their proposed research. For example, researchers could explore the use of technology (e.g. digital data management, GIS Technology, aerial photography, etc) that supports the research objectives and enhances the quality of the research.

Intangible Cultural Heritage

This topic invites proposals for research related to the intangible cultural heritage (ICH) of Singapore. Interested researchers should consult UNESCO’s 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (Article 2) for definitions and domains of ICH, that could include:


  • Oral Traditions and Expressions
  • Performing Arts
  • Social Practices, Rituals and Festive Events
  • Knowledge and Practice concerning nature and the universe
  • Traditional Craftsmanship

Researchers may propose research to demonstrate the value of intangible cultural heritage in Singapore’s context, or explore case studies that could deepen understanding of specific ICH practices in Singapore.

Heritage and Identity

This topic invites proposals for research on qualitative and quantitative methods to understand how heritage could contribute to building Singaporeans’ sense of belonging and identity.


Researchers should propose specific case studies which highlight the role of heritage in urban environment, such as area conservation, revitalisation of old neighbourhoods, transmission of traditional practices, rituals and festivals and other examples in which heritage has enriched the character of places where we live, work and play.

The HRG encourages applicants to take an inter-cultural and cross-disciplinary approach for their proposed research topic.

Who is the Grant for?

The HRG is open to researchers from or endorsed by local institutes of higher learning (IHLs), research institutions, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Applicants should have a strong track record in academic research and demonstrate a keen interest in Singapore’s heritage.

The HRG funding quantum is capped at $150,000 per research project, and the grant supports research costs including manpower costs, costs associated with conducting fieldwork, as well as any indirect/ancillary research costs charged by the applicant's institution.

For more information, please refer to Heritage Research Grant Application Guidelines.
Applicants may also wish to consult the list of successful Heritage Research Grant Projects in FY15 - 16.

How and when to apply?

HRG Grant Call 02/FY017 is now open. All applications should be aligned to the proposed research themes for each grant call. The research themes for this grant call are as indicated above.

To apply, please download the Heritage Research Grant Application Form.

The schedule for this round of grant call is as follows:

Start of
Grant Call
Closing Date
for Application
of Results
Projects Starting
On or After
22 December 2017 2 February 2018 March 2018 April 2018

Please note that all applications must be received by NHB no later than 2 February 2018 (Friday).

Please send your application to, indicating your name and institution/organisation in the subject line of the e-mail.

You may also mail your application with supporting materials/documents in one (1) package to:

Heritage Research Grant Secretariat
Heritage Research and Assessment Division
National Heritage Board
61 Stamford Road (Stamford Court), #03-08
Singapore 178892

Alternatively, you may drop them off at the National Heritage Board from Monday to Friday, between 9am – 12 noon and between 2 – 5pm. 

Who may I speak to for assistance?

If you have any queries or wish to discuss your application, you are welcome to contact the HRG Secretariat through e-mail at or call 6332 5429.