The MOE Academies Fund (MAF) is a component of the third tranche of the Educational Research Funding Programme (ERFP) in FY2013–2017. The MAF is set up to:
Fund development and research projects that will contribute to the enhancement of pedagogical practices or the professional development of school teachers;
Encourage the Academies and Language Centres to identify key pedagogical and professional development approaches for researchers to test, evaluate and propose areas for improvement.
Types of MAF Projects
Projects funded by the MAF must generate findings that can enhance teacher expertise and professionalism in key subject domains at the primary to junior college level and they can be either development- or research-type projects.
In contrast to research-type projects that focus on the creation of new knowledge or building of new theories, development-type projects aim to implement tested ideas or create implementable products, processes or frameworks to improve teaching and learning. Development-type projects are therefore more likely to be directly beneficial to MOE Academies, given their practice orientation.
Who Can Apply
The MAF is available to interested officers from the four MOE Academies – Academy of Singapore Teachers (AST), English Language Institute of Singapore (ELIS), Physical Education and Sports Teacher Academy (PESTA) and Singapore Teachers’ Academy for the aRts (STAR) – as well as the Malay Language Centre of Singapore (MLCS) and Umar Pulavar Tamil Language Centre (UPTLC). More information about each academy and each language centre can be found from Annex A.
Academic staff from the Singapore Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs), i.e. NIE (including MOE secondees), NUS, NTU, SMU, SIT, SUTD, UniSIM and polytechnics, can also apply for MAF, provided that their proposals can meet the needs of the MOE Academies or Language Centres, i.e. the organisations listed in the previous paragraph.
Grant Application Process
OER manages the MAF. The application, review and approval of MAF projects will mirror the existing processes for ERFP projects.
MAF grant applications, submitted in response to a Request for Proposals (RFP), must be supported by MOE Academies/Language Centres. The proposals are reviewed by an OER-appointed panel of external academic and MOE reviewers.
OER announces its Request for Proposals (RFP) every May and Nov of the year and the close of submission is July of the year and January of the following year respectively. Grant applications of varying values are further assessed and approved by the OER Education Research Committee (ERC), NIE ERC and MOE ERC.