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  • Over the next five years (FY2018-2022), the Education Research Funding Programme (ERFP) will continue to build on the work that has been undertaken in the previous three cycles of education funding by strengthening the foundation (in terms of knowledge, capability and structure) for education research, developing innovations in existing and emerging niche research areas, and growing hubs of research excellence.

    NIE's ERFP for 2018-2022 is developed in line with recommendations made by the Committee of the Future Economy and builds on the Thinking Schools, Learning Nation and Teach Less, Learn More policy initiatives. Through consultations with key education stakeholders in MOE, schools, and international and local experts, the 4th tranche ERFP aims to strengthen NIE’s international standing as an education research institute of distinction and support Singapore’s education system in providing “Research-Informed Education for Future-ready Learners.” 

    The "future-ready learners' agenda" encompasses the Four-Life Learning aspects that will prepare learners to cope in a world associated with "Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity." These are a) Life-long learning; b) Life-deep learning; c) Life-wide learning; and d) Life-wise learning. At the centre of these Four-Life Learning aspects is the learner's social emotional regulation and well-being. By emphasizing these four learning aspects, the "future-ready learner's agenda" shifts the pedagogical emphasis from preparing for performance (in high-stakes assessments) to preparing for life through purposeful learning.

    The Four-Life Learning aspects align closely and systematically with three key policy imperatives:

    1. The Joy of Learning can be seen to be about developing life-long learning dispositions, life-deep learning expertise, and life-wide interests;
    2. Entrepreneurial Dare can be seen to be about life-deep expertise and mastery, life-wide boundary crossing;
    3. Social cohesion can be seen to be about life-wise virtues, life-long character dispositions, and life-wide cultural appreciation
     4 life stages diagram NEW

  • 1) NIE Education Research Funding Programme (ERFP)

    The ERFP is a pool of research funds supported by the Ministry of Education (MOE), Singapore, and is administered by OER to researchers from both within NIE and the MOE, the academies, and Institutes of Higher Learning (IHL). Currently into its fourth tranche of funding (FY2018-2022), OER continues to encourage efforts to design, develop and implement strategic, evidence-based, theoretically-warranted, collaborative, scientifically-rigorous and outcomes-focused innovations in schools and classrooms; the primary aims of which are to improve classroom practices, enhance student outcomes, and build organisational and teacher capacities.

    2) Planning Grants (PG)

    The Planning Grant is a funding scheme under the Education Research Funding Programme (ERFP) to provide seed funding for researchers with useful outcomes in educational research.

    For general queries on ERFP grants, please email OER Grant (NIE) at oergrant@nie.edu.sg.

    Research Ethics

    As one of the autonomous institutions of Nanyang Technology University (NTU), NIE subscribes to the NTU Policy on Research Integrity (RI) and the Responsible Conduct of Research. This policy has been approved by the President’s Coordinating Group and the Provost’s and Dean’s Group, and is aligned with the Framework for Investigation and Disciplinary Proceedings for Faculty and Research Staff, the Academic Honour Code and incorporates the Singapore Statement on Research Integrity, 2010. The details of this policy can be read from the NTU Research Integrity website.

    Amongst others, the policy covers the researchers’ obligations to maintain full and accurate records of their research in NTU, both hardcopy and electronic; to ensure that all those concerned, cited or quoted are given appropriate credit and recognition; to respect all matters relating to privacy; and to comply fully with all relevant laws and codes of ethical behaviour appertaining to research. Please refer to NIE research data management policy which addresses the institute’s research data management and archiving needs for faculty and research staff members of NIE.

    It is to be noted too, that the goals of research, while important, should never be permitted to override the safety and well-being of research subjects and participants. To this end, all research conducted by NIE faculty and candidates enrolled in higher degrees by research must be reviewed and approved by the NTU Institutional Review Board (IRB). This requirement applies irrespective of the type of review requested by the researcher, ie exemption, expedited or full.

    All faculty staff conducting research, whether funded or non-funded, will have to submit their ethics clearance application online via NTU’s Nora System. Please read the IRB guidelines carefully before applying for ethics clearance.

    All programme courses that collect data from human subjects and projects by course candidates (pre-service and Masters by coursework / dissertation) will be reviewed by the respective NIE-convened Ethics Review Committees of the various academic groups and programme offices, which approve applications qualifying for exemption. Students are to refer to their respective academic groups for the application form, and NTU IRB website for guidelines. However, for expedited or full ethics review as well as for PhD students’ projects, the ethics clearance will need to be submitted online through the students’ supervisors, as the main applicants, using NTU’s Nora System.

    You may contact the OER Research Grants Management Unit at  oer.rgmu@nie.edu.sg if you have any further questions.

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  • Office of Education Research 

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    Singapore 637616

    Research Grants Management Unit (RGMU)

    The Research Grants Management Unit oversees and manages the pre and post grant administrative processes, including grant call, review, evaluation and project closure for Education Research Funding Programme (ERFP), MOE Academies Funding (MAF) and Start Up Grants (SUG). The unit also serves as the main contact point in providing consultancy for all pre and post award research administrative matters for ERFP and MAF, ensuring that administrative processes adhere to and are compliant to funding guidelines and policies. Refer to Apply for Grants for more information on the types of grants administered by OER.

    Email: oer.rgmu@nie.edu.sg

    HR, Finance and General Admin (HRF)

    The HR, Finance and General Admin unit oversees the control and compliance of HR & Finance policies and processes for project and non-project related matters. It also supports the General Office administration and provides PA support to the OER management.

    Email: oer.hrf@nie.edu.sg

    Research Engagement & Publications (REP)

    The Research Engagement and Publications Unit supports institutional efforts to create opportunities for stakeholders to inform, discuss, create and participate in education research and innovation. To achieve this, we produce a suite of publications and spearhead outreach initiatives to engage educational stakeholders and increase the awareness and visibility of NIE’s standing as a leading international research institution.

    Email: oer.pubs@nie.edu.sg

    Knowledge Mobilisation Unit (KMb)

    The Knowledge Mobilisation Unit works to connect NIE's research knowledge and expertise with all members of the education community to improve education. By connecting with stakeholders and facilitating partnerships and the flow of useful and actionable knowledge, the unit aims to mobilise research knowledge to support evidence-informed research planning, public policy and professional practice.

    Email: oerkmob@nie.edu.sg

    Research Programme Management Unit (RPMU)

    The Research Programme Management Unit works to broker collaborations amongst NIE researchers to support and facilitate the planning, development and submission of tier 3 and programmatic proposals for researchers in their participation of the Education Research Funding Programme (ERFP) grants. For the successfully awarded ERFP’s tier 3 and programmatic proposals grants, the unit supports the Principal Investigators to see to the creation of the project/programme office for each awarded grant.  

    Email: oer.rpmu@nie.edu.sg

    Strategic Communications and Engagement Unit (SCE)

    The Strategic Communications & Engagement Unit supports the OER management’s internal and external communications and engagement efforts by effectively communicating OER’s strategic positioning and policies to MOE, NIE, and other stakeholders. It assists the management to strategize and plan for important milestones and deliverables, provides secretarial support to the management, and prepares presentation materials for key meetings, conferences, symposiums and/or study trips. It also assists the management to review and draft position papers to NIE, NTU and MOE. The Unit also monitors and tracks the corporate KPIs for the OER tranche reporting and future tranche planning, to ensure OER’s performance targets are well-met and fulfil the strategic aims of the department.

    Email: oer.stratcomm@nie.edu.sg