Singapore Research Grant Call 2020 on Workforce Development and Lifelong Learning

(Open for Application)




Workforce Development Applied Research Fund (WDARF) 


The WDARF is a national level research fund set up by the SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) to encourage inter-disciplinary research in the areas of workforce development and lifelong learning. In setting up the research fund, SSG seeks to support evidence-informed policies and best-in-class practices that are underpinned by high quality, reliable and responsive workforce development research. 

Administered by the Institute for Adult Learning (IAL), the grant is awarded through an open, competitive bidding approach, where submitted proposals go through a technical expert review and evaluation, before they are presented to a Research Committee for approval. 





The WDARF Grant Call April 2020 is seeking proposals under three research thrusts:

1.     Enabling and Sustaining Economic Performance through Workforce Development and Skills;

2.     Shaping Employment and Continuing Education and Training (CET) Decisions of All Stakeholders; and

3.     Developing Effective and Impactful Approaches in Learning, Technology and Pedagogy to Enhance Continuing Education and Training (CET).

Please click here for more information on ‘WDARF Research Focus’.



Eligibility Criteria


The grant call is open to researchers in Singapore's Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs). Foreign institutions and researchers may partner the Singapore institutions to submit proposals for the grant call. A research team putting in a proposal can include foreign researchers as Principal Investigators or a member of the team. Foreign researchers will need to hosted by an IHL.





The WDARF Grant Call April 2020 is open for application from 1 April 2020 and research proposals should be submitted by 3 August 2020. Successful proposals which are accepted and approved will be notified in Q1 2021. 

All submissions must be accompanied by the required documents below and sent via email to

i. WDARF Application Form

ii. WDARF Host Institute Application Form

iii. Summary of Submission

Please read the WDARF Research Focus and WDARF Administrative Guidelines carefully before proceeding with your application.




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