Singapore Research Grant Call 2021 on Workforce Development and Lifelong Learning

(This grant call is closed)




Workforce Development Applied Research Fund (WDARF) 


The WDARF is a national level research fund established 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 July 2021 is seeking proposals under three research themes:

1.    Developing Effective Adult Learning Pedagogies & Skills Development Strategies;

2.    Facilitating Learning & Career Choices Among Adult Learners; and

3.    Enhancing Employment Outcomes through Adult Learning & Skills Development.

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 as a member of the team. Foreign researchers will need to be hosted by an IHL.





The WDARF Grant Call July 2021 is open for application from 26 July 2021 and research proposals should be submitted by 8 October 2021. Successful proposals which are accepted and approved will be notified in Q1 2022.

All submissions must be accompanied by the required documents below and sent via email to by 6 pm on 8 October 2021.

i. WDARF Application Form

ii. WDARF Host Institute Application Form

iii. Summary of Submission

Please read the WDARF Research Focus and WDARF Administrative Guidelines (as at 17 Sep 2021) carefully before proceeding with your application.

Contact & FAQs


Please find answers to several FAQs here. For more enquiries, please email the Research Division at