Professor Jenny Higham Collaboration Grant

Funded international projects for Imperial and LKCMedicine students

Grant Details


Up to S$5,000 per project

Total projects funded



Applicants will be informed of the outcomes in June

LKCMedicine and Imperial students will be expected to work together to submit a joint research proposal. 

Click here to download the Project Proposal Guidelines [PDF, 421KB]Click here to submit an Initial Expression of Interest

Initial Expressions of Interest are now closed for the Professor Jenny Higham Collaboration Grant 2020. 

With a kind donation from Professor Jenny Higham and matching contributions from LKCMedicine and Imperial College London, the Professor Jenny Higham Collaboration Grant has been established in recognition of Prof Higham’s strong desire to support cross-pollination and exchange of ideas between LKCMedicine and Imperial College School of Medicine. Since the launch of the Professor Jenny Higham Collaboration Grant in 2017, 13 student groups have been awarded funding for collaborative research projects. 

The Grant enables medical students from LKCMedicine and Imperial to collaboratively undertake projects. Groups of two or more students can apply for the grant provided at least one student is enrolled in the undergraduate programme in London (Years 2 - 5), and one is enrolled in the programme in Singapore. An amount of up to S$5,000 may be awarded per project to successful recipients.

Purpose of the Grant

As a joint Nanyang Technological University–Imperial College London school, it is important and befitting for LKCMedicine and Imperial to support students from both partner institutions who wish to participate in collaborative initiatives. Given the unique learning and personal development opportunities collaborative endeavours have to offer, the Professor Jenny Higham Collaboration Grant aims to encourage students to initiate and undertake innovative cross-border pursuits.

Grant Timeline
Friday 14th February 2020 Stage 1 Initial Expression of Interest deadline - All students interested in applying for the Grant must complete the online form.
Friday 20th March 2020 Stage 2 Proposal deadline - LKCMedicine and Imperial students will be invited to contact each other to establish project groups and develop a proposal*. 
Friday 1st May 2020  Stage 3 Proposal deadline - Projects will be assigned a Faculty Advisor to provide feedback on the project. Students are required to seek support of a Supervisor for the project. 
June 2020 Selection of successful proposals - Students will be notified of the Panel outcomes by the end of June 2020. 
July - December 2020 Project work to be completed - Students will be required to complete an Interim Report in September 2020. 
January 2021 Final Project Poster and Presentations - Presentation events will be held at LKCMedicine and Imperial. 
Dates are subject to change
Timeline for the Professor Jenny Higham Collaboration Grant

*Pre-existing OCIPs will not be permitted to apply to the grant

Projects funded by the Grant include: 

• Accelerating cross-centre collaboration through developing an online portal for student-led joint Imperial College London and LKCMedicine academic projects
• Comparing patients’ perspectives on primary care in Singapore and the UK
• Medical Education Research Collaboration on Team-based learning
• Collaboration between LKCMedicine and Imperial College School of Medicine Surgical Societies
• Overseas Community Involvement Projects in the Philippines, Cambodia, Myanmar and Sri Lanka
• A cross-sectional study comparing the disability-adjusted life years and clinical management of dementia patients living in London and Singapore
• Sleep LKC: A study on the beliefs about sleep in Singaporean medical students
• Designers and Innovators of Paediatric Health
• Exploring international differences in perceptions of patients about atypical symptoms of stroke and myocardial infarction
• A Dual-Dimension Comparative-Creative Study on the Utility of Healthcare Resources in Female University Students Aged 21-25 with Disordered Eating Habits


What should I include in the areas of interest on the Stage 1 form?

The areas of interest can be as broad or narrow as you like. This will be used to share with other students so that you can form project groups with students who are interested in the same areas. Please note that at this stage you are not limited by what you write in the areas of interest, it will only be used to facilitate the next stage or the grant proposal. Once you have formed a project group, you will work together on a Stage 2 Proposal form.

I am interested in working with a friend together on a project. Do we submit one Stage 1 form with both our details or complete separate forms?

You will be required to submit separate Stage 1 Initial Expressions of Interest forms. You can mention in the areas of interest that you are planning to work together on the project. In Stage 2, you will be able to submit a joint proposal with all members of your project group. 

How are projects decided upon?

Students will work together to develop their own project for the Stage 2 application.

Are OCIPs eligible for the grant?

Jointly organised community involvement projects are welcome to submit a proposal for the grant. Unfortunately, pre-existing LKCMedicine OCIPs are not eligible for the grant. However, students may choose to collaboratively propose their own community involvement or humanitarian projects.

How are students selected for Stage 2?

Everyone who applies and is eligible for the grant will have the opportunity to contact other students to form project groups. Project groups with at least one LKCMedicine and one Imperial student will be eligible to submit a Stage 2 Proposal form.

Am I required to travel to take part in the grant?

Projects do not necessarily require students to travel. However, many students choose to use the grant money to do so if this is justified in the budget and relevant to the project. This could be in London, Singapore or elsewhere.

Do we submit a single Stage 2 Proposal form, or is it one for Imperial and one for LKCMedicine?

You will be required to submit a single Stage 2 form with the details of all your project group from both Imperial and LKCMedicine.

Is there a limit on the number of people within the project?

There is no maximum limit on the number of students within the project, as long as there is a rationale for the number of students involved.

Do you have any suggestions as to what I should do if I cannot get in contact with the students listed from the partner institution?

We would recommend contacting the students again with a clear project proposal to try to spark interest. However, you should also remain flexible to join a pre-existing group. It might be worth seeing whether there are any projects you could join, as there is not a limit on the project group sizes, so long as it is justified. The organisers of the grant are not able to influence the setting up of the groups. 

Our proposed project does not focus on a research question, how should we approach the Stage 2 Proposal form given our non-typical project?

The remit of the grant is to cover a research project and not a general application for funding. In your proposal, you will need to explain what you are going to be using the money to investigate so you will need to form a research question in relation to your project.

I did not complete the Stage 1 form, am I still able to join a project group to submit a Stage 2 Proposal form?

Unfortunately, all students must complete the Stage 1 Initial Expression of Interest form in order to be eligible to take part in the grant. 

Can I submit multiple projects for consideration at Stage 2?

No, students are only permitted to submit one project for Stage 2 due to the requirement for each project to be allocated an appropriate Faculty Advisor. Students forming multiple groups would also complicate the next Stage and potentially disappoint other students in their group. Hence, we ask students to pursue a specific project.

What is the difference between a Faculty Advisor and a Supervisor?

A Faculty Advisor is a member of the core team supporting the grant and is available to support you and your team through the early stages, for example conceptualising your project, writing your application and finding a Supervisor. If your project is awarded, the go-to person for support throughout the project is your Supervisor.

Are we expected to travel between London and Singapore for the final poster presentations?

No, you will not be required to travel for the poster presentation. A separate event is held in Singapore and in London to allow all students to present their projects to their respective schools.