SIRCA : Growth in Process


The Strengthening Information Society Research Capacity Alliance (SIRCA) programme establishes and brings together the endeavors of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC, Canada) and the Singapore Internet Research Centre (SiRC) to identify future research leaders, particularly emerging researchers who are relatively new to information and communications technology for development (ICT4D or ICTD) / Information Society research and to facilitate their development through the support of research grants. The SIRCA programme is now in its third iteration (SIRCA III) and has significantly evolved.

SiRC manages the SIRCA III programme focused on cross-cutting theoretical frameworks in the area of Open Development. SIRCA III has funded a dozen two-year research projects on Open Development conducted by teams of two-four senior researchers and practitioners in Asia and Africa.

External Grants


S$ 816,200 International Development Research Centre; Singapore Internet Research Center; 2015-2018; Strengthening Information Society Research Capacity Alliance III – Open Development; PI.
S $ 172, 000 Conference Chair, 7th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Development
S$ 29,630 German Federal Ministry of Education and Research BMBF and Nanyang Technological University; 2016-2017; Effects of diabetes app use in chronic disease management; PI 50% (co-PI: Constanze Rossman)
US$ 50,000 Red Cross/ Red Crescent; 2014-2015; Global Disaster Preparedness Center: Mobile Communication in South-East Asia; co-PI. 20% (PI C-H. Lai)
€ 4,500 German Federal Ministry of Education and Research BMBF; Partner support via Mobile Communication for Type II Diabetes; PI.
S$ 1,729,892 International Development Research Centre; Singapore Internet Research Center; 2011-2014; Strengthening Information Society Research Capacity Alliance II; PI.
€ 33,900 German Federal Ministry of Education and Research BMBF; German fellowship programme for Science and Technology Awardees.
S$ 4,000 Georgia State University International Strategic Initiative ISI-P13-040; 2012; Exploring the potential and barriers to implementing ICTs as part of healthcare service delivery in China; Co-investigator (PI: A/P H. Wilkin).
S$ 240,997 International Development Research Centre; Singapore Internet Research Center; 2010-2011; Strengthening ICTD Research Capacity In Asia; Co-PI (PI Prof. Ang P.H.).
S$ 993,485 International Development Research Centre; Singapore Internet Research Center; 2007-2010; Strengthening ICTD Research Capacity In Asia; Co-PI (PI Prof. Ang P.H.).
S$ 40,000 World Vision Indonesia Tsunami Response; 2007-2008; Qualitative and quantitative research for the Aceh Besar midwives mobile-phone ICTD project; PI 100%.
US$ 175,000 World Vision India and World Vision Canada Innovation Fund; 2005-2007; Developing ICTD initiatives based in post-Tsunami village communities of Tamil Nadu, India—including multimedia education, GPS for fishermen, and rural telecenters; PI 100%.
US$ 365,000 World Vision International, UNICEF and UNFPA; 2005-2006; The Indonesian midwives mobiles ICTD project, based in the Tsunami-ravaged region of Banda Aceh, examines the impact of wireless technologies on maternal and infant mortality; PI 100%.

Internal Grants


Principal Investigator

S$ 50,000 Nanyang Technological University RCC Grant 2012; mHealth for maternal and infant healthcare in rural Papua New Guinea; PI 100% (co-PI: Prof. C. Salmon).
S$ 15,000 Nanyang Technological University RCC Grant 2010; Investigating the complementarities of mobile usage vis-à-vis public access telecenters; PI 100%.
S$  13,590

Centre for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences  2016 M4081837.060; The 3M Project: Migrants, Marginalization and Mobiles. PI 100%.

S$ 6,325 Centre for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences  2016 MXXX; CLASS Visiting Scholar Scheme: Micheal Best, United Nations University. PI 100%.
S$ 5,000 Nanyang Technological University RCC Grant 2012; Virtual installations for fostering acculturation: Assessing mobile locative media for the integration of foreign migrants; PI 100%.
S$ 5,000 Nanyang Technological University RCC Grant 2009; Enhancing the lives of foreign domestic workers through acquisition and use of ICTs; PI 100%.
S$ 5,000 Nanyang Technological University RCC Grant 2009; Multi-million dollar deal for laptops in education: Assessing impact of OLPC in rural Asia; PI 100%.
S$ 5,000 Nanyang Technological University RSO RCC Grant; 2008; Developing an integrative framework for guiding multiple methodologies in ICTD research; PI 100%.
S$ 4,000 Nanyang Technological University RCC 2008; Travel grant to Seattle; Research collaboration visit with University of Washington. PI 100%.
S$ 3,000 Nanyang Technological University RCC 2008 ; Impact of Mobile Phones on the Acculturation of South Asian Migrant Workers. PI 100%.
S$ 3,500 Centre for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences 2016; The 3M Project: Migrants, Marginalization and Mobiles. PI 100%.
S$ 2,500 HASS Incentive Scheme for the Development of Competitive Grant Applications 2016; The 3M Project: Migrants, Marginalization and Mobiles.
S$ 1,500 Nanyang Technological University RCC 2008; Travel grant to India; Develop collaboration for research project on educational ICT modules. PI 100%.
US$ 2,000 University of Southern California; 2006. Annenberg Fellow. PI 100%.
US$ 500 University of Southern California Annenberg School; 2004; Researching multi-media interventions for youth regarding sexual and reproductive health in Peru, PI 100%.
US$ 500 University of Southern California Annenberg School; 2005; Digital divide in social scientific research between urban and rural universities in Peru; PI 100%.

Co-Principal Investigator

S$ 80,000 Nanyang Technological University; 2007-2010; ICTs in healthcare; co-PI 30% (PI: A/P. Lwin, M.O.; co-investigator: Asst. Prof. K. Frith)
US$ 7,500 University of Southern California; 2005; Evaluating ICTs in post-disaster Tsunami communities in India, Indonesia, and Thailand; co-investigator 50% (PI: Prof. J. Aronson).