Research Seed Grants

The Southeast Asia (SEA) Bioethics Network Research Seed Grants aim to support individuals interested in the field of bioethics by providing assistance for small- to medium-scale research in bioethics, preferably within the SEA region. While priority is given to research with a focus on SEA bioethics, the Network will also consider research on Asian bioethics that, in part, examines SEA bioethics issues. The Research Seed Grants aim to encourage early-career researchers in bioethics to initiate research that contributes to the development of their research skills, facilitates the expansion of their international and interdisciplinary networks and fosters the growth of their careers in bioethics. The grant accommodates a diverse array of research endeavours including policy-related research, postgraduate research and translation work. The envisaged outcome is that the research will not only generate interest but also stimulate awareness of SEA bioethics among the wider public.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants from any discipline, including philosophy, law, medicine, social sciences and humanities, must meet the following criteria:

  1. Possess undergraduate degrees and have at least five years of work experience in bioethics, now seeking opportunities in the field.
  2. Have been accepted by a supervisor with extensive experience in bioethics or bioethics-related discipline who is affiliated with an academic institution/organisation to supervise the research.
  3. Not receiving funding from any other sources for this research.



Research Seed Grants are awarded for a duration of up to eighteen (18) months.


Application period

Applications for 2024 will open on 1 February 2024 and close on 30 April 2024 at 11:59 pm Malaysian time.



Research Seed Grants are awarded up to £6,000 (including all taxes).



Recipients are expected to:

  1. Submit half-yearly progress reports (maximum 1,000 words) from the commencement of the research to the SEA Bioethics Network.
  2. Submit a final report (maximum 1,500 words) within three (3) months after the end of the research to the SEA Bioethics Network, providing details about the findings, final results and conclusions of the research.
  3. Produce work that advances the understanding of bioethics, both generally and specifically in SEA. This may take the form of a publication in a suitable peer-reviewed journal, a policy paper, participation in conferences, contribution to public forums, involvement in bioethics educational programmes or any activity contributing to the development of SEA bioethics. The work must include a funding acknowledgement statement acknowledging the grant received from the SEA Bioethics Network, which is supported by the Wellcome Trust Research Development Award [grant no. 222870/Z/21/Z].


Application process

To apply for the Research Seed Grants, please follow the steps outlined below:

  1. Download the Application Form and Curriculum Vitae (CV) template.
  2. Complete both the Application Form and CV template accurately.
  3. Click Here to access the Google Form for uploading the application form, CV, a letter of acceptance from a supervisor and a letter of recommendation from a referee. Where applicable, please upload a letter from your employing organisation in support of your salary claim.
  4. Once you are satisfied with your application, submit it through the Google Form. You will receive a confirmation email acknowledging the receipt of your application.
  5. Keep in mind the application deadline. Submissions received after the specified date and time will not be considered.


Notification of outcome of application

Notification of the outcome of applications will be sent to applicants by 31 July 2024.


Further information

For any inquiries regarding the grant, please email the Network Manager at [email protected] and use 'SEA Bioethics Research Seed Grants 2024' as the subject heading.