The Health Services Research Institute (HSRI)

HSRI is a virtual institute set up to improve the performance of health services by acting as a bridge between the data science capabilities of SingHealth –  embodied by HSRC – and Duke-NUS Health Services & Systems Research (HSSR). It is a place where good ideas for innovation led by SingHealth Clinicians can be brought to life with high quality research methods and dissemination. Some examples of improved performance are:

    1. Improved patient outcomes
    2. Improved use of resources
    3. Improved access to services     

Headed by Professors Marcus Ong and Nicholas Graves, HSRI will manage four activities


These are aimed at clinicians who wish to collaborate with a Duke NUS academic for a research project that will lead to improved performance in health services. The idea should be relatively simple and have a clear path to impact. The number of patients who might benefit should be reasonably large. We prefer applications that harvest existing data sets, rather than exclusively collect new data.

We are biased towards applicants with 'good ideas' with 'potential large impact' rather than a strong research track record. Emerging researchers are encouraged to apply and demonstrate how they will learn new HSR skills in their application. Funding is $65,000 for 2 years plus access to the resources of HSRC: data science; health economics; implementation science. There will also be access to 'Research Information Systems and Data Analytics Core' at HSRC. There will be manpower support to help you obtain and use existing data sets held by SingHealth for the benefit of your research.

HSRI-CCSD Khoo Scholars Programme

The Khoo Scholars Programme is an established initiative for training the next generation of clinician-scientists. It is managed by The Centre for Clinician-Scientist Development (CCSD), under the Office of Research in Duke-NUS. Applicants who show interest in and aptitude for Health Services Research will be identified early in their journey and linked with HSRI. If required, a mentor will assist the development of the research idea and help navigate them towards an application for national funding. Some support for the practical tasks of their research will also be made available. It is expected that projects arise from various health and disease areas but focus on the goal of improving the performance of health services.

Training in HSR methods

By partnering with HSRC and HSSR, we will offer short courses on cost-effectiveness evaluation, implementation science and data science.

External Engagement

HSRI serves as a single contact point for external agencies to approach regarding HSR in the SingHealth Duke-NUS AMC.


To improve the health of Singaporeans by improving the performance of health services.


To generate new knowledge from Health Services Research that lead to innovations in SingHealth Duke-NUS AMC. These innovations will improve patient outcomes, save costs where possible and increase access to services.