Funding for research

  • Yook Chin Chia


It is generally acknowledged that funding, or the lack of it, is one of the deterrents to conducting research. On the other hand, the good news is that primary care research does not necessarily require huge resources the way highly technical or interventional studies require. Resources are needed in several areas, predominantly manpower, which can be the most expensive component of many research projects. Usually equipment forms a smaller portion of the budget required for primary care based research.

Sometimes, there is a dilemma when trying to formulate a research project: Should one review the research areas that are more likely to secure funding and then formulate a research proposal? Or should one have a clear picture of one’s research interest and then look for possible sources of funding? There are of course several factors when deciding this. If the research question is of utmost interest to you and important to clinical practice but it is not in the radar of funding bodies, then obviously one would need to write a proposal and then look for funding. On the other hand, if the area of research is not firmly decided upon and one is looking for a research area to work on, then it makes sense to examine available fund holders for their predetermined areas of priority and analyse whether there is any area that appeals to you. (copied from article)

How to Cite
ChiaY. C. (2006). Funding for research. Malaysian Family Physician, 1(1), 3. Retrieved from
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