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APPLICATION FORM FOR MOE INNOVATION FUND –TIER 2


(FOR SCHOOLS ONLY)

Email: MOE_Ideal@moe.gov.sg




Criteria


  • Project must

    1. be between $10,000.01 and $80,000


    2. be innovative in nature and new to the Cluster (Cluster Superintendent’s input required)

    3. have testing period of not more than a year

    4. have desirable educational outcomes and based on sound educational principles

    5. meet the approved categories of expenses (e.g. fund cannot be used for employment of personnel to perform instructional duties, engaging outside agencies and their representatives to conduct courses, and other vendor services) – ANNEX C

    6. In addition, for projects costing between $50K and $80K, project must involve collaboration and co-creation between at least 2 schools



  • Team must share learning (in the form of stories and insights) gathered from the experiment with other project teams at the cluster or zonal level and/or MOE ExCEL Fest.

  • Upon completion, resources created (e.g project blueprints, lesson plans, etc) must be made available online for sharing and downloading by other schools.

  • Status reports must be submitted to the MIF Secretariat (interim status report – 3 months after commencement of project, final status report – 1 month after completion of project).



Section 1: Team’s Particulars


Individual's / Team Leader's Particulars

Name:




Designation:




School/Division:




Contact No:




Fax No:




E-mail:





Team Members' Particulars

1) Name:




2) Name:




Designation:




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3) Name:




4) Name:




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Section 2: Project Proposal


  1. Project Title (Please limit to 10 words or less)


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2 Description of Project (maximum 400 words)
Describe the problem that the team is trying to address and provide a summary of the solution. Include an analysis of the ease of implementation and whether the benefits of this project outweigh its monetary and non-monetary costs.1
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3 Research, testing and consultation. (maximum 200 words)
Provide information on the research, preliminary tests of the solution, and consultation with stakeholders that the team has done. Include details of the partners involved.
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4 Alignment of the project to:

  1. MOEs strategic thrusts2; and

  2. The school or cluster strategic thrusts / goals / objectives (maximum 100 words)


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5 Uniqueness of the project. (maximum 400 words)
Explain the creative and novel elements that make your project innovative3. State what makes your project innovative. Include the steps you have taken to ascertain if your project has been previously attempted in the MOE context and the existing approaches available to solve the problem.
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6 Evaluation
Explain how the team intends to measure the effectiveness of the project (e.g. through comparison with existing statistics or a control group; indicators that suitably measure the impact/success)



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7 Sustainability
Describe how the team intends to sustain this project beyond its initial implementation e.g. continued allocation of resources towards this project, training of staff to continue with the project beyond the initial group of drivers.
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8 Scalability
Describe, if proven effective, how you foresee this project might bring about positive benefits and impact to teachers or students beyond the prototype schools, or alternative groups of users.
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9 Expected Benefits for Team Members
Describe the professional and personal benefits that you expect to derive from your involvement in this project.



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10 Schedule of Activities4



Activity

Time-Frame

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11 Budget
Please be explicit, comprehensive and clear. Include as much detail on the breakdown of the costs as you can.


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ITEM DESCRIPTION


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Section 3: Comments by Principal(s)
How does the project support Teaching & Learning, Pupil Development or School Management in your school(s)?
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Which of the following categories does the project belong to?


EL Proficiency




Adopting innovative "whole school approach" to promote a strong EL school culture



Special EL programmes for staff and students



Innovative use of ICT for learning and testing EL




21st Century Competencies




Nurturing 21st Century Competencies through the total curriculum



Developing school and staff capacity



Platform for teachers to share information on students and role of Form Teacher



Use of Holistic Development Profile for feedback and forward planning




PE, Art, Music (PAM)




Implementing increased PE curriculum time with at least 60% PE deployment for qualified PE teachers in unique ways



Implementing single-subject specialisation for Art



Implementing single-subject specialisation for Music




Special Niche Programmes




Integration of SPED students with mainstream students innovatively



Integration of International students with local students innovatively



Innovative programmes, processes, or technologies that aid in reduction of teachers’ workload









Others, please specify:

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School : ________________ Name of Principal : _________________


Date : ________________

Section 4: Comments by Cluster Superintendent
Would you consider this project as one that is new to the Cluster and how does this project benefit other schools within the Cluster?
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Cluster : _________ Name of Superintendent : _________________


Date : ___________

THANK YOU FOR YOUR EFFORTS IN INNOVATION

ANNEX A



MOE INNOVATION FUND – TIER 2


(FOR SCHOOLS ONLY)

Email: MOE_Ideal@moe.gov.sg


INTERIM PROGRESS REPORT

Section 1 : Project Information




1 Project Title



2 School(s)
3 Team Members
4 Budget Expenditure to date


Date

Activity (milestones)5:

Expenditure



















BALANCE AVAILABLE



Total Funding: $________


Date of Award: _________


Section 2 : Progress Report



4 Current Status of Project
5 Problems Encountered
6 Results to Date
7 Planned Modifications for Next Stage of Project

Date: _______________________



ANNEX B



MOE INNOVATION FUND – TIER 2


(FOR SCHOOLS ONLY)

Email: MOE_Ideal@moe.gov.sg


FINAL PROJECT REPORT

Section 1 : Project Information




1 Project Title



2 School(s)
3 Team Members
4 Budget Expenditure to date


Date

Activity (milestones)6:

Expenditure



















BALANCE AVAILABLE



Total Funding: $________


Date of Award: _________


Section 2 : Project Report



5 Rationale
6 Objectives
7 Methodology
8 Results and Discussion
9 Conclusion and Recommendations

(Please write about how replicable this project or aspects of it are, and what obstacles others might encounter. Also elaborate on platforms that this project have been shared, and how / what resources have been made available online for sharing.)
10 Reflection on Learning Experiences

Date: ___________________

Additional Information



INFORMATION ON MOE INNOVATION FUND – TIER 2

1. Applications for the Fund are open to all MOE Schools.


2. All proposals should be endorsed by and submitted through the Principal to the MIF Secretariat at MOE_Ideal@moe.gov.sg.
3. Where necessary, clarifications may be sought from the school. Representatives from the different HQ Divisions may also be consulted for their advice / input.
4. Principals will be informed of the results of the evaluation within two months of submission.
5. The approved amount will be given to the school through IFAAS. At the end of the current year, all unused funds will revert back to the Budget Unit. All prevailing financial guidelines will apply in the use of the funds.
6. For approved projects, an Interim Report and a Final Project Report are to be submitted to the MIF Secretariat (cc to the Cluster Superintendent). Upon receipt of both the Interim and Final Reports, the Cluster Superintendent will forward the copies to their DD.
7. On receipt of the Final Report, the Cluster Superintendent should arrange for the team to share their findings with other teachers. This sharing can be conducted at cluster or zonal level. The project team may also be invited to share learning outcomes with the SD I&E Committee or other HQ Divisions.

ANNEX C

Criteria for MIF Tier 2 Funding


  1. For funding to be approved, projects




  1. Should be innovative in nature;

  2. Should have desirable educational outcomes;

  3. Must be based on sound educational principles; and

  4. Meet the approved categories of expenses.

  5. At completion of the project, sharing must be done at the cluster or zonal level, and resources (e.g. project blueprints, lesson plans, etc) made available online for sharing and download by other schools.

  6. In addition, for projects costing between $50K and $80K :

    1. Must involve collaboration and co-creation between at least 2 schools;

    2. Must have strategic impact at minimally the cluster level;




  1. This fund can be used to cover operating expenses, including the purchase of materials that have a direct bearing on the implementation of the projects, e.g.

  • Postage, printing and stationery;

  • Software for data collection;

  • Purchase of instructional materials;

  • Development of instructional materials;

  • Prototype development and implementation; and

  • Construction of physical structures, e.g. special rooms or purchase of furniture and equipment which will be instrumental for the innovation;

  • Differentiated hardware that schools in the cluster have not used before and deemed essential for the project. The hardware requested for the project should lead to systemic benefits, and have the potential of scalability, across the cluster or throughout MOE.




  1. However, this fund is not meant to cover items such the following:

  • Employment of personnel to perform instructional duties;

  • Engaging outside agencies and their representatives to conduct courses; and other vendor services

  • Cost of teacher training; Overseas trips; Sponsorship of overseas speakers, trainers or consultants.

  • Purchase of hardware that is already commonly available in most schools, e.g. laptops, projectors, modems and other items covered by the ICT fund7;

  • Recurrent cost expenditure of past projects;

  • Mass production and mass deployment of activities, products, etc; and

  • Refreshments, prizes and tokens.




  1. Approved projects are monitored by the respective principals and superintendents. Schools have to submit a report to the superintendent and MIF Secretariat respectively at the end of the project, with a maximum timeline of one year. On receipt of the report, the superintendent could arrange for the team to share their findings with other schools, either at cluster or zone level.




1 This is for a more accurate comparison of costs vs. benefits. Non-monetary costs cannot be readily quantified and require approximation e.g. extra time and effort spent by staff, difficult adjustments that have to be made to accommodate the innovation.

2 MOE Strategic Thrusts:

  1. Diversifying the education landscape

  2. Creating a learner-centered school environment

  3. Providing a forward looking and balanced curriculum

  4. Building a quality education service

  5. Striving for administrative excellence

  6. Nurturing a quality higher education sector

  7. Supporting Singapore’s development as an education hub

3 Innovation is defined as creativity applied to a purpose, creating new value. Project outcomes can be classified as simple, audacious or radical and need not necessarily be large-scale.

  • Simple – Improvements to current processes and systems.

  • Audacious – Introduction of new processes and systems with high impact on results and involving major effort.

  • Radical – Aiming for breakthrough results that may require significant amount of capital, time and effort.

In addition, schools that adopt ideas from others and build on these ideas to fit into their own school context with adaptations can also apply for funding.


4 The Interim Report (Annex A) should be submitted 3 months after the start of the project. The Final Project Report (Annex B) should be submitted within 1month after the completion of the project.

5 Please do not provide detailed breakdown of expenses. The purpose of this table is to capture a high-level snapshot of the project progress.

6 Please do not provide detailed breakdown of expenses. The purpose of this table is to capture a high-level snapshot of the project progress.

7 For purchases of this nature, schools are to utilize their ICT funds. More information on the ICT funds can be found at http://intranet.moe.gov.sg/mpo/Guidelines_Grants_Fundings.htm


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