27   - 29   June 2019 
Bayview Hotel, Georgetown Penang 



Pre-Conference Workshop: Research Championship


The Research Championship was first held in 2010 in Singapore and has become a regular feature of the Asia Pacific Primary Care Research Conference (APPCRC). This year, it will again be an important highlight of the 7th APPCRC

The aim of the Research Championship is to engage novice primary care researchers in conducting important, feasible and fundable research in the area of Family Medicine. 

It will consist of a one-day pre-conference research workshop, where the participants will receive intensive coaching by experienced researchers, followed by a competition during the Conference, where four shortlisted teams will compete for the Championship.


It also aims to:
• provide a platform for primary care novice researchers to work on their research proposal and get it ready for implementation.
• Encourage participants to be innovative research ideas towards improving patient care and clinical services.
Coaching and Research Championship

Coaching of the participating teams will be held on 27th June 2019 as a Pre-Conference Workshop. The venue will be confirmed in due course.

The team would be given an opportunity to present their proposal at the end of the workshop.

The four finalists will be shortlisted to compete for the Research Championship on 29th June 2019 during the Conference.


Eligibility for Participation

Who are eligible?
Novice researchers who are embarking on their first few research projects in primary care, including doctors, pharmacists, nurses, students and allied health workers.

Primary care researchers who have not published an original paper or only one original paper as a co-author. Those who have published as main-author are not eligible. 

Entry Requirements

The following are entry requirements:
1. Participants are required to submit the completed proposal submission form to the scientific committee by 15th March 2019
2. The participants are required to form teams of at least three members (up to eight). Each team must select a team leader.
3. At least three members of the team must be present at the championship.
4. Each attendee is allowed to participate in only one team.
5. Participants of this research championship may just register for Research Championship.



Four teams will be shortlisted to present at the Research Championship. Both an international panel of jurors as well as the audience will vote for the best presentation, according to the judging criteria. The decision by the organising committee will be final. The judging criteria for the research proposals and presentations include:

• Clinical importance
• Clarity of research question
• Clarity of research objectives
• Appropriateness of the research method
• Innovation


The team with the highest score will win the Research Championship and prizes will be awarded.


Research Championship Abstract Submission


Deadline of submission: 15th March 2019 

You will be informed of the selection outcome by 24th March 2019, please register by 31st March 2019 in order to be entitled to early registration fees.  



All participants will receive a certificate of participation.
The Research Championship winners will receive a cash price and a trophy. 


FAQ Section of Research Championship


1.    Can I submit (or participate in) more than one project?


No, you are only allowed to submit (or participate in) one project for the Championship.
1.    Will the computer and audiovisual facilities be provided?

You are advised to bring your personal laptop but audiovisual aids will be provided.


2. My team members are unable to come to the conference. Can I still participate in the research championship?

One of the main aims of the Research Championship is to promote teamwork and peer support, especially for novice researchers. At least three team members must be present at the Conference.

3.    How do I submit my research proposal?
The research proposal can be submitted online at the conference website. A template is provided as a guide for submission.

4.    How would I benefit by participating in this competition?
The competition allows your proposal to be peer-reviewed and be subjected to constructive critique by experienced research mentors. Your proposal will be ready for submission for grant and ethics application. You also stand a chance of winning prizes.

5.    Can projects that are on-going or have been submitted for funding be used for the competition?
The research proposal should focus on fresh research questions and ideas. Research projects currently in progress or submitted for funding will not be accepted.

6.    Can non-doctors like nurses, dieticians, pharmacists or scientists join the Research Championship?
Yes. This Championship is opened to all primary care researchers or 
clinicians practising in the primary care setting. Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dieticians, and any allied health professionals are encouraged to participate in this Research Championship.
You can find out more about the Research Championship at:


Research Championship Abstract Submission
Kindly submit the Research Championship Abstract to the Conference Secretariat via email <email address>


The content of the Abstract

1.    Title of paper in capital letter, Arial, font 14
2.    The text should be in Arial, font 11 and a double spacing

3.    The body of abstract: please refer to the abstract from the template
4.    Abstracts are limited to 300 words
5.    Format: Microsoft Word


Research Championship Proposal Submission Form
Kindly click here to fill in the Research Championship Proposal Submission Form.









General Information


1.    Please supply personal details. Full name of all researchers in upper and lower case.

2.    The proposal must be written in English.

3.    Deadline: The proposal MUST BE RECEIVED no later than 15th March 2019 

4.    The proposal must be submitted together with abstract to the Conference Secretariat via: <website link>

5.    The selected teams will be informed by email and announced on the website by the Conference Secretariat.

6.    The teams who are selected will need to find their own funding.

7.    The acceptance of the proposal will only be confirmed with full payment of the registration fees.

8.    A prize will be awarded to the winner of the Research Championship. Certificates will be given to all the participating teams.


Submission Deadline: 15th March 2019


Research Championship Proposal Submission Form


 Abstracts Submission

General Information and Rules (Posters and Oral Presentations)

  1. Please supply personal details. Full name of all others must be in upper and lower case

  2. The abstract must be written in English.

  3. All abstracts must be submitted online via the website by 15th March 2019.

  4. The submitted abstract must be original and has not been presented or published elsewhere. However, abstracts that have been presented in local conferences can be considered.

  5. A panel of reviewers will assess all abstracts independently.

  6. The scientific committee reserves the right to make the final decision about the acceptance of the abstract and the mode of presentation (oral/poster presentation)

  7. Once the abstract has been accepted, the presenting author must pay the registration fee by 31st March 2019 and attend the meeting. Travel funds are not provided.

  8. Failure to register and pay for the conference after the dateline will disqualify the accepted abstracts from the competition as well as publication in the journal.  

  9. The presenting author is required to ensure that all co-authors approve the content of the abstract before submission. 

  10. All accepted abstracts will be published in the Malaysian Family Physician journal, a peer-reviewed journal that is indexed by PubMed Central, Proquest, Scopus, DOAJ, EMCare, Open J-Gate, MyAIS, WPRIM, Google Scholar.

  11. The best 5 abstracts will be invited for oral presentations and compete for the prestigious Rajakumar Award and 2 best runner-up awards for oral presentation. The remaining two oral presenters will be given a Merit Award. The rest of the abstracts will be presented as posters and compete for the best 3 poster awards.



  1. All abstracts must be submitted by 15th March 2019

  2. Authors will be notified about the outcome of their submission through email by 15th March 2019

  3. All presenters must register and confirm the payment by 31st March 2019



Instructions for preparation of posters and oral presentation will be sent together with acceptance notifications. 


  1. The abstract should not exceed 300 words and must be written in English

  2. The abstract must be prepared in Microsoft Word format using Arial font style with a font size 12 for the title and font size 10 for the rest of the abstract.

  3. Each abstract should contain the following subheadings:

    1. Title

    2. Authors and affiliation

    3. Presenting author & email

    4. Background

    5. Objectives

    6. Methods

    7. Results

    8. Conclusion

  4. Abstracts must not contain photographs, tables or figures.


We also welcome abstracts which present interesting research ideas, concepts and educational programmes. However, these abstracts will not be eligible for competition for the oral or poster awards.

2019 APPCRC-abstract template


Abstract Submission Deadline:

15th March 2019

Online Submission

  • Research Championship Proposal Submission Form

  • Abstract Submission Form



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