The Research Championship was first held in 2010 in Singapore and has become a regular feature of the annual Asia Pacific Primary Care Research Conference (APPCRC). In 2014, it was held in conjunction with the Asia Pacific WONCA 2014 in Kuching. This year, it will again be an important highlight of the 5th 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 the short-listed 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.
• stimulate them to think out of the box to come up with innovative research ideas towards improving patient care and clinical services.
Coaching and Research Championship
Coaching of the participating teams will be held on 1st December 2022 as a Pre-Conference Workshop.
The four finalists will compete for the Research Championship in one of the conference events.
Eligibility for Participation
Who are eligible?
Novice researchers who are embarking on their first few research projects in primary care, including doctors, pharmacists, nurses and allied health workers.
Who are not eligible?
• Researchers who have published at least one original research paper as the main author.
• Researchers who have a graduate degree of master by research or PhD.
The following are entry requirements:
1. Participants are required to submit the completed proposal abstract form to the scientific committee by 30/9/2022
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 must also register for the Conference.
Four teams will be shortlisted to present at the final 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 research method
The team with the highest score will win the Research Championship and prizes will be awarded.
Deadline of submission: 30 September 2022
You will be informed of the selection outcome by 01 November 2022
Kindly submit the Research Championship Proposal Abstract to the Conference Secretariat via https://forms.gle/xNAQWfGunXSSofzD6
The content of the submission include the following:
• Researchers: (at least three researchers)
• Correspondent email (the group leader):
• Research question, objectives, and hypothesis:
• Research Question:
• General Objectives:
• Specific Objectives:
• Hypotheses (if applicable):
• Why is this research idea important (background of the study)?
• How is the research idea relevant to primary care?
• What is the proposed methodology?
All participants will receive a certificate of participation.
The Research Championship winner will receive a cash price of RM800, RM500 and RM300 respectively for the first, second and third place.
FAQ Section of
1. Can I submit (or participate in) more than one project?
You are only allowed to submit (or participate in) one project for the Championship.
2. Will computer and audiovisual facilities be provided?
You are advised to bring your personal laptop, but audiovisual aids will be provided.
3. My team members are unable to come for the conference. Can I still participate in the research championship?
One of 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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 practicing 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:
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 30 September.
4. The proposal must be submitted together with the abstract to the Conference Secretariat via: <https://forms.gle/xNAQWfGunXSSofzD6>
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.