France and Singapore formalize new research collaboration

Scientific links between France and Singapore were strengthened through a series of new research agreements signed on Friday 30 May. These new collaborations come on top of the ties that already exist between these two countries and show the mutual desire of both sides to continue and develop scientific collaborations.

The first agreement was signed by the National Agency for Research (Agence Nationale de la Recherche or ANR) and its Singaporean counterpart, the National Research Foundation (NRF). This Memorandum of Understanding will fund Franco-Singaporean collaborative research projects. The first call for projects will be launched in the second half of this year and will focus on topics such as materials, nanotechnologies and nano systems. Selected projects will be funded for three years, by the ANR and NRF for up to €250,000 and $430,000 respectively.

The French National Centre for Scientific Research (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique or CNRS) also signed several agreements regarding joint laboratories called International Mixed Units (Unité Mixe Internationale or UMI). The first agreement is the creation of the laboratory Merlion-MajuLab involving the CNRS, the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU). This new Franco-Singaporean laboratory, formerly the FSQL Associate International Laboratory (France-Singapore Quantum Physics and Information Laboratory) will focus on various topics such as quantum physics, quantum computing, 2D materials and nanoscale physics.

The second agreement involving the CNRS is the creation of another joint laboratory, the BioMechanics of Cellular Contacts Lab (BMC2), converted from the former CAFS LIA (Cell Adhesion France-Singapore Associate International Laboratory). This laboratory comprises researchers from NUS and CNRS and is focused on an interdisciplinary approach of the mechanics, spatial organisation of proteins and biological properties of cell contacts.

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Group photo (from left) – Dr Catherine Jessus, Director INSB, CNRS; Dr Nakita Vodjdani, Director of International Relations, ANR; Mr Bertrand Pous, Counselor for Science and Culture, French Embassy; Prof Low Teck Seng, CEO, NRF; Prof Tan Chorh Chuan, President, NUS; Prof Bertil Andersson, President, NTU

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Dernière modification : 05/06/2014

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