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Luxembourg and Singapore establish bilateral research collaborations

Published Tuesday November 15 2016

Officials from Luxembourg and Singapore signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on research collaborations today. Signed between the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) and the National Research Foundation, Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore (NRF), the MOU sets out the joint-funding of collaborative research projects in areas of mutual interest. This was witnessed by our respective Prime Ministers, Mr Xavier Bettel and Mr Lee Hsien Loong.

Areas of Cooperation in Scientific Research between Luxembourg and Singapore

2 Jointly identified by FNR and NRF, priority will be given to research projects in material sciences, with a focus on composite materials and 3D printing, and in business analytics, with a focus on finance technologies.

3 FNR and NRF will take turns to organise the joint calls for collaborative research projects. The inaugural joint grant call, which will provide funding of up to S$1.25 million per project, is expected to be launched in the first half of 2017. Up to three projects may be supported for each call, and the projects will run for three years. Research projects selected for joint-funding should involve a high degree of cooperation and collaboration between both countries’ research teams in the planning, development and execution of the project.

3 Dr Marc Schiltz, Secretary General of FNR said, “Luxembourg and Singapore have shared ambitions in developing their economies and societies into ‘smart nations’. Nurturing world-class research and innovation activities in focus areas is key in achieving these goals. With this collaboration, researchers from Luxembourg and Singapore are enabled to work on new developments and technologies in a truly synergetic manner.”

4 Professor Low Teck Seng, Chief Executive Officer of NRF said, “This collaboration provides a platform to bring together researchers from both Singapore and Luxembourg with deep expertise in material sciences and business analytics. They can collaborate to develop new technologies relevant to the needs of both countries. NRF is confident that our continued efforts to strengthen collaborations with top researchers overseas will contribute significantly to building Singapore’s technological capabilities and creating value for our economy and society.”

5 Increased cooperation between Luxembourg and Singapore will allow both countries to build capabilities and develop our science and innovation talent pools. Specific research priorities were identified in areas where both our countries’ have complementary capabilities and where the research outcomes were likely to create mutual benefits. 2/2

About the Luxembourg National Research Fund

The Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) is the main funder of research activities in Luxembourg. FNR invests public funds and private donations into research projects in various branches of science and the humanities, with an emphasis on selected core strategic areas. Furthermore, FNR supports and coordinates activities to strengthen the link between science and society and to raise awareness for research. FNR also advises the Luxembourg government on research policy and strategy.

About the National Research Foundation, Prime Minister's Office, Singapore

The National Research Foundation (NRF) is a department within the Prime Minister's Office. The NRF sets the national direction for research, innovation and enterprise (RIE) in Singapore. It seeks to invest in science, technology and engineering, build up the technological capacity of our companies, encourage innovation by industry to exploit new opportunities that drive economic growth, and facilitate public-private partnerships to address national challenges.

Under RIE2020, NRF is committed to create greater value in Singapore from our investment in research, innovation and enterprise through 1) closer integration of research thrusts, 2) stronger dynamic towards the best teams and ideas, 3) sharper focus on value creation, and 4) better optimised RIE manpower.

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