Singapore has entered a bilateral research collaboration with Luxembourg, focusing on materials science and business analytics, Asian Scientist Magazine reported.
Luxembourg and Singapore signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on research collaborations on November 15, 2016, witnessed by their respective prime ministers, Mr. Xavier Bettel and Mr. Lee Hsien Loong. 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. Priority will be given to research projects jointly identified by FNR and NRF in material sciences, with a focus on composite materials and 3D printing, and in business analytics, with a focus on finance technologies. FNR and NRF will take turns to organize 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. 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.”
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.”