The 2023 Merlion call for applications is open from 1 June to 2 September 2022.


The programme aims to develop and strengthen scientific cooperation between France and Singapore. Researchers working or intending to work on French-Singaporean collaborations in science and innovation are invited to submit their proposals by the deadline.


The programme was created in 2006 and is implemented, for France, by the Embassy of France in Singapore and Campus France and, for Singapore, by the National University of Singapore (NUS), the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU), the Singapore Management University (SMU), the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).


The purpose of the Merlion programme is to:

  • Provide support for joint scientific and technological projects,
  • Enable scientists to meet and implement collaborative projects with a focus on the participation of young researchers,
  • Encourage the creation and development of scientific networks between France and Singapore and joint research laboratories,
  • Facilitate technology transfer and the creation of startups.


The Merlion programme is implemented through three types of tools:

  • Merlion Project,
  • Merlion Workshop,
  • Merlion Ph.D.


The Merlion programme is co-funded in Singapore by the Singaporean partner institutions mentioned above and in France by the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs. The grant given to the French side is not intended to support the research work itself but will enable the implementation of international cooperation such as exchanges or visits, thus mainly for logistical purposes.


More information may be found in French or in English.