For the 13th times this year, new projects selected by the Merlion Programme started for a two years duration. Close to 200 bilateral collaboration projects have been funded since the Programme’s inception.
The Programme Hubet Curien (PHC) Merlion is a Franco-Singaporean collaboration, managed by the Department for Culture, Education and Science of the Embassy of France in Singapore, in partnership with Singaporean institutions: National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore Management University (SMU), Singapore University for Technology and Design (SUTD). The objective of the programme is to develop scientific and technological exchanges between the laboratories of the two countries, by encouraging new cooperation and the participation of young researchers and PhD students.
The Merlion Programme takes three forms:
Merlion Project: funding of visits between France and Singapore for researchers, post-doctoral and doctoral students, involved in a joint research project.
Merlion Workshop: a workshop is to be jointly organised by both partners, the French and Singapore institutions. The aim is to lead to an eventual bilateral research agreement post workshop. The workshops could be held in either France or Singapore.
Merlion Ph.D: This grant allows the PhD student to spend up to 18 months over a period of 3 years in France, subject to a maximum of 6 months in any given year.