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Luxembourg and Singapore to collaborate on 3D printing and materials science research

News International-French

29 Nov 2016

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) sets out the joint-funding of collaborative research projects in material sciences, with a focus on composite materials and 3D printing.

Luxembourg and Singapore to collaborate on 3D printing and materials science research

Officials from Luxembourg and Singapore have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on research collaborations. Signed between the 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 the countries’ respective Prime Ministers, Mr Xavier Bettel and Mr Lee Hsien Loong.

Areas of cooperation in scientific research between Luxembourg and Singapore
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.

First joint call expected to launch in 2017
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.

“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” – Dr Marc Schiltz, Secretary General, FNR

“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” –  Professor Low Teck Seng, Chief Executive Officer, NRF

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