France-Singapore: an ANR-NRF agreement to facilitate the co-funding of joint research projects

On 30 May 2014, the French National Research Agency (ANR) and the National Research Foundation (NRF), Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore, signed a cooperation agreement whose aim is to strengthen the bilateral collaboration between both countries via the funding of joint research projects. The agreement should be implemented as of summer 2014 through the launching of a call for France-Singapore collaborative proposals.

The agreement signed between the ANR and the NRF establishes a brand new scheme for joint funding of France-Singapore collaborative research projects. The cooperation should start in the second half of 2014, in the context of ANR's 2015 Work Programme and through the opening of its generic call for proposals to France-Singapore collaborations. NRF will launch a specific call for proposals dedicated to France-Singapore collaborations. The thematic scope of this joint grant call are in the areas of materials, nanotechnologies and nanosystems.

Singapore and France applicants will submit a same project proposal (in English) to NRF and ANR in parallel, following the schedule, process and conditions defined by their respective agency.

The aim is to finance 3-year basic research projects with up to €500,000 based on an equitable contribution from each country. A strong synergy and true added value of international cooperation will be expected from the projects.

The National Research Foundation, set up in 2006, is a department within the Prime Minister's Office in Singapore. It sets the national direction for research and development by developing policies plans and strategies for research and innovation. It also funds strategic initiatives and builds up R&D capabilities by nurturing research talent.

The French National Research Agency was created in 2005 to provide funding for project-based research. Employing a method based on competitive peer reviews that complies with international standards.  ANR attaches great importance to providing the scientific community with instruments and conditions that promote creativity and openness, and stimulate new ideas and partnerships, particularly between the public and private sectors. Its activity also contributes to enhancing the competitiveness and the influence of French research in Europe and across the world.

For further information:

National Research Foundation, Prime Minister's Office, Singapore
Ms Cheryl LOH
Head, Corporate Communications
Email: Cheryl_Loh(at)

ANR, the French National Research Agency
International Communications Manager
Email: sophie.ferrand(at)