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Singapore : a first step towards scientific collaboration between CNRS and the National Research Foundation

6 avril 2017

During the State visit of French President François Hollande to Singapore on March 26 and 27, 2017, the CNRS and the National Research Foundation (NRF) confirmed their intent to strengthen sound and structured scientific partnerships.

This confirmation took the form of a Memorandum of Understanding signed by Prof. LOW Teck Seng, CEO of the NRF, and by Mr. Nicolas CASTOLDI, CNRS’ Chief Technology Transfer Officer and Legal Counsel to the President signing on behalf of Prof. Alain FUCHS, President of CNRS. The MOU confirmed that both institutions are working towards the creation of CNRS@CREATE, a CNRS subsidiary to be located on NRF’s CREATE campus.

The Campus for Research Excellence And Technological Enterprise (CREATE) is an international research campus and innovation hub. Home to a vibrant research community, CREATE hosts interdisciplinary research centres from top universities [1] . These centres at CREATE focus on four areas of research, namely human, energy, environmental and urban systems [2].

CNRS@CREATE is poised to be the 6th structure that CNRS operates in Singapore, after four International Research Units (UMI) established in 2007, 2009 and 2014, and CNRS@ASEAN, its regional representative for ASEAN.

CNRS@CREATE is planned to implement structured collaborative research and innovation programmes, to facilitate the mobility of researchers and students and to interact with local research and teaching institutions, including other CREATE programmes.

The programme called “SILVER” will likely be the forefront of CNRS@CREATE. “SILVER”, which means Singapore Innovative LiVing EnviRonment, intends to partner NUS (National University of Singapore), SUTD (Singapore University of technology and Design) with CNRS and other French research partners. This ambitious project aims at finding appropriate and innovative solutions and at delivering a comprehensive framework, tools and concepts for Ageing-Well in an urban-friendly environment.

The visit of the French President was also the opportunity for the CNRS and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) to officially launch the International Research Network (GDRI) “SINERGIE” on Efficient and Renewable Energies. This wide Research Network involves the NTU Energy Research institute and the CNRS, as well as twelve other French partners including the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), universities, schools and an industrial partner, ENGIE (CEA and Engie participated in the signing ceremony on March 27, 2017).

Credit picture to : French Embassy, Singapore

Credit picture to : A*STAR

Credit picture to : A*STAR

For more information :,2017-03-20,visite-d-etat-a-singapour-2 (Click on "Visite d’Etat à Singapour" and then on "Reportage sur le forum de l’innovation". See 0’50’’, 1’13’’and 1’36’’)