EC and Singapore sign new EU-Singapore ERC cooperation initiative
On 6 Oct. 2019, the European Commission (EC) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) of Singapore signed an Implementing Arrangement, an agreement which will encourage top Singaporean scientists to join research teams funded by the European Research Council (ERC). This agreement is the fourteenth international agreement of its kind within the ERC’s global outreach strategy, which aims to make Europe a hub for research talent.
The agreement was signed by Director-General for Research and Innovation, Jean-Eric Paquet, on behalf of the EC, and and the CEO of the NRF, Prof. Low Teck Seng, on behalf of Singapore, on the margins of the Science and Technology in Society Forum in Kyoto, Japan. The new scheme aims to encourage high-calibre researchers supported by the NRF to make research visits to Europe, where they will temporarily work in ERC-funded teams.
The ERC offers long-term grants in Europe to excellent scientists of any nationality and in any field. To date, nine Singaporean researchers based in Europe have been awarded ERC grants, of which all are early- to mid-career researchers. This is the highest number of all ASEAN countries.
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