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The Institute for Infocomm Research (I²R pronounced as i-squared-r) is a member of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) family and is Singapore's largest ICT research institute, Established in 2002, their vision is to power a vibrant, strong and knowledge-based infocomm ecosystem in Singapore. The institute seeks to foster world-class research and develop a deep talent pool of infocomm professionals. At I²R, the key research areas are in Artificial Intelligence, Audio, Language and Speech, Data Analytics, Communications and Networks, Cybersecurity, Heterogeneous Analytics, Healthcare, Robotics and AV, Satellite, Smart Energy and Environment and Video and Image Analytics.


A leading global university centred in Asia, the National University of Singapore (NUS) is the region's flagship university, offering a global approach to education and research with a focus on Asian perspectives and expertise. 


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



The Singaporean-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (SGC) is a not for profit organisation tasked with promoting bilateral Germany-Singapore trade, advising German and Singaporean companies on investment and market opportunities in Singapore and Germany, respectively, and assisting these companies in developing international business contacts.


The Industrial PhD Programme (IPP) is a joint partnership between the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), TUM Asia, and selected sponsoring companies. The IPP grant, provided by the EDB to these companies, aims to develop a pool of postgraduate manpower with critical R&D skill-sets for roles in industry, through providing them with training in a corporate R&D environment.



The PHC Merlion Program is a joint French-Singaporean collaboration managed by the Institut Français de Singapour in partnership with Singaporean institutions. Its aim is to encourage and support new scientific research development between French and Singaporean laboratories through funding scientists’ trip exchanges. There are three different funding opportunities:

Merlion Project : Funding of missions between France and Singapore for researchers, post-doctoral and doctoral students involved in a joint research project.

Merlion Workshop : Co-organising a workshop based on a common theme, to be held in either France or Singapore, with the aim of eventually leading to a bilateral research agreement.

Merlion Ph.D : Funding of stays in France and in Singapore of up to six months per year (maximum three years) for Ph.D students from a Singaporean or French partner laboratory.