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The Institute for Infocomm Research (I²R pronounsed 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 and strong infocomm ecosystem in Singapore. The institute seeks to foster world-class research and develop a deep talent pool of infocomm professionals to power a vibrant knowledge-based Singapore. At I²R, the key research areas are in Artificial Intelligence, Audio, Language & Speech, Data Analytics, Communications & Networks, Cybersecurity, Heterogeneous Analytics, Healthcare, Robotics & AV, Satellite, Smart Energy & Environment and Video & Image Analytics.


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


The National Research Foundation (NRF), set up on 1 January 2006, is a department within the 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) was established in 2004.

The SGC, a not for profit organisation, has been tasked to promote bilateral Germany-Singapore trade, advise German and Singaporean companies on investment and market opportunities in Singapore and Germany, respectively, and to assist these companies in developing international business contacts.


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

The Industrial PhD Programme (IPP) is a grant provided by Economic Development Board Singapore to companies to develop a pool of postgraduate manpower with critical R&D skillsets for roles in the respective industries.



The PHC Merlion Program is a joint French-Singaporean collaboration, managed by the Institut Français de Singapour, in partnership with Singaporean institutions to encourage and support new scientific research development between French and Singaporean laboratories, through funding the 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 6 months per year (maximum 3 years) for Ph.D students from a Singaporean or French partner laboratory.