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Funding possibilities in Singapore

As part of a cooperation launched in 2013, the Université Sorbonne Paris Cité (USPC) and the National University of Singapore (NUS) co-fund three calls for proposals to promote new scientific and academic collaborations between Europe and South East Asia. These calls have enabled to start 45 research and / or teaching collaborations between NUS and USPC and 11 PhD mobilities in all disciplines.

In 2019, three new calls for proposals will allow the USPC and NUS community to strengthen the cooperation between the two institutions:

More detailed information can be found here.

Status: Applications are now open. The deadline for submitting proposals in 29 March 2019. 

The PHC Merlion Program is a joint French-Singaporean collaboration, managed by the Institut Français de Singapour, in partnership with Singaporean institutions. Its purpose is 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, Merlion Workshop, and Merlion Ph.D.  

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Status: There are currently no open grant calls.

For more information about open or upcoming calls for research grants, please click here



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 NRF aims to transform Singapore into a vibrant R&D hub that contributes towards a knowledge-intensive, innovative and entrepreneurial economy, and to make Singapore a magnet for excellence in science and innovation.

 For more information about international grant calls, please visit: 


Status: The NRF currently does not have any open international grant calls. Please check back for updated information. 

The Singapore NRF Fellowship for Artificial Intelligence (AI) provides opportunities for early career researchers from all over the world to lead impactful AI research in Singapore. Each award provides a research grant of up to SGD 3 million inclusive of general overheads over five years, to support projects that exhibit high likelihood of a research breakthrough.

Managing Organisation: National Research Foundation

For information on the previous grant, click here and here.

Status: Applications for 2019 are now closed. Please check back for updated information regarding the next NRF Fellowship for AI opportunity.