Science and Techonology

The European Union's (EU) research policy is at the heart of the Europe 2020 Strategy to build a new economic model based on knowledge, low-carbon economy and high employment levels. A key target for the EU is to invest 3% of its GDP in R&D (research and development).

In both the EU and Singapore, significant importance is placed on research and innovation to enhance long term competitiveness of their respective economies. In the EU, the Framework Program 7 (FP7), its program for R&D cooperation and funding, is the main tool for establishing the European Research Area (ERA), the EU's single area for research and innovation.

In a knowledge-based and globalised economy, such as the EU, international cooperation is essential. The European Commission's FP7 is open to, and encourages, the participation of foreign research entities, including from Singapore. The policies of the EU focus increasingly on collaborative research, both within the EU and with partners around the world. Thus, the excellence and the similar approach to R&D of Singapore, makes it a natural ally of the EU.

A brief overview of research collaboration between the EU and Singapore

Around 8,000 European companies are present on Singapore. As business and research conditions are excellent, many of the European companies have R&D centres here. Singapore has become a research hub for the ASEAN (the Association of South-East Asian Nations) region. Further, a considerable number of European researchers are conducting basic research in Singapore.

So far under the FP7, which runs from 2007 to 2013, Singaporean research entities have participated in around 10 successful projects. In March 2009, the European Commission and the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) of Singapore signed a Memorandum of Understanding on ICT (Information and Communication Technology) Research Cooperation opening up for deepened collaboration in this area.

The European Commission is also extending the S&T (Science and Technology) dialogue regionally with the dynamic economies of the ASEAN. The ASEAN region is a high priority on the European Commission's international cooperation agenda. The third meeting of the ASEAN-EU dialogue on S&T took place in the Lao PDR on 21 May 2010, back to back with the 59th ASEAN Committee meeting on S&T.

Euraxess Links will be launched in Singapore on 30 November 2010

The Singapore Euraxess Links network for researchers is launched officially in Singapore on 30 November. Singapore will then be in the exclusive group of countries outside the EU which will have its proper Euraxess Links network. It has only been launched in US, Japan, China and India so far.

Euraxess is a portal and communication platform for researchers with an interest in the European research landscape. The objective of Euraxess Links is a flourishing network of researchers, scientists and scholars. It will be open to all researchers, both in the public and in the private sector. Euraxess Links will offer its Singapore members a highly informative website, a newsletter on research-related matters and funding, e-mail alerts and interactive networking tools. Membership is free.

For more information, please contact:

Delegation of the European Union to Singapore
250 North Bridge Road
#38-03/04 Raffles City Tower
Singapore 179101
Republic of Singapore
Tel : +65 6336 7919
Fax: +65 6336 3394
Email: delegation-singapore@eeas.europa.eu