CNRS opens CNRS@CREATE, its first overseas subsidiary, in partnership with NRF [fr]
The French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) strengthens its presence in Singapore by partnering the Campus for Research And Technological Enterprise (CREATE), a programme of the National Research Foundation Singapore.
CNRS@CREATE, which is CNRS’ first overseas subsidiary, will work with Singapore’s universities, research institutions, and CREATE’s international partners to conduct research and application of technologies in areas that are relevant to Singapore’s social and economic needs.
Its inauguration took place in the presence of Prof. Low Teck Seng, CEO of National Research Foundation Singapore, CNRS Chairman and CEO Antoine Petit and French Ambassador Marc Abensour on 25 June.
With the success of its large scientific presence in Singapore, CNRS established CNRS@CREATE to manage new research and innovation collaborations between CNRS and Singapore. Dominique Baillargeat has been appointed as Director for CNRS@CREATE.
CREATE was established by the National Research Foundation in 2006 to increase the vibrancy and diversity of Singapore’s R&D ecosystem. By bringing together international research talent to work on projects of important scientific, societal and economic importance, CREATE represents a unique model for research collaboration. Today, researchers from 9 institutions – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of California Berkeley (UCB), Cambridge University, ETH Zurich, Technical University of Munich (TUM), Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJ), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) – are co-located in CREATE, and collaborate with the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore on 14 interdisciplinary research programmes. CNRS is the first research-performing organization to join the CREATE campus.
CNRS aims to implement its first major research project by 2021. Between now and then, CNRS is seeking to submit bilateral projects in fields such as energy, synthetic biology, and other topics. As an agile and responsive interdisciplinary plan, CNRS@CREATE is at the heart of the CNRS’s new international strategy and this research programme could led to partnership with French industrial actors present in Singapore.
CRNS has also four International Research Laboratories in Singapore, including CINTRA (CNRS/Thalès/Nanyang Technological University) specialised in nanotechnology, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.