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.
-> Up to €30,000 over two years
• 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.
-> Up to €30,000
• Merlion Ph.D: Funding of stays in France of up to 6 months per year (maximum 3 years) for Ph.D students from a Singaporean partner laboratory and up to 3 years.
-> Up to €23,000 over three years

The 2014 Merlion call for proposals is open from 1 June to 30 September 2014!

This is already the 9th Call since the launch of the Merlion Program.
151 bilateral collaboration projects funded since inception.
Apply for Merlion, go for it!


Eligibility and composition of the team:
1. A research team affiliated with a research organization in France,
2. A research team affiliated with one of the following Singaporean partners:
• Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR),
• National University of Singapore (NUS),
• Nanyang Technological University (NTU),
• Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI),
• Singapore Management University (SMU),
• Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD),
3. Optional : An industrial partner to form a tripartite collaboration.

Next steps:
1. Read the full set of criteria here.
2. Read the FAQ or contact Mr. Florent BEAU (
3. Download the application template here
4. Send your application to Modification allowed until 30 September 2014 (11am Paris time or 5pm Singapore time),
5. Results will be known in December 2014. The funding starts from January 2015.


Please keep in mind that you can modify the application until 30 September 2014. Feel free to send it to us before the deadline in order to warn you in advance if a problem occurs, or simply to advise you.


Further information can be found here, and you also can download the list of the 151 projects selected from the previous Calls.