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Norway and Singapore to continue research cooperation

The Research Council of Norway and the maritime authorities of Singapore have renewed their Memorandum of Understanding on maritime research. A new joint call for proposals has been issued, with an application submission deadline of 12 September 2018.

The Research Council and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) signed their first Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2000, and are renewing their partnership for the seventh time. This latest MoU applies up to 2021.

It’s important that this Memorandum of Understanding has been renewed, since it already has had a large impact. It is also particularly important that Norway and Singapore will launch a second joint call. The first joint call was very successful,” says John-Arne Røttingen, Chief Executive of the Research Council.

Reducing environmental impact

The MoUs between Singapore and Norway have enabled scientists from the world’s two leading maritime nations to work together to reduce the shipping industry’s environmental footprint, among other things.

Thus far, there have been 23 joint research projects between the countries, 19 of which are concluded with four still underway.

At the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding during Singapore Maritime Week 2018. From left: Senior Minister of State, Dr Lam Pin Min, Chief Executive Andrew Tan of the MPA, Senior Adviser Kjell Røang of the Research Council, and State Secretary Daniel Bjarmann-Simonsen of the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries. (Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore - MPA)

Cooperation to address future challenges

The Research Council and the Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) have issued a joint call for this autumn targeted towards collaborative projects between maritime research groups from Singapore and Norway.

“With a new joint call in important emerging areas such as digitalisation and autonomous shipping, this call will address tomorrow's challenges for the maritime industry,” adds Dr Røttingen. “The results of this collaboration will be of great significance for both parties – for our respective maritime industries as well as in a more overall context.”

The joint call for Researcher Projects has an application submission deadline of 12 September 2018. NOK 15 million in funding is available from the Research Council for Norwegian participants, and SGD 2.5 million is available from the SMI for participants from Singapore. Applications will be accepted starting 1 August 2018.


Written by:
Helen Karlsen. Translation: Darren McKellep/Carol B. Eckmann.
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