Singapore, Australia commit S$4.5 million for health and medical research

Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and Australia's National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) have signed an agreement to promote exchange in health and medical research.

The Singapore government website reported that under the memorandum of understanding, A*STAR and NHMRC will commit a total of SGD$4.5 million to a joint grant call over the next three years. The grant will be used to fund collaborative research projects in areas such as emerging infectious diseases, regenerative medicine, non-communicable diseases, bioinformatics and nanotechnology. 

The grant will likewise facilitate research exchanges for postdoctoral fellows between institutes in the two countries and will allow the exchange of scientific data.

"A*STAR and NHMRC share a common vision to drive cutting-edge scientific research, geared for producing discoveries and innovations that will benefit our citizens and society at large," said A*STAR Chairman Lim Chuan Poh.

Professor Warwick Anderson, CEO of Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council added that formalizing the agreement   will open up new opportunities for Australian and Singaporean researchers to work together to tackle some of the significant health issue in our region.

"Through these international collaborations we will be better placed to bring together the best international research to fight health challenges today and into the future," he said.