UK and Singapore join together for Innovation and Research Partnership

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The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Singapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF) welcome a UK-Singapore Innovation and Research Partnership.

Signed by the Prime Ministers of the UK and Singapore, was announced after President Tan’s meeting with David Cameron this week. The partnership is a joint commitment to leverage both nations’ investment in research and innovation to drive economic growth and societal impact.

Martin Donnelly, Permanent Secretary at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, said: “Research collaboration is an integral part of the close and trusting UK-Singapore relationship. I am particularly excited by the new agreement extending beyond research to include innovation. As a result it will support our drive to develop new ideas that will enable us to respond to global challenges, increase competitiveness and improve our standards of living.”

Opportunities from a joint Innovation Partnership between the UK and Singapore

The announcement of the partnership comes as part of the state visit by Singapore’s President Tony Tan Keng Yam to the UK. The visit has highlighted the many research and innovation links which already exist between the two countries.

Singapore’s Permanent Secretary for National Research and Development, Ms. Yong Ying-I, said: “The agreement is a celebration of the strong relationship between the UK and Singapore. Building on the strong research foundations that both nations have, this will help translate research outcomes to commercialisation opportunities. This will help grow economies in Singapore and the UK, and enhance societal wellbeing.”

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