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Singapore Offers Grants to Research Scientists to Start Labs Here
Date:3/3/2009

Ten outstanding young scientists receive prestigious research fellowships worth US$1.5 million each

Singapore (PRWEB) March 3, 2009 -- Ten outstanding young scientists have been awarded research grants from the National Research Foundation (www.nrf.gov.sg) to help them start their own labs in Singapore. These scientists hail from six nations including China, Estonia, Japan, Turkey, Singapore and Switzerland.

The research grants allow the scientists to start their own research laboratories in areas like computer science, solar technology and nanotechnology. The aim of NRF's Research Fellowship is to build a pool of young, brilliant and passionate researchers in various fields of science and technology to add to Singapore's growing research talent pool. The NRF Research Fellowship will provide each Research Fellow with US$1.5 million in research funding over three years to perform independent, cutting-edge research in Singapore, with the possibility of receiving a second round of three-year funding.

These ten winners were selected from 186 applicants around the world and they are currently doing research in top universities, including Harvard, Cambridge, Yale, Caltech, Stanford, MIT and Princeton.

Professor James Foley, an American member of the Scientific Advisory Board, said, "The winners range in ages from 29 to 35 - that's lower than the average age of scientists who lead their own research teams in the United States. In the US, they would be about 35 to 40 before they can do this. Very few countries are able to provide such research opportunities to such young scientists,
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