Missions of the office

establish & consolidate

International Laboratories, Projects, Networks and Actions.

To strengthen its anchoring in the world, the CNRS has developed a range of tools aimed at giving institutional visibility to strategic international cooperation. In particular, 75 IRLs (International research laboratories) that place the organization’s action in the long term. Thanks to the reputation of its researchers, the CNRS is increasing exchanges with its foreign partners within the framework of international programs (International Research Programs) and international networks (International Research Networks).

In ASEAN, the CNRS is setting up 6 International Research Laboratories, 5 International Research Projects, 4 International Research Networks and 2 International Emerging Actions with its partners. The office ensures the financial and accounting management of the four IRLs established in Singapore, and supports the development of programmes and networks in the region.


the mobility of researchers and students.

For the CNRS, the mobility of researchers and students is essential. Its European and international openness is an integral part of its strategy, both scientifically and in terms of attractiveness.

Europe is a priority that is reflected in concrete terms through the CNRS’s participation in European calls for projects, in the construction and management of research infrastructures, in the development of European research organisations and networks of influence on research policy. Internationally, the CNRS is strongly committed to the movement of scientific exchange. It is the world’s leading producer of publications, 60% of which involve at least one foreign laboratory.

Every year, researchers and students from the various CNRS laboratories carry out more than 60,000 missions abroad in order to strengthen international partnerships.


the research activities of the CNRS.

The CNRS plays an essential unifying role in the influence of French research, thanks to partnerships with the academic world and industry, both in France and abroad. This partnership approach is structuring in terms of scientific policy, innovation, training and organization.

Almost all of the 1,100 CNRS laboratories are thus mixed research units, bringing together staff from CNRS and one or more other academic institutions of higher education or public research, or from major industrial groups working together on jointly defined themes.

The Singapore office supports French researchers who wish to establish partnerships in the region, and helps bring researchers from the region into contact with CNRS laboratories.


missions per year in ASEAN.

The ASEAN region is an integral part of the Asia-Pacific region, an immense region where two-thirds of humanity lives, which drives global growth and drives new technologies. It is particularly attractive for researchers, who have carried out more than 800 missions there in 2019.

The Singapore office accompanies and offers support to all the French researchers on missions to the region.