2nd Joint Call for Proposals in the Thematic Areas of Bioeconomy and Infectious Diseases. 18 September 2018 12:00 (noon) CET/ 17:00 Jakarta time

2nd Joint Call for Proposals in the Thematic Areasof Bioeconomy and Infectious Diseases.

          Type of funded projects: Southeast Asia-Europe Joint Call Projects must comprise of at least 3 partners (either 2 different Southeast Asian partners and 1 European partner or 2 different European partners and 1 Southeast Asian partner) applying for funding from funding agencies participating in the call. The proposals have to cover the thematic areas of Bioeconomy or Infectious Diseases to enhance bi-regional co-operation and develop new partnerships as well as strengthen existing ones.
Deadline: 18 September 2018 12:00 (noon) CET/ 17:00 Jakarta time

Thematic Areas
1. Bioeconomy
          The bioeconomy comprises those parts of the economy that use renewable biological resources from land and sea – such as crops, forests, fish, animals and micro-organisms – to produce food, materials and energy.

          Bioeconomy is a top-priority on the research agendas of the EU and its MS/AC and the ASEAN countries (e.g. see Europe's Bioeconomy Strategy and cross-cutting topic in APASTI in Sub-Committee on Biotechnology (SCB), Sub-Committee on Food Science and Technology (SCFST) and Sub-Committee on Marine Science and Technology (SCMSAT), Sub-Committee on Materials Science and Technology (SCMST) or also Sub-Committee on Sustainable Energy Research (SCSER).

2. Infectious Diseases
          Research on Infectious Diseases has a long history in Southeast Asia-Europe cooperation as the pose a threat to both regions and there are strong research capacities on both sides. The topic was also part of the 1st Joint Call for Proposals under this funding scheme. A focus is on emerging infectious diseases and proposals could address subjects such as new drug and vaccine candidates (preclinical), diagnostics, epidemiology, public health preparedness. This thematic areas covers infectious diseases which pose a threat to human health.

Participating countries and funding agencies/ministries (1= Bioeconomy; 2=Infectious Diseases):
  • Brunei Darussalam – University of Brunei Darussalam1
  • Bulgaria – Bulgarian National Science Fund (BNSF)1+2
  • Cambodia – Ministry of Education and Youth (MOEY)1+2
  • Indonesia – Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education (RISTEKDIKTI)1+2
  • Lao PDR – Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST)1+2
  • Myanmar – Ministry of Education (MoE)1+2
  • The Philippines – Department of Science and Technology (DoST), Philippine Council for Industry, Energy & Emerging Technology (PCIEERD)1
  • The Philippines – Department of Science and Technology (DoST), Philippine Council for Health Research & Development (PCHRD)2
  • Poland – National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR)1+2
  • Spain – Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI)1+2
  • Sweden – Swedish Research Council for sustainable development (FORMAS)1
  • Switzerland – Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)1+2
  • Thailand – National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA)1
  • Thailand – Thailand Center for Excellence for Life Science (TCELS)2
  • Turkey – Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK)1+2
It is expected that the list of funders is not complete yet and that more funders will announce their participation soon. Please re-visit on a regular basis to get the latest updates!

Some funders only participate in one of the thematic areas. This is indicated with a 1=Bioeconomy and 2=Infectious Diseases after the name of each funding agency in the list above.

Scope of the projects:
          Funding will be provided for the duration of a maximum of three years (36 months). They should start earliest in April 2019. Within the framework of the Joint Call, funding can in general be applied for:
  • Personnel costs
  • Equipment and consumables (project-related miscellaneous expenses and project-related larger equipment)
  • Mobility costs (exchange research visits between Europe and Southeast Asia. Travel costs, living expenses and visa costs are eligible for funding.
  • Other costs (Costs which cannot be classified under the previous cost items but are required for the project implementation, such as costs related to dissemination, intellectual property, demonstration, market search, management, organisational and subcontracting costs).

          The eligibility of cost items and their calculation is according to respective national regulations. You can download the respective national regulations for your country in the attachments section. The upper funding limit can also be found in the respective national regulations.

Who can apply?
          Proposals may be submitted by public legal RTD (Research and Technology Development) entities, higher education institutions, non-university research establishments, companies (all depending on national regulations). The participation of SMEs, industries and clusters in consortia is recommended. Eligibly criteria can be found in the respective national funding regulations.

          Countries contributing to the Call are: Bulgaria, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR,  Myanmar, The Philippines, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand and Turkey,
Institutions not explicitly mentioned as recipients might be included in consortia if they provide their own funding (non-eligible organisations might join at their own costs). A Letter of Commitment has to be submitted in these cases. Other entities may apply if the respective national regulations allow it.

Applicants should discuss their intentions and confirm eligibility with their respective National
Contact Point before submitting a proposal.
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