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the Southeast Asia-Europe Joint Funding Scheme for Research and Innovation is inviting proposals for the 2nd Joint Call for Proposals in the thematic areas 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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

Application Process
Project proposals are to be submitted electronically using the PT-Outline (Click↵) web tool

Deadline: 18 September 2018 12:00 (noon) CET/ 17:00 Jakarta time

Contact information

Call secretariat:


  • National Contact Points:
    1.Phawika Rueannoi
    Thailand, NSTDA (National Science & Technology Cooperation Agency)
    E-mail: +66 (0) 2117- 6935

    2.Premruedee Lertsakvimarn
    Thailand, TCELS (Thailand Center of Excellence for Life Sciences)
    E-mail: +66 (0) 2 644 5499 ext. 131