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JFS Call 8

The Southeast Asia – Europe Joint Funding Scheme (JFS) returns with 8th Call

The Southeast Asia - Europe Joint Funding Scheme (JFS) for Research and Innovation is going to continue and will launch a new STI Joint Call for Proposals scheduled for 01 December 2023. The thematic areas selected for the call will be: 1) Circular Economy 2) Clean, Accessible and Secure Energy
UNU Merit PhD

The Netherlands: 10 UNU-MERIT PhD fellowships in Innovation, Economics, Governance and Sustainable Development

Up to 10 UNU-MERIT PhD Fellowships at Maastricht University within the PhD programme on Innovation, Economics, Governance and Sustainable Development (IEGSD). Candidates of the Global South are encouraged to apply. The PhD programme is part of the UNU-MERIT Graduate School and hosts over 100 PhD

Singaporean researcher among 308 recipients of ERC Consolidator Grants

Out of 2,130 candidates, the European Research Council (ERC) has selected 308 researchers for this year’s Consolidator Grants. Among the winners is Singaporean Dr Megha Amrith, leader of the Max Planck Research Group “Ageing in a Time of Mobility” whose research focuses on migrant workers. The ERC's
SOE Carlo Alberto

Collegio Carlo Alberto launches MSCA Seal of Excellence call for Postdoctoral Fellowships applicants

Collegio Carlo Alberto, based in Turin, Italy, is promoting a new call for MSCA Seal of Excellence awardees to carry out projects at its premises. Collegio Carlo Alberto has opened a new funding call for MSCA Seal of Excellence holders who applied to Postdoctoral European Fellowships under Horizon


EU-Thailand Circular Economy
28 Nov 2023 - 28 Nov 2023

EU-Thailand Conference on Circular Economy and Food Technology

The Delegation of the European Union to Thailand and the Embassy of Spain in Bangkok, in partnership with the Office of National Higher Education Science Research and Innovation Policy Council (NXPO), Thailand Science Research and Innovation (TSRI), Program Management Unit for Human Resources &
ERC conf 23
28 Nov 2023 - 28 Nov 2023

ERC Annual Conference 2023: Research on Diversity & Diversity in Frontier Research

ERC Annual Conference 2023: Research on Diversity & Diversity in Frontier Research 28 November 2023, 08:30 - 18:00 CET (Online) Language: English Register here There is growing awareness of the need to acknowledge and accommodate diversity in our societies and in science. To fully understand the
SE Info day
8 Dec 2023 - 8 Dec 2023

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Staff Exchanges Info Session

The call for proposals for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Staff Exchanges in 2023 opened on 5 October Are you interested in enhancing the research and innovation potential of your organisation through staff mobility? Would you like to engage in international, inter-sectoral and






You will find below fellowships, grants and other funding opportunities for your research stays in Europe including hundreds of support schemes for research cooperation and mobility between EURAXESS WW and Europe. EURAXESS covers all research fields, including Social Sciences and Humanities, Life Sciences and Physical Sciences and Engineering.

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UNU Merit PhD

The Netherlands: 10 UNU-MERIT PhD fellowships in Innovation, Economics, Governance and Sustainable Development

Up to 10 UNU-MERIT PhD Fellowships at Maastricht University within the PhD programme on Innovation, Economics, Governance and Sustainable Development (IEGSD). Candidates of the Global South are encouraged to apply. The PhD programme is part of the UNU-MERIT Graduate School and hosts over 100 PhD

Europe - Postdoc fellowships at the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM)

ERCIM, the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics, offers fellowships for PhD holders from all over the world. The ERCIM "ALAIN BENSOUSSAN" FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME offer fellowships of 12 months duration, spent in one of the leading European Research Institutes which makes up part

France - 12 postdoc positions in life sciences within the ApogeeBio programme

The ApogeeBio programme, supported by the European Commission, launched its third call for proposals concerning experienced researchers with hosting possibilities both in the academic and the private sectors of life sciences and the environment. The ApogeeBio post-doctoral fellowship program gives

Spain: 6 PhD Positions in the MSCA COFUND Cure Heart and Brain Program

Cure Heart & Brain, the postdoctoral COFUND program run by CNIC is open to excellent researchers of any nationality to perform research on heart and brain and their connection, which are issues of utmost medical and social importance. Cure Heart & Brain program counts with participation of


EU - EURAXESS ASEAN Collaboration Opportunities

ASEAN-EU Cooperation in Science & Technology

Scientific cooperation with SE Asia became a higher priority on the political agenda since 2007 on the occasion of the 16th ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting in Nuremberg, Germany. The reasons for this were the mutual interest expressed by officials to strengthen further our co-operation and the reciprocal will to share experience on S&T issues of common concern such as health, food safety and energy supply. This was also based on an expansive participation of ASEAN entities in the consecutive Framework Programmes. Following from the Nuremberg meeting, a plan of action (PoA) was drawn up to serve as the master plan for enhancing ASEAN-EU relations and cooperation in the medium term (2007-2012). Actions for cooperation in S&T were laid down under the pillar of "socio-cultural" cooperation. Afterwards, the ASEAN-EU Informal Ministerial Meeting on S&T was held in Manila in July 2008 where it was agreed to launch a dialogue on S&T at the senior official level between the ASEAN Committee of Science and Technology (COST) and the EU.

The ASEAN-EU Dialogue on Cooperation in S&T

  • The 1st ASEAN COST-EU Consultation Meeting in Manila in July 2008 was organised with the support of the ASEAN secretariat and of the Philippines Government. A number of research areas of mutual interests and benefits were identified, such as biotechnology; food security; health, ICT; renewable energies, and marine science (e.g. coastal management and environment).
  • The 2nd ASEAN COST-EU Consultation Meeting took place in Bali in May 2009 and identified further areas for cooperation. The meeting also agreed to formalise the ASEAN COST-EU Consultation Meeting into the ASEAN-EU Senior Officials Dialogue Meeting on Science and Technology. The Terms of reference of the dialogue have been negotiated during 2009 and entered into force in 2010. They serve as a permanent platform for strengthening the bi-regional dialogue, in particular to reinforce the policy dialogue highlighting fields of cooperation and instruments to put in place in the field of research cooperation.
  • The 1st ASEAN-EU Senior Officials Dialogue Meeting on Science and Technology took place in Vientiane (Laos) in May 2010. The parties agreed to enlarge the cooperation already well-established in the fields of agriculture/biotechnologies, health, ICT and environment into other areas, including material sciences and socio-economic sciences, as these fields are priority areas of both ASEAN and FP7.
  • The 2nd ASEAN-EU Senior Officials Dialogue Meeting on Science and Technology was held on 12 May 2011 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The ASEAN delegation provided information on the new 'Krabi Initiative' for the 'Future of Science, Technology and Innovation for a Competitive, Sustainable and Inclusive ASEAN by 2015 and beyond', which aims to reinforce ASEAN competitiveness through research and innovation. The Committee endorsed the initiative for a '2012 ASEAN-EU Year of Science, Technology and Innovation'.
  • The 3rd ASEAN-EU Senior Officials Dialogue Meeting on Science and Technology took place on 18 May 2012 in Myanmar. The meeting endorsed the launch of Pilot ASEAN Networks of Excellence with support from the EU Regional EU-ASEAN Dialogue Instrument (READI). The main areas of EU-ASEAN cooperation include Health, Food, Agriculture, Biotechnology, Environment, and Information and Communication Technologies.
  • The 4th ASEAN-EU Senior Officials Dialogue Meeting on Science and Technology is expected to take place in May 2013 in the Philippines.


ASEAN participation in FP6 was somehow significant with 121 participations. Traditional areas of EU-ASEAN cooperation are in the fields of the Environment, Information and Communication Technologies, Health and Food, Agriculture, Fisheries and Biotechnologies.

In FP7, Facilitating the Bi-Regional EU-ASEAN Science and Technology Dialog (SEA-EU-NET€) project has been set up to expand scientific collaboration between Europe and Southeast Asia in a more strategic and coherent manner. The project was launched in January 2008 and involves 22 S&T institutions from the two regions. It is funded by FP7 in the Specific Programme Capacities as an INCONET project. It will run through until the end of 2012.

The SEA-EU-NET project increases the quality, quantity, profile and impact of bi-regional Science and Technology (S&T) cooperation between Southeast Asia and Europe. The project supports the internationalisation policy of the EU, the specific objectives of FP7 but also contributes to building the S&T foundation essential to the EU achieving its political, economic and social objectives. The SEA-EU-NET project has and continues to deliver a wide range of measures to increase SEA-EU cooperation amongst academic, industrial and government stakeholders.

The project focussed its efforts in the following areas:

  • Stakeholder dialogue; The SEA-EU-NET has established bi-regional dialogue between EU and ASEAN S&T stakeholders. So far three stakeholders conference were organised, in November 2008 in Paris/France, in 2009 in Bogor/Indonesia and in November 2010 in Budapest/Hungary. This is the main event of the project to engage with a larger audience of policy makers, scientists and representatives from NGOs in a discussion on S&T collaboration between the two regions. The conference receive considerable attention by the relevant stakeholders and about 150 policy makers, scientists and representatives from international organizations from both Southeast Asia and Europe take part. The next stakeholder conference will take place in 16/17 November 2011 in Hanoi/Vietnam. During the Stakeholder conference in Hanoi the ASEAN-EU Year of Science, Technology and Innovation, 2012 will be launched.
  • ASEAN EU-Year of Science Technology and Innovation 2012 (YoSTI2012). The YoSTI2012 - which has been initiated by the SEA-EU-NET - is year long campaign to deepen S&T collaboration between Europe and Southeast Asia. The year will increase awareness of the importance of bi-regional collaboration within the broader research community, as well as opening up new opportunities for researchers to link up and work together.
  • Creating scientific contacts; The project supports and organises a series of scientific workshops to foster and create scientific contacts between researchers from the two regions. These have been in the area of food safety, second generation biofuels, infectious diseases, biodiversity and material science. These scientific workshops serve as expert meetings to identify topics of mutual for bi-regional S&T cooperation and are used as matchmaking opportunities to form consortia to bid into FP7 calls.
  • Establishment of FP7 contact points; as a centrepiece to raise the awareness for FP7 in Southeast Asia the project has been actively assisting countries in setting up FP7 contact points. Most of the ASEAN member countries are currently establishing those information points and have started FP7 dissemination and counselling activities. There is a very strong demand among researchers in SEA countries for targeted information on FP7.
  • Analysis and information gathering; These activity focussed on the identification of opportunities and pitfalls for S&T cooperation between Southeast Asia. This analysis is necessary to develop evidence-based recommendations for future intensified cooperation between the two regions. Furthermore, the project is highlighting the S&T capacity in SEA by a publication on Spotlight on: Excellent Researchers from Southeast Asia.

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Horizon Europe is the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation with a budget of €95.5 billion.

It tackles climate change, helps to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and boosts the EU’s competitiveness and growth. The programme facilitates collaboration and strengthens the impact of research and innovation in developing, supporting and implementing EU policies while tackling global challenges. It supports creating and better dispersing of excellent knowledge and technologies.



European Research Council: Open to the world

The ERC's mission is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-driven frontier research across all fields, on the basis of scientific excellence.

The ERC complements other funding activities in Europe such as those of the national research funding agencies, and is a flagship component of Horizon Europe, the European Union's Research Framework Programme for 2021 to 2027.

Being 'investigator-driven', or 'bottom-up', in nature, the ERC approach allows researchers to identify new opportunities and directions in any field of research, rather than being led by priorities set by politicians. This ensures that funds are channelled into new and promising areas of research with a greater degree of flexibility.

ERC grants are awarded through open competition to projects headed by starting and established researchers, irrespective of their origins, who are working or moving to work in Europe. The sole criterion for selection is scientific excellence.

ERC in a nutshell

The ERC aims to:

  • Support the best of the best in Europe across all fields of science, scholarship and engineering
  • Promote wholly investigator-driven, or 'bottom-up' frontier research
  • Encourage the work of the established and next generation of independent top research leaders in Europe
  • Reward innovative proposals by placing emphasis on the quality of the idea rather than the research area
  • Raise the status and visibility of European frontier research and the very best researchers of today and tomorrow




Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions (MSCA)

Part of Horizon Europe, the MSCA are the European Union’s flagship funding programme for doctoral education and postdoctoral training of researchers.

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions fund excellent research and innovation and equip researchers at all stages of their career with new knowledge and skills, through mobility across borders and exposure to different sectors and disciplines. The MSCA help build Europe’s capacity for research and innovation by investing in the long-term careers of excellent researchers.

The MSCA also fund the development of excellent doctoral and postdoctoral training programmes and collaborative research projects worldwide. By doing so, they achieve a structuring impact on higher education institutions, research centres and non-academic organisations.

The MSCA promote excellence and set standards for high-quality researcher education and training in line with the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the recruitment of researchers.




Marie Curie Fellows in ASEAN

The  Executive Committee of the Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA) has appointed country representatives for the MCAA Southeast Asia Chapter for the period 2019-2020. The country representatives act as contact persons for researchers in the region interested in learning more about the MSCA mobility opportunities. Click on the country below to find out more about each country representative.

Dr Jenny Lind Elmaco has been elected Chairperson of the SEA Chapter in May 2019. She is MSCA National Contact Point for the Philippines. She also acts as the chapter country representative for the Philippines.

Interview with Dr Jen.


Dr. Thi My Hoa Vo







November 2017

MCAA Academy: call for mentors

MCAA Academy is a new program to support the career development of its members. Mentoring is at the core of the program.

Our advanced mentoring platform provides a continuous, full-spectrum learning experience, allowing mentees to focus on the skills that matter the most, when they matter the most.

We are seeking outstanding professionals to mentor MCAA members using this platform.

Mentors are expected to have achieved an advanced stage of their career development and willing to provide leadership and advice to our members. The program will run for 6 months and will require up to 1 hour face time per month. Mentors and mentees will be matched according to their skills, interests and career goals.








Erasmus+ is the EU's programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe.

It has an estimated budget of €26.2 billion. This is nearly double the funding compared to its predecessor programme (2014-2020).

The 2021-2027 programme places a strong focus on social inclusion, the green and digital transitions, and promoting young people’s participation in democratic life.

It supports priorities and activities set out in the European Education Area, Digital Education Action Plan and the European Skills Agenda. The programme also;

  • supports the European Pillar of Social Rights
  • implements the EU Youth Strategy 2019-2027
  • develops the European dimension in sport


Erasmus+ offers mobility and cooperation opportunities in

  • higher education
  • vocational education and training
  • school education (including early childhood education and care)
  • adult education
  • youth
  • and sport

Detailed information on these opportunities, including eligibility criteria, is available in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide.





ASEAN-EU Research & Innovation Collaboration



Scientific cooperation with South-East Asia has become a high priority on the political agenda since the 16th ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting in Nuremberg, Germany in 2007. Mutual interest in further strengthening the co-operation and the reciprocal will to share experience on S&T issues of common concern were the main driving forces. This was also supported by the strong participation of ASEAN participants in the EU Research Framework Programmes.

Roadmap for EU-ASEAN S&T Co-operation (2018)



The Southeast Asia-Europe Joint Funding Scheme for Research and Innovation (JFS) is an instrument for the funding of bi-regional research and innovation projects. The funding for the projects is provided by funding agencies or ministries at national, regional or local level from Southeast Asia and Europe. Each country funds "their own researchers" according to their own rules and in principle there is "no money crossing borders".

On a regular basis Joint Calls for Proposals are being launched in changing thematic areas which are of interest to the participating funders. In 2017 a first joint call in the thematic areas Health (Emerging Infectious Diseases/AMR) and Environment/Climate Change (Adaptation/Resilience of food production systems, Impacts of Climate Change on Ecosystems/Biodiversity) was successfully implemented.

A typical project funded under the JFS would last for 3 years and usually costs such as personnel, (small) equipment, consumables, travel and workshops are eligible. Yet, this can vary from funder to funder since the national rules apply.

The central management of the JFS is operated by the European Commission's Service Facility in Support of the Strategic Development of International Cooperation in Research and Innovation.

1st Joint Call 2017 (Closed)

2nd Joint Calls 2018 in the thematic areas Bioeconomy and Infectious Diseases (Closed)

OPEN +++ 3rd Joint Call for Proposals (Science and Technology [S&T]) in the Thematic Areas of Integrated Water Resource Management and Nanotechnologies (Deadline 18 October 2019)

OPEN +++ 4th Joint Call for Proposals (Innovation) in the Thematic Areas of Infectious Diseases (including Antimicrobial Resistance) and Smart Cities (Deadline 18 November 2019)



The collaborative project 'Climatic Water Stress – Southeast Asia' (CWSSEA) was selected for funding under the 1st JFS Call. Project participant Dr Pantana of Chulalongkorn University in Thailand shares with us the details of the collaboration.



About the Project

The CWSSEA (Climatic Water Stress – Southeast Asia) project will study the functioning of tropical forests, particularly secondary forests in Thailand, and assess how they will respond to climatic water stress and the potential impacts of future climate scenarios in these ecosystems.

This information will then assist in creating model predictions on the long-term scenarios of climate change impacts on forest ecosystem services, and influence future global policies to combat climate change.

The Science

The researchers will measure canopy transpiration, which is frequently used to estimate canopy stomatal conductance; a central variable in modeling the uptake of carbon by forests. Measurements will be made in both mature and secondary forests, which in turn will allow for the investigation of species-specific responses to water stress by assessing tree hydraulics and drought vulnerability of the dominant species in each forest type.

The team will also explore the degree of soil water partitioning among species within each forest to provide a more mechanistic understanding of how individual trees are able to overcome drought stress.

Taken together, this will be one of the first studies to quantify canopy transpiration, tree hydraulics and drought vulnerability as well as the mechanisms dominant tree species in both mature and secondary tropical forests use to overcome drought stress, which will provide the necessary information to more accurately predict how climate change will affect the carbon and water cycle in tropical forests.

The Team

The CWSSEA partners are:







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Our community consists of over 27.000 scientists & researchers, research administrators and business representatives who are interested in scientific collaborations between Europe and Southeast Asia.


EURAXESS ASEAN country representatives frequently address researchers during on-site visits to universities, research institutes and companies across ASEAN. During the visit the EURAXESS ASEAN representative will introduce the services offered by the EURAXESS network to assist researchers who would like to embark on a research mobility experience in Europe. The representative will present on existing research cooperation and career opportunities in Europe or with European partners. Eligibility and application procedure to key European researcherer mobility programmes, including the European Research Council (ERC) and the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), will also be introduced.

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Southeast Asia - Europe: Joint Funding Scheme for research and Innovation

The Southeast Asia-Europe Joint Funding Scheme for Research and Innovation (JFS) is an instrument for the funding of bi-regional research and innovation projects. The funding for the projects is provided by funding agencies or ministries at national, regional or local level from

Southeast Asia and Europe. Each country funds "their own researchers" according to their own rules and in principle there is "no money crossing borders".