Southeast Asia - Europe Joint Call Project consortia must comprise of at least 3 partners from 3 different countries fulfilling the 2+1 rule: Either 2 partners from 2 different Southeast Asian countries and 1 European partner or 2 partners from 2 different European countries and 1 Southeast Asian partner. At least 1 partner from each region must be eligible for JFS funding. Further, the coordinator must be selected from among the partners eligible for funding. The required third partner can be funded by a funding organization from a country participating in the JFS or bring his own funding. The proposals have to cover the thematic areas of “Sustainable Food Production” or “Climate Change: Resilience and Adaptation” to enhance bi-regional cooperation and develop new partnerships as well as strengthen existing ones. Please read the National Regulations from the funding organization that you are requesting funding from carefully since the National Regulations may include additional requirements, e.g. certain Technology Readiness Levels.
Deadline: 15 October 2021 12:00 (noon) CEST/ 05:00 pm Bangkok time
1) Sustainable Food Production:
Food production is an important economic factor in Southeast Asia and Europe with both regions relying on import and export. For example: 90% of all world aquaculture production is based in Asia and Europe imports close to 70% of its seafood from South- East Asia. Joining forces hence is of economic interest of both regions. At the same time, cooperation of both regions in sustainable food production can contribute to fight global hunger and poverty and reduce related conflicts.
The objective of the 7th JFS Call for Proposals is to support STI projects towards high quality, affordable and sustainable food production along the whole agri-food chain (production, harvesting, processing, transport and distribution). Innovative food technologies such as the application of nanotechnologies will remain a key factor of competitiveness, jobs, sustainable growth and social progress in both regions. Besides technological innovations, new societal or logistical approaches optimizing a sustainable food production chain may be researched.
2) Climate Change: Resilience and Adaptation:
Climate change affects everyone at all levels, from global to local, but not to the same extent or scale. The ASEAN region is among the most vulnerable regions in the world, with long and heavily populated coastlines and heavy reliance on agriculture for livelihood, especially for a large segment of population living below the poverty line. Climate change originating from human civilizations from all over the globe has exacerbated water shortages in many areas, constraining agricultural production and threatening food security, causing forest fires and degradation, damaging coastal and marine resources, and increasing the risk of outbreaks of infectious diseases. Heat waves, droughts, floods, and tropical cyclones have also become more intense and frequent in many parts of the region, causing extensive damage to property, assets, human life, health and wellbeing, and the environment. A central aspect of these climate risks are the effects on social and environmental determinants of health – clean air, safe drinking water, sufficient food and secure shelter. The 7th JFS Call aims at funding activities that join STI forces in Southeast Asia and Europe to cope with the above-mentioned impacts of climate change, help to adapt and increase resilience.
PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES AND FUNDING AGENCIES / MINISTRIES
(1= Sustainable Food Production; 2= Climate Change: Resilience and Adaptation)
Belgium – National Fund for Scientific Research (FRS-FNRS) 1,2
Brunei Darussalam – University of Brunei Darussalam (UBD) 2
Bulgaria – Bulgarian National Science Fund (BNSF) TBC
Cambodia – Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MEYS) TBC
Czech Republic – Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS) 1,2
Germany – Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) 1,2
Indonesia – Ministry of Research and Technology / National Research & Innovation Agency (RISTEK / BRIN) TBC
Malaysia – University of Malaya (UM) 1,2
Malaysia – Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) 1,2
Myanmar – Ministry of Education (MOE) TBC
Netherlands – Dutch Research Council (NWO) 1,2
Spain – Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) 1,2
Switzerland –Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) 1,2
Thailand - National Science and Technology Development Agency/Program Management Unit – Brain Power (NSTDA/PMU-B) 1,2
Turkey – Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK) 1,2
Some funders may only participate in one of the thematic areas. This is indicated with 1= Sustainable Food Production; 2= Climate Change: Resilience and Adaptation after the name of each funding agency in the list above.
In case of TBC the topics still need to be confirmed.
Scope of the projects:
Funding will typically be provided for the duration of a maximum of three years (36 months). They should start earliest in June 2022.
Within the framework of the Joint Call, funding can in general be applied for:
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 the respective National Funding Regulations from the participating organizations and can be downloaded at the end of this site.
The upper funding limit usually 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 Funding Regulations). Eligibly criteria can be found in the respective National Funding Regulations.
Institutions not explicitly mentioned as recipients might be included in consortia if they provide their own funding (non-eligible organizations might join at their own costs). A Letter of Commitment has to be submitted in these cases by this partner confirming his contribution. Other entities may apply if the respective National Funding Regulations allow it.
The JFS welcomes the submission of project proposals by interdisciplinary project consortia. The JFS also welcomes the submission of project proposals by project consortia that involve partners from the private sector.
We strongly suggest that applicants discuss their intentions and confirm eligibility with their respective National Contact Point (NCP) before submitting a proposal. The details of the NCPs can be found at the bottom of this page.
Proposals for STI projects have to be submitted electronically using PT-Outline Web Tool, accessible through https://ptoutline.eu/app/jfs21.
During the submission phase, the web tool will be open from the publishing date of the Call on 15 June 2021 until October 15th 2021, 12:00pm CEST (noon) / 05:00pm Bangkok/Jakarta time.
Any proposal that is submitted after this deadline cannot be accepted by the secretariat and therefore will not be considered for evaluation.
After successful submission of the proposal, each principal coordinator will receive an automatic confirmation e-mail. This e-mail can be used as proof that the proposal was submitted on time and correctly. In case the coordinator is not sure whether the proposal was submitted correctly, he or she should contact the call secretariat immediately and/or resend the proposal via e-mail to the Joint Call Secretariat within the deadline.
Please note: Some funding organizations require that applicants from their respective countries submit specific complementary documents at the national level, in addition to the JFS application. These additional requirements will be made clear in the National Funding Regulations of the concerned countries / funding organization.
The full Call Text in PDF format is available and can be downloaded here.
Further details on the application & evaluation process.
Ms. Dr. Finarya Legoh
Senior Programme Officer
Indonesian Science Fund (DIPI)
Ms. Patchara Umprasert
Junior Programme Officer
National Science & Technology Agency (NSTDA)
+66 2-564-7000 EXT. 71488
National Contact Points:
National Fund for Scientific Research
Mr. Joel Groeneveld
+32 2 504 9270
Dr. Florence Quist
+32 2 504 9351
Brunei Darussalam, UBD
Centre for Advanced Material & Energy Sciences
Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD)
Ms. Dr. Rosnah Abdullah
+673 2460922 ext 1323
Bulgarian National Science Fund (BNSF)
Ms. Milena Aleksandrova
+359 884 171363
Directorate General of Higher Education
Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, Cambodia
Mr. Dr. Heng Kreng
Czech Republic, CAS
Division of International Cooperation
Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS)
Ms. Alena Žochová
+420 221 403566
Germany, BMBF / DLR Project Management Agency
International Bureau of BMBF at DLR Project Management Agency
Ms. Dr. Adele Clausen
+49 (0)228 38212171
Indonesia, RISTEK / BRIN
Ministry of Research and Technology / National Research and Innovation Agency
Mr. Adhi Indra Hermanu
+62 878 8444 3878
University of Malaya
Ms. Dr. Tan Hsiao Wei
Universisti Putra Malaysia
Mr. Yong-Meng Goh
+603 9769 1248
+603 9769 3404
Department of Research and Innovation
Ministry of Education (MOE)
Ms. Dr. Thazin Han
+95 9 5143712
Dutch Research Council
Ms. Dr. Arina Schrier
Ms. Maaike Spiekerma
+31 (0)30 600 12 11
+31 (0)70 349 4094
Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology - EPE
Ministry of Science and Innovation, Spain
Mr. Ricardo Rubianes
+34 91 581 0489
Mr. Adrián Gutiérrez
+91 11 4129 3000
Interdisciplinary and International Co-operation (InterCo)
Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)
Ms. Andrea Landolt
+41 31 308 2319
National Science & Technology Cooperation Agency (NSTDA)
International Relations Officer
Ms. Arpawan Jantaravipark
+66 2 564 7000 ext. 71487
Program Management Unit – Brain Power
Department of International Cooperation
Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK)
Ms. Dr. Guliz Sutcu
+90 312 298 1759