7th Call of the Southeast Asia - Europe Joint Funding Scheme (JFS) Launched

The 2021 STI Joint Call for Proposals: Sustainable Food Production and Climate Change: Resilience & Adaptation is now open for applications.



Type of funded projects:

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

Thematic Areas

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.


(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:

  • 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 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.



Call Secretariat:

Ms. Dr. Finarya Legoh

Senior Programme Officer

Indonesian Science Fund (DIPI)


+62 85211342556


Ms. Patchara Umprasert

Junior Programme Officer

National Science & Technology Agency (NSTDA)


+66 2-564-7000 EXT. 71488


National Contact Points:

Belgium, FRS-FNRS

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

Bulgaria, BNSF

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


Malaysia, UM

University of Malaya

Ms. Dr. Tan Hsiao Wei



Malaysia, UPM

Universisti Putra Malaysia

Mr. Yong-Meng Goh


+603 9769 1248

+603 9769 3404


Myanmar, MOE

Department of Research and Innovation

Ministry of Education (MOE)

Ms. Dr. Thazin Han


+95 9 5143712


Netherlands, NWO

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


Switzerland, SNSF

Interdisciplinary and International Co-operation (InterCo)

Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

Ms. Andrea Landolt


+41 31 308 2319


Thailand, NSTDA

National Science & Technology Cooperation Agency (NSTDA)

International Relations Officer

Ms. Arpawan Jantaravipark


+66 2 564 7000 ext. 71487


Thailand, PMU-B

Program Management Unit – Brain Power

Kanyawim Kirtikara


Nopparat Wanitsuksombut




Department of International Cooperation

Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK)

Ms. Dr. Guliz Sutcu


+90 312 298 1759