The Southeast Asia-Europe Joint Funding Scheme for Research and Innovation (JFS) is pleased to announce that the Indonesia Endowment Fund (LPDP) is a new funder in the area of Nanotechnology in the S&T call (Call 3 below). The LPDP intends to provide a budget of 1.125 mio. Euros (375.000 Euros per Project).
The 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.
Deadline is 18 November 2019
Type of funded projects: Southeast Asia-Europe Joint Call Projects must comprise of at least 3 partners from 3 different countries (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 Infectious Diseases (including Antimicrobial Resistance [AMR]) or Smart Cities to enhance bi-regional co-operation and develop new partnerships as well as strengthen existing ones. The 2019 Innovation call aims to support projects with a strong application focus and the targeted Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at the end of the project should at least be 3.
1) Infectious Diseases (including Antimicrobial Resistance [AMR])
There is a long tradition of cooperation on infectious diseases between Europe and Southeast Asia and health research is a proven strength of both regions. Nonetheless, major obstacles exist to overcome the existing and increasing global health challenges including the need for a deeper understanding of diseases pathology and the socio-economic causes of the diseases and linked effectiveness of health intervention.
There is a strong potential for collaboration in the area of antimicrobial resistance, as South-East Asia is affected by situations similar to Europe and requiring actions to which it can contribute.
2) Smart Cities
The sustainable development of urban areas is a challenge of key importance. It requires new, efficient, and user-friendly technologies and services, in particular in the areas of energy, transport and ICT. However, these solutions need integrated approaches, both in terms of research and development of advanced technological solutions, as well as deployment in the following areas:
• Smart Energy Systems
• Building and Space Sustainability
• Intelligent Transport and Mobility
• Societal Challenges: inclusion, education, health, tourism, etc.
Deadline is 18 October 2019
1) Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM):
The protection and sustainable use of water resources plays a decisive role for the future of humankind. IWRM is a process that aims to maximize social and economic well-being while avoiding damage to vital ecosystems and creating fair conditions for the utilization of resources. In this context, ecological goals must be linked to economic and social goals. The areas under investigation are generally river basins or parts thereof, or settlement areas with bodies of water.
Climate Change in South-East Asia will cause more extreme weather events that may lead to drastic change in rainfall and runoff, water quality and supply as well as the viability of irrigation schemes according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Research and innovative technology approaches on integrated land use and water management systems as well as science diplomacy especially for river basins and deltas would contribute to prepare for, mitigate and negotiate the effects of climate change. Combining the experiences in Europe (e.g. Danube) and South-East Asia (e.g. Mekong) would provide opportunities for synergies in joint research and innovative technology development projects to support both policy makers and farmers in the two regions.
The nexus between the sustainability of river systems, transboundary water issues, food security, sustainable urbanization, energy and urban pollution in a context of climate change provides further scope for regional collaboration in research and innovation between Europe and South-East Asia.
IWRM ranks high on the policy agendas in both Southeast Asia and Europe. Water Management is one of the eight thematic tracks of the Krabi Initiative and also in Europe numerous initiatives such as the Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) Water that aim to create sustainable water systems underline the need for research and action in this field to ensure for instance stable access to clean water, mitigate disaster from flood and prevent water scarcity.
Bi-regional research in this field is expected to exchange and transfer experiences between the two regions and to make best use of synergies.
Nanoscience and nanotechnology are highly interdisciplinary and cut across industrial and commercial sectors to research and create new materials and devices with remarkable properties and functions. To name but a few, nanotechnology is being used in medicine, electronics, food, manufacturing and materials or water purification. Despite the fact that the technology has a high potential for both regions, research and innovation cooperation in nanotechnology has still a high untapped potential. Hence addressing setting research and innovation initiatives could bring new avenues for joining scientific and innovation capabilities from both regions.