SEA-Europe Joint Funding Scheme
In 2017 the Southeast Asia-Europe Joint Funding Scheme for Research and Innovation (JFS) was started to enhance research and innovation cooperation between the two regions. The JFS is a joint funding instrument under which national, regional and local funding agencies and ministries from SEA and Europe come together to fund bi-regional, multi-lateral research and innovation projects.
A first Joint Call for Proposals 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 in 2017. In June 2018, the second joint call was launched, focusing on the thematic areas of Bioeconomy and Infectious Diseases. Since then, JFS entered its second phase and four additional calls have been launched in 2019 and 2020, two on Science & Technology (TRL<4) and two on Innovation (TRL>3). The focus on Health (Infectious Diseases and Digital Health) is still an integral part of the JFS, as well as on the Bioeconomy. The new calls further include Nanotechnologies and Smart Cities.
Beyond call launching activities, JFS also organises several events aiming at fostering scientific cooperation between Southeast Asian and European researchers, such as matchmaking events.
To foster cooperation opportunities, JFS is also working on a partnering tool and lab tours opportunities.