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Cancellation and Replacement of Indonesian Funder

REPLACEMENT OF INDONESIAN FUNDING SUPPORT TO THE MINISTRY OF RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY / THE AGENCY OF NATIONAL RESEARCH & INNOVATION.
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We would like to inform that the Indonesian Ministry of Research & Technology / the Agency of National Research & Innovation takes over the funding support for Call 6 of SEA-EU JFS 2020 from the Managing Agency of Endowment Fund for Education (Lembaga Pengelola Dana Pendidikan / LPDP), covering the thematic areas of Digital Health (including Infectious Diseases) and Bioeconomy (including Application of ICT-based Technologies).

 

Proponents of Call 6 are suggested to check the revised National Regulation of Indonesia here.

Your understanding is appreciated.

 

The Call Secretariat

Southeast Asia – Europe Joint Funding Scheme

For Research & Innovation

The South-East Asia-Europe JFS 4th Matchmaking event took place on November 23rd 2020, following the Global Bio-Economy Summit. The matchmaking event gave the opportunity to SEA and European researchers to introduce their research project ideas on bio-economy related topics which is at the core of the 2020 Innovation Joint Call for Proposals (6th Call), currently open for submission of research proposals.

The event started with the welcoming speech of Adele Clausen, Service Delivery Manager of  SEA-Europe JFS. She welcomed the participants and introduced the JFS scheme and shared with the audience the selection process of projects. Once an application is received it goes through an eligibility check done by the JFS management team. For applications to be eligible, the consortium must include partners from both regions and from three different countries, which is referred to as the 2+1 rule. Then, as each participating country funds its own researchers (with a few exceptions), the proposals are directed to national contact points which will check whether the proposal is eligible according to national regulations. Subsequently, two rounds of peer-review take place and the final selection is announced. For the 5th and 6th call, the results are expected to be known in May 2021. The deadline for the 5th call is set on the 15th of December, while the deadline for the 6th call is on the 15th of January. For more information on how to apply please click here.

The event is an opportunity for researchers interested in applying to the JFS bio-economy related 6th call to connect with potential partners. Soon our website will host a partnering tool to additionally facilitate the construction of bi-regional consortia. In addition, virtual lab tours will be organized.

 

Mr. Teguh Rahardjo from the Indonesian Science Fund which is hosting the JFS call secretariat, took the floor to highlight that the event was a real chance to find international partners. The internationality of science enables a cross-polination of ideas, necessary for making connections that one might not have seen before. This is why funding schemes like the SEA-Europe JFS are crucial to foster excellent science.  In the SEA-Europe JFS scheme, we consider the bi-regional and multilateral character as primordial.

During the matchmaking event, which gathered around 40 participants, researchers selected from the call for speakers applications took the floor to introduce their research project idea in the intend to find interested partners to bring their research project to the next level. The presentations, while all related to the bio-economy, covered various topics: food, materials, energy production, fisheries etc. The event showcased eight speakers from Indonesia and one speaker from the Philippines. The audience was from both regions as the aim of the event is to find partners which would fulfill the SEA-Europe JFS criteria.

Dr. Michael Francis D. Benjamin, from the Research Center for the Natural and Applied Sciences of the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines, was the first to present his project idea titled: ‘Development of Integrated Biorefineries using Philippine Agricultural Waste via the P-graph Method: A Step Towards Circular Economy’. His project aims to utilitize the agricultural waste in the Philippines via circular economy techniques. Biomass potential is great in the Philippines (rice, coconut, sugarcane). Yet, there are no real projects in place that make use of this via bio-refineries. Bio-refineries are interesting because they enable to reuse resources in a circular way: Biomass processing plants can produce high-value bio-products such as bio-energy and bio-chemicals. However, there are some risks related to the industry which require a proper framework to be designed to upscale biorefineries while prevent/counter those risks. The project would take on this task using the P-graph method. For this, they are looking for partners that can offer expertise in the areas of bio-refining, process integration, optimization, and circular economy.

The second presentation was given by Prof. Dr. Oslan Jumadi, from the Department of Biology at  Universitas Negeri Makassar in Indonesia. His project also deals with the problem of waste and is titled ‘Integrating insect farming into sustainable food systems to mitigate emission of greenhouses gases from tropical agriculture sector’. His project idea is to look for strategies in managing organic wastes that produce biofertilizers for crops and protein-rich insect biomass for animal feed. Through this project, he hopes to develop a strategy in managing organic wastes and producing biofertilizers for corn crops and protein-rich insect biomass for fish feed to a sustainable food system but also aims to reduce greenhouses gases.

The third presentation also focused on food and the role that insects could play in food sustainability. Dr. Emil R. Kaburuan is from the Bina Nusantara (BINUS) University in Jakarta, Indonesia. His research idea is titled ‘Developing an Intelligent BSF (Black Soldier Fly) larvae farm to produce high protein source in food sustainability’. Having identified the problem related to poor waste processing, the project aims to create an ecosystem enabling the waste bank to work more efficiently and to end the waste problem in Indonesia.  BSF has been identified as the best solution to handle organic waste and therefore the project will focus on enhancing this method. All activities will be recorded in an app that will enable tracing. The outcome of the project should be to develop an ‘intelligent’ BSF system that will be able to implement and monitor the BSF technique.

 

The next presentation this time did not focus on waste but on the sustainable management of vulnerable fisheries. This project idea was presented by Indah Susilowati from the Diponegoro University in Indonesia.  The project seeks to create a management system for vulnerable fisheries using smart information. In addition to that project, she also presented a second project which would be focused on implementing good governance in coastal communities through gender awareness against corruption. Those two topics would beneficiate from a broad collaboration and international expertise to reach their full potential.

The fifth project is titled ‘Fish Molecular Immunology and The Development of Fish Cell Culture-based Vaccine’ and thus also relates to the problem of sustainable production. Dr. Dewi Syahidah, from the Institute for Marine Research Aquaculture and Fisheries Extension in Indonesia, explained to the audience her project idea. Zoonoses associated with fish can cause serious illness in humans which could be curbed by using a bio-economy approach. Currently, antibiotics are used but they are often the solution that would be to favor prevention before treatment by using vaccination. Her project would put that idea into practice and would benefit from partners with experience in those topics. The collaboration would enable the sharing and transfer of knowledge, the development of human resources, the creation of patents on vaccines for commercial purposes, the publications of co-authored articles etc.

The next project was presented by Dr. Surono from the Indonesian Soil Research Institute

& Innovation Centre for Tropical Sciences. His project idea is titled ‘The bio-economics of dark septate endophytes (DSE) fungi from tropical Indonesia’. The project would investigate the use of Indonesia's tropical DSE fungal resources, to improve soil fertility and health to increase sustainable soil and crop productivity. Dr. Surono clearly specified what he is looking for in potential partners:  “I am looking for Partners who can collaborate in implementing and analyzing the project from the start of the activity to the end, from the laboratory and the field to the end-user with outcomes that can be used by all the stakeholders involved. The types of organizations sought are universities, international and national research institutes, organic farmer organizations, with supporting expertise in metagenomic, metabolomic, environmental impact analysis, socio-economic analysis, participatory-based empowerment, and marketing of technology”.

The project idea that was presented next is titled ‘Sustainability Of The Subak Landscape For Sustainable Agriculture’. Made Ika Prastyadewi the Faculty of Economics and Business of Diponegoro University in Indonesia. She outlined that the aim of the research is to find policy recommendations to preserve the Subak landscape via natural resources management. The project places a specific focus on the preservation of local culture and wisdom that is embedded in the agricultural practices of the area.  The collaboration should eventually lead to a joint-publication. 

The next presentation was given by Dr. I Made Wahyu Wijaya from the University of Mahasaraswati Denpasar in Indonesia. The project is titled: ‘Climate Change Resilience Village Through The Development Of Agro-ecotourism’ and focuses on the Baha village in Bali. Through GIS inventorying of the Baha village, the project aims to collect information on the agricultural features of the village needed to develop an organic-based agricultural application. The ultimate aim of the project is to improve current techniques for more sustainability and develop an eco-tourism area.

Dr. Ir Wahyudi, from the University of Papua, gave the last presentation of the session entitled: ‘Intervention in management and technology of Non-Timber Forest Products commodities based on the local knowledge to establish independence of foods, energy, and income source of local community in Indonesian New Guinea’. This project aims at developing no-timber forest products using the local knowledge to ensure local communities’ independence. Those types of products have the benefit to be produced much more sustainably than other forest products but also could really empower the community. It is possible to create products while managing and maintaining eco-systems. The project would effectively work towards the development of this activity, through standardization and marketing of products.

After all presentations were given, participants were given the opportunity to discuss with each speaker in dedicated break-out rooms. There, participants were able to ask questions and network with the speakers to possibly start cooperation which might lead to a concrete research project in the scope of the new JFS calls.

If you were not able to attend the event and would like to access the slides of the various presentations don’t hesitate to contact us:  sea_eu_jfs@servicefacility.eu

 

 

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3rd Virtual JFS Matchmaking Event

The Southeast Asia-Europe Joint Funding Scheme hosted the 3rd Virtual JFS Matchmaking Event on health-related topics: “Infectious Diseases” (2020 S&T Joint Call) and “Digital Health” (2020 Innovation Joint Call) on Wednesday, October 28, 2020.
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The 3rd Southeast Asia – Europe JFS Matchmaking Event took place on October 28th 2020, following the World Health Summit. The matchmaking event was held fully virtually and gave the opportunity to eight SEA and European researchers to introduce their research projects on health-related topics which are at the core of the 2020 S&T and Innovation Joint Calls for Proposals, currently open for submission of research proposals.

The event started with the welcoming speech of Adele Clausen, Service Delivery Manager of SEA-Europe JFS. She emphasized the timeliness of the event as international scientific cooperation in health is absolutely necessary to overcome the COVID-19 crisis. The new calls are particularly relevant to the current situation as two topics are focused on health: Infectious Diseases (5th S&T Call) and Digital Health (6th Innovation Call). 

Adele also introduced the JFS scheme and shared with the audience the selection process of projects. Once an application is received it goes through an eligibility check done by the JFS management team. For applications to be eligible, the consortium must include partners from both regions (Europe and Southeast Asia) and from three different participating countries, which is referred to as the 2+1 rule. Then, as each participating country funds its own researchers (with a few exceptions), the proposals are directed to national contact points which will check whether the proposal is eligible according to national regulations. Subsequently, two rounds of peer-review take place and the final selection is announced. For the 5th and 6th Call, the results are expected to be known in May 2021. The deadline for the 5th Call is set on the 15th of December, while the deadline for the 6th call is on the 15th of January. For more information on how to apply please click here.

The event is a first opportunity for researchers interested in applying to the JFS health-related calls to connect with potential partners. Soon our website will host a Partnering Tool to facilitate the construction of bi-regional consortia. In addition, virtual lab tours will be organized.

During the Matchmaking Event, which gathered 66 participants from Europe and Southeast Asia, researchers, selected from the Call for Speakers applications, took the floor to introduce their research project in the intend to find interested partners to bring their research project to the next level. Five presentations focused on Infectious Diseases while three other researchers presented their research ideas on the topic of Digital Health. In many presentations, the COVID-19 pandemic was addressed as either a reason for actions or a subject of study. For example, Rizaldy Taslim Pinzon from Bethesda Hospital / Duta Wacana Christian University School of Medicine (Indonesia), presented a research project on telemedicine for neurological patient. The project has been inspired by the necessity created by the pandemic to avoid for non-COVID-19 related patients to have to travel to the hospital, while at the same time ensuring continuity of treatment and care. Another project, instigated by Heni Mufliah  from the Faculty of Medicine at Universitas Islam Bandung (Indonesia), also build up from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on other diseases and health problems: tuberculosis. In this research project, researchers want to curb the decrease in testing of tuberculosis induced by the COVID-19 pandemic by capitalizing on the co-testing potential of the two diseases. The project aims at sharing innovation and resources to develop one-point care of COVID-19 and tuberculosis. Yet another project proposal, presented by Romulo de Castro from the University of San Agustin (Philippines), aims at introducing AI solutions for the COVID-19 pandemic, where data and AI systems could efficiently foster better policy making. Finally, another Indonesian project presented by Nina Dwi Putri from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Indonesia, addresses the COVID-19 pandemic from an under-researched sample population: pediatric patients. The proposed project aims at identifying the long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on children.

The other presentations diverged more from the COVID-19 topics and presented new and unique project proposals extremely relevant from the perspective of the JFS scheme. Martin Metzner from the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA (Germany), introduced his project idea which links material engineering and infectious diseases. The project is focused on the investigation and further development of antimicrobial coatings to prevent the spread of diseases causing agents like bacteria, fungi and viruses. Another project, introduced by  Roland Gilbert from Remenyi Clinical & Translational Research Institute at the Medical City (Philippines) , focuses on antimicrobial resistance, which has been identified as one of the biggest health threat to humans. In this innovative project, researchers propose to harness the power of phage therapy and 3D bioprinting to counter antimicrobial resistance. Another project idea presented by Ucar Baris from BYS Grup (Turkey), which also relies on cutting edge technology, proposes to develop a robotic-care system to support patients with dementia (RODE). Innovation is also at the core of the project idea presented Lalintip Hocharoen from the King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (Thailand). The project aims at setting up of biopharmaceuticals and vaccines in animal production capacity in Thailand and South East Asia. After the presentations, participants were given the opportunity to discuss with each speakers in dedicated break-out rooms. There, participants were able to ask questions and network with the speakers to possibly start a cooperation which might lead to a concrete research project in the scope of the new JFS calls.

If you were not able to attend the event and would like to access the slides of the various presentations don’t hesitate to contact us:  sea_eu_jfs@servicefacility.eu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

***Call for speaker’s applications Open Now – Deadline: October 21, 2020***

Find matching partners for your research consortium by presenting your research and your project idea at the upcoming health-related 3rd Virtual JFS Matchmaking Event for the 2020 S&T and Innovation Joint Calls.

The Southeast Asia - Europe Joint Funding Scheme for Research and Innovation (JFS) is looking for researchers from Southeast Asia and Europe that are interested in presenting their research ideas at our 3rd Virtual Matchmaking Event following the World Health Summit 2020 in Berlin, Germany.

Deadline for application: October 21, 2020

Who should apply:

                   - 2020 S&T Joint Call in the thematic area of Infectious Diseases

                      Deadline for research proposal submission: December 15, 2020

                   - 2020 Innovation Joint Call in the thematic area of Digital Health

                      Deadline for research proposal submission: January 15, 2020

  • Do you have an idea for a research project proposal to be submitted under one of these 2020 Joint Calls?
  • Are you still looking for a partner to complete your project consortium?

If yes, apply now to find your matching partner at the 3rd Virtual JFS Matchmaking Event organized on October 28, 2020.

 

How to apply:

Please submit your application by filling the Application Form and sending it back to us through SEA_EU_JFS@servicefacility.eu 

Deadline for application: October 21, 2020

The selected applicants will get a 15 minutes slot at our Virtual JFS Matchmaking Event on October 28, 2020, which will be promoted through the World Health Summit 2020.

 

World Health Summit 2020

October 25-27, 2020:

The World Health Summit was founded in 2009 on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of Berlin’s Charité Hospital and draws international experts from academia, politics, the private sector, and civil society to Berlin. During the three-day summit, stakeholders and decision-makers from 100 countries and every field in healthcare work together to find solutions to global health challenges and set the agenda for a healthier future. The World Health Summit is traditionally held under the patronage of the German Chancellor, the President of the Republic of France, the President of the European Commission, and the Director-General of the World Health Organization.

All sessions are cost-free and can be accessed via a link in the program. So, get prepared for the 3rd Virtual JFS Matchmaking Event by visiting the Sessions of the World Health Summit

 

3rd Virtual JFS Matchmaking Event

October 28, 2020 – 09:00 am CET / 15:00 pm Jakarta time:

The 3rd Virtual JFS Matchmaking Event on health-related topics will take place in the spirit of the Word Health Summit 2020, which highlights both - the role of international cooperation and the role of research - when coping with the global health challenges.

The 3rd Virtual JFS Matchmaking Event will provide information about the Southeast Asia – Europe Joint Funding Scheme (JFS) and the health-related 2020 S&T and Innovation Joint Calls for Proposals, which are currently open for submission of research proposals. To support the set-up of powerful consortia for the submission of strong project proposals, selected Southeast Asian and European researchers seeking for complementing partner organizations will present their institution and project ideas.

Save the Date to not miss the chance to meet excellent researchers from Southeast Asia and Europe and get to know about their latest research and innovation ideas by visiting our 3rd Virtual JFS Matchmaking Event on October 29, 2020, 09:00 am CET / 15:00 pm Jakarta time. Maybe you are the perfect match complementing the expertise for a promising project proposal to be funded under the 2020 Joint Calls for Proposals.

All details for your participation will be published on our website and distributed through our social media channels soon.

 

 

 

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Coming soon: JFS Partnering Tool

JFS is glad to announce that we plan to release a partnering tool on our website soon.

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JFS is glad to announce that we plan to release a partnering tool on our website soon.

JFS mission is to foster scientific cooperation and bi-regional project consortiums. However, finding the perfect partner for your research endeavours is far from easy. This is why we offer a partnering tool which will facilitate that process.

You will be able to create a profile under which you can:

1. Specify your own Research Profile

2. Create project ideas, e.g. for a proposal submission under one of our open Calls for Proposals

3. Enquire for a partner, e.g. to complete your project consortium

Further you will be able to browse through the research profiles, project ideas and partner requests of other registered researchers even using your individual filters, if you wish.

Those functions will render your search for an international research partner or project much easier!

Keep an eye on this page for the release of the tool.

Register at https://bit.ly/2XLOVaM
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WEBINAR: European Funding and Fellowshop Opportunities for Researchers

Register for the webinar organized by NSTDA and learn more about the Southeast Asia - Europe Joint Funding Scheme (JFS) and other funding opportunities!
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1.30 –3.30 pm, 19 June 2020

Are you interested in pursuing a PhD in Europe? Are you looking for research funding? Do you want to collaborate with European research partners?

This webinar is your chance to meet representatives from the French Embassy and Campus France Thailand, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Thailand, the Spanish Embassy in New Delhi, and the Southeast Asia –Europe Joint Funding Scheme for Research and InnovationThey will cover the following topics:

  • What are the PhD opportunities and how do I apply?
  • What postdoctoral fellowships are available to researchers in Thailand?
  • How can I access research funding and find research partners in Europe?
  • How do I prepare a successful proposal?

Thai alumni of European research funding programmes will share their experience, and offer advice on how to be successful in your application. And there will be a presentation from the project manager of the SEA-Europe Joint Funding Scheme for Research and Innovation (JFS) introducing the 5th and 6th JFS Calls for Proposals launched just on 15. June 2020

Please register at https://bit.ly/2XLOVaM.

For further details of the agenda, please download the flyer.

We are looking forward to welcome you on Friday!

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Announcement: Extended Deadline on call 5 and 6

New deadlines for the 5th and the 6th Joint Call for Proposals !!
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***UPDATE: Deadline extended***

The 5th (S&T) and 6th (Innovation) Joint Call for Proposals under the Southeast Asia – Europe Joint Funding Scheme for Research and Innovation (JFS) are now open for submission until 15. December (S&T Call) / 15 January (Innovation Call)!

Note that the original deadlines (15 October & 16 November) have been extended.

The thematic areas selected for the Calls are:

5th Call (S&T)

  1. Infectious Diseases (incl. Covid-19)
  2. Nanotechnologies

6th Call (Innovation)

  1. Digital Health
  2. Bioeconomy (incl. Application of ICT-based Approaches)

Funding is provided by national funding agencies or ministries from Southeast Asia and Europe according to their National Regulations. Funding agencies or ministries from the following countries already plan their participation in the Joint Calls of the JFS (could be subject to changes).

  • Belgium
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Cambodia
  • Czech Republic
  • Germany
  • Indonesia
  • Lao PDR
  • Myanmar
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • The Philippines
  • Viet Nam

Please visit our Call-section for further details!

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Funding Decision for 2019 Innovation Call on Infectious Diseases and Smart Cities taken

In an online meeting on April 7, the JFS Programme Steering Committee for the 2019 Innovation call on Infectious Diseases (including AMR) and Smart Cities selected the projects to be funded.
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On April 7, the JFS Programme Steering Committee (PSC) meeting for the selection of projects to be funded under the  2019 JFS Innovation Call on Infectious Diseases (including Antimicrobial Resistance) was successfully held online.

After the initial postponement of the funding decision (as announced on our website on March 10) due to cancellation of the PSC meeting in Bonn/Germany from March 3-5 caused by the outbreak of the Coronavirus, it was necessary to convene an online meeting soon.

The applicants will now be informed about the selected projects for funding during the next couple of days. The decision of the PSC was based on the ranking lists prepared by the two Scientific Councils for each of the thematic areas of the calls. The meetings to prepare the ranking lists were also held online from 1-2 April.

More information on the single projects will be published on the JFS website as soon as possible.

Further actions of the JFS to connect research from Southeast Asia and Europe that helps tackling the current Covid-19 crisis were discussed in the meeting as well. Details about these activities will be released soon. Stay tuned.

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Funding Decision for 2019 S&T Call on IWRM and Nanotechnology taken

In an online meeting on April 8, the JFS Programme Steering Committee for the 2019 S&T Call on IWRM and Nanotechnology selected the projects to be funded.
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On April 8, the JFS Programme Steering Committee (PSC) meeting for the selection of projects to be funded under the 2019 JFS S&T Call on Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) and Nanotechnology was successfully held online.

After the initial postponement of the funding decision (as announced on our website on March 10) due to cancellation of the PSC meeting in Bonn/Germany from March 3-5 caused by the outbreak of the Coronavirus, it was necessary to convene an online meeting soon.

The applicants will now be informed about the selected projects for funding during the next couple of days. The decision of the PSC was based on the ranking lists prepared by the two Scientific Councils for each of the thematic areas of the calls. The meetings to prepare the ranking lists were also held online from 30-31 March.

More information on the single projects will be published on the JFS website as soon as possible.

Further actions of the JFS to connect research from Southeast Asia and Europe that helps tackling the current Covid-19 crisis were discussed in the meeting as well. Details about these activities will be released soon. Stay tuned.

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Postponement of funding decision

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Information to all applicants of the 2019 JFS Calls for Proposals: Due to the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19, the funding decision for the 3rd Call for Proposals (S&T) and the 4th Call for Proposals (Innovation) is delayed. We kindly ask for your understanding. You will be informed about the outcome of the funding decision as soon as possible.