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Service Facility Team meets with Indonesian Science Fund
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Training at the Indonesian Science Fund to take over role of the call secretariat

From 7-11 May 2018 the EC's International Service Facility Team gave a training to the Indonesian Science Fund in Jakarta/Indonesia which is the candidate to host the call secretariat for the 2nd Joint Call.
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From 7-11 May 2018 the EC's International Service Facility Team gave a training to the  Indonesian Science Fund (ISF) in Jakarta/Indonesia which is the candidate to host the call secretariat for the 2nd Joint Call.

The training went through all steps of the implementation of a Joint Call ranging from the moderation of the selection of topics to the evaluation procedure to the funding decision meeting. ISF's Team successfully mastered the training and now well prepared to host the upcoming 2nd Joint Call for Proposals.  

H2020 Naypyidaw
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EU delegation presents opportunities for collaboration at 17th ASEAN STI Meeting

Horizon 2020 and Southeast Asia-Europe Joint Funding Scheme presented to ASEAN STI ministries in Naypyidaw, Myanmar
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A delegation of EU representatives presented the many opportunities available for increasing collaboration between Southeast Asian and European researchers at the 17th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Science and Technology in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, on 19th October 2017.

The delegation, led by Konstantinos Glinos of the European Commission, highlighted the similarities between the ASEAN Plan of Action on Science, Technology and Innovation (APASTI) and EU STI policy objectives, and presented the many avenues for collaboration open to researchers, including Horizon 2020, information services offered by EURAXESS, and opportunities for jointly funded SEA-EU projects through the Southeast Asia-Europe Joint Funding Scheme (JFS).

The delegation announced the upcoming calls for Horizon 2020 funding (the new Work Programme 2018-2020 was published on October 29 – visit this link), and presented the preliminary outcomes of the 1st call of the Southeast Asia-Europe Joint Funding Scheme (JFS) which had taken place on 16-17 October in Bangkok, Thailand.

In addition to this, a number of side events took place to further promote SEA-EU collaboration in science, technology and innovation. During the Ministerial Meeting, the delegation engaged in a number of bilateral discussions with Thai and Vietnamese funding agencies, while a European Union booth at the ASEAN STI week promoted all of the mentioned opportunities to interested researchers. The JFS Secretariat also held a side-event on the 20 October for representatives of ASEAN funding agencies which would be interested in participating in future JFS calls.

The JFS Scientific Council in Bangkok
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SEA-EU Joint Funding Scheme holds successful funding decision meeting in Bangkok

First JFS Joint Call results in securing commitments to fund 10 projects
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The first Joint Call of the Southeast Asia-Europe Joint Funding Scheme (JFS) for research and innovation has succeeded in securing commitments to fund 10 projects, which will bring together research teams from both regions to tackle some of the most pressing issues faced today in the fields of health and climate change. 

The meetings of the JFS Scientific Committee and Programme Steering Committee were held in Bangkok, Thailand, on the 16 and 17 October respectively, and were attended by representatives from many research funding agencies from across South East Asia and Europe.The meetings were hosted by the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) Thailand and the  Thailand Center of Excellence for Life Sciences (TCELS).

In this first call, two areas of research were selected for funding; firstly projects related to health, focusing specifically on anti-microbial drug resistance and emerging infectious diseases, and secondly, on projects relating to the environment and climate change which have a specific focus on adaptation / resilience of food production systems, and the impacts of climate change on ecosystems and biodiversity.

The successful proposals were announced in December, and are expected to start in the early months of 2018. Given the considerable success of the 1st Call, the JFS Secretariat received unanimous support from those present to hold a 2nd Call in 2018. It is hoped that this continuation will attract even more participating countries and funding agencies from both regions to fund many more joint projects in the future.

1st Joint Call: Announcement of 10 projects selected for funding
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1st Joint Call: Announcement of 10 projects selected for funding

In its meeting in October 2017 in Bangkok the Programme Steering Committee (PSC) selected the following 10 projects for funding:

1) CWSSEA - Assessments of vulnerability of mature and secondary forests to climatic water stress in Southeast Asia

2) SKUD - The emergence of Skin Ulceration Diseases in Edible Sea Cucumbers in a Global Change Framework

3) ThaiVacc - Novel Leptospirosis and Dengue Fever Vaccines for Thailand

4) FRESHBIO - Freshwater biotas of the insular biodiversity hotspots of Southeast Asia: diversity, biological states and uses

5) PlasmID-SEA - Plasmid Identification and Detection in South-East Asia - Enterobacteriaceae resistant to last resort Carbapenems and Colistin

6) FarmResist - Occupational risks for animal farmers to be colonised with animal-associated resistant bacteria in Thailand, impact on the faecal microbiota

7) CAREChild - Containment of antibiotic resistance - measures to improve antibiotic use in pregnancy, childbirth and children

8) DeZi - A single component pentavalent Dengue-Zika vaccine preventing antibody-dependent enhancement phenomenon

9) RESCuE - Monitoring and REstoration for Sustainable Coastal Ecosystems

10) Strengthening rice breeding programs in Laos and Thailand and developing climate-resilient rice varieties

The project coordinators have been informed about this deicision by the Joint Call Secretariat. The total funding volume of the projects amounts to approximately 3,3 mio. Euros.

More information about the projects will be available soon.
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