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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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