SEA-Europe Joint Funding Scheme - 5th and 6th call deadlines extended

The 5th (S&T) and 6th (Innovation) Joint Calls for Proposals under the Southeast Asia – Europe Joint Funding Scheme for Research and Innovation (JFS) have been launched. 


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.


  • 5th Joint Call for Proposals of Science and Technology (S&T) in the thematic areas of Infectious Diseases (incl. Covid-19) and Nanotechnologies [DETAILS] New deadline is 15 December 2020.
  • 6th Joint Call for Proposals of Innovation in the thematic areas of digital health (incl. infectious diseases) and Bioeconomy (incl. application of ICT-based technologies) [DETAILS] New deadline is 15 January 2021.

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



The Southeast Asia-Europe Joint Funding Scheme for Research and Innovation (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. Each country funds "their own researchers" according to their own rules and in principle there is "no money crossing borders".

On a regular basis Joint Calls for Proposals are being launched in changing thematic areas which are of interest to the participating funders. In 2017 a first joint call 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.

A typical project funded under the JFS would last for 3 years and usually costs such as personnel, (small) equipment, consumables, travel and workshops are eligible. Yet, this can vary from funder to funder since the national rules apply.

The central management of the JFS is operated by the European Commission's Service Facility in Support of the Strategic Development of International Cooperation in Research and Innovation.