About the Southeast Asia-Europe Joint Funding Scheme

The Southeast Asia-Europe Joint Funding Scheme for Research and Innovation (JFS) is an instrument for the funding of bi-regional, multi-lateral 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 and Environment/Climate Change was successfully implemented.

Since then, JFS has launched 7 Calls for Proposals on an annual basis covering a wide range of topics in the fields of health, environment and beyond.

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.

Besides call launching activities, JFS also organises several events aiming at fostering scientific cooperation between Southeast Asian and European researchers such as matchmaking events and lab exploration tours.Further, the JFS website operates a partnering tool to support researchers in identifying matching partners.

After a break of 1.5 years, the JFS continues its activities with launching three more Calls for proposals starting with an 8th Call in 2023, which will be followed by a 9th Call in 2024 and a 10th Call in 2025. In order to stay updated, we recommend the registration for our newsletter.

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.