SEA-EU-JFS : 6th Joint Call for Proposals of (2020) Innovation in the Thematic Areas of Digital Health and Bioeconomy


***Extended Deadline***
6th Joint Call for Proposals of (2020) Innovation in the Thematic Areas of Digital Health and Bioeconomy

Type of funded projects: Southeast Asia-Europe Joint Call Projects must comprise of at least 3 partners from 3 different countries (either 2 partners from 2 different Southeast Asian countries and 1 European partner or 2 partners from 2 different European countries and 1 Southeast Asian partner) applying for funding from funding agencies participating in the call. The proposals have to cover the thematic areas of Digital Health (including Infectious Diseases) or Bioeconomy (including Application of ICT based Technologies) to enhance bi-regional cooperation and develop new partnerships as well as strengthen existing ones. The 2020 Innovation Call aims to support projects with a strong application focus and the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) that the project begins at should at least be 3*.

*Referring to the definition of TRL as applied by H 2020 Work Programme: >>>here<<<.


Extended Deadline: 15th of January 2021 12:00 (noon) CET/ 17:00 Jakarta time

****The deadline that was originally set on the 16th of November has now been extended to the the 15th of January 2021!****


1) Digital Health (including Infectious Diseases) Cooperation on infectious diseases of health-related research between European and Southeast Asia countries is proven strong in both regions. Nonetheless, major obstacles exist to overcome the existing and increasing global health challenges including the need for a deeper understanding of diseases pathology and the socio-economic causes of the diseases and linked effectiveness of health intervention. Moreover, a crucial collaboration is emerged in the area of COVID-19 as the whole world is affected by the outbreak situation and require actions to which it can contribute. Those can be covered under the thematic area of Digital Health.

Digital health is the convergence and use of modern digital technologies and services to enhance the efficiency of healthcare delivery and make medicines more personalized and precise. It would offer more innovative ways for monitoring health and well-being. These technologies include but are not limited to, telemedicine, mobile phones and applications, wearable devices, remote monitoring sensors. It also involves the development of interconnected health systems to improve the use of computational technologies, smart devices, computational analysis techniques and communication media to support healthcare professionals and patients manage illnesses and health risks, as well as promote health and well-being.
2) Bioeconomy (including Application of ICT-based Technologies)
The Bioeconomy comprises those parts of the economy that use renewable biological resources from land and sea – such as crops, forests, fish, animals, and micro-organisms – to produce food, materials, and energy. Bioeconomy is a top-priority on the research agendas of the EU and ASEAN countries.

In addition to Bioeconomy issues, ICT is a crucial instrument for finding scalable and sustainable solutions. In the EU-STI Roadmap, pilots will be launched for innovative service creation based on existing technologies, with a focus on the participation of relevant innovation stakeholders from developing countries, including end-user community representatives (ICT-39-2016-2017: International partnership building in low and middle income countries in WP 2016-2017). There is interest to work on innovative service creation based on existing technologies, with focus on involving all stakeholders especially end-user community representatives, e.g. through innovation hubs and “Living Labs”.

This has been translated in the ICT Work- Programme 2016-2017 with a call for "partnerships with low and middle income countries" with ASEAN being one of the regions targeted and a total budget of €13 million. It calls for the co-design, adaptation, demonstration and validation (e.g. pilots) of ICT related research and innovation in relevant thematic areas addressed by Horizon 2020 including Content Technologies and Societal Challenges.

1= Digital Health (incl. Infectious Diseases); 2= Bioeconomy (incl. Application of ICT based Technologies)
  • Brunei Darussalam – University of Brunei Darussalam (UBD)2
  • Bulgaria - Bulgarian National Science Fund (BNSF)1+2
  • Czech Republic – Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS)1+2
  • Indonesia – The Indonesian Endowment Fund (LPDP)1+2
  • Lao PDR - Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST)1+2
  • Myanmar – Ministry of Education (MOE)2
  • The Philippines - Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Philippine Council for Industry, Energy & Emerging Technology (PCIEERD)2
  • Spain - Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI)1+2
  • Thailand - Thailand Center for Excellence for Life Science (TCELS)1
  • Turkey - Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK)1+2
  • Vietnam – Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST)1+2

PLEASE NOTE: Some funders only participate in one of the thematic areas. This is indicated with 1=Digital Health (incl. Infectious Diseases) and 2=Bioeconomy (incl. Application of ICT-based Technologies) after the name of each funding agency in the list above.

Scope of the projects:
Funding will be provided for the duration of a maximum of three years (36 months). They should start earliest in July 2021.

Within the framework of the Joint Call, funding can in general be applied for:
  • Personnel costs
  • Equipment and consumables (project-related miscellaneous expenses and project-related larger equipment)
  • Mobility costs (exchange research visits between Europe and Southeast Asia. Travel costs, living expenses and visa costs are eligible for funding.
  • Other costs (Costs which cannot be classified under the previous cost items but are required for the project implementation, such as costs related to dissemination, intellectual property, demonstration, market search, management, organisational and subcontracting costs).
The eligibility of cost items and their calculation is according to respective national regulations. The respective National Regulations from the participating countries / the funding ministries or agencies can be downloaded at the end of this site.
The upper funding limit can also be found in the respective national regulations.

Who can apply?
Proposals may be submitted by public legal RTD (Research and Technology Development) entities, higher education institutions, non-university research establishments, companies (all depending on national regulations). Eligibly criteria can be found in the respective national funding regulations.
Institutions not explicitly mentioned as recipients might be included in consortia if they provide their own funding (non-eligible organizations might join at their own costs). A Letter of Commitment has to be submitted in these cases. Other entities may apply if the respective national regulations allow it.

We strongly suggest that applicants discuss their intentions and confirm eligibility with their respective National Contact Point (NCP) before submitting a proposal.

Proposals for Innovation projects have to be submitted electronically using PT-Outline Web Tool, accessible through Link:

During the submission phase, the web tool will be open from the publishing date of the call on 15 June 2020 until
16 November 2020, 17:00 Jakarta time

Any proposal that is submitted after this deadline cannot be accepted by the secretariat and therefore will not be considered for evaluation.

All proposals must be written in English only.

After successful submission of the proposal, each principal coordinator will receive an automatic confirmation e-mail. This e-mail can be used as proof that the proposal was submitted on time and correctly. In case the coordinator is not sure whether the proposal was submitted correctly, he or she should contact the call secretariat immediately and/or resend the proposal via e-mail to the call secretariat within the deadline.

Please note: Some funding agencies require that applicants from their respective countries submit specific complementary documents at the national level, in addition to the JFS application. These additional requirements will be made clear in the national regulations of the concerned countries.

Each project consortium has to choose a Project Coordinator from among all partners of the respective project eligible for funding (partners participating on their own budget may not be coordinators). Only one proposal per project and applicant should be submitted using PT-Outline. The Project Coordinator is responsible for submitting the proposal on behalf of his / her project consortium. The responsibilities of the Project Coordinator are to keep the other project partners updated on the submission process, to ensure the internal management and coordination of the project consortium and to constitute the main contact to the Joint Call Secretariat.
The PT-Outline electronic template consists of four pages (General information, Project coordinator, Project partners and Project description) that need to be filled-in online. In addition, a word template has to be downloaded from the project description page of PT-Outline, filled-in with the requested information, converted to PDF format and then uploaded again.

For Full Call Text Information can be downloaded >>>here<<<.

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