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Jakarta Post

Research cooperation matters to ASEAN

  • Kostas Glinos

Singapore   /   Sat, May 26 2018   /  01:14 am

Two years ago 10 science ministries and research funding agencies from Southeast Asia and Europe gathered around a table in Siem Reap and agreed to launch a new program for collaborative research.

The results are remarkable: The new program, despite being little known and without much advertising, received 50 applications from 218 organizations. By the beginning of 2018, 10 projects were funded with an average of Rp 5.5 billion each in the areas of emerging infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance, and climate change impacts on food production systems and biodiversity.

This showed that there is significant demand for research cooperation both within the Southeast Asia region as well as with Europe. The experiment is being repeated in 2018. This time 18 countries have indicated their intent to participate. This includes all ASEAN member states except for Singapore and...