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1 ASEAN-EU S&T Cooperation - An Overview -
Simon Grimley Program Director NSTDA 21 January, 2013 1 1

2 Presentation Outline Overview of S&T Cooperation FP7 and Horizon 2020
SEA-EU-NET Projects ASEAN-EU Year of Science, Technology ad Innovation 2012 ASEAN-EU Policy Dialogue

3 Overview of S&T Cooperation

4 ASEAN from an EU Perspective
Regional geo-political & economic grouping – 10 countries in SEA The EU’s fifth most important trading partner 600 million people – expected to grow to 700 million by 2030 very dynamic, diverse region Growing geo-political interest regional integration – AEC 2015 S&T excellence is developing fast! Unique richness of Biodiversity Major food producer & exporter Hotspot for emergence of infectious diseases and drug resistance One of the regions most vulnerable to Climate Change EU Facts ASEAN Facts & Figures Pop. 600 million 9th largest economy 9% of world’s pop. GDP - US$2.5 trillion GDP per capita – US$ 3,000 EU Facts & Figures Pop. 500 million GDP- US$17.5 trillion GDP per capita – US$35,100

5 Growth Thailand Scientific Publications
Source: Scopus data compiled by the Office of the Higher Education Commission, Thailand (OHEC)

6 Thailand - EU Cooperation
over 30 years bilateral relations 4x increase in scientific publications in 10 years Tripled contribution to the number of scientific publications worldwide 1998 Thailand and the EU had 200 co- published research papers In less than 10 years this had climbed to 700 co-publications

7 ASEAN-EU co-publication output

8 European Union (EU) FP7 Program

9 What is FP7? Main European Union (EU) mechanism to fund research
2000 billion THB (2007 – 2013) Very broad support to R&D applied & basic research Researcher mobility Research infrastructure Calls for Proposals – bulk of FP7 is “top-down” Highly competitive - scientific excellence - no national quota All calls open to participation by researchers from Thailand Last Calls of FP7 announced July 2012 Collaboration Competition

10 A Typical FP7 Project 10 or more research partners from many countries
Open to Universities, Research Institutes, Companies A collaborative exercise (research is divided in “work packages” and “tasks”) 4 years duration Co-financing by EU (120 – 240 million THB, divided among all project partners) One partner is the project coordinator Average success rate of 23% Potential Benefits to Thai Researchers Raise scientific profile of Thai research within the EU Enlarged research network - widen field of expertise / open new areas of research Opportunity to engage at forefront of scientific research Introduction to “cooperative-competitive“ model of research funding International benchmarking and identification of best practices Leveraging national R&D investment Stepping stone to other EU funding opportunities FP7 Call Cycle Project Start

11 Who can be funded? What can be funded?
Universities and research centers Industrial organisations open to Innovation Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) Governmental Organisations International Organisations Foundations Individual applications (People Program) Basic and market orientated research applied development demonstration activities innovation activities improvement of European infrastructures of research mobility of researchers almost anything remotely related with science!

12 What NSTDA ICD has done FP7 promotion activities began in 2009
4 National FP7 Information Days at launch of new calls (~140 participants) 20 FP7 Roadshows at 9 National Research Universities FP7 workshops for NSTDA researchers Distributed specific call information to researchers –assisted in finding European partners Organized FP7 brokerage events, scientific workshops, matchmaking events Provided advice and support to proposal submissions Set up FP7 National Contact Point (NCPs) network Set up NSTDA FP7 website

13 What are National Contact Points
The role of FP7 National Contact Points (NCP) is to help researchers with the general and technical aspects of becoming involved in FP7 NCPs are national structures established and financed by governments of the 27 EU member states as well as “Third Countries” e.g. Thailand The NCP systems in the different countries show a wide variety of structures from highly centralised to decentralised networks From Ministries, universities, research centres and special agencies to private consulting companies There are 18 thematic networks within the overall Network of Contact Points The networks also provide services, training and information to regional authorities, research institutions and enterprises

14 FP7 NCP Establishment in ASEAN
57 NCPs 8/10 ASEAN Countries No NCPs in ASEAN 2008 2012 Support of the following FP7 Projects:

15 FP7 Project Examples - SEA
SEA-EU-NET Facilitating the bi-regional EU-ASEAN science and technology dialogue ISSOWAMA Integrated sustainable solid waste management in Asia SEACOOP Further developing strategic RandD cooperation with South-East Asia on ICT - IMARINE - Data e-Infrastructure Initiative for Fisheries Management and Conservation of Marine Living Resources - FISHBASE INFORMATION & RESEARCH GROUP INC I-REDD+ Impacts of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation and Enhancing Carbon Stocks – National University of Laos

16 SEA-EU-NET Projects 1 & 2

17 SEA-EU-NET 1 and 2 Projects
Project funded by FP7 ( ) 22 partners from Europe and ASEAN 4.1 Mill € of EC funding Support actions to foster S&T cooperation btw. the two regions Thematically open Actions to increase ASEAN participation in FP7 Mainly on academic cooperation € for conferences, events, workshops SEA-EU-NET 2 Project funded by FP7 (10/2012 – 10/2016) 4 Mill € of EC funding Actions/activities to support the political dialogue and to foster S&T cooperation Focused on three societal challenged (Food, Water, Health) Includes Innovation activities Targets Horizon2020 but also aims to set up own funding mechanisms 1,2 Mio € for conferences, workshops, events, fellowships 3) Reviewing, monitoring SEA-EU-NET parties are responsible for Providing information on their tasks to WP leader  Taking part in the WP committee meetings, informing the task and WP leaders on any development Providing financial information to the SEA-EU-NET coordinator  Providing information with the Internal financial form and at the end of the year within the Form C WP leaders are responsible for Checking the progress within WP against planned schedule Delivering quarterly reports on the progress of ongoing Work Packages activities to the SEA-EU-NET Make sure that events in different work packages can be co-ordinated Giving a presentation at the annual meeting of the General assembly SEA-EU-NET Management team is responsible for - Checking the project progress against planned schedule  Checking that milestones are met and deliverables properly produced Monitor that no redundancies occur between the different work packages ( f.e. will provide and feed a calender of events) Organising reviews and the submission of deliverables and the annual report to the EC (incl. financial report) Organising any internal audits

18 FP7 Lessons Learned Positive Negative
Raising of NSTDA and Thailand’s research profile in Europe FP7 participation has generated bilateral opps. e.g Germany Gained access to other EU funding opportunities NSTDA’s FP7 leadership role in ASEAN NSTDA’s FP7 promotion efforts 100% funded through FP7 projects Strengthened connections with Thai universities EU researchers do want to work with Thai researchers – global solutions for global problems e.g. infectious diseases FP7 is not an “easy sell” (few ASEAN specific priorities, “global competition”, collaborative research in big teams) High entry barrier in terms of admin, financial etc EC requirements can be difficult to reconcile with internal accounting procedures Difficult striking right balance between informing researchers and raising expectations EU policy making & priority setting a “black box” for international partners – no seat at the table FP7 a bit of a “club” in terms of information flow

19 ASEAN Participation in FP7
As of 18 October, 2012

20 ASEAN Participation in FP7
As of 18 October, 2012

21 Horizon 2020 – “FP8” 80 billion euro research and innovation funding programme ( ) Responding to the economic crisis to invest in future jobs and growth Focus on societal challenges facing EU society,, food security, clean energy, and “green” transport Three priorities: 1. Excellent science 2. Industrial leadership 3. Societal challenges “Horizon 2020 shall be open to …selected third countries that fulfil the relevant criteria (capacity, track record, close economic and geographical links to the Union, etc.)”

22 Useful Information FP7 Participants Portal FP7 National Contact Points
FP7 National Contact Points NSTDA FP7 Support Office Mr. Simon Grimley Khun Wanichar Sukprasertchai

23 ASEAN-EU Year of Science, Technology and Innovation 2012

24 ASEAN-EU Year of Science, Technology and Innovation 2012
An idea born within the SEA-EU-NET project A year long campaign to deepen S&T collaboration between Europe and Southeast Asia Launched November 2011 in Hanoi; closing event Brussels December 8, 2012 Year long campaign involving more than 50 events in 13 different countries More then 40 different institutions involved from both regions Officially endorsed by the ASEAN Committee on Science and Technology and the European Commission/DG RTD

25 Success Story 1 – EU Journalists Tour of Southeast Asia
8 European science journalists were invited to travel to ASEAN to meet with universities research centers, and ministries Aim to was to raise the profile of SEA research strengths The tour was linked to the visit of EU Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn to Singapore OUTCOME/IMPACT Media coverage including De Standaard (Belgium), Sciences et Avenir (France), Der Standard (Austria), The Philippines Star (The Philippines), The Nation (Thailand) Impact was a positive change in perceptions in Europe about Southeast Asia as a research partner

26 Success Story 2 – Eye of the Sky Exhibition
An impressive collection of satellite images showing human impact on the lansdscapes of Europe and Southeast Asia Exhibition toured 5 countries in ASEAN – initiated by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) OUTCOME/IMPACT Raised awareness about the common challenge of securing food, energy and water while protecting ecosystems Generated interest among bright young students to pursue careers in science

27 Success Story 3 – Summer School on Bio-energy Technology and Assessment (BETA)
A Summer School focused on renewable energy involving students and researchers from EU and SEA at KMUTT, Bangkok Aim was to create a EU-SEA Network on Clean Combustion and Biofuels (CleComBi) with the aim at strengthening the S&T excellence as well as academic / industrial partnerships and regional cooperation through the sharing of body of knowledge and technology transfer OUTCOME/IMPACT: Increase in joint EU-SEA research applications to international funding programs including FP7 Switch Asia, and national funding programs

28 What Worked Well We did a lot with a relatively small investment
We intensified the bi-regional S&T policy dialogue We successfully linked other EU funded projects and bilateral initiatives We supported the enlargement of existing EU-SEA partnerships We tested new ideas e.g. EU journalists tour of SEA We generated media coverage and public awareness

29 What’s Next? SEA-EU-NET 2
Many of the results of the YoSTI2012 will be carried forward by the SEA- EU-NET 2 SEA-EU-NET 2 is a 4 year project supported by FP – NSTDA is a partner It will focus on three societal challenges: Health, Food Security and Safety, and Water Management The project will: run workshops to bring scientists together support research mobility among young scientists develop new funding schemes to broaden and deepen the collaboration 

30 ASEAN-EU Political Dialogue

31 ASEAN-EU Political Dialogue
ASEAN-EU Dialogue meetings – once a year back to back with ASEAN COST Supported by the SEA-EU-NET projects High Level ASEAN mission to Brussels April 2010 – success in FP7 projects directed at ASEAN ASEAN COST mission to Brussels Dec 2012 – Closing Event of the ASEAN-EU- Year of Science

32 Thank you Simon Grimley Khun Wanichar Sukprasetchai
A Driving Force for National Science and Technology Capability National Science and Technology Development Agency 111 Thailand Science Park Phahonyothin Road, Klong 1, Klong Luang Pathumthani Thailand Simon Grimley Khun Wanichar Sukprasetchai 32

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