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

2 2 © NSTDA 2013 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 3 © NSTDA 2013 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! ASEAN Facts & Figures Pop. 600 million 9 th largest economy 9% of world’s pop. GDP - US$2.5 trillion GDP per capita – US$ 3,000 EU Facts EU Facts & Figures Pop. 500 million GDP- US$17.5 trillion GDP per capita – US$35,100 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

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 8 © NSTDA 2013 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 Project Start FP7 Call Cycle

11  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! Who can be funded?What can be funded?

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 Support of the following FP7 Projects: No NCPs in ASEAN 57 NCPs 8/10 ASEAN Countries

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 IMARINE - Data e- Infrastructure Initiative for Fisheries Management and Conservation of Marine Living Resources - FISHBASE INFORMATION & RESEARCH GROUP INC SEACOOP Further developing strategic RandD cooperation with South-East Asia on ICT - I-REDD+ Impacts of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation and Enhancing Carbon Stocks – National University of Laos

16 16 © NSTDA 2013 SEA-EU-NET Projects 1 & 2

17 SEA-EU-NET 1 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 SEA-EU-NET 1 and 2 Projects

18 FP7 Lessons Learned  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 Positive Negative

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, e.g.health, 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 22 © NSTDA 2013 Useful Information  FP7 Participants Portal  FP7 National Contact Points  NSTDA FP7 Support Office Mr. Simon Grimley Khun Wanichar Sukprasertchai

23 23 © NSTDA 2013 ASEAN-EU Year of Science, Technology and Innovation 2012

24  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 30 © NSTDA 2013 ASEAN-EU Political Dialogue

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


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