Date of Workshop: Wednesday 15 June 2016 – Thursday 16 June 2016
Closing date: Sunday, 22 May 2016
Research Councils UK (RCUK) jointly with the Indonesia Science Fund (DIPI), the Thailand Research Fund (TRF) and the National Foundation for Science and Technology Development of Vietnam (NAFOSTED) expect to hold a joint call for research proposals in May 2016. In preparation for the call, RCUK is inviting expressions of interest for eligible UK researchers to attend a two-day workshop on Wednesday 15 June –Thursday 16 June 2016 to explore UK-Southeast Asian opportunities for collaboration.
The aim of the workshop is to initiate new collaborative working relationships between UK and Southeast Asian researchers in the below three focus themes.
It is hoped that these collaborations will work together to apply for the UK-Southeast Asia call for proposals which is expected to launch at the end of May 2016. Through this call, RCUK is intending to provide approximately £4.9 million to support the UK side of joint research projects in these topic areas. It is not a requirement to attend the workshop to be able to apply to the call for funding.
Please note different Southeast Asian partners are participating in the topics, and the appropriate funder must be participating in that area for you to be able to express an interest in working with researchers in that country or area. Southeast Asian partners will each choose their respective representatives to attend the networking workshop. Please see the chart below for clarification of which country is involved in each focus theme.
|Country||Partner||Atmospheric Pollution & Human Health||Water Resources||Tropical Peatlands and Mangroves|
Atmospheric Pollution and Human Health
Atmospheric pollution and human health is of vital importance in SE Asia. Not only are the urban air pollution and industrial emissions an issue but the so called annual ‘haze’ events resulting from forest and peat fires in SE Asia contribute significantly to the atmospheric pollution and impact on human health in this area. Additional to the effects on human health the atmospheric pollution is impacting on the economy, including air travel. Consequently there is a need to understand:
Participating Countries/funders: UK RCUK, Thailand TRF, Vietnam NAFOSTED, Indonesia DIPI
Water resources in Southeast Asia are under increasing stress as a result of changes in climate, land-use, population, urbanisation and industrialisation. The aim of this call will be to:
Participating Countries/funders: UK RCUK, Thailand TRF, Vietnam NAFOSTED
Tropical Peatlands and Mangroves
Tropical peatlands and Mangroves are often home to unique and an important biodiversity and provide important ecosystems services including carbon storage, flood control, timber and non-timber forest products. Peatlands and Mangroves are being degraded as a result of land use/ management changes and climate change. Apart from deliberate burning, degraded peatland and mangroves are at risk of spontaneous fires which causes further damage and is a risk to human health.
Research could include:
Participating Countries/funders: UK RCUK, Vietnam NAFOSTED, Indonesia DIPI
Background of the Newton Fund
The planned UK-Southeast Asia call for proposals which is expected to launch at the end of May 2016 is funded through the Newton Fund. The Newton Fund was launched in 2014 and originally consisted of £75 million each year for 5 years. In the 2015 UK Spending Review it was agreed to extend and expand the Fund. The Newton Fund was extended from 2019 to 2021 and expanded by doubling the £75 million investment to £150 million by 2021, leading to a £735 million UK investment to 2021, with partner countries providing matched resources within the Fund. The Newton Fund requires that the UK funding is awarded in a manner that fits with ODA guidelines. All applications under this call must therefore be compliant with these guidelines and demonstrate this compliance within the written proposal.
Who Should Attend?
We would like to see expressions of interest from UK researchers who are eligible for funding from the Research Councils and are interested in applying for the research grant funding call. DIPI, NAFOSTED, and TRF will be responsible for the selection process of researchers from Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand respectively. The event will provide an opportunity to hear more about the call and to network with potential collaborators. It is not a requirement to attend the workshop to be able to apply to the call for funding. Reasonable costs for travel, accommodation and subsistence would be covered by RCUK.
Applying to Attend
Those who wish to attend should register their interest by completing the electronic Expression of Interest (EOI) form available here: http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/ATR0L/
Selection of the participants will be made by the respective funding agencies, RCUK, DIPI, TRF and NAFOSTED. The deadline for UK researchers to submit an Expression of Interest Form is 16:00BST on Sunday 22 May 2016.
Due to a limited number of spaces, the numbers of attendees from a given organisation may have to be restricted in the event of multiple applications. Therefore, attendees will be expected to represent the wider interests of their institution as well as their individual interests. We will not be able to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants. If you are not selected for the workshop you can still apply to the call.
An application will be considered as confirming availability for the workshop and as a commitment to attend if selected.
For further information, advice or queries regarding the format of the event or application procedure please contactRCUKNewtonFundEnquiries@rcuk.ac.uk