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Newton Fund RCUK-DIPI-Ristekdikti-MoHE-DOST-TRF Research Partnerships Call: UK – Indonesia – Malaysia – Philippines – Thailand Small Scale Research Call for Proposals 2016


Awards made under the RCUK-DIPI- Ristekdikti-MoHE-DOST-TRF Research Partnerships Call 2016

Creative Economy and Cultural Heritage
Project title UK Principal Investigator UK Research Organisation South East Asian Principal Investigator South East Asian Research Organisation Lead Research Council South East Asian Funder(s) 
Creative and Participatory Transcultural Practices and Problem Solving Through Game Design and Computational Thinking (CreativeCulture)  Dr Sylvester Arnab  Coventry University  Dr Jacey-Lynn Minoi   Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)   AHRC  MoHE 
Digital threads: Towards personalised craft production in Malay cottage industries  Dr Corina Sas  Lancaster University  Dr Masitah Ahmad   University Technology MARA, Malaysia  AHRC   
Social Network Analysis of Innovation Cluster in Creative and Cultural Value Chain: Case of George Town World Heritage Site  Dr Jin Chan  University of Greenwich  Professor Hooi Hooi Lean   Universiti Sains Malaysia  ESRC   
Capacity Building in Big Data and Technology Development through Astronomy 
Project title UK Principal Investigator UK Research Organisation South East Asian Principal Investigator South East Asian Research Organisation Lead Research Council South East Asian Funder(s) 
Capacity Building in STEM to ensure a sustainable community development and a successful astronomical observatory in Timor  Dr Rene Breton  The University of Manchester  Dr Premana W Premadi  Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia   STFC  DIPI 
RCUK Cross-cultural Computer-supported Collaborative Learning for Student Capacity Building in Multifaceted Competencies through Astronomy Online Labs  Dr Lai-Chong Law  University of Leicester  Dr. Marlia Binti Puteh   Universiti Teknologi Malaysia  STFC  MoHE 
Energy-Food-Water-Environment Nexus
Project title UK Principal Investigator UK Research Organisation South East Asian Principal Investigator South East Asian Research Organisation Lead Research Council South East Asian Funder(s) 
Valorisation of agricultural wastes in the Thai rural economy for bioenergy production, nutrient recycling and water pollution control  Dr David Werner  Newcastle University  Associate Professor Soydoa Vinitnantharat   King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT), Thailand   BBSRC  TRF 
Sustainable production of compost, biofuels and chemicals from oil palm residues.  Professor Neil Bruce  University of York  Dr Chun Shiong Chong   Universiti Teknologi Malaysia   BBSRC  MoHE 
Using Nexus Thinking to Empower Community-Based Management of Mangrove Fisheries  Dr Caroline Hattam  Plymouth Marine Laboratory  Dr Hong Ching Goh   University of Malaya, Malaysia  NERC  MoHE 
Identifying trade-offs of changing land use for aquatic environmental and socio-economic health and facilitating sustainable solutions  Dr Claire Evans  National Oceanography Centre  Dr Aazani Mujahid   University Malaysia Sarawak  NERC  MoHE 
High Density Air Quality Monitoring in the Klang Valley (Malaysia) - A New High Resolution Observational Capability.  Dr Mohammed Mead  Cranfield University  Associate Professor Dr Azizan Abu Samah  University of Malaya, Malaysia   NERC   
Understanding biomass value chains and the environment-food-energy-water nexus in Malaysia through whole-systems analysis and optimisation (BEFEW)  Dr Sheila Samsatli  University of Bath  Associate Professor Dr Wan Azlina Wan Abdul Karim Ghani   Universiti Putra Malaysia  EPSRC   
Micro bubble aeration system for nursery pond of shrimp aquaculture in Malaysia under energy, water quality and biofloc circulation constraints  Dr Faik Hamad  Teesside University  Dr Montchai Pinitjisamut   Kasetsart University, Malaysia   EPSRC   
Water - Energy - Nutrient Nexus in the Cities of the Future  Dr Devendra Saroj  University of Surrey  Dr. Michael Angelo Promentilla   De La Salle University (DLSU), Philippines   EPSRC  DOST PCIEERD 

The Research Councils UK (RCUK), the Indonesia Science Fund (DIPI), the Ministry of Research Technology and Higher Education Republic of Indonesia (Ristekdikti), the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia (MoHE), the Department of Science and Technology Philippines (DOST), and the Thailand Research Fund (TRF) are pleased to invite applications to the Newton Fund UK – Southeast Asia Small Scale Research Partnerships Call for Proposals 2016.

This initiative will provide funding for flexible short-term support for high-quality, collaborative research which address the following topics:

  • Creative Economy and Cultural Heritage
  • Energy - Food – Water-Environment Nexus
  • Mental Health
  • Capacity Building in Big Data and Technology Development through Astronomy
  • Skills for using Large Facilities

The aim is to deliver research that will provide new insights and stimulate creative thinking to tackle real world problems and that will contribute to the economic development and welfare of Southeast Asia. The longer term objective is to establish sustainable collaborations between UK and Southeast Asian researchers that will increase the competitiveness of these researchers in gaining funds for excellent research in future funding calls, either under the Newton Fund or through other routes.

Please note different Southeast Asian partners are taking part in different topics. Please see the chart below for clarification of which country is involved in each topic.

Country  Partner  Creative Economy & Cultural Heritage  Energy- Food – Water-Environment Nexus  Mental Health  Capacity Building in Big Data and Technology Development through Astronomy  Skills for using large facilities 
Thailand   TRF    X      
Philippines  DOST    X X    
Indonesia  Ristekdikti   X X    
Indonesia  DIPI        X X
Malaysia  MoHE  X X X X X

Proposals within the themes listed above are welcomed from across the remits of the UK Research Councils.  Recognising the multidisciplinary nature of the thematic areas, the development of interdisciplinary collaborations is particularly welcome.

Applicants are invited to submit bilateral or trilateral/multilateral collaborative research proposals comprising eligible researchers from the UK, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines or Thailand. All proposals will be required to have a UK Principal Investigator, in addition to a Principal Investigator from one or more of the partner countries.

Consortia should consider how their proposal makes the best use of available expertise in the UK and Southeast Asia, the added value of collaboration and how the proposal will meet the Official Development Assistance (ODA)  requirements of this Newton Fund activity. 

Application process

RCUK- DIPI – Ristekdikti – MoHE – DOST - TRF proposals must be submitted by the UK Research Organisation using the Research Councils’ Joint Electronic Submission system (Je-S). The call deadline is by 16:00 BST (22:00 WIB, 22:00 ICT, 23:00 MYT, 23:00 PHT) Tuesday, 02 August 2016. Any applications received after this deadline will not be considered for funding

  • Call open in Je-S System – 25 May 2016
  • Closing date for proposals - 02 August 2016
  • RCUK-DIPI–Ristekdikti–MoHE–DOST-TRF Joint Panel – early October
  • Decisions announced – end of October
  • Successful proposals withdrawn from EPSRC Je-S system by research offices and submitted to host council by remit – early November
  • Grants commence  - 01 December 2016 

Please note that all proposals that are planning to involve the use of humans or vertebrae animals/ other organisms covered by the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act need to contact RCUK before submission.

Call documents

We have prepared a comprehensive set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to support this call which is available below. We are monitoring the questions we receive so that these can be included in this document. We highly recommend that potential applicants check the FAQs before contacting the funding organisations for advice.

If you have further questions that are not addressed in the FAQs, please email the relevant contact below.


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