(Reminder) ICT-Asia and Bio-Asia 2014 : Call for proposals [fr]


The French Regional Delegation for Cooperation- ASEAN and the Directorate for Scientific Exchanges and Research (French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development) announce the launch of ICT-Asia and Bio-Asia calls for proposals.

Bio-Asia and ICT-Asia regional programs fund mobility costs of research projects involving at least 3 research units of France and Asia in the fields of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) and natural substances studies (from the study of biodiversity to its sustainable applications in agronomy, cosmetics, health, etc., and to biotechnologies). They support French-Asian scientific networks in research fields meeting the regional strategic priorities. They encourage the emergence of ASEAN socio-cultural community through scientific integration.

The calls for proposals were discussed during BIO and ICT Regional Workshop, held from the 4th to the 6th of June 2014 at LIPI (Lembaga Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia / Indonesian Institute of Sciences) with the participation of more than 70 scientists and partners from UNESCO, EU, Cambodia, China, South Korea, Indonesia, France, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

During the workshop, French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), Research Institute for Development (IRD) and Pasteur Institute offered presentations on their regional programs and cooperation schemes. ICT Sessions focused on applied research for Disaster Risk Management, Health, Urban and Rural environments. BIO sessions focused on Health and strategies for biodiversity conservation. At the crossroad of ICT and BIO, Biotechnologies sessions were dedicated to health and industrial applications.

This yearly workshop was held in Jakarta for the first time. The event offers avenues for scientists from France and Asia to network, to present their research projects as well as the strategic priorities of their institutions for international cooperation, in order to develop long term partnerships. It allows researchers who benefited from the previous calls for proposals to present the funded projects while candidates to the next call network with partners.

2014 Workshop highlighted the following research priorities among Asian scientists: challenges to biodiversity, disaster risk management, health, ICT applied to rural and urban development. The pressing challenges met in these fields and their impact on economic and human development, notably in the ASEAN, often lead regional scientific communities to give priority to applied research. The workshop also confirmed the growing role scientific research plays in the region to advice governments on policy making to address common challenges.

Priority topics for 2014 calls for proposals reflect the strategic priorities of French scientific cooperation with its Asian partners. ICT-Asia and Bio-Asia selection balance basic and applied research as both are vital for long term development. Projects should involve at least one French partner and at least two Asian partners, with one from the ASEAN. They should present a strong interest in terms of innovation, training and knowledge sharing. Criteria, nature of the projects and application process are detailed in the proposals below. Deadline for application: 31st of August.

French scientific partners include the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), the Research Institute for Development (IRD), the Centre for International Cooperation in Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD), the National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM), the Institut Mines-Télécom, the Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER); Pasteur Institute, the National Museum of Natural History (MNHN) and the National Institute for Agronomic Research (INRA), as well as French Ministry for Higher Education and Research (MESR).

ICT- Asia and BIO-Asia are implemented in partnership with UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific (Jakarta).

The two programs have funded 46 ICT projects and 21 BIO projects over the last 10 years.

Enquiries and information : Philomene ROBIN – p.robin@unesco.org

Diterbitkan pada 15/07/2014

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