The NHMRC e-ASIA 2021 Joint Research Program will support Australian participation and collaboration in leading international collaborative research through the e-ASIA JRP (e-ASIA JRP). The e-ASIA JRP supports international joint research projects in the East Asia region on a multilateral basis, and promotes the interaction of researchers through scientific workshops.

Program Description

The e-ASIA JRP selects research projects through an open call for proposals. Fields of cooperation are decided among the e-ASIA participating member organisations and funding is for up to three years.

NHMRC has committed up to $3 million for up to four (4) grants with a capped maximum value of A$750,000 per grant to support the Australian component of successful projects in the e-ASIA JRP 10th Health Research call.  Applications are invited for projects commencing in 2022 addressing the following research topics in the e-ASIA JRP Health research 10th joint call:

  • Infectious diseases
  • Cancer

Participating Member Organisations in this call are: 

  1. Australia: National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
  2. Cambodia: Ministry of Health (MOH)
  3. Indonesia: Ministry of Research and Technology/ National Research and Innovation Agency (RISTEK/BRIN)
  4. Japan: Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED)
  5. Lao PDR: Ministry of Health (MOH)
  6. Myanmar: Ministry of Education (MOE)
  7. New Zealand: Health Research Council (HRC)
  8. Philippines: Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCHRD)
  9. Thailand: National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT)
  10. Thailand: National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA)
  11. United States of America: National Cancer Institute (NCI)
  12. United States of America: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Application Process

  • NHMRC will advertise this call through GrantConnect, Tracker, RAO Alert and on the NHMRC website.
  • NHMRC opens the grant opportunity in NHMRC's Sapphire grants management system for researchers to participate in the call:
    • the Lead Principal Investigator of the collaborative project is required to submit the Common Application to the e-ASIA Program Secretariat by the specified due date of 29 March 2021. For more details please visit the e-ASIA website.
    • Applicants from the Australian team must submit an application addressing the criteria outlined in the Grant Opportunity Guidelines to NHMRC for assessment by the nominated due date.
    • Collaborating partners are responsible for submitting completed applications to respective member organisations supporting the topic call in line with their application closing dates. Note: Collaborating Partners should confirm their Member Organisation is participating in the research call topic prior to submitting an application.
  • NHMRC conducts eligibility checks for Australian collaborations
  • NHMRC conducts peer review of applications submitted
  • NHMRC submits short listed eligible applications to the e-ASIA Joint Review Meeting (membership comprises representatives from each of the participating member organisations)
  • e-ASIA Joint Review meeting compiles a final joint ranking list and recommendations for funding to be presented to the e-ASIA Board for approval
  • NHMRC funding recommendations approval process.


The e-ASIA JRP has specific eligibility criteria for applicants. Applications will be excluded from consideration if eligibility requirements are not met, including:

  • A minimum of three collaborating partners from supporting member organisations participating in a call topic, per application. 
  • Applications specific to each participating member organisation must be completed by the Chief Investigator A (CIA) in their country (e.g. Australian CIA submits to NHMRC while the Japanese CIA submits to the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED)). More detailed eligibility requirements can be found in the e-ASIA 10th Health Research common call guidelines available on the e-ASIA website

NHMRC will update Sapphire and Twitter account with latest news and other relevant information. We encourage you to check back regularly to keep yourself informed.

Grant at a glance

Level of funding

Key changes

NHMRC will provide funding support for up to a maximum of four (4) grants with a capped maximum value of A$750,000 per grant.


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