The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) e-ASIA 2023 Joint Research Program will support Australian participation and collaboration in leading international collaborative research through the e-ASIA Joint Research Program (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 allocated up to $3 million to support up to four grants (with a capped maximum value of $750,000 per grant) for the Australian component of successful projects in the e-ASIA JRP 12th Health Research call. Applications are invited for projects commencing in 2024 addressing the research topic of Climate Change and Health as identified in the e-ASIA JRP Health Research 12th call text (PDF 640 KB).

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 Education, Culture, Research and Technology (DIKBUDRISTEK)
  4. Japan – Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED)
  5. Lao PDR – Ministry of Health (MOH)
  6. Thailand – Program Management Unit for Human Resources and Institutional Development, Research and Innovation (PMU-B)
  7. United States of America – National Cancer Institute (NCI)
  8. United States of America – National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Application process

  1. e-ASIA and member organisations open 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 30 March 2023. For more details please visit the e-ASIA website.
    • Collaborating partners are responsible for submitting completed applications to respective member organisations supporting the topic call in line with their application closing dates.
    • Applicants from Australian teams must submit an application addressing the criteria outlined in the Grant Opportunity Guidelines to NHMRC for assessment by the nominated due date.
  2. NHMRC conducts eligibility checks for Australian collaborations.
  3. NHMRC conducts peer review of applications submitted.
  4. NHMRC submits short listed eligible applications to the e-ASIA Joint Review Meeting
  5. e-ASIA Joint Review Meeting compiles a final ranking list and recommendations for funding presented to the e-ASIA Board for approval.
  6. 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 in their respective country. More detailed eligibility requirements can be found in the e-ASIA 12th Health Research common call guidelines available on the e-ASIA website.

For details regarding the NHMRC e-ASIA 2023 JRP peer review process, refer to the NHMRC e-ASIA 2023 JRP Peer Review Guidelines (see download section below).

Grant at a glance

Duration of funding
3 years
Duration of funding
Up to 3 years
Level of funding

Key changes

NHMRC requires that collaborations must include a Principal Investigator (PI) (refer to section 4.1) from at least one of the participating member organisations from the following countries:

  • Cambodia
  • Indonesia
  • Lao PDR
  • Thailand.

Outcomes of funding rounds


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