The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) e-ASIA 2024 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 formulates and 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’s participation in the e-ASIA JRP is consistent with NHMRC’s International Engagement Strategy and Corporate Plan.

The NHMRC e-ASIA 2024 grant opportunity will support Australian participation and partnership in international collaborative research through the e-ASIA JRP 13th call for proposals under two streams – Health Research and Food and Health.

NHMRC e-ASIA 2024 – Health Research stream  

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 13th Health Research stream. Applications are invited for projects commencing in 2025 addressing the research topic of Infectious Diseases and Immunology (including Antimicrobial Resistance) as identified in the e-ASIA JRP Health Research 13th call text.

Participating member organisations in this call are:

  1. Australia – National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
  2. Indonesia – Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology (DIKBUDRISTEK)
  3. Japan – Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED)
  4. Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR) – Ministry of Health (MOH)
  5. Philippines – Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCHRD)
  6. Singapore – Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
  7. United States of America – National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

NHMRC e-ASIA 2024 – Food and Health stream

NHMRC has allocated up to $2 million to support up to four grants (with a capped maximum value of $500,000 per grant) for the Australian component of successful projects in the e-ASIA JRP 13th Food and Health stream. Applications are invited for projects commencing in 2025 addressing the research topic of Personalised Nutrition as identified in the e-ASIA JRP Food and Health 13th call text.

Participating member organisations in this call are:

  1. Australia – National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
  2. Cambodia: Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology and Innovation (MISTI)
  3. Indonesia – Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology (DIKBUDRISTEK)
  4. Lao PDR – Ministry of Health (MOH)
  5. Myanmar: Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST)
  6. Philippines – Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCHRD)
  7. Thailand – Program Management Unit for Human Resources and Institutional Development, Research, and Innovation (PMU-B)

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 29 March 2024. 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 through Sapphire for assessment by 17:00 AEDT 3 April 2024.
  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.

Eligibility

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 13th Health Research and e-ASIA 13th Food and Health call texts available on the e-ASIA website.

For details regarding the NHMRC e-ASIA 2024 JRP peer review process, refer to the:

  • NHMRC e-ASIA 2024 JRP Peer Review Guidelines available on GrantConnect.

Grant at a glance

Duration of funding
3 years
Duration of funding
Up to 3 years
Level of funding
$5,000,000

Key changes

  • Assessment Criteria definitions have been developed to improve applicants’ understanding of how applications will be assessed, and to assist applicants in addressing these criteria in the grant proposal. 
  • For the Health Research stream, NHMRC requires that collaborations must include a Principal Investigator (PI) from at least one member organisation from the following countries: 
    • Indonesia 
    • Lao PDR 
    • Philippines 
    • Singapore.

Before you submit an application, please make sure you have:

1

Grant submission advice

Read all relevant reference material

GrantConnect GO Documents

2

Liaise with your Administering Institution

to identify any specific requirements that the institution may have

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Ensure your application is complete and correct.