The NHMRC e-ASIA Joint Research Program scheme (NHMRC-e-ASIA JRP scheme) will support Australian participation and collaboration in leading international collaborative research through the e-ASIA Joint Research Program. The Joint Research Program 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 Joint Research Program 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 to support the Australian component of projects commencing in 2019 and addressing the following research topics in the e-ASIA JRP health research 8th joint call:

  • Infectious diseases
  • Antimicrobial and multi-drug resistance
  • Cancer

Participating Member Organisations in this call and the topics they support are:

  1. Australia: National Health and Medical Research Council - all topics
  2. Cambodia: Ministry of Health (MOH) - all topics (in-kind support)
  3. Indonesia: Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education (RISTEKDIKTI) - infectious diseases (in-kind support)
  4. Japan: Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED) - all topics
  5. Lao: Ministry of Health (MOH) - all topics (in-kind support)
  6. New Zealand: Health Research Council (HRC) - all
  7. Philippines: Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCHRD) - all topics
  8. Russia: Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) - all topics
  9. Thailand: National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) - infectious diseases; AMR-MDR
  10. Thailand: Thailand Center of Excellence for Life Sciences (TCELS) - cancer
  11. USA: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) - infectious diseases, AMR-MDR

For more information on participating member organisations and the joint call, refer to the e-Asia website.

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 grants management system for researchers to participate in the call:
    • Applicants from each member organisation participating in the call must complete their organisation-specific application form and address all of the eligibility criteria to be considered for a grant
    • the Lead Principal Investigator of the collaborative project will also be required to submit a common application form to the e-ASIA Program Secretariat.
  • NHMRC conducts eligibility checks for Australian collaborations
  • NHMRC conducts peer review of applications submitted:
    • NHMRC generates an Not for Further Consideration (NFFC) list
    • Non-NFFC applications proceed to peer review
  • NHMRC submits a list of eligible applications to 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 NHMRC-e-ASIA JRP scheme has specific eligibility criteria, applications will be excluded from consideration if eligibility requirements are not met:

  • There must be a minimum of three member organisations participating in a call topic
  • Applications specific to each participating member organisation must be completed by the Chief Investigator A (CIA) in their country (e.g. Australian CIA submit to NHMRC while the Japanese CIA submit to Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development).

Grant at a glance

Level of funding

Key changes

Outcomes of funding rounds