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Thai-German S&T Cooperation: 3rd Researcher Mobility Scheme

July 13, 2016

The International Bureau of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany, the National Science and Technology Development Agency in Thailand (NSTDA), and the following Thai universities: Chiang Mai University, Chulalongkorn University, Kasetsart University, Khon Kaen University, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Mahidol University, Prince of Songkla University, Thammasat University, Suranaree University of Technology, Srinakharinwirot University, Burapha University, Naresuan University, King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang agreed to support “Thai-German S&T Cooperation: 3rd Researcher Mobility Scheme .

The aim of this joint mobility scheme is, on the one hand, to allow research teams to form new collaborations and, on the other hand, to allow the teams to seek more substantial R&D funding from other national and international funding schemes. In exceptional cases it could also include some minor R&D measures to support the potential R&D co-operations.

The Mobility Scheme facilitates bilateral cooperation between the scientific communities of Thailand and Germany by supporting the development of joint research projects, through funding of bilateral workshops/seminars, exchange visits of scientists , visits of composite (scientific and industrial) delegations.


Areas of cooperation

Proposals submitted in the following national priority areas would be preferred:

  • Health
  • Environment (incl. smart cities and biodiversity)



The scheme will be structured as follows:

  • Up to 12 projects will be funded for a period between one and two years.
  • Minimum participation of 1 Thai and 1 German institution/researcher and up to 3 Thai researchers and 3 German researchers per project
  • Funding includes the provision of travel costs and allowances following the host payment principle with the details described below.



Financial support is available from the respective implementing agencies from the two sides for the exchange visits under the approved projects component only as per the financial terms given below

1. Travel funding: The “sending side” (NSTDA in Thailand or BMBF/DLR-PT in Germany) bears the total cost of travel of the visiting personnel between places of work in Thailand and Germany, including visa fees, airport taxes and overseas medical insurance.
Funding by BMBF/DLR-PT to German researchers travelling to Thailand covers the costs for international flights (economy), travelling to the German airport, and visa only. Other travelling costs, e.g. insurances and departure taxes (if applicable) are borne by the sending institute or company.

Funding by NSTDA to Thai researchers traveling to Germany covers the costs for international flights (economy), traveling to the airport in Bangkok, visa costs, and travel and health insurance.

A maximum of 3 round trips per side per project will be funded. Maximum 65,000 THB per trip. 

2. Allowances: The receiving side shall provide living expenses, connected with the agreed programme of the visit. In general, the sum of visits should not extend beyond 3 months per side and project.

- Thai scientists to Germany
Short-term (up to 30 days): 94 Euro per day (1 to 22 days); max. 2,116 Euro for 23 to 30 days (In case of free accommodation per diem would be 26 Euro)
Long-term (max. 3 months): 2,116 Euro per month 70 Euro for single days exceeding full months

- German scientists to Thailand
Short-term (up to 30 days): 2,000 THB per day inclusive of accommodation
Long-term (max. 3 months): Maximum of 180,000 THB inclusive of accommodation for 90 days or 60,000 THB / Month



Both sides shall evaluate in parallel all submitted proposals based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance to German and Thai national programmes and multinational programmes (e.g. EU-programmes)
  • Preparation of new projects in applied fields of mutual benefit and justification for collaboration
  • Quality and originality of research approach
  • Qualification of applicant and availability of infrastructure
  • Proposals should include young scientists
  • Expected results and outcomes


Who can apply?

Scientists/faculty members working in a full time capacity at universities, national R&D laboratories/ institutes, and private R&D institutes as well as SME can apply under this Mobility Scheme. In Thailand only NSTDA and the 13 Thai publicly funded universities identified above are eligible.


Partners from the private sector are encouraged to be part of the overall project proposal but it is expected that the private sector participants should cover their own costs. For German scientists from the private sector, there is some travel support available for small and medium size enterprises (for definition of SME ref. to (EU) Nr. 651/2014)



Application Procedure

The deadline for applications is August 29, 2016. This deadline is effectively a cut-off date (i.e., any proposals submitted after its expiration will be excluded by default).


All applications must be submitted through the Thai-German Researchers Mobility Scheme on-line portal


Proposals will only be considered if they have been submitted as a joint project.



For more information, please contact
Ms. Phawika Rueannoi
International Cooperation Division, NSTDA
Tel: 02-5647000 ext. 71535
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