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Information Session on the Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSCA) Individual Fellowships

-Supporting post-doctoral research in Europe -

29 April, 10.00 – 11.30, Bussakorn Room, 1st Fl., NECTEC
National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), Thailand    Science Park


What is the about?

The MSCA Individual Fellowships programme is an opportunity for researchers based in Thailand to work in research labs in Europe for up to two years.  The Fellowships are awarded to the most promising post-doctoral researchers of any nationality who want to benefit from advanced training in Europe. Almost any research field can be funded, and you choose the host organisation in Europe.


What you will learn?

  • What is this funding scheme about?
  • Am I eligible?
  • Why should I apply?
  • How can I apply?
  • Hear from past Marie Curie Fellows on their experience & application advice


Who are the speakers?


Dr Nitsara Karoonuthaisiri is a Principle Researcher and the Director of Biosensing Technology Research Unit at the National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC) Thailand.  She completed her PhD in Chemical Engineering at Stanford University in the United States, and returned to Thailand to build microarray capacity for both fundamental and applied research programs such as transcriptomic study of the economically important shrimp species and development of microarray-based diagnostics.  She won numerous awards such as "Outstanding Young Technologist of 2011" from the Foundation for the Promotion of Science and Technology under the Patronage of His Majesty the King, "2009 For Women in Science" Fellowship (UNESCO-L'Oreal Thailand), the 2010 Invention Award and the 2014 Research Award (National Research Council of Thailand).  She was featured in Nature News in an article "Homecoming Queen", named one of "21 women who make a difference" by "Thailand Tatler", selected as 1 of 9 "Working Women of the Year 2009" by "Phuying" Magazine, 1 0f 50 "Women Who Will Make a Change" by "A Day" Magazine.  In 2011-2013, she took a sabbatical at Queen's University Belfast (UK) under a  Marie Curie Fellowship from the Eu-FP7.  She was the funding co-chair of the Global Young Academy.  She was honored as Young Global Leader 2013 by WEF.


Dr Patchanita Thamyongkit received her Ph. D. in chemistry from Eberhard-Karls-University Tübingen, Germany. After conducting postdoctoral research at North Carolina State University in USA for 3 years, she has become a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University since 2005. In addtion to receiving a Marie Curie International Incoming Research Fellowship (2009-2010), she has also been awarded the The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (the ICTP prize, 2013) and L’Oreal Thailand (L’Oreal-UNESCO “For Women in Science” fellowship, 2014). Currently, Patchanita Thamyongkit is an associate professor, and also serves Chulalongkorn University as a vice-director of Scientific and Technological Research Equipment Centre and a consultant of the Graduate School.


Dr Phanramphoei (Jibby) Namprachan Frantz received her PhD from Wayne State University of Medicine in microbial pathogenesis with the support of a Thai Government Scholarship. After receiving her PhD, she returned to Thailand to work as a research scientist at BIOTEC ( in the area of virology. In 2011, Dr Jibby received a grant for a Thailand Research Fund (TRF) grant to study the pathogenesis of the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV). Dr. Frantz and her team were the first group to succeed in creating an infectious cDNA clone of PEDV. She was chosen to present her work in developing the RGs of PEDV at the first ASEAN EURAXESS Science Slam competition in Singapore in 2013, and won the first prize in the competition.  With the support of EURAXESS, she established a research connection with Institut Pasteur in Paris, In 2014 Dr Frantz began work there with the support of a Franco-Thai Fellowship to develop a dengue vaccine.  Earlier this year Dr Frantz was successful in her application for a MSCA Individual Fellowship and will return to Institut Pasteur later this year.


This session will be led by Simon Grimley, Regional Representative for the European Commission-funded EURAXESS ASEAN – Researchers in Motion initiative. EURAXESS ASEAN is a network of European and international researchers, scientists, ad scholars looking to strengthen research collaboration between Europe and Southeast Asia.  This multidisciplinary network includes members at all stages of their careers.  It allows them to connect with each other and with Europe, ensuring that they can identify potential research partners as well as funding and mobility opportunities.



To register for the event on 29 April, please click here.



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Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)

Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)



CALL OPEN – Closing date is 28 April, 2016

What Is the MSCA Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (MSCA-RISE)

RISE is one of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) under Horizon 2020, the European Framework Program for Research and Innovation.


What is the aim of MSCA-RISE?

MSCA-RISE aims at international and inter-sector collaboration through promoting research and innovation exchanges of staff.  MSCA-RISE will support short-term mobility of research and innovation staff at all career levels, from the most junior (post-graduate) to the most senior (management), including administrative and technical staff.


Who can apply?

MSCA-RISE is open to partnerships of universities, research institutions, and non-academic organisations both within and beyond Europe. Universities, research institutes can apply, not individuals. ASEAN universities, research institutes, and companies are eligible.


Why should I apply?

You can expand and strengthen your network and gain new expertise. You and your European partners can share knowledge and skills, and broaden the career development of your staff, and you can strengthen your institutional links with Europe.


Which research topics are supported?

Any research field may qualify for MSCA-RISE funding, apart from areas covered by the EURATOM Treaty.


How does it work?

An MSCA-RISE partnership is composed of at least three independent participants established in three different countries. An ASEAN university, research institute or company would need to partner with organisation in at least 2 European countries to propose a joint research and innovation project. Proposals should highlight networking opportunities, sharing of knowledge and the skills development of staff members.


What does the funding cover?

The funding covers secondments of staff members from one month to one year as well as funding to support research, training and networking activities. Funding for an MSCA-RISE project can last up to four years.


How can I apply?

Inform yourself about the application timeline and familiarise yourself with the most important documents (Guide for Applicants and Work Programme). For questions, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

When can I apply?

The MSCA-RISE-2016 call for proposals opened on 8 December 2015 with a deadline of 28 April 2016.



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Southeast Asia - Europe Pilot Joint Call for Mobility is opened until September 14th (23:59 CET)


Type of funded projects:

Europe-Southeast Asian mobility projects with at least 2 partners from both regions in the fields of Environmental (climate change, water resource management, smarter cities, biodiversity & energy), Health ((neglected) infectious diseases, antimicrobial drug resistance) or Food (agricultural productivity, sustainability and standards, value chain) research to establish new and strengthen existing networks with multidisciplinary approaches between both regions.


Participating countries:

  • Austria –  Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW)
  • Belgium (Wallonia Brussels Federation) – Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (FRS-FNRS)
  • Cambodia – Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MOEYS)
  • France – National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)
  • Germany – Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
  • Lao PDR – Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST)
  • Myanmar – Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST)
  • The Netherlands – Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NOW)
  • The Philippines – Department of Science and Technology (DOST)
  • Poland – National Centre for Research and Development (NCRB)
  • Thailand – National Science & Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) & National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office (STI)


Scope of the projects:

Projects can have a maximum duration of 1 year within which at least two workshops have to be organized (one in each region).


According to the respective national regulations the following funding can be applied for:

  • Mobility
  • Workshops


Please refer to the National Regulations for a detailed description of the funding instrument. You can download the respective national regulations for your country in the attachments section.


Who can apply?:

Applications may be submitted by academics, higher education institutions or non-university research establishments and SMEs. Eligibly criteria can be found in the respective national funding regulations.


Consortia that wish to apply for funding of a research project within the above mentioned topics, have to consist of at least two partners from each region.


Countries contributing to the Call are: Austria, Belgium, Cambodia, France, Germany, Lao PDR, Myanmar, The Netherlands, The Philippines, Poland & Thailand,


Applicants are strongly advised to discuss their intentions and confirm eligibility with their respective National Contact Points before submitting an application.


Application Process:

The application procedure has one stage. Applications are submitted electronically using PT-Outline Web Tool, accessible through this link. Here you can also find the template for the project description and financial plan.


All proposals must be written in English only.


The PT-Outline electronic template consists of four pages (General information, Project coordinator, Project partners and Project description) that need to be filled-in online. In addition, a word document has to be downloaded from the Project description page of PT-Outline, filled-in with the requested information, converted to PDF format and then uploaded again.


The Project description document should contain the following information (max. nr of 7.500 words):



0. Basic project data

Project title

Project Acronym

Name and institution of the Principal Investigator

Names and institutions of other project partners

1. Project description

1.1 Short abstract of the project

1.2 Objectives of the project

1.3 Scientific excellence

1.4 Transnational added value

1.5 Scientific excellence of applicants

1.6 Multi-/interdisciplinarity of the project

1.7 Contribution to national priorities of the participating partners (if applicable)

2. Work plan

2.1 Methodology

2.2 Envisaged types of activities

2.3 Involvement of each partner

2.4 Time plan

2.5 Project coordination and management

3. CVs of participating researchers and scientific track-record


4. Letter of Commitment of partners participating at their own costs (if applicable


Proposals must clearly demonstrate the added value of transnational collaboration.


All information inserted into the PT-Outline web tool is saved after having clicked on the “SAVE” button at the bottom of each page.


During the proposal submission phase, it is allowed to replace already registered and eligible project partners, or to add project partners to the consortium. Please note that after the binding submission of a proposal (through clicking on the ‘SUBMIT NOW’ button in PT-Outline) no further changes can be made to your proposal.


More information on how to submit a proposal with PT-Outline can be found in the Section 1 of the Guidelines for Applicants.


Eligibility check

The Pilot Joint Call Secretariat and the National Contact Points will check the eligibility of all submitted proposals taking into consideration the general criteria and the individual national criteria respectively.


The following general eligibility criteria will be checked:

  • Appropriate length of the proposal
  • Inclusion of all necessary information in English
  • Eligibility of the Project Coordinator
  • Eligibility of the other project partners (in case the Project Coordinator or a project partner is rejected in the eligibility check, the whole proposal will be rejected)
  • Participation of researchers from a minimum number of different eligible European countries and Southeast Asia
  • Eligible thematic focus
  • Reflection of national priorities (if applicable)
  • Eligibility of required funding


The national criteria are given in the Guidelines for Applicants.


Only proposals meeting all eligibility criteria will be retained for evaluation. Non-eligible proposals will be rejected.


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Contact information:

Call secretariat:

Mr. Christoph Elineau

European and International Cooperation

Project Management Agency German Aerospace Center (DLR)

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National Contact Points:


Ms. Monika Statlner

ICM – Centre for International Cooperation & Mobility


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Mr. Joël Groeneveld

National Contact Points

Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique – FNRS

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Dr. Bunlay Nith

Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport

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Ms. Audrey Gahéry

La Direction Europe de la recherche et coopération internationale

National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)

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Mr. Christoph Elineau

European and International Cooperation

Project Management Agency German Aerospace Center (DLR)

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Mr. Phouthanouthong Xaysombath

Department of Planning and Cooperation

Ministry of Science and Technology

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Ms. Yin Hline Zin

Department of Technology Promotion and Coordination (DTPC)

Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST)

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The Netherlands

Dr. Cora Govers

Science for Global Development

Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research

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The Philippines

Ms. Rowena Montecer

International Technology Cooperation Unit

Department of Science and Technology (DOST)

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Ms. Krystyna Maciejko

Section for bilateral research programmes and the Eureka initiative

National Centre for Research and Development

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Dr. Pattharaporn  Suntharasaj

International Cooperation Division

National Science & Technology Cooperation Agency (NSTDA)

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Dr. Nattawut  Anuniwat

National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office (STI)

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SEA-EU-NET offers 10 grants to excellent researchers to assist in preparing an ERC Starting Grant proposal! Open until 1 September 2014!


The European Research Council (ERC) supports excellence in frontier research through a bottom-up, individual-based, worldwide competition. The ERC provides support to individual scientists, not research networks or institutions, and covers all scientific disciplines. The ERC has a budget of €13 billion for the period 2014-2020 and offers Starting Grants (2-7 years after PhD), Consolidator Grants (7-12 years after PhD), and Advanced Grants (for scientists with significant scientific achievements over the last ten years). Grants are awarded for up to five years with maximum proposal budgets ranging from €1.5 million to €3.5 million.

From 2007 – 2013, there were no successful applicants conducting research in Southeast Asia, and only four successful applications from researchers with Southeast Asian nationality.

This can in part be explained by the fact that despite ERC efforts to promote its funding opportunities beyond EU Member states and EU Associated Countries (Iceland, Norway, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Israel, Moldova), there is still little awareness in the region about the opportunities offered by the ERC. The ERC has the aim to attract the very best researchers worldwide to Europe and its first-class research institutions and is therefore interested in increasing the number of ERC grant proposals from Southeast Asia. Also there might be little knowledge of the fact that 50% of the time of the grant can be spent in the home country while the budget is still linked to the individual researcher.


Programme Objectives of the Support Scheme

The overall objective of this scheme is to support Southeast Asian researchers in ERC proposal preparation so as to increase their chances of being awarded an ERC grant. More specifically this program will do the following:

  1. Support selected outstanding Southeast Asian researchers in proposal preparation
  2. Provide programme participants with information on successful ERC proposal preparation
  3. Offer the participants the possibility to visit potential host institutions in Europe and prepare their proposal


Structure of the Scheme

This ERC Support Scheme will initially focus on the ERC Starting Grants which support researchers at the early stages of their career (2-7 years after PhD - means: PhD obtained between 31.12.2007 – 31.12.2012).

The target group for this Support Scheme are bright, young Southeast Asian researchers who demonstrate the highest potential to conduct research in the European Research Area in the future.

This scheme offers up to ten travel grants for Southeast Asian researchers on the basis of a call for proposals. These travel grants will allow successful applicants to spend up to two weeks in Europe with the purpose of receiving information on the preparation of an ERC grant proposal, and working with their European partner(s) in the preparation of an ERC Starting Grant Proposal.



The funding per travel grant is up to €4,000. This is intended to cover return economy airfare from Southeast Asia, local travel within Europe, and food and accommodation costs for up to two weeks in Europe. The applicant is asked to submit a travel schedule with her/his application. A daily allowance of €50 will be granted. All other costs will get reimbursed based on submitted receipts or covered in advance by DLR.

Call for Proposals

Travel grants will be awarded on the basis of a Call for Proposals. Applicants from Southeast Asia will have to demonstrate that they have identified one or more relevant European (or Associated Country) host organisations with whom they want to collaborate for the ERC Starting Grant. Applicants will need to submit a support letter from the European or Associated Country institutions(s) confirming that they wish to host the Southeast Asian researcher.

The applicant will also have to show that they already have the basis of a research proposal for the ERC Starting Grant which is pioneering and innovative in its approach and its goals, and has the potential to change the course of science in their respective research area. Proposals that cross disciplines will be encouraged.

Participation in an ERC scheme requires substantial preparation, in most cases as long as six months. Applicants need to use the time this Call for Proposals offers to start the application process in order to be able to participate in the 2015 Starting Grant Calls for Proposals.


The publication of the next ERC Starting Grant Call for Proposals is scheduled for October 2014 (date to be confirmed) with a closing date of 3 February 2015. In order for Southeast Asian researchers to participate in this Call, the Support Scheme will launch its call for proposals July 15 with a closing date of September 1, 2014. Successful candidates will be notified by September 19, 2014. The visits to potential European or Associated Country host (s) will take place in rather November or December 2014.

Implementing Agencies

The FP7 funded SEA-EU-NET project is a hub for promoting programmes of the European Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation in Southeast Asia. Established in 2008, and now in its second phase with partners in almost all ASEAN member states, the project has established a strong network of S&T decision-makers, multipliers, research institutions and companies in both Southeast Asia and Europe. SEA-EU-NET effectively promotes European programmes to increase participation from this highly dynamic economic area. The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is coordinator of the SEA-EU-NET project and will act as the granting agency and local organizer within this scheme.

The National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), Thailand was established under the Ministry of Science and Technology by the special National Science and Technology Development Act, 1991. NSTDA is an umbrella organization that orchestrates the R&D output from national research centers in biotechnology (BIOTEC: National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology), metal and material technology (MTEC: National Metal and Materials Technology Center), electronics and software technology (NECTEC: National Electronics and Computer Technology Center) and nanotechnology (NANOTEC: National Nanotechnology Center) as well as from their related research networks. NSTDA reaches out to other research organizations and universities through joint collaboration, contracted research, and other mechanisms to ensure the best resources are being captured for the country’s innovation needs. To tie all these together, the Technology Management Center of NSTDA serves as a linkage between scientists and end users and provides related technology services. In brief, NSTDA is a one of a kind national organization that distinguishes its roles from other research units in Thailand by acting as a bridge between the academic research and innovation requirements of industry. NSTDA is a partner in the SEA-EU-NET project.


Call for Proposals - Application guidelines

Required information (please use the word-template attached to this page and follow the instructions):

  • Filled out application form, including:
    • Travel itinerary, naming the institutions & persons to be visited and the timing schedule
    • Short outline of the proposal idea (formless, max. 2 pages)
    • Short outline of possible impact of the conducted research (formless, max. 1 page)
    • Curriculum Vitae of the applicant (in Europass format


Proposed Europe Travel Programme & Reporting

  • Departure from SEA (Day 1)
  • Arrival in Brussels and acclimatization (Day 2)
  • Meetings in Brussels - general information on Horizon2020 and ERC (Day 3)
  • Visits of possible host Institutions across Europe (Day 4-12)
  • Departure home (Day 13)

Obligations of the successful applicants

Successful applicants are required to submit a report of their mission to Europe within three weeks of having completed their travel. The report should not exceed three pages in length. This report should detail the applicant’s objectives for travelling to Europe, a summary of results achieved, and an overview of the Starting Grant proposal. If no Starting Grant proposal was prepared, then an explanation should be provided on problems encountered in the development of a project proposal.

Mr. Patrick Ziegler, DLR, Germany ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
Ms. Wanichar Sukprasertchai, NSTDA, Thailand ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Information on the ERC Starting Grant Call for Proposal from 2014 can be found on page 20 here:


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The first ASEAN-EU Science, Technology and Innovation Days took place at Thailand Science Park January 21-23, 2014, and attracted more than 500 scientists, policy makers, funding agencies and innovative companies from across ASEAN and Europe.



The event, which was hosted by Thailand’s National Science and Technology Development Agency(NSTDA) and the FP7 funded SEA- EU-NET project (,  marked the ASEAN launch of Europe’s new framework program for research and technological development called Horizon 2020, an 80 billion euros program supporting research and innovation in Europe and beyond. Ms Cristina Russo, Director of International Cooperation, Directorate-General Research and Innovation, European Commission presided over the launch of Horizon 2020, noting in her opening remarks that “European partnership with ASEAN countries will be of the utmost importance. The traditional powerhouses of the US, Europe and Japan will account for a smaller share in science and technology."

The STI Days event comprised scientific workshops focused on the societal challenges of food, health and water, as well as workshops on material transfer, innovation, IPR issues and metrology including Researcher Mobility event.

For more information on the STI Days and to access copies of the presentations, please visit the STI Days website

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Researchers from across Southeast Asia are actively participating in the European Union Seventh Framework Program for Research and Technological Development (FP7), and have shown a significant increase in participation and funding rates over FP6.   ASEAN as a region now ranks 5th in FP7 participation after Russia, US, China and India.


ASEAN comprises the following ten countries in Southeast Asia: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.  As of June 2013, there were 212 ASEAN participations in FP7 projects worth more than 517 million euros (2.6 billion baht) . In FP6 there were 149 participations by ASEAN partners.


ASEAN researchers are most active in the areas of Health, KBBE (Knowledge Based Bio-economy) and the Environment, and have demonstrated success rates comparable with Europe ranging from 17% in case of Indonesia to 30% for Vietnam. ASEAN researchers are also benefiting from the mobility component of FP7 with 153 researchers from the region having conducted research in Europe as Marie Curie Fellows, 17 of whom are from Thailand


Through their participation in FP7, ASEAN researchers receive more than 27 million euros (1.1 billion baht) with Thai researchers receiving 255 million baht in funding from FP7.



In accessing and participating in FP7, ASEAN researchers have been assisted by a regional network of FP7 National Contact Points (NCPs. At the launch of FP7 there were no NCPs in the region but to date there are now 58 NCPs in 8 out of 10 ASEAN countries. This network was built with support from a number of FP7 funded projects including  SEA-EU-NET( and INCONTACT  (  The NCPs have been instrumental  in raising awareness about the opportunities offered by FP7,  disseminating   timely information on Call topics, and providing guidance on the general rules of participation.


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