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NSTDA held a groundbreaking ceremony of Eastern Economic Corridor of Innovation (EECi) at Wangchan Valley in Rayong Province on 27 February 2019. The auspicious occasion was participated by General Prayut Chan-O-Cha, Prime Minister and members of the cabinet, setting off the construction of what would be a new innovation hub of Southeast Asia.
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On 11 March 2019, NSTDA hosted an orientation for 87 students selected to participate in the 2019 NSTDA Summer Student Program. This is the second year NSTDA offers high-school students opportunities to participate in the research activities in four NSTDA research centers, namely NECTEC, BIOTEC, MTEC and NANOTEC. Students will gain experience working with NSTDA scientists, performing tasks and experiments in professional laboratory environment. The program aims to inspire students to further their education in scientific field and become part of STI workforce.



Welcoming the students at the orientation was Dr. Chadamas Thuvasethakul, NSTDA Executive Vice President. The 2019 NSTDA Summer Student Program lasts for 9 weeks, until 10 May 2019.



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Based on the Memorandum of Understanding between The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) and the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) signed in 2018, this call is launched to enhance the cooperative activities in the field of research between two countries

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Objectives and scope

Based on the Memorandum of Understanding between The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) and The National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) signed in 2018, this call is launched to enhance the cooperative activities in the field of research between two countries. The main objective of this call is to support research projects to promote the integrated joint research between two countries through the synergy between both countries’ teams.

As a part of this agreement, each country’s agencies evaluate the proposals of their respective national teams on projects selected according to their own priorities.

The purpose of a partnership between TÜBİTAK and NSTDA is to support projects for which there is genuine Turkish-Thai collaboration. Partners will ensure that each country provides equitable contributions and scientific inputs; therefore, we would like to invite Turkish and Thai universities, research centers and institutes to submit joint proposals for scientific and technological research and development projects.

Under this initiative, the TÜBİTAK and NSTDA will operate calls that will run in parallel with one another:

Successful projects prepared in the fields below will be supported within the scope of the program. Proposals submitted in other fields will not be accepted.

  • Food safety
  • Biodiversity
  • Internet of things (IoT).


Projects must start in both the Turkey and Thailand by January 2020.

Projects may be up to three (3) years in length.


For queries relating to the scope of this call

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Funding available

In total up to THB 9m will be made available by the NSTDA for this joint call the TÜBİTAK contribution will be made available to the Turkey collaborators to fund the Turkish component of the collaborative research projects. TÜBİTAK will provide funding under standard arrangements.


NSTDA funds will be made available to fund the Thai collaborators.

The total funding available for this call is as follows:

  • NSTDA - up to THB 9 Million in support to the successful Thai applicants
  • TÜBİTAK -  up to $ 450,000 (THB 14.4 Million) in support to the successful Turkish applicants


It is expected that this funding will support approximately 3 joint projects in 3 areas, depending on the number and quality of proposals received.


For further information, please read the TÜBİTAK-NSTDA Joint project proposal Call text


How to apply

For Thai applicants, Full applications must be submitted by project coordinators on behalf of Thailand via electronic mail ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) until 7 June 2019 (23:59 BKK time) and the application print should be signed by the respective legal persons and be sent to NSTDA until 21 June 2019.


Joint Application Form TUBITAK-NSTDA download here


For Turkey applicants, Full applications must be submitted by PI on behalf of Turkey PIs via the online application system ( until 7 June 2019 (23:59 IST time)


Eligibility for the Thai applicants

Research proposals may be submitted by:

- Public research institutions in Thailand

- Higher education institutions in Thailand

Within the scope of this call, an individual can take part in proposals as a PI only once.


Assessment Process and decision making process

To be funded, proposals must be internationally competitive and at a standard equivalent to that normally expected to be supported by TÜBİTAK and NSTDA

Key assessment criteria for the submissions will be:

  • Importance of International Collaboration
  • Scientific Excellence
  • Methodology
  • Project Management
  • Impact

Eligible applications will be externally peer reviewed,

Following this process, applications will be assessed by TÜBİTAK –NSTDA Steering Committee in September 2019.

Funding decisions will be made through a joint process.


Key Dates (For Thai applicants)

Deadline for the online submission of the project proposal via electronic

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7 June 2019

Submission of printed documents signed by relevant sides and supporting

documents by the Thai applicants to NSTDA

21 June 2019
Ineligible proposals notification July 2019
Peer review July - August 2019
Steering committee September 2019
Awards Announcements October 2019
Grants begin January 2020


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NSTDA held a groundbreaking ceremony of Eastern Economic Corridor of Innovation (EECi) at Wangchan Valley in Rayong Province on 27 February 2019. The auspicious occasion was participated by General Prayut Chan-O-Cha, Prime Minister and members of the cabinet, setting off the construction of what would be a new innovation hub of Southeast Asia.



NSTDA has been entrusted by Ministry of Science and Technology with an important task to lead the development of EECi, and to work in collaboration with concerned ministries such as Energy, Transportation, Interior and Education, as well as stakeholders to create a dynamic innovation ecosystem to support the vision of Thailand 4.0 which aims to transform the nation to an innovation-driven economy.  EECi will focus on 6 technologies, namely 1) modern agriculture and biotechnology, 2) biofuels and biochemicals, 3) high capacity battery and modern transportation, 4) automation, robotics and smart electronics, 5) aerospace and aviation and 6) medical devices. All six areas will all be integrated to strengthen Thailand’s long-term bioeconomy. These will be placed into 4 innovative platforms: BIOPOLIS (biotechnology), ARIPOLIS (automation, robotics, and intelligent electronics), FOOD INNOPOLIS (technologies and innovation serving food industry) and SPACE  INNOPOLIS (aerospace and aviation).

“Within 3 to 5 years, this 500-hectare area in Wangchan Valley will be developed into a world-class innovation hub, consisting of academic institutes, research centers, pilot plant facilities, demonstration plants, testing labs and residential area completed with facilities such as hospital, hotel, community market. In addition, a regulatory sandbox will be established as a testing ground for new technologies under the supervision and recommendations of regulators. Private companies will receive maximum incentives and privileges,” said Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul, NSTDA President.

Construction of the 1st phase, to be completed in 2021 with the budget of 1.1 billion baht, will include an EECi headquarters building, pilot plants and smart greenhouse for BIOPOLIS and major infrastructures for ARIPOLIS and SPACE INNOPOLIS. In addition, a 3.4 billion baht investment will be made towards the establishment of a biorefinery pilot plant from 2020-2022, to support value creation of agricultural products and bioresources.



A number of enterprises from various sectors have expressed strong interest to move into EECi, ranging from bioeconomy, to modern agriculture, robotics, energy storage and UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle). Attractive privileges for industry include long-term land lease to establish research centers, renting lab space in the public research facilities, access to premium infrastructures such as scientific equipment, testing facilities, pilot plants, co-working space, experimental & demonstration area, exemption of corporate income tax of 13 years, a flat 17% personal income tax for high-level experts, work permit for foreign experts, access to regulatory sandbox, scientists and experts in public research organizations.

The government is committed to put in a 33.17 billion baht investment to EECi and this investment is expected to attract over 110 billion baht investment from industry within the next two decades and generate over 271 billion baht in impact.

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Innovation and Technology Assistance Program (ITAP) of NSTDA and Thailand Center of Excellence for Life Sciences (TCELS) jointly organized a seminar on “Food, Gene and Health: Opportunity and Challenge” on 22 February 2019.  Both parties also took this opportunity to launch a new project on “Research, Development and Clinical Study on Functional Food”. The new project aims to provide support to Thai industry in research and development of functional food products for the elderly, as well as clinical study of these food products to ensure their safety and efficacy. Not only will the project boost the creation of food truly designed to the needs of the elderly, it will also enhance the competitiveness of Thai food industry.



ITAP has provided assistance to a wide range of industries. In the food industry, various approaches have been employed in order to create value to raw materials – ranging from product diversification, to innovative processes and extended shelf-life. All projects were conducted by experts in food science and technology as well as food product development drawing from universities across the country. One particular project to develop health food for aging society, started in 2016, has resulted in a number of commercial-ready products such as food gel for senior citizens usually developing dysphagia, semi-solid soup for consumption in between meals, medium-GI drink made from sweet potato and grains and egg white protein drink powder.



This “Research, Development and Clinical Study on Functional Food” project will lead enterprises from developing functional food products to performing clinical study in order to prepare for registration with the Thai Food and Drug Administration.  The project will target food ingredient and food industries, and bring in experts in various fields, including nutrition, food science, product development, clinical trial, marketing and registration. Activities such as nutrition workshop and overseas study tour will be employed in order to develop an active network and collaboration in functional food. This initiative is expected to advance Thai food industry from producing general food products to higher-value functional food products.

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The Business Incubation Center (BIC) of NSTDA presented a fall detection system to Sungaikolok Hospital in Narathiwat Province under “Technology for Better Society” campaign. The fall detection system belongs to Database Commerce, a company engaging in developing and delivering assistive technologies for patients and the elderly, and technologies for hospital management. The 400,000 baht fall detection system presented to Sungaikolok Hospital consists of six sets of IoT hardware and software for data center and interfacing with the hospital’s information system. The system was developed in close consultation with the Healthcare Accreditation Institute under 2P@Safety Tech (Patient and Personnel Safety) program.



“Technology for Better Society” campaign aims to provide innovations and technologies in three categories – education, healthcare and support to local business - for public use. All selected innovations -- owned by companies participated in NSTDA incubation program or received technology transfer from NSTDA -- have been assessed for quality standards, and many have won awards from local and international competitions. Prior to this occasion, the campaign has presented more than 10 technologies, worth 12 million baht, to Udon Thani province and eight provinces in lower northeastern region.

The main mission of BIC-NSTDA is to provide integrated and comprehensive support to new tech business entrepreneurs. BIC offers SMEs and startups access to numerous programs such as Startup Voucher, Food Accelerate, SUCCESS, Bio-based Startup and Young Technopreneur.

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MTEC-NSTDA and Kasetsart University entered an MOU to collaborate on the on-road test of B10 biodiesel. The MOU was signed by Dr. Julathep Kajornchaiyakul, MTEC Executive Director and Dr. Chongrak Wachrinrat, Acting President of Kasetsart University on 12 February 2019. This test is part of the collaborative project to promote the use of biodiesel in Thailand, executed by MTEC-NSTDA.



B10 is a biodiesel with higher blending ratio, enabled by H-FAME technology which enhances the quality of B100 biodiesel. H-FAME technology was developed by a consortium of Thai and Japanese organizations such as Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Waseda University, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), MTEC, Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research (TISTR) and King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok (KMUTNB). The Thailand-Japan collaborative project was financed by the Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS) Program from 2010-2015.

Production of B10 biodiesel with H-FAME technology has been carried out in the pilot-scale for the on-road test with funding provided by the Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE). More than 10 cars from Kasetsart University will participate in this test.

Biodiesel is not only a sustainable alternative to diesel, but also produces less emissions, including fine particulate matter with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometres, known as PM2.5. As concentrations of PM2.5 have exceeded the safe level in Bangkok during the past weeks, biodiesel is a preferred choice to help mitigate air pollution.


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NSTDA, in collaboration with the Office of The Royal Development Projects Board, the Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology and the Office of the Basic Education Commission, hosted a study visit of teachers from the Orphanage Culture School (Km 67) of Vientiane, Lao PDR from 4-8 February 2019. The study visit is part of the initiative of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to provide assistance on science education to the school since 2016.



During the study visit, NSTDA shared its experience in implementing a number of programs and activities to promote science learning in Thailand.  These include a one-day camp at Sirindhron Science Home designed to inspire creativity and curiosity among young children; a plant biotechnology laboratory located at Sirindhorn Science Home where children and teachers can perform science experiments and carry out science projects; scientific workshops taught by NSTDA researchers; and a tour to Nano-Cosmeceuticals Laboratory of NANOTEC-NSTDA.

In addition, the teachers also visited one of Princess Chulabhorn Science High Schools located in Pathum Thani Province and the Royally-Initiated Laem Phak Bia Environmental Research and Development Project in Phetchaburi Province. Princess Chulabhorn Science High Schools focus on developing the talents of students in grades 7-12 in science, mathematics, technology, and environment. The Laem Phak Bia Environmental R&D Project aims to develop solutions to wastewater treatment and waste management, as well as restoring the mangrove forest. The project currently serves as a model for environmental improvement and conservation.

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NSTDA and King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi embark on a collaboration to strengthen graduate programs in science and technology in order to produce highly skilled workforce to supply to industry and drive the nation’s economy. Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul, NSTDA President and Dr. Suvit Tia, KMUTT President, participated in the MOU signing ceremony along with executives from both parties on 18 February 2019.



This 5-year MOU will facilitate joint implementation of programs and activities that will enhance the capability of graduate students such as organizing international scientific conferences, establishing international exchange, developing new PhD programs in emerging areas coupled with intensive research, promoting the exploitation of technologies and innovations in public and private sectors, and fostering partnership with local and international entities in manpower development. The joint program also includes the provision of PhD scholarships. The skilled workforce developed under this program will support the growing demand of industry boosted by the establishment of Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) and Eastern Economic Corridor of Innovation (EECi).

NSTDA and KMUTT have been an alliance in research since 1986, especially in the fields of biochemicals & biofuels, transportation, automation and biopharmaceuticals. This partnership in human resource development will reinforce the collaboration in existing fields and open up new




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