India has been the dialogue partner for ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) since 1992. In 2012, on the occasion of 20th anniversary as dialogue partner, India-ASEAN celebrated commemorative Summit and declared enhancement of its relations to strategic level. The ASEAN Member States are as below-
India S&T Collaboration started formally in 1996 with establishment of ASEAN India S&T working Group (AIWGST). Initially, the collaborative ASEAN-India S&T activities were supported through ASEAN India Fund (AIF). In 2008, Government of India established a dedicated fund viz ASEAN India S&T Development Fund (AISTDF) to support R&D projects and associated project development activities. The total budget of AISTDF is an equivalent amount of 5 Million USD in INR. This amount of 5 Million USD is jointly shared by Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and Department of Science & Technology (DST). The Department of Science & Technology is the nodal Department for execution and implementation of ASEAN-India S&T Cooperation program from Indian side.
The Plan of Action of the ASEAN-INDIA PARTNERSHIP FOR PEACE, PROGRESS AND SHARED PROSPERITY (2016-2020), implements the goals and objectives of the ASEAN-India Partnership for Peace, Progress and Shared Prosperity on 30 November 2004 in Vientiane, Lao PDR, and the Vision Statement of the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit, adopted by the Leaders of ASEAN and India on 20 December 2012 in New Delhi, India. Through the implementation of this Plan of Action, ASEAN and India will work towards supporting the ASEAN Community building and integration process, including the ASEAN Community's Post-2015 Vision, for a politically cohesive, economically integrated, socially responsible and a truly people-oriented, people-centered and rules-based ASEAN, narrowing the development gap and enhancing ASEAN Connectivity. Both sides will also further promote cooperation in addressing common and emerging challenges and enhance coordination in other international fora on issues of common concern to contribute to overall peace, stability and prosperity.
The main objectives of ASEAN-India Science, Technology and Innovation cooperation are based on following principles-
In order to support collaborative Research & Development (R&D) and to facilitate sharing of advance research facilities among researchers of ASEAN MS and India, India and ASEAN agrees to institute the scheme "ASEAN-India Collaborative R&D Program".
The following types of proposals shall not be considered:
All disciplines of natural sciences, medicine, health, Mathematics, electronics & IT, science & technology (social sciences & humanities are not covered). The research areas should be ASEAN centric and be aligned with the ASEAN Plan of Action on Science, Technology and Innovation 2016-2025 (copy attached at Appendix-I)
Up to 24 months (No extension with or without additional cost beyond 24 months of the project shall be considered)
Scientists with an appointment as a regular faculty member at any eligible Indian/ASEAN MS institution can apply as Principal Investigator (PI). The maximum age of each project participant must NOT exceed 60 years as on date of submission of the project. The appointment of the PI must last until the end of the project. Additionally, the project may include a junior faculty/ scientist and/or a PhD student / post-doc. The total number of participants on each side should not exceed two.
Eligible institutions in India:
All Universities/ Academic Institutions recognised under Indian Laws by UGC, Publicly funded R&D Institutes/ Labs
Eligible institutions in ASEAN MS:
All Academic/ Research Institutions, Universities and other Research and Academic Institutions which are eligible to receive funding from ASEAN.
The funds under AISTDF are available only in INR. Therefore budget / funds must be projected only in Indian rupee in accordance with following guidelines-
Applications must be prepared jointly by the Indian and ASEAN MS partner scientists and must be submitted only ONLINE (click here)
There is no specific deadline for submitting the project proposals and therefore The complete applications / proposals can be submitted to DST and ASEAN Secretariat during any time of the year. However, the technical evaluation and other formal processing of the proposals shall start wef 1st January for proposals received till 31st December and 1st July for the proposals received till 30th June each year.
Incomplete and proposals not formulated as per guidelines of the announcement shall not be considered.
The project proposals / applications will be evaluated independently by ASEAN COST and DST India. From ASEAN Side, applications will be considered and recommended by ASEAN-COST. In India, applications will be considered by DST.
Evaluation criteria: (not listed in the order of priority)
The final results shall be notified by DST to the Indian applicants as and when it is jointly taken by DST and ASEAN COST.
Grant recipients will have to submit a scientific and financial report after each financial year of the project to DST.
For any further information and/or questions, please contact:
Mr Dimas Adekhrisna, Science and Technology Division
Sectoral Development Directorate, ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Department
ASEAN Secretariat | 70 A Jalan Sisingamangaraja | Jakarta 12110 Indonesia
Tel. (62 21) 724-3372, 726-2991 Ext. 240
Fax(62 21) 739-8234, 724-3504
email- dimas [dot] adekhrisna [at] asean [dot] org
Mr. R.K. Sharma, Scientist-E (Director Grade)
International Multilateral & Regional Cooperation Division,
R.No-18 D, Technology Bhavan,
Department of Science & Technology (Govt of India)
Technology Bhavan, New Mehrauli Road, NEW DELHI-110022
Tel: 011-26590244; 011-26597976,
email: sharma_rk [at] nic [dot] in