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-
ASEAN-India Science, Technology and Innovation cooperation started formally in 1996 with establishment of ASEAN India S&T working Group on Science and Technology (AIWGST). Initially, the collaborative ASEAN-India S&T activities were supported through ASEAN India Fund (AIF) but 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 (Govt. of India) 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 (2021-2025) to implements the goals and objectives of the ASEAN-India Partnership for Peace, Progress and Shared Prosperity and the Vision Statement of the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit was adopted by the Leaders of ASEAN and 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 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:
The priority areas for present call is below:
Max 2 years. No cost extension for a max period of 6 months could be considered based on the technical progress of the project.
Scientists with an appointment as a regular faculty / researcher at any eligible Indian / ASEAN MS institution, holding a Ph.D. degree (MD in case of medical professionals) 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 PIs who have already completed an ASEAN-India R&D project can apply only after 2 years from date of completion of closure formalities of the already awarded project.
The appointment of the PI's and other project participants must be till the end of duration of the project. No request for change of PI / Project participant and /or institution shall be considered in any case after sanction of the project.
The project may include a junior faculty/ scientist or a post-doc. The total number of participants on each participating country should not exceed 2(two).
Eligible institutions in India:
All Universities/ Academic Institutions recognised under Indian Laws by UGC, Publicly funded R&D Institutes/ Labs are eligible to apply.
Private companies/ R&D Labs, NGO's and associations/ consortiums are not eligible for funding under the scheme.
Eligible institutions in ASEAN MS:
All Academic/ Research Institutions and Universities which are eligible and recoganised to receive funding from ASEAN Secretariate are eligible to apply. The queries regarding eligibility of ASEAN partner institutions may be cross-checked / verified from ASEAN Secretariat.
The funds under AISTDF are available only in INR. Therefore, budget / funds must be projected only in Indian rupee in accordance with following guidelines-
The project proposals / applications will be evaluated independently by ASEAN and India on the following
Evaluation criteria: (not listed in the order of priority)
Grant recipients are required to submit a scientific and financial report after each financial year of the project online at AISTDF portal.
Project proposals must be prepared jointly by the Indian and ASEAN MS partner scientists and must be submitted only ONLINE (click here)How to apply online:
Project proposals must be prepared and submitted jointly by the Indian and ASEAN MS collaborators and must be submitted only ONLINE. The deadline for submission of the complete project is 31st December 2022 (5 PM IST).
Incomplete proposals and which are not formulated as per guidelines of the announcement shall not be considered in any case.
For any further information and/or questions, please contact:
Mr. R.K. Sharma, Sr. Director (Scientist-F)
International Cooperation Division,
R.No-1C, S&T Block-1, Technology Bhavan,
Department of Science & Technology (Govt of India)
New Mehrauli Road, NEW DELHI-110022
email: sharma_rk [at] nic [dot] in
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- Science&TechnologyDivision [at] asean [dot] org