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Attachment 2

Overview of this Joint Call for Proposals within the Framework of the
e-ASIA Joint Research Program (e-ASIA JRP)

1. Aims of the Program

By implementing and supporting joint projects in strategically important research fields, as determined by its Board, the e-ASIA Joint Research Program aims to promote collaboration with and among members and prospective members of the e-ASIA JRP and to contribute to the future development of science and technology in the region.

2. Field of collaboration

Proposals for research projects in the field of “Functional Materials” were jointly called for by JST of Japan, NSTDA of Thailand and DOST of the Philippines.

3. Prospective Applicants

Researchers at universities, research institutes or private companies in Japan, Thailand and the Philippines were invited to submit proposals.

4. Period of Research

Three years (36 months).

5. Amount of Funding

JST will provide 15.6 million JPY (maximum) to the Japanese researchers of each project, in principle.

6. Funded Expenses

Funding provided within this call is intended to enhance the capacity of the applicants to collaborate. Funding will therefore be provided mainly in support of activities that enable collaboration such as travel and holding symposia/seminars, and may cover some local research expenses such as facilities, equipment and consumables that are necessary for the collaboration.

7. Evaluation Process and Criteria

Expert evaluations were initially commissioned separately by JST, NSTDA and DOST to assess the proposals received, on which basis the three parties negotiated to jointly select the successful projects. The following were among the general criteria considered in the evaluation process:

  1. (1) Conformity with e-ASIA JRP aims and designated research field
  2. (2) Capability of the research leaders and relevance of their current research activities
  3. (3) Effectiveness and synergistic benefit of the joint research activities
  4. (4) Validity of the research plan
  5. (5) Effectiveness and continuity of exchange
  6. (6) Validity of the exchange plan

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