DIPI-RCUK Research Call for Proposals on Astronomy (old version)

The Research Councils UK (RCUK), the Indonesia Science Fund (DIPI), the Ministry of Research Technology and Higher Education Republic of Indonesia (Ristekdikti), the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia (MoHE), the Department of Science and Technology Philippines (DOST), and the Thailand Research Fund (TRF) are pleased to invite applications to the UK – Southeast Asia Small Scale Research Partnerships Call for Proposals 2016.


This initiative will provide funding for flexible short-term support for high-quality, collaborative research which address the following topics:

  • Creative Economy and Cultural Heritage
  • Energy – Food – Water-Environment Nexus
  • Mental Health
  • Capacity Building in Big Data and Technology Development through Astronomy
  • Skills for using Large Facilities


The aim is to deliver research that will provide new insights and stimulate creative thinking to tackle real world problems and that will contribute to the economic development and welfare of Southeast Asia. The longer term objective is to establish sustainable collaborations between UK and Southeast Asian researchers that will increase the competitiveness of these researchers in gaining funds for excellent research in future funding calls, either under the Newton Fund or through other routes.


Please note different Southeast Asian partners are taking part in different topics. Please see the chart below for clarification of which country is involved in each topic.



Creative Economy & Cultural Heritage

Energy- Food – Water-Environment Nexus

Mental Health

Capacity Building in Big Data and Technology Development through Astronomy 










X (Nb. See eligibility criteria)











Proposals within the themes listed above are welcomed from across the remits of the UK Research Councils.  Recognising the multidisciplinary nature of the thematic areas, the development of interdisciplinary collaborations is particularly welcome.


Applicants are invited to submit bilateral or trilateral/multilateral collaborative research proposals comprising eligible researchers from the UK, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines or Thailand. All proposals will be required to have a UK Principal Investigator, in addition to a Principal Investigator from one or more of the partner countries.


Consortia should consider how their proposal makes the best use of available expertise in the UK and Southeast Asia, the added value of collaboration and how the proposal will meet the Official Development Assistance (ODA)  requirements of this Newton Fund activity.


Application process

RCUK- DIPI – Ristekdikti – MoHE – DOST – TRF proposals must be submitted by the UK Research Organisation using the Research Councils’ Joint Electronic Submission system (Je-S). The call deadline is by 16:00 BST (22:00 WIB, 22:00 ICT, 23:00 MYT, 23:00 PHT) Tuesday, 02 August 2016. Any applications received after this deadline will not be considered for funding

  • Call open in Je-S System – 25 May 2016
  • Closing date for proposals – 02 August 2016
  • RCUK-DIPI–Ristekdikti–MoHE–DOST-TRF Joint Panel – early October
  • Decisions announced – end of October
  • Successful proposals withdrawn from EPSRC Je-S system by research offices and submitted to host council by remit – early November
  • Grants commence  – 01 December 2016

Please note that all proposals that are planning to involve the use of humans or vertebrae animals/ other organisms covered by the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act need to contact RCUK before submission.


Call documents



If you have any questions or would like further information about the call, please contact:

Phone: +66 (0) 2278 8229Enquiries relating to technical aspects of the Je-S form should be addressed to: