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DOST VIII's Regional Director Garners Presidential Lingkod Bayan Regional Award
DOST VIII's Regional Director, Engr. Edgardo M. Esperancilla received the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Regional Award during the Pasidungog/ Awarding Ceremony of the Civil Service Commission's Search for Outstanding Government Workers last October 24, 2018, at the Summit Hotel, Tacloban City, for his exemplary performance as a visionary leader and public servant.
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VSU President Edgardo Tulin is SEARCA Professorial Chair Awardee for AY 2017-18
Dr. Edgardo E. Tulin, University Professor and President of the Visayas State University, is one of the latest awardees of the distinguished Professorial Chair Grant by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture for academic year 2017- 2018.
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Tulin is 2018 DOST outstanding research administrator awardee
GLOBALLY COMPETITIVE. VSU President receives the prestigious Dioscoro L. Umali Award as Outstanding Research Administrator by the National Academy of Science and Technology. Photo by Aliana Sarmiento / DOST-Caraga.
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We would like to invite you to submit proposals to the Call for Application to the research grants under the Green Chemistry for Life Project of UNESCO’s International Basic Sciences Programme (IBSP) and PhosAgro, the largest producer of phosphate-based fertilizer in Europe, in close cooperation with the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC).

I. Sixth (6th) Call for Application to the PhosAgro/UNESCO/IUPAC Grants for Research Projects in Green Chemistry

The grant programme offers up to US$ 30,000. The application is open for young scientists aged 39 and below with innovative research projects in green chemistry that resopect the Twelve (12) Principles of Green Chemistry. The applicant must also possess a PhD or equivalent in chemitry or a related interdisciplinary area and has at least three (3) publications in recognized scientific journals.

Deadline of Application: 31 August 2019

II. PhosAgro/UNESCO/IUPAC Green Chemistry special grants for research projects on phosphogypsum

This special grant is opened in response to societal and environmental needs for young scientists aged 39 and under with at least three (3) publications in recognized scientific journals. This will be awarded to a project in green chemistry research project on innovations in the processing and utilization of phosphogypsum, a mineral technogenic waste material produced in great quantities.

Deadline of Application: 31 August 2019

Forms and additional information, including the guidelines for applications to the PhosAgro/UNESCO/IUPAC research grants and other pertinent documents may be accessed through

Kindly submit the accomplished application form, project proposal form, and approval letter, together with all documentary requirements to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for International Cooperation for further endorsement.

Submissions may also be done in advance via email to Ms. Karen Mabagos at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. copy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Samar State University (SSU) in collaboration with the other Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and Local Government Units (LGUs) in Region * will be staging the 3rd  National Conference on Poverty Alleviation and Sustainable Development (PovCon) on September 25 – 27, 2019, at Saint Paul School of Professional Studies, Campetic, Palo, Leyte with the theme “Capitalizing Filipino Culture in Transforming Communities into a Globally Competitive Countryside.”

The Poverty Conference will serve as a platform in showcasing the best practices in poverty reduction initiatives and in increasing involvement in addressing the Millennium Development Goal:

  1. Eradication of Poverty and Hunger through Scientific Multidisciplinary Researches and Collaboration

For this year, the confab has four (4) components:

  1. Oral Presentation
  2. Research – Based Short Film
  3. Audio – Visual Documentaries
  4. Colloquium/Knowledge Cafe (for Non-academician)

The conference has the following tracks:

  1. Culture, Poverty and Development
  2. Culture, Science, Research and Innovation
  3. Culture, Health, Business and Economics
  4. Education and Culture
  5. Cultural Characteristics of Developed Communities
  6. Culture and Environmental Issues
  7. Gender Issues in Poverty

Along this line, SSU is pleased to invite you to participate in the said conference. The deadline for the submission of abstract is on July 31, 2019. Enclosed is the confab’s flyer for your information, reference and guidance or you may visit

Should you have questions, please feel free to contact the Director of the Research Center for Culture and Social Issues (RCCSI), Ms. Maria Rubi M. Parrocho, at 09365575081 or you may email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Flooding may occur at night. Avoid using kerosene-fueled wick lamps. Kerosene that may be accidentally spilled floats on water and may cause fire.



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27 September 2018

European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grants Call Now Open
 ASEAN Researchers Encouraged to Apply

Are you a talented early-career scientist who has already produced excellent supervised work, is ready to work independently and shows potential to be a research leader? The ERC Starting Grant could be for you. 

Researchers of any nationality with 2-7 years of experience since completion of their PhD, a scientific track record showing great promise, and an excellent research proposal are eligible. Details HERE


Meet the EURAXESS Prize Winners 2018

The EURAXESS Prize is part of EURAXESS ASEAN’s support of the Falling Walls Lab competitions in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam and is awarded to the winner of each competition.

The EURAXESS Prize offers the unique opportunity for the awardee to visit a research lab or university in any of the 28 Member States of the European Union.

Meet the EURAXESS Prize winners here


European Funding and Fellowship Opportunities


Germany: Doctoral Programmes & Short-term Research Stays for PhD holders. ASEAN Researchers Eligible

DAAD research grants provide young foreign academics and scientists, including those from ASEAN,  with an opportunity to carry out research and continue their education in Germany. Knowledge of German language is not mandatory. Deadline 15 October. Details  here 

Franco-Thai Junior Research Fellowship Programme for Thai Researchers

This programme aims at jumpstarting the career of young Thai researchers by giving them the opportunity to develop promising collaboration with their French counterparts. It supports Thai post doctorates who intend to spend 2 to 6 months scientific stay in a laboratory in France. Details here
UK: Wellcome Trust International Training Fellowships in Health. ASEAN Researchers Eligible (ex Singapore and Brunei)

This scheme provides support for early stage researchers to consolidate their research skills and gain additional training  within the science remit of the Wellcome Trust. ASEAN researchers (ex Singapore and Brunei) are encouraged to apply. Your research proposal should focus on a health priority in a low- or middle-income country. Deadline 22 November. Details  here
Germany: International Climate Protection Fellowship for Young Climate Experts from Developing Countries. ASEAN Researchers Eligible
Up to 20 International Climate Protection Fellowships are granted annually that target prospective leaders from non-European transition and developing countries, including countries in ASEAN Candidates draw up their own research-based proposal which they then implement in collaboration with a host in Germany. German language training is offered.  More info here 
Call by the European Respiratory Society - Post-doctoral fellowships RESPIRE 3. Open to Researchers from ASEAN
RESPIRE3 is an international, inter-sectorial and inter-disciplinary programme providing Marie Skłodowska-Curie post-doctoral research fellowships to early stage scientists with the potential to become the leaders of tomorrow in the respiratory field. Details here
Netherlands - LEaDing Fellows Programme Offers 30 Postdoc  Positions  in Medical Sciences. ASEAN Researchers in Eligible. 
The LEaDing Fellows Programme provides  30 Postdoc Fellowships researchers from all over the world  with the opportunity to gain two years of work experience establishing their own research programme in research projects embedded in three universities and their medical centres. Details here 
15 PhD Positions in Kidney Research in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Netherlands, and Italy. ASEAN Researchers Eligible

RenalToolBox is an MSCA ITN project  working towards the development of novel tools and technologies to assess the safety and efficacy of cell‑based regenerative medicine therapies for kidney disease. We are looking for talented early career researchers to embark on a PhD degree in the fields of stem cell biology, imaging science, medical sciences, mathematics or chemistry. Details here
Call by the Volkswagen Foundation - Global Issues International Research Projects on Social Inequality
Funding will be provided for small, but strongly interacting research consortia of up to five partners. Besides one partner working at an institution in a European , the involvement of two partners currently based in Low and Middle Income Countries is required.  EUR funding up to 1.5 million available. Details here 
UK: Clarendon Scholarships at the University of Oxford. ASEAN Students Eligible
This unique scheme offers around 130 new, fully-funded scholarships each year to academically outstanding graduate students from around the world including ASEAN. With over 400 current scholars from around 70 different nations, Clarendon is one of the biggest graduate scholarship communities at Oxford, and one of the most lively. Details here 
UK Chevening Scholarships Open to ASEAN. Call Open Now
Chevening is the UK Government’s international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders. Chevening offers a unique opportunity for future leaders and influencers from all over the world to develop professionally and academically, network extensively, experience UK culture, and build lasting positive relationships with the UK. Details here

Prizes and Competitions

Global Change Award – an Opportunity for Researchers to Transform the Fashion Industry. ASEAN Researchers Encouraged to Apply

Do you want to reinvent fashion? The non-profit H&M Foundation opens the fourth round of its annual innovation challenge to spark the shift towards a circular fashion industry. The Global Change Award is an opportunity to think about technology, fashion, and the longer-term ambitions of humanity, and to bring positive changes to our planet. The five winners share a 1 million euro grant. Details here
Germany - Bayer Digital Campus Challenge. ASEAN Students Eligible

Do you know how digital technologies can be used in healthcare to improve people’s lives? Bayers  want to hear what you think! You will be able to sell your idea to Bayer or to develop it in collaboration with Bayer’s team. Regardless of whether your studies are focused on natural sciences, engineering, medicine, IT, economics or business administration – your ideas matter. Competition details here

Recent Events

Singapore: Distinguished Lecture by Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation. 21 September

Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovative delivered a speech on "New Voices and Political Choices in the Times of AI" at Nanyang Technology University Singapore. The full text can be accessed here


JASTIP-Net aims to strengthen the Japan-ASEAN research collaboration network, widen and deepen the coverage of JASTIP within the ASEAN region, and seek new collaborations for developing capacities, fostering partnerships and growing new endeavors into mature research projects.

Interested Applicants must choose one out of four research themes listed below:

1. Partnership, Networking and Integrated Approach
a. Operational linkages among academic sector, government agencies, and private sectors in the ASEAN Member States and Japan
b. Study a strategy/policy to apply STI collaboration at a country/regional level to social implementation for achieving SDGs in the ASEAN region

2. Energy and Environment Joint Laboratory
a. Implementation Study of Renewable Energy in Southeast Asia

3. Bioresources and Biodiversity Joint Laboratory
a. Studies on biodiversity in the ASEAN region contributing to the improvement of identification, collection and/or information
b. Sustainable utilization of bioresources for biorefinery, bioremediation, wood construction, food or medicine
c. Plant improvement for agroforestry systems and carbon sequestration contributing to the mitigation of and/or adaptation to climate change

4. Disaster Prevention Joint Laboratory
a. Innovative ideas on disaster prevention, mitigation and recovery technologies and policies peculiar to each ASEAN Member State
b. How to cope with trans-boundary disasters in the ASEAN region such as tsunami, flood, drought and haze
c. Understanding and quantitative evaluating disaster risks peculiar to the ASEAN Member States.

Application forms should be emailed directly to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and CC to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Proposed budget should not exceed JPY 1 million (USD 9,200.00)

Deadline of applications for the first submission is on 21 July 2018, and the second submission is on 10 August 2018, 17:00 (Japanese Standard Time).

For complete application details, please visit