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Research and innovation

South East Asia

Policy background, funding opportunities, agreements and arrangements, projects and results and contact

Policy background

ASEAN is the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and covers Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Scientific cooperation is part of the partnership between the two regions since the 16th ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting in 2007.

Collaborative regional science and technology activities are developed mainly through the ASEAN-EU Dialogue on Science and Technology that takes place at regular intervals between the ASEAN Committee of Science and Technology (COST) and the EU.

The Joint Communication to the European Parliament and the Council The EU and ASEAN: a partnership with a strategic purpose, emphasises the role of the EU in the region, specifically in science and technology cooperation.

Areas of cooperation

  • health
  • food
  • nanotechnology
  • ICT
  • researcher mobility

Potential new areas of future cooperation

  • water
  • health
  • researcher mobility
  • maritime transport

Funding opportunities

Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe is the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation with a budget of €95.5 billion available over 7 years (2021 to 2027).

Horizon Europe website

Agreements and arrangements

Joint Communication to the European Parliament and the Council: The EU and ASEAN: a partnership with a strategic purpose

Projects and results

Research project database (CORDIS)

EU-funded research projects involving an South East Asian partner

For previous framework programmes, please contact the Research enquiry service.


National Contact Points

The National Contact Points (NCPs) provide guidance, practical information and assistance on all aspects of participation in Horizon Europe.

European Commission

DG Research and Innovation unit H.2: International cooperation


23 NOVEMBER 2018
Roadmap for EU-ASEAN science and technology cooperation
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