CFAs: ASEAN-India Collaborative R&D Scheme 2024

Summary The ASEAN-India Collaborative R&D Scheme 2024 by the Department of Science & Technology (DST) offers grants from $10,000 to $100,000 for projects in AI & HPC, Marine Science, and Materials Science. Apply by June 24, 2024. Meta Description Apply for the ASEAN-India Collaborative R&D Scheme 2024 by DST. Grants of $10,000 to $100,000 for AI & HPC, Marine Science, and Materials Science. Deadline: June 24, 2024.

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CFAs: ASEAN-India Collaborative R&D Scheme 2024

CFAs: ASEAN-India Collaborative R&D Scheme 2024

Important Dates:

  • Post Date: May 10, 2024
  • Deadline Date: June 24, 2024

Donor Name: Department of Science & Technology (DST)

Grant Size: $10,000 to $100,000

Category: Grant

Applications are now open for the ASEAN-India Collaborative R&D Scheme to support collaborative Research & Development (R&D) and to facilitate sharing of advanced research facilities among researchers of ASEAN Member States (MS) and India.


ASEAN-India Science, Technology and Innovation cooperation formally began in 1996 with the establishment of the ASEAN India S&T Working Group on Science and Technology (AIWGST). Initially supported through the ASEAN India Fund (AIF), a dedicated fund called the ASEAN India S&T Development Fund (AISTDF) was established in 2008 by the Government of India to support R&D projects and associated activities. The total budget of AISTDF is 5 Million USD in INR, jointly shared by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and Department of Science & Technology (DST).


The main objectives of ASEAN-India Science, Technology and Innovation cooperation are:

  • Encourage and promote cooperation in science, technology, and innovation, including through joint research and development in cross-sectoral areas such as health, infectious diseases, environmental management, climate change, agricultural technologies, alternative energy, biodiversity, food processing, advanced materials, and space technology.
  • Undertake activities and develop programs/projects under the ASEAN-India Science and Technology Development Fund.


  • Intensify interaction and scientific cooperation between Indian and ASEAN Member States.
  • Connect existing research projects/networks in India and ASEAN Member States.
  • Enhance human and institutional capacity and research training and development of young scholars.

Priority Areas

The priority areas for the present call are:

  • AI & HPC
  • Marine Science and Technology
  • Materials Science

Funding Information

  • The funds under AISTDF are available only in INR.
  • Funding support is available only to support mobility of project participants/researchers from India to partnering ASEAN MS and vice versa.
  • Incremental funding of Rs. 5 lacs per year for accessories or add-ons to existing equipment, chemicals, and consumables is available only to the Indian partner Institute.
  • Salary for scientific manpower (One Post-Doc) shall be supported ONLY to the Indian partner institute.
  • Over-head charges to the Indian partner Institute/University shall be payable at 5% of the total non-travel budget of the project.
  • Approximately 20 projects will be supported against this Call, typically with a grant size of Rs. 35-40 lakh for 2 years duration.

Project Duration

  • Maximum 2 years.
  • No cost extension for a maximum period of 6 months could be considered based on the technical progress of the project.

Cost Covered

  • International airfare by lowest economy class including visa fees, overseas medical insurance, and domestic travel connected to international travel.
  • Local hospitality expenses for visiting respective partner countries (India to ASEAN MS and vice versa) shall be supported at Rs. 7,000/- per day (all inclusive).

Composition of Project Team and Duration of Visits

  • The project must be developed jointly by scientists/researchers in India and partners from ASEAN Member States.
  • The project team must comprise a Project Investigator (PI) from India and PIs from at least 2 different ASEAN Member States.
  • Maximum of two project participants from each country.
  • Only one visit per year per participant from each participating country is permitted.
  • Maximum duration of each visit is 14 days per year for lead PIs and 30 days per year for junior researchers.
  • Visits of Indian participants to partner ASEAN MS must not overlap with other Indian partner's visits and should not be clubbed with other visits.

Eligibility Criteria

  • 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).
  • Maximum age of each project participant must NOT exceed 60 years as of the date of submission.
  • PIs who have already completed an ASEAN-India R&D project can apply only after 2 years from the date of completion of closure formalities of the already awarded project.
  • The appointment of PIs and other project participants must be till the end of the project duration.

Eligible institutions in India:

  • All Universities/Academic Institutions recognized under Indian Laws by UGC, Publicly funded R&D Institutes/Labs.

Eligible institutions in ASEAN MS:

  • All Academic/Research Institutions and Universities eligible and recognized to receive funding from ASEAN Secretariat.

Ineligible Proposals:

  • ASEAN and India project proponents who already have an existing ASEAN-India collaborative project.
  • Purely individual visits/training programs.
  • Organization of Seminars/Workshops or participation in a Conference/Congress.

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