UKRI Southeast Asia regional funding collaboration on infectious diseases EOI

Closes 17 Apr 2024

Opened 13 Mar 2024



UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is partnering with leading funders in Southeast Asia to support research focused on infectious diseases with epidemic or antimicrobial resistance (AMR) potential. The funding partners are:

  • ARDA Thailand (Agricultural Research Development Agency)
  • DRTPM DIKTI Indonesia (Direktorat Jenderal Pendidikan Tinggi Kementerian Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan Republik Indonesia)
  • HSRI Thailand (Health Systems Research Institute)
  • MOHE Malaysia (Ministry of Higher Education)
  • NAFOSTED Vietnam (National Foundation for Science and Technology Development)
  • PREPARE Singapore (Programme for Research in Epidemic Preparedness and REsponse), on behalf of NRF Singapore (National Research Foundation)
  • DOST- PCHRD Philippines (Philippines Council for Health Research and Development, Department of Science and Technology)

UKRI funding for this partnership will be provided through the International Science Partnership Fund Official Development Assistance budget.


This funding opportunity is to support partnerships between UK researchers and researchers in Southeast Asia working in collaboration on diseases with epidemic and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) potential. We aim to:

  • fund collaborative projects involving the UK and one or more partner countries to address the challenges of AMR and pathogens with epidemic potential of relevance to Southeast Asia
  • enhance existing and develop new sustainable partnerships between the UK and Southeast Asia research partners
  • strengthen research capacity in the Southeast Asia region through supporting long-term research relationships

UKRI and the Southeast Asia funders participating in this funding opportunity will support collaborative research projects between UK researchers and partners based in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Singapore. In addition, we welcome collaborations involving Southeast Asia Least Developed Countries (Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia).

You may apply for funding to conduct a bilateral project involving the UK and one Southeast Asian country, or a multilateral project involving the UK and multiple Southeast Asian countries. Multilateral projects involving the UK and two or more Southeast Asian partner countries are encouraged.

The research topic must be of primary relevance and benefit to either one or more LMIC (as defined by the DAC list of ODA recipients) or the Southeast Asia region.


Closing date for the joint submission of the Expression of Interest (EOI) is the 14th April 2024 at 16.00 BST (UK). Applicants are not expected to submit an EOI to the Southeast Asia funders participating in this funding opportunity as well, however, all details submitted to the MRC will be shared with the Southeast Asia funders participating in this funding opportunity. 

Please note, this step does not form part of the review process. MRC and its funding partners will not undertake eligibility checks at this point.  Applicants should not await a response from the funders following the EOI submission, but simply continue with the development of the full proposal to be submitted by the deadline. The MRC and its funding partners will use the EOI to help prepare for the review process.

Full Application Submission

UK and Southeast Asia applicants must submit a joint application to the UKRI funding service. Full details of when and how to apply can be found on the UKRI funding finder page for this funding opportunity.

Please note that each Southeast Asia funder participating in this opportunity has its own requirements and these are also set out on the UKRI funding finder page for this funding opportunity.

MRC as part of the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has introduced new role types for funding opportunities being run on the new UKRI Funding Service.

These new role types include:

Project lead (previously principal investigator)

  • The project lead is responsible for the intellectual leadership and overall management of the project. They are the main contact for UKRI.
  • To be the project lead you must be affiliated with the ‘lead organisation’ on the application.
  • The project lead should have an explicit agreement with the organisation that this will last for at least the duration of UKRI funding.
  • By submitting an application, an organisation is confirming that named applicants can take part in a UKRI-funded project and will accept its relevant terms and conditions.

Project co-lead (previously co-investigator)

  • A project co-lead UK is a member of the project leadership and management team. They may take over the leadership of the project, if required. Your team can have as many project co-leads as needed.
  • To be a project co-lead you must be affiliated with one of the research organisations involved in submitting the application.

Project co-lead (international) (previously included under co-investigator)

The Project co-lead (international) role is available when a funding opportunity is open to individuals based at an international research organisation.

Researcher co-lead (previously researcher co-investigator)

A research and innovation associate who is not eligible to be a project lead or project co-lead, but has made a substantial contribution to the formulation and development of the application and will be closely involved with the project.

Please use these definitions when completing the survey.

For further information, applicants should contact:

How UK Research and Innovation will use your personal data

The personal data you give us will be used to assess the eligibility of your proposed work, aid internal processes and to provide advice to you before submission of an application.

You should note that the information you submit to MRC as part of your expression of interest may be shared with overseas partners to facilitate the processing of applications.

We will handle personal data in line with UK data protection legislation and manage it securely. For more information, including how to exercise your rights, read our privacy notice.

As this is a co-funded activity, some of your data will be transferred to our partner agencies who are based outside of the UK. This means that they operate in a different jurisdiction where data protection regulations may differ from those in the UK. Please note that because of this, your individual data subject rights may not be enforceable in the same way they would be in the UK, but in all circumstances your data will be transferred in accordance with the requirements of the UK’s implementation of the general data protection regulation (GDPR). if you require more information please contact


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