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French-Indonesian Science and Technology Program

Fahmi Rizwansyah says:

French-Indonesian Science and Technology Program

The Government of the Republic of France in conjunction with the Indonesian Government has established the NUSANTARA Program. NUSANTARA is jointly managed by the Indonesian State Ministry for Research and Technology (RISTEK) and its French counterparts, the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (MAEE) and the Ministry of Higher Education and Research (MESR) but should encompass projects by any research centre irrespective of its administrative attachment.

The objective of NUSANTARA is to promote and support scientific and technological cooperation between French and Indonesian researchers in both public and private sectors.

Will be eligible to NUSANTARA any research laboratories from universities, public sector research institutes and companies.
The programme is open to the following areas of research:
• Biotechnologies including its applications to health (emerging infectious diseases and bio security, hepatitis virus, human avian influenza, H5N1, vector-borne diseases, etc.), food safety and resilience, as well as agronomy (consumption pattern, production, supply, land conversion, etc.)
• Information and communication technologies: Wimax technologies, open technology hardware, open source software, content development, network communication technology, standardization, and certification.
• Preservation of the environment: animal and vegetal biodiversity; water, land, climactic changes, oceanography
• Assessment and prevention of natural risks and or disaster management – including early warning system which involve geological, seismic, volcanic, climactic, geomagnetic sciences
• Energy including renewable energy (Nuclear Power Plant, coal power plant, geothermal, marine current energy, biomass, biofuel, solar-cell, etc.)
• Transportation: mass-rapid transportation, multi-moda transportation, linear motor car, maglev technology, long-span bridge, shipbuilding, air transportation system, etc.
• Human and Social sciences

It should be noted that both French and Indonesian partners have to apply to their respective agencies in charge of the management of the NUSANTARA programme.
If one of the two partners failed to apply or sent his application after the deadline, no funding would be granted to either partner.

NUSANTARA applications are invited once every two years. The appointed Indonesian referees will assess Indonesian applications, while French referees will review French applications. A Joint Committee, consisting of French and Indonesian experts, who will meet alternatively in France and Indonesia, will execute the final selection.
The involvement of young researchers studying for a PhD, or pursuing post-doctoral research, is one of the most important selection criteria.
Projects having previously benefited from Nusantara funding are not eligible.

Project duration
The projects selected under the current call for proposals will normally last two years (2009 and 2010), support for the second year being subject to progress in the first.
To this effect, the project leader must submit request for the second year to the Attaché for Science in the French Embassy in Jakarta and to RISTEK before November 28, 2009. A financial report of how the money was spent or to be spent as the implementation of the project should be attached to the request. If substantial scientific results have been achieved in the first months of the running of the project, the project leader can highlight it in brief.

Final report
A final report should be sent at the latest three months after the completion of the projects to French Embassy and to RISTEK. The French partners will have to do so by downloading the relevant file on the PHC extranet and to affix to their online file once completed.

The programme will support the international travel and living expenses associated with participation in the research project. Funding does not extend to insurances, salaries and equipment expenses, and other activities/costs not eligible for support.
Funding is granted on an annual basis for two consecutive years. Funds must imperatively be used between January 1 and December 31 (in France) and between February 1of any given year. Any funds not used will be lost.
Support to French beneficiaries provided by the French Government in France is only for travel and living expenses:
-Living expenses: 110 euros pd in the limit of 10 days
-Travel expenses: reimbursement according to actual costs with a limit of 1100 for return fare between France and Indonesia

Support to Indonesian beneficiaries provided by the Indonesian Government in Indonesia is only for travel and living expenses to three-five (3-5) Indonesian beneficiaries in 2009. Such support is only intended for one (1) researcher per selected project in 2009, and it will cover:
-Living expenses or per diem for the maximum of 5 (five) days per person.
The per diem will refer to the per diem rates applied, according to the Indonesian Ministry of Finance in 2009.
-Travel expenses: a return economic fare between Indonesia and France, in accordance with the rates from the Indonesian Ministry of Finance in 2009.

How to Apply
Applicants could be applied on-line. French applicants should refer to the EGIDE website (
Indonesian applicants may contact; to request an application form. Applications must be must be received by the posted closing date with the covering letter from the institutions where the applicant is coming from.
Applications for Indonesian may be considered in any other format (PdF format) and send it to the above e-mail addresses.
For the first round of application, the following schedule will apply:
-Deadline for sending applications: November 28, 2008
-Announcement of results: January 31, 2009
-Start of projects: February, 2009

Contact Persons
M. Dominique Dubois
Attaché de coopération scientifique et technique
Service de coopération et d'action culturelle
Ambassade de France en Indonésie
Jl Panarukan n° 35, Menteng Jakarta 10310
Tél : +62 21 31 93 17 95
Mél :

Dr. Teguh Rahardjo
Deputy Minister for Research, S&T Programs
qq Ms. Nada Marsudi, Acting Director for International, S&T Programs
The State Ministry of Research and Technology, Republic of Indonesia
BPPT 2nd Building, 6th Floor, Jl. MH. Thamrin No. 8, Jakarta 10340
Tel. +62-21-316 9174/316 9198,
e-mail :;

Cheers, frizzy2008.