ICT-ASIA Regional Program
The regional program ICT-Asia is a French initiative directed at Asia in order to strenghten high-level scientific collaboration, as well as to develop a research network for French and regional academic communities in the field of information and communication technologies (ICT).
The program is implemented by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development (MAEDI), in partnership with:
- French research bodies and higher education institutions, including the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), the National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (Inria), the Institute Mines-Telecom, the National Institute for Health and Medical Research (INSERM) and the Institute for Research and Development (IRD);
- The French Ministry for National Education Higher Education and Research (MENESR).
ICT-Asia is directed at public or private research units and laboratories attached to higher education institutions, research units or private companies. It encourages private sector participation. It supports projects involving researchers from France and from the member countries of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam), as well as from Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, East Timor, India, Japan, Pakistan, South Korea, Taiwan.
The objective of ICT-ASIA is to promote the internationalisation of French research, to strengthen, on the basis of mutual benefit, high-level scientific cooperation with and among emerging and developed Asian countries and to contribute to the regional integration by driving a search for excellence and support for scientific communities in Asia.
It aims to:
- Present what is offered by French partnerships in the ICT domain and to develop information and exchanges mechanisms;
- Select and fund fundamental and applied research projects with potential technology transfers or innovations and with a regional scope involving France and at least two partner countries in Asia, of which at least one ASEAN member state;
- Foster future participation in other regional and multilateral programs in this research field and geographical area.
The subvention, granted for two years, partially funds the budget linked to the internationalization of the projects, i.e. researcher, post-doctoral or doctoral student mobility (travel and mission expenses) or organization of international workshops (mobility and logistics). Other costs are not eligible to funding.