Regional Researcher Links workshops extend the benefits of bi-lateral research relationships across a broader region and enables the development of regional networks of expertise, beneficial to all involved. The themes for the workshops will be chosen in line with the priorities of the partner countries involved in the workshops and will aim to share best practise and mutually build capacity in sciences that underlie shared regional challenges. 

Regional Researcher Links Workshop grants are designed to provide financial support to bring together UK, Philippines and regional researchers to form a multilateral cohort of early career researchers to meet the overarching objectives. The programme is supported by the Newton Agham Programme, in partnership with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

About the Regional Researcher Links Workshop

The Philippines will host one of the five Regional Researcher Links Workshops. The workshop attendees will be split into three equal quotas of 8-12 each for UK researchers, Filipino reseachers and regional researchers. The quota reserved for regional researchers can include any of the following countries:

Brunei Darussalam (participants welcome to attend but own costs must be covered)






Singapore (participants welcome to attend but own costs must be covered)


Viet Nam

Each workshop will be co ordinated by two Leading Researchers (as defined by the European Commission here, one from the Philippines and one from the UK, and should focus on one of the following themes:

  1. Improving environmental resilience: Improving understanding and mitigating the human and economic impacts of natural hazards.
  2. Agritech: Increasing agricultural productivity and addressing food security issues as production is likely to be hindered by the impacts of climate change.
  3. Digital, innovation and creativity: The use of web technology, data analytics, big data, and creative industries as drivers of disruptive innovations that can deliver benefits to social and economic development, and (specific to this regional workshop call) as applied to agricultural productivity/food security and/or environmental resilience.


Calls are now open for the Regional Researcher Links Workshop Grant. Please click on the link to apply.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Leading Researchers can apply to be workshop coordinators.
  • Each proposal must have one workshop coordinator from the UK, the Philippines, and another from any of the Southeast Asia countries listed above.
  • Only Leading Researchers from Philippine higher education institutions with Centres of Excellence and Centres of Development can apply as workshop coordinators from the Philippines, as per CHED CMO 25 s.2016, available for download below.
  • Additionally, applicants from the Philippines need to submit an accomplished Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Proposal Template (also available for download below) by the deadline to


19 September 2017, 16:00 UK time 


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