Strategic partnership for Impact: IFS WANASEA partnership

Published: 2019-03-29

IFS engages deeply with a select group of organizations in a Strategic Partnerships with the aim to support early-career scientists in developing countries and to enable them to establish themselves as scientists able to contribute in solving pressing societal challenges.

The IFS partnered with the Water and Natural Resources in South-East Asia (WANASEA) project which held the "Project Design: Writing a Scientific Proposal" workshop at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand from the 25 th to the 29 th of March 2019.

The workshop was the second of 5 sessions designed following the cycle of a research project: from the genesis of research to dissemination of knowledge. It provided training on how to produce scientific project proposals in the field of water and national resource management. The workshop focused on two complementary sides of project design - the scientific and administrative sides. WANASEA holistic approach supports both academic and administrative staff at Higher Education Institutes (HEIs). Participants included early-career researchers and administrative staff from Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Training was given on writing skills and how to identify HEI administrative support systems that can aid researchers in implementing their projects. Participants were thought how to articulate projects ideas and describe essential steps of scientific projects and were also given practical tools to help identify and answer proposal calls, including how to fulfill the criteria of funding agencies by designing a well-structured proposal, consistent with the scientific basis of their project. The skills gained at the workshop allow participants to develop high quality project proposals in the area of water and natural resource management.

Dr Vanvimon Saksmerprome, a former IFS grantee from Mahidol University in Thailand, was an invited speaker at the workshop. She is currently a Principal Investigator at National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC), National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) Thailand. She has run the RNA interference platform at the Center of Excellence for Shrimp Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, a collaborative research unit between BIOTEC and Faculty of Science, Mahidol University Thailand, for application of RNA-based silencing and other nucleic acid-based technology for aquaculture disease control. As a former IFS grantee on 2010 and 2012, she was invited to share her experience with IFS awards and to give some advice on how to write a successful IFS application.

Dr. Vanvimon Saksmerprome engages the audience with her talk on her experience as an IFS grantee


Dr. Jennifer Sjölund, a scientific program coordinator from the IFS, presented remotely from Stockholm, introducing the IFS and identifying opportunities for early-career researchers in South-East Asia.

The workshop was organized by Dr. Benjamin Buclet from the Center for Research and Expertise on Education and Development (CREED -, member of the WANASEA consortium. WANASEA is a European project funded under the Erasmus + program. It aims to improve the quality of teaching and research in the field of water and natural resource management by fostering the creation of support units amongst WANASEA's HEIs, enabling multidisciplinary research, networking and strengthening of links between WANASEA's HEIs.


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