UK-Thailand Researcher Links Memorandum of Understanding

Tuesday 26 November 2013

British Council and Thailand Research Fund sign Memorandum of Understanding for major international research collaboration opportunities

British Council and the Thailand Research Fund (TRF) signed a groundbreaking UK-Thailand Researcher Links Memorandum of Understanding on Monday 18 November 2013 at the British Embassy to initiate collaboration in research development, and to jointly support sustainable projects that will provide benefits to researchers from Thailand and the UK.

Under this MoU, the two organisations have committed to provide matched funding worth 17 million Baht (£330K) to be used for a series of workshops and travel grants for Thailand and UK-based researchers in priority areas such as Environmental and Biological Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences and Technology Transfer.

The signing ceremony was held at the British Embassy, in the presence of His Excellency Mark Kent, the British Ambassador to Thailand, Narong Sasitorn, Deputy Permanent Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Ms Barbara Woodward CMG, OBE, Director-General Economic and Consular, Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

“Through the funding provided by the British Council and the Thailand Research Fund, we hope to open a world of opportunities for early career researchers so they can co-design collaborations that will enable them to work on an international scale in the future,”  Chris Gibson, Director, British Council Thailand explained.

“This new Memorandum of Understanding marks an important step forward for research development in Thailand. We look forward to working closely with the British Council to organise workshops covering mutually relevant themes and to provide opportunities for early career researchers from the UK and Thailand to foster the initial links,” said Prof Suthipun Jitpimolmard, Director, Thailand Research Fund.

Seven workshop proposals have been selected with the special collaboration of well-respected academics in specific fields of research. Recruitment of the early career researchers will be announced shortly. In addition, 12 travel grants will also be awarded to early career researchers, six from Thailand and six from the UK, for a high level programme that will build sustainable relationships based on cooperation and trust over the long term.

The research areas vary from liver cancer and language preservation research to aerial and terrestrial robotics and the impact of social media on corporate and marketing communications. See the chart below for more information on how this project is supporting ground-breaking research in Thailand and in the UK.

Seven Workshops under the Researcher Links Project

Title University in UK University in Thailand
Impact of social media upon corporate and marketing communications in Thailand and UK The Media School, Bournemouth University

Faculty of Communication Arts, Chulalongkorn University

Collaboration for language preservation and revitalisation in Asia School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London

Research Institute  for Languages and Culture of Asia, Mahidol University

University technology transfer and knowledge exchange

Management School, Queen’s University

Institute of Knowledge and Innovation, Bangkok University

Antimicrobial use in livestock and antimicrobial resistance in foodborne pathogens

Institute of Infection and Global Health, University of Liverpool

Faculty of Veterinary Science, Chulalongkorn University

Cholangiocarcinoma: share disease burden in UK and Southeast Asia

Department of Medicine, Imperial College London

Faculty of Medicine, KhonKaen University

Genetic improvement to reduce photooxidative stress in rice School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham

Rice Science Centre, Kasetsart University

Roboshop:  a workshop for Research into Aerial and Terrestrial Robotics

School of Aerospace Engineering Programme, University of Manchester

Institute of Field Robotics, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi