Scientific Programme Indonesia – Netherlands

Joint Research Projects form the core of the Scientific Programme Indonesia – Netherlands for the period 2012-2017. Joint Research Projects consist of integrated, coherent sets of research activities focusing on a specific, mutually agreed research theme or problem.


The purpose of the Joint Research Projects is to encourage long-term joint research networks. They require close collaboration between researchers working at different institutions in the Netherlands and Indonesia. Joint Research Projects were open to all scientific and scholarly disciplines. This phase of SPIN consists of nine Joint Research Projects; three centred around each of the following themes:

  • Food, Non-Food and Water Research
  • Social and Economic Development
  • Infectious Diseases and Health

Each of the projects consists of two 4-year PhD positions and one two-years post-doc funding; in many cases these positions are supplemented by a number of ‘DIKTI PhD Scholarships’ which are funded by the Directorate General of Higher education (DIKTI) of the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture. These PhD Scholarships are funded out of a pool of 50 possible DIKTI PhD-scholarships as direct matching of the SPIN programme. The awarded Joint Research Projects (see below) also receive budget for research and technical support.

Joint Coordination Budget

The two themes Social and Economic Development and Infectious Diseases and Health have a coordination budget aimed to increase exchange and mutual development of the three projects within each theme. Coordination is implemented through a joint Academy Professor Indonesia, a joint Indonesian post-doc, joint training of PhD candidates, shared logistics and joint symposia and evaluation.

The projects within the theme Food, Non-Food and Water Research haven't received a Joint Coordination Budget, but they still receive funds for purposes of selection and training of junior researchers. 

The Academy will appoint an Academy Professor Indonesia within this theme together with the Indonesian Academy of Sciences. 

The awarded Joint Research Projects are:

Hydrology-geomorphology links in the Kapuas river system

Indonesian project leader: Prof. Delinom, Indonesian Institute of Sciences Dutch project leader: Dr Ton Hoitink, Wageningen University

The Indonesian banana

Indonesian project leader: Dr Catur Hermanto, Indonesian Tropical Fruits Research Institute Dutch project leader: Dr Gert Kema, Wageningen University

Agriculture beyond Food

Scientists, politicians, policy-makers and the media worldwide are discussing the future of bio-based products and the competition between food and fuel. The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences have set up an Agriculture beyond Food research programme focusing on Indonesia.

Social and economic effects of partnering for sustainable change in agricultural commodity chains

Indonesian project leader: Prof. Bustanul Arifin, Agribusiness University of Lampung Dutch project leader: Prof. Pieter Glasbergen, Maastricht University

Local and regional dimensions in Indonesia’s social and economic development

Indonesian project leader: Prof. Ari Kuncoro, University of Indonesia Dutch project leader:  Prof. Henri de Groot, VU University Amsterdam and Prof. Ari Kuncoro, University of Indonesia

From clients to citizens? Emerging citizenship in democratizing Indonesia

Indonesian project leader: Prof. Bambang Purwanto, Gadjah Mada University  Dutch project leader: Prof. Henk Schulte Nordholt, Royal Netherlands Institute for Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies

Novel strategies and tools for antimicrobial resistance surveillance

Indonesian project leader: Dr Ida Parwati, Padjadjaran University Dutch project leader: Prof. Menno de Jong, University of Amsterdam

Helminth infections and type 2 diabetes mellitus in Indonesia

Indonesian project leader: Dr Taniawati Supali, University of Indonesia Dutch project leader: Prof. Jan Smit, Leiden University Medical Center

Incentives driving the transmission of highly pathonogenic Avian Influenza Virus in Indonesian poultry chain

Indonesian project leader: Prof. Retno Damayanti Soeyoedono, Bogor Agricultural University Dutch project leader: Prof. Arjan Stegeman, Utrecht University