(A) The ASEAN Diagnostics Development (DxD) Initiative was jointly launched by Philippines’ ASEAN Network for Drugs, Diagnostics, Vaccines and Traditional Medicines Innovation (ASEAN-NDI) and Singapore’s Diagnostics Development Hub (DxD Hub) to co-develop diagnostic products among ASEAN Member States (AMS) that address unmet clinical needs in ASEAN. The ASEAN DxD Initiative was endorsed during COST-74 in Chiang Mai, Thailand on 8-11 May 2018.

(B) The Philippines (PH) and Singapore (SG) are the founding co-chairs of the initiative. As part of the implementation of ASEAN DxD Initiative, a Strategic Planning Panel (SPP) was established to bring together experts and strategic stakeholders from each AMS to facilitate the development and delivery of diagnostics by ASEAN for ASEAN. The 1st ASEAN DxD Initiative SPP meeting (SPP1) was held in Singapore on 24-25 September 2018.

(C) The SPP-1 Meeting concurred to focus for the first call for project proposals aligning with Diagnostics for Dengue, Tuberculosis (TB), Hepatitis B and Malaria. Accepting of application will be on 25th March 2019 until 15th July 2019. Applications pertaining to areas outside of the 4 key diseases may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Any AMS public and/or private sector entities are welcome to participate. Successful applicants shall be invited by the Initiative to co-develop a solution with a development fund up to USD$50,000 per project (see terms and conditions below).


a. Based on the applications received, the ASEAN DxD Initiative shall invite the relevant SPP members of the applicant’s ASEAN country, to obtain endorsement from their respective chair of Committee of Science & Technology (COST) on the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting of Science & Technology.

b. Successful applicants of the 1st call for proposal will be issued a letter of award and invited to expedite a Collaboration Agreement to determine project timeline and funding requirement.

c. Chosen proposals will be co-funded by Singapore’s DxD Hub amounting to USD$50,000 depending on the needs of the project. The funding source for the 1st call for proposal is from Singapore’s DxD Hub.

d. We encourage interested participants to send queries and submit proposals via email to and detailed information are available on: .