Investing in research is increasingly a priority for Asia, as is reaching out to form research networks regionally and globally. The following are examples of some regional initiatives:

ASEAN Committee on Science and Technology (COST)
Following the rationalisation of the ASEAN operations in 1978, the Permanent Committee on Science and Technology was renamed the ASEAN Committee on Science and Technology (COST). The ASEAN COST adopted the objectives and terms of reference of the Permanent Committee and met for the first time in Baguio City, Philippines, on 20-22 June 1978. Since that time, the ASEAN S&T policy, management and implementation of programmes have been principally driven by the ASEAN COST guided by mandates laid down by the Summits of ASEAN Heads of State and Government and by the Meetings of the ASEAN Ministers for Science and Technology.

The ASEAN Science and Technology Network (ASTNET) was identified as a flagship project of the ASEAN Committee on Science and Technology (COST) and aims to create an ASEAN-wide electronic based technology information network.

Asean Science and Technology Network
This network includes a list of Science and Technology subcommittees and R&D facilities in the region.

AEARU: Association of East Asian Research Universities

A 17 member association with the goal of forming a forum for the presidents of leading research-oriented universities in East Asia and of carrying out mutual exchanges between the major universities in the region. Expectations are that this regional union, on the basis of common academic and cultural backgrounds among the member universities, will contribute not only to the development of higher education and research but also to the opening up of a new era leading to cultural, economic and social progress.