Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development - R4D
The Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (r4d.ch programme) is being implemented jointly by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). The joint programme supports relevant research for development aimed at solving global problems in poor countries. It consists of five thematic modules and a module for research without pre-defined topics. To stay informed you can subscribe to the programme newsletter.
SPIRIT – Swiss Programme for International Research by Scientific Investigation Teams
The SPIRIT programme facilitates knowledge exchange between Swiss researchers and researchers in selected countries that are receiving development assistance. With SPIRIT, the SNSF is giving Swiss researchers more opportunities to collaborate with partners in many countries around the world.
The Confederation’s Bilateral Programmes with BRICS Countries
The bilateral programmes of the Swiss Confederation are aimed at promoting and strengthening scientific cooperation between Switzerland and non-European countries that show high or promising research potential. The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) has given the SNSF a similar mandate for the 2017-2020 period, namely to conduct calls for Joint Research Projects (JRPs) in collaboration with Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Japan, Russia, South Africa, South Korea and Vietnam.
A so-called leading house (LH) at a Swiss university or university of applied sciences serves as a liaison office for each country or region taking part in the bilateral programmes. The LHs are in close contact with partner institutions in the respective countries or regions and sometimes have their own funding schemes. The latter are earmarked for an initial collaboration or exchange. Information about calls and links to the LHs can be found at the website of the Bilateral Programmes of the Swiss Confederation.
Swiss - African Research Cooperation (SARECO)
The funding line to finance kick-start activities with partners in Africa intends to incentivize and further collaboration between Swiss and African researchers by focusing on the following kick-starting instruments: Exchange visits, Joint seminars, Joint Workshops.
Grants are available for the following countries: Cameroon, Ghana, Senegal, Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique, Zambia
Updates about calls for proposals and conferences are made available at the SARECO twitter account at: twitter.com/swissafrica
Calls International Cooperation in Research and Innovation via SERI
International calls published via the State Secretary for Education Research and Innovation (SERI)
Scientific conferences and workshops are the two types of event covered by the scheme. Research visits by Swiss researchers to other countries or by researchers from abroad to Switzerland are funded for a period of 1 to 6 months.
Doc.Mobility by SNSF
Doc.Mobility fellowships are designed for doctoral students who wish to enhance their scientific profile by working at a research institution abroad. The fellowships include a grant towards living costs, a flat-rate for travel expenses and, if justified, a contribution towards research and conference costs as well as matriculation fees. These fellowships are awarded for a minimum of 6 months up to a maximum of 18 months.
Early Postdoc.Mobility by SNSF
Early Postdoc.Mobility fellowships are designed for postdocs at the beginning of their career who wish to enhance their scientific profile by working at a research institution abroad.
The fellowships include a grant towards living costs, a flat-rate for travel expenses and, if justified, a contribution towards research and conference costs as well as matriculation fees. In principle, these fellowships are awarded for 18 months, in justified cases for at least 12 months.
Indo-Swiss Joint Research Programme
The SNSF and its Indian partner, the Department of Biotechnolgoy (DBT), are launching a call for Joint Research Projects (JRPs); the submitted proposals will be jointly evaluated by the two organisations. JRPs enable scientists in Switzerland to collaborate with research partners in India. The SNSF will cover the project costs in Switzerland and the DBT the costs incurred in India. The two organisations plan to fund between 15 and 20 projects for a period of 3 to 4 years under the call.
Overview of SNSF's funding schemes
REPIC is the interdepartmental platform for the promotion of renewable energy, energy and resource efficiency in international cooperation. REPIC is partially financing new, sustainable and effective small-scale projects from Swiss institutions with high replication potential.
Swiss Network for International Studies, SNIS
Researchers and scholars seeking to apply for any of the funding opportunitiesoffered by the SNIS can quickly find relevant information on current and up-coming call for projects and awards, as well as detailed information on formal requirements.
Current calls in the area of agricultural research for development, and relevant for researchers based in Switzerland.
Provided by the Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research (SFIAR)
The Nestlé Foundation initiates and supports research in human nutrition with public health relevance in low-income and lower middle-income countries according to the World Bank classification.
Sight and Life
Sight and Life has recently instituted its new strategy and as such the grants (humanitarian, educational, conference grants) have been redesigned. The strategic focuses are micronutrient dietary improvement through supplementation and fortification; promoting partnerships and building capacity; and sharing knowledge for improved nutrition.
UBS Foundation is dedicated to improving the well-being of children in need through education, protection and health. Therefore UBS Foundation support projects in the areas of: Education & Upbringing, Child protection, Global health research.
Other Funding Possibilities
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The International Association of Universities’ (IAU) portal on doctoral education IDEA-PhD stands for Innovative Approaches to Doctoral Education in Africa. Besides many funding opportunities, you can find a lot of information about what it takes to ensure successful doctoral education and research.
This web portal provides European researchers with information about Research, Technology Development and Innovation (RTDI) programmes around the world, which are open to European participation.
AuthorAID - Funding List
AuthorAID is a free pioneering global network that provides support, mentoring, resources and training for researchers in low and middle income countries. AuthorAID provide travel and workshop grants twice a year. On the link below you find many more funding opportunities
IDRC - International Development Research Center
IDRC offers grants, funding, and awards to researchers and institutions to find solutions for global development challenges.
Link to various research grants
TWAS, the voice for science in the South
TWAS is a global science academy based in Trieste, Italy, working to advance science and engineering for sustainable prosperity in the developing world.
The UK Collaborative on Development Research
The UK Collaborative on Development Research (UKCDR) is a group of government departments and research funders working in international development.
CODESRIA (Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa)
CODESRIA offers many opportunities ranging from conferences, training workshops, research activities, job vacancies
START - grant and employment opportunities
START promotes research-driven capacity building to advance knowledge on global environmental change in Africa and Asia-Pacific - , both within and outside of START.
International Foundation for Science (IFS)
The objective of the IFS is to support developing countries in managing their natural resources in a sustainable way. It helps to reinforce the research capacity in these countries and to finance excellent research that is relevant to the mission of IFS.
Funding opportunities sourced by GDNet
Funding opportunities, grants and scholarships currently featured in the Regional Windows relevant to researchers and research institutes working on development issues in low and middle income countries.
European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP)
EDCTP aims to accelerate the development of new or improved drugs, vaccines and microbicides against HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, with a focus on phase II and III clinical trials in sub-Saharan Africa by supporting multicentre projects which combine clinical trials, capacity building and networking.
ICGEB Fellowships and Grants
ICGEB include five types of long and short-term PhD and Postdoctoral awards in the fields of genetic engineering and biotechnology available to scientists who are nationals of ICGEB Member States to perform research in Trieste, New Delhi or Cape Town. The ICGEB runs additional joint fellowship programmes with India and China.
ICGEB Research Grants are a dedicated source of funding aimed at financing projects addressing original scientific problems of particular relevance for the host country and of regional interest.
News on funding possibilities
The Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh is announced the availability of 2 full scholarships for suitable applicants to study for an MSc in Africa and International Development and subsequent PhD in African Studies
The mLAB, located at the Institute of Geography at the University of Bern, is pleased to announce the second call for residencies in form of transdisciplinary research collaborations between academia, research, (digital) media, and arts. The residency aims to foster collaborations that experiment with new methodological approaches, forms of knowledge production and science communication.
Do you have an idea how to better respond to humanitarian emergencies in order to improve the lives of the most vulnerable?
Grants are awarded to promising high-level research projects in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics carried out by individual scientists or research units in one of the S&T-lagging countries identified by TWAS.
The ETH4D Research Challenges enables collaborations between ETH researchers, non-academic partners and partners from the Global South to develop effective solutions for poverty reduction combining technologies, policies and a profound understanding of human behaviour.
A Lead Agency agreement between the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) in South Africa allows researchers in both countries to submit joint research proposals.
New calls for the EPFLglobaLeaders doctoral fellowship programme for the next generation of sustainable science leaders and the CYD master, doctoral and postdoctoral Fellowships for Cyber-Defence Research. Both programs are open to applicants from any part of the world.
ThinkSwiss Research Scholarships is a program that opens doors for students from India, Singapore and Australia to the world of Swiss academia, that combines high quality curriculum with innovative thinking.
In collaboration with the Chinese Scholarship Council, Leading House Asia has launched a call for the Young Researchers’ Exchange Programme with China.