The opportunity grants support bottom-up initiatives of researchers from Swiss universities, universities of applied sciences, universities of teacher education, and public research institutes, linked to specific events or incidents in China (incl. Hong Kong and Taiwan), Japan, South Korea and member states of ASEAN.
The Leading House Asia ETH Zurich has launched the call for Opportunity Grant 2021.
These research-based initiatives aim at increasing the visibility of Swiss science, technology and innovation abroad. The events or incidents can be large public happenings (e.g. Olympic Games, international or national exhibitions/biennales), major environmental events (e.g. implications of a typhoon, earthquake or tsunami), major economic or political developments (e.g. shift of power in a government), or the launch of a new policy (e.g. new impactful agriculture policy).
Eligibility: Postdoctoral scientists, senior scientists and professors of Swiss federal and cantonal universities, universities of applied sciences, universities of teacher education, as well as public research institutes, are eligible to apply. Researchers of all nationalities are eligible to apply as main applicant.
Research fields: The call is open to all scientific disciplines including social sciences and the humanities.
Funding and duration: max. 50kCHF, up to 12 months
Deadline: 18 July 2021
Guidelines, research plan, and online application form: available on the Leading House Asia ETH Zurich websiteunder ‘’.
COVID-19: we are launching this call for research projects starting in January 2022 at the earliest.
The aim of the Research Partnership Grants is to strengthen or initiate a scientific exchange between Swiss and Latin American researchers and institutions. They can be used to develop joint project proposals to be submitted to large funding agencies in Latin America, Switzerland, and Europe.
The Dispatch on the Promotion of Education, Research and Innovation for the years 2021–2024 provides for a continuation of the bilateral cooperation programmes with non-European partner countries launched in 2008. An international assessment conducted in 2020 confirmed that these programmes play an important role in the diversification of international research collaborations and result in a significant increase in the number of scientific co-publications by Swiss and non-European partners. The funding instrument has now been confirmed for another four years and performance agreements signed with five Leading Houses.