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Leading House South Asia and Iran: Research Partnership Grants 2023

This grant offers support to Swiss researchers who are interested in entering into research collaborations with institutional partners located in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Deadline 15 January 2024

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The grants have three main purposes:

Foster new partnerships
Research Partnership Grants are useful at an early stage in developing new partnerships or fleshing out recently established partnerships, especially with institutions and countries across South Asia and in Iran that have so far been underexposed

Allow existing partnerships to grow and develop
A Research Partnership Grant can offer Swiss researchers who have already successfully completed a project with a partner in South Asia or Iran the possibility of continuing joint research with the objective of preparing a grant application for a full joint research project (e.g. through the Swiss National Science Foundation, EU funding or a national or regional funding body). These grants may also allow for joint teaching or curriculum development to be intensified.

Support emerging research talent
Research Partnership Grants may also be used to support the next generation of scientists, i.e. those who have gained a Master’s degree but who have not yet completed their PhD and who have no more than six years of professional research experience, in becoming integrated in international collaborations. They help to establish new partnerships through personal contacts, thereby making them more sustainable, and attract young talent to Switzerland, while at the same time encouraging Swiss researchers to enrich their careers by spending time in an academic environment abroad.

Applications are accepted from applicants who are permanent residents of Switzerland and have an employment contract with a federal or cantonal university, a university of applied sciences, a university of teacher education or any officially recognised research institute in Switzerland. Calls are open for activities in all scientific disciplines and research fields. Applicants should, however, be able to demonstrate that their project will be sustainable by gaining access to external funding once the grant period comes to an end.

Please consult the Leading House's website for more detailed information.

Submission deadline: 15 January 2024

On December 12, 13:00 CET this Leading House will hold an online information session related to this call. To register for the online session, please click here.


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