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SNSF SPIRIT - Call for Projects

The Swiss Programme for International Research by Scientific Investigation Teams promotes team-oriented cross-border research. Submission deadline is 2.11.2022.


The SNSF offers a wide range of international funding schemes and works closely with foreign funding organisations to promote cross-border collaboration. 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.

Funding is awarded to research projects with clearly defined goals that are submitted by excellent research consortia from two to four countries. Researchers from all disciplines can apply for a SPIRIT grant; the topics are chosen by the researchers themselves. The grants contribute to the education of researchers in all participating countries. Special focus will be given to equal opportunities and the promotion of women scientists, as well as to raising awareness of gender-specific questions.

Applicants can request between 50,000 and 500,000 francs in project funds for two to four years. At least 30% of each approved grant must be allocated to Switzerland and at least 30% to the relevant partner country/countries.

As of 1 February 2021, the evaluation procedure will consist of a single stage. There will be one submission deadline for SPIRIT proposals each year, on 2 November, 17:00 Swiss local time. The evaluation process will be completed at the end of May the following year. Approximately twelve projects can be funded per year.

We recommend considering the principles of the Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries (KFPE) when designing the proposal.