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Leading House Asia: Call for Opportunity Grants

The 'Opportunity Grants' support bottom-​up initiatives of researchers from Swiss research institutions linked to specific events or incidents in East and Southeast Asia. Submission deadline: 15 May 2023

Leading House Asia

These research-​based initiatives aim at increasing the visibility of Swiss science, technology and innovation abroad. A maximum sum of CHF 50'000 can be granted for a project duration of 12 months.

Events or incidents eligible for 'Opportunity Grants' can be:

  • Large public happenings such as the Olympic Games, international or national expositions/biennales.
  • Major environmental events such as the implications of a typhoon, earthquake or tsunami.
  • Major economic and political developments such as the possible geopolitical implications of a presidential visit or a shift of power in a government.
  • Launch of a new public policy such as new impactful agriculture or migration policies.


The call is open to all scientific disciplines and fields of research, including social sciences and the humanities.
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. The main applicant must be employed at one of the aforementioned Swiss institutions. Researchers of all nationalities are eligible to apply as main applicant.

A single Switzerland-​based scientist or a consortium of Switzerland-​based scientists from different research institutions can act as the main applicant. In the latter case, one of the members of the consortium must act as the main applicant.

Asian researchers interested in acting as co-​applicants on the Asian side have to contact their Switzerland-​based peers.


15 February 2023: Call Launch
15 May: Application Deadline
Mid-​May-June: Review Process
End of June: Decision
1 August 2023: Earliest Start

Please consult the website for more information