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Leading House Asia: Applied Research Partnership Grant

Applied Research Partnership Grants support the deepening of an existing partnership or the establishment of a new partnership through a joint research project in any scientific discipline, or activities in the field of education. Application deadline: 31 January 2024

Leading House Asia Call for Research Partnership Grants 2021
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Goals and Objectives

The 2023 Special Call for Applied Research Partnership Grants supports applied research projects with collaborating institutions in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, South Korea, Taiwan and ASEAN member states. The collaboration can be based on a new partnership or on an existing partnership between researchers and scientists affiliated to a Swiss institution and researchers affiliated to an Asian institution.

The goal of this instrument is to allow researchers to conduct feasibility studies or pilot projects in order to apply for grants from other funding agencies. Applied Research Partnership Grants can fund the preparation of a joint project proposal for submission to other funding agencies (e.g. national funding agencies or EU funding schemes) or research projects to develop long-​term partnerships between two institutions or research groups. Activities to intensify joint teaching or curriculum development are also eligible for this grant.


The call is open to all scientific disciplines and fields of research, including social sciences and humanities. The call aims at strengthening applied research collaborations.

Switzerland-​based main applicant:

Professors, senior scientists and postdoctoral researchers of Swiss federal and cantonal universities, universities of applied sciences and universities of teacher education, as well as public research institutes, are eligible to apply. The Switzerland-​based scientist is the main applicant.

Asia-​based collaborator:

The Asia-​based collaborator must be a scientist affiliated with a university or a public research institute from one of the partner countries or territory. The Asia-​based co-​PI must hold a faculty or senior scientist position or be a researcher with a doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) with several years of research experience.

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

Application deadline: 31 January 2024

Click here for more information and to apply.