This publication of the KFPE presents 12 successful projects. The 12 practical examples show the advantages of cross-border research – also for Switzerland. Moreover, they underscore the continually evolving challenges of such efforts.
No country or national research organisation alone is in a position to find the right answers to the most pressing issues of our time. A characteristic of innovative research initiatives is their global networking. Cooperation with partners within and outside of the OECD area is part of this global orientation. The KFPE is committed to research partnerships with countries of the South and East both because it is important for the partner countries and because scientific collaboration is in Switzerland’s best interests. Rapidly spreading worldwide epidemics like bird and swine flu need to be contained at their source, not just at the border. Major challenges in the areas of health, climate change, energy, and resource management require international efforts, and they must include countries with poor resources. The 12 examples of Swiss research cooperation with countries of the South and East show that this is possible.