Funding Possibilities

Learning Events Programme for Researchers from Developing Countries

Learning events enhance the educational, scientific and training competencies of individual researchers as well as their research institutions. KFPE’s Learning Events Programme supports researchers from developing countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America involved in research partnerships with a Swiss institution and promotes interdisciplinary and intercultural learning.

A first call was launched in April 2013, with a second one in January 2014, a third one in April 2015 and a last one in February 2016. 


Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development - R4D

The Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (r4d.ch programme) is being implemented jointly by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). The joint programme supports relevant research for development aimed at solving global problems in poor countries. It consists of five thematic modules and a module for research without pre-defined topics. To stay informed you can subscribe to the programme newsletter.


The Confederation’s Bilateral Programmes with BRICS Countries

The bilateral programmes of the Swiss Confederation are aimed at promoting and strengthening scientific cooperation with non-European countries that show high or promising research potential. 
For the period 2013-2016, the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) mandated the SNSF to implement one of the funding schemes available within these programmes - the Joint Research Projects (JRPs) - for seven of the priority countries - Brazil, China, India, Japan, Russia, South Africa and South Korea. Since 2016, projects with Argentina are also possible.


Swiss - African Research Cooperation (SARECO)

The funding line to finance kick-start activities with partners in Africa intends to incentivize and further collaboration between Swiss and African researchers by focusing on the following kick-starting instruments: Exchange visits, Joint seminars, Joint Workshops.

Grants are available for the following countries: Cameroon, Ghana, Senegal, Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique, Zambia


SCOPES (Scientific Co-operation between Eastern Europe and Switzerland

The SCOPES programme of the SNSF and the SDC is aimed at research groups and institutions in Switzerland and Eastern Europe who would like to launch a research co-operation. 
The SCOPES (Scientific Cooperation between Eastern Europe and Switzerland) programme will be discontinued at the end of the current programme phase (SCOPES 2013-2016). Other opportunities for collaboration with Eastern European research partners will be offered; however, the details have not yet been determined.


International Short Visits

The scheme International Short Visits is aimed at researchers in Switzerland who wish to go abroad for a short period or researchers abroad who wish to collaborate with researchers in Switzerland. During the visit, they pursue a small joint research project. Short visits may last from one week to three months. There are no geographical and topical restrictions. The grants include travel, room and board expenses.


Doc.Mobility by SNSF

Doc.Mobility fellowships are designed for doctoral students who wish to enhance their scientific profile by working at a research institution abroad. The fellowships include a grant towards living costs, a flat-rate for travel expenses and, if justified, a contribution towards research and conference costs as well as matriculation fees.  These fellowships are awarded for a minimum of 6 months up to a maximum of 18 months.


Early Postdoc.Mobility by SNSF

Early Postdoc.Mobility fellowships are designed for postdocs at the beginning of their career who wish to enhance their scientific profile by working at a research institution abroad. 
The fellowships include a grant towards living costs, a flat-rate for travel expenses and, if justified, a contribution towards research and conference costs as well as matriculation fees. In principle, these fellowships are awarded for 18 months, in justified cases for at least 12 months.

Overview of SNSF's funding schemes


Swiss Network for International Studies, SNIS

Researchers and scholars seeking to apply for any of the funding opportunitiesoffered by the SNIS can quickly find relevant information on current and up-coming call for projects and awards, as well as detailed information on formal requirements.


Current calls in the area of agricultural research for development, and relevant for researchers based in Switzerland.

Provided by the Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research (SFIAR)


Nestlé Foundation

The Nestlé Foundation initiates and supports research in human nutrition with public health relevance in low-income and lower middle-income countries according to the World Bank classification.


Sight and Life

Sight and Life has recently instituted its new strategy and as such the grants (humanitarian, educational, conference grants) have been redesigned. The strategic focuses are micronutrient dietary improvement through supplementation and fortification; promoting partnerships and building capacity; and sharing knowledge for improved nutrition.


UBS Foundation

UBS Foundation is dedicated to improving the well-being of children in need through education, protection and health. Therefore UBS Foundation support projects in the areas of: Education & Upbringing, Child protection, Global health research.


Other Funding Possibilities

Foundation Maps

Foundation Maps is a data visualization tool from Foundation Center that brings philanthropic data to life, making it easy to understand who is funding what and where around the world. Simple yet powerful filters zero-in on the issues and places that are most important to you, and interactive features reveal connections among organizations and highlight trends over time. - Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. 

DocLinks

Connecticing African & European Doctoral Candidates, including many informations about funding sources and opportuities

IDEA-PhD Portal
The International Association of Universities’ (IAU) portal on doctoral education IDEA-PhD stands for Innovative Approaches to Doctoral Education in Africa. Besides many funding opportunities, you can find a lot of information about what it takes to ensure successful doctoral education and research. 

ACCESS4.EU projects
This web portal provides European researchers with information about Research, Technology Development and Innovation (RTDI) programmes around the world, which are open to European participation.

SciDevNet
Link to various research grants

TWAS, the voice for science in the South
TWAS is a global science academy based in Trieste, Italy, working to advance science and engineering for sustainable prosperity in the developing world.

CODESRIA (Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa) 
CODESRIA offers many opportunities ranging from conferences, training workshops, research activities, job vacancies

START - grant and employment opportunities
START promotes research-driven capacity building to advance knowledge on global environmental change in Africa and Asia-Pacific - , both within and outside of START.

International Foundation for Science (IFS)
The objective of the IFS is to support developing countries in managing their natural resources in a sustainable way. It helps to reinforce the research capacity in these countries and to finance excellent research that is relevant to the mission of IFS.

Newton's List
A tool for funders and grantseekers interested in collaborative international research and education - mainly in the following fields: natural sciences, engineering  & technology, agricultural sciences or social sciences.

Funding opportunities sourced by GDNet
Funding opportunities, grants and scholarships currently featured in the Regional Windows relevant to researchers and research institutes working on development issues in low and middle income countries.

European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP)
EDCTP aims to accelerate the development of new or improved drugs, vaccines and microbicides against HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, with a focus on phase II and III clinical trials in sub-Saharan Africa by supporting multicentre projects which combine clinical trials, capacity building and networking.