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 ( 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

In the 2013-2016 Swiss Education, Research and Innovation (ERI) Dispatch, the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) mandates the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) to implement one of the funding schemes available within this programme - the Joint Research Projects (JRPs) - for the five priority countries Brazil, China, India, Russia and South Africa (abbreviated BRICS) as well as for Japan and South Korea. During the 2013-2016 period, the SNSF will therefore launch calls for JRPs with the partner countries. 

Exchange Grants (Switzerland - South Africa)

Student exchange grants allow Swiss students to go to South Africa for research purposes and vice versa to invite South African students to come to Switzerland.
Faculty exchange grants can be used to support fellowship programmes. Both established scientists and early-stage researchers (including PhD students) are targeted. Faculty or student exchange applications can be handed in on a rolling basis until the funds yearly allocated to these schemes are depleted. There is no application deadline.

SCOPES (Scientific Co-operation between Eastern Europe and Switzerland

The SCOPES programme, which is financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Co-operation (SDC), promotes scientific co-operation between research groups and institutions in Switzerland and Eastern Europe. 

International Short Visits

The International Short Visits of the Swiss National Science Foundation enable researchers working in Switzerland to go abroad or researchers from elsewhere to come to Switzerland. The visits can last between one week and three months and are limited to one person (the visiting fellow) going to one institute (the host institute). Both the visiting fellow and one person from the host institute (the host) are co-applicants of the proposal. 

Doc.Mobility by SNSF

The fellowships for doctoral students are a funding scheme from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) enabling doctoral students to conduct a part of their dissertation abroad. Doc.Mobility fellowships are awarded for 6 months up to a maximum of 18 months.

Early Postdoc.Mobility by SNSF

The fellowships for postdocs starting their career are a funding scheme from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) enabling postdocs to spend a research stay abroad. In principle, the Early Postdoc.Mobility fellowships are awarded for a duration of 18 months or, in justified cases, for a minimum of 12 months.

Overview of SNSF's international 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

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.

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.