SERI: Research Partnership Grants Program 2021
The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation are pleased to announce applications for Research Partnership Grants Program to strengthen the exchange and cooperation between Switzerland and Latin America on a scientific basis through research, teaching, further education, and services.
The goal of the Research Partnership Grants is to strengthen or initiate scientific exchange between researchers from Swiss and Latin American institutions in all disciplines by enabling them to jointly undertake preliminary research and organize meetings, conferences, or workshops.
Research Partnership Grants are particularly useful to develop joint project proposals to be submitted to large funding agencies in Latin America, Switzerland, and Europe or to combine already existing and independently funded projects in Switzerland and the partner countries in order to create long-lasting cooperation.
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The goal of the Research Partnership Grants is to strengthen or initiate a scientific exchange between Swiss and Latin American researchers and institutions by enabling them to undertake preliminary research and organize workshops jointly.
Research Partnership Grants are particularly useful to develop joint project proposals, to be submitted to large funding agencies in Latin America, Switzerland, and Europe or to combine already existing and independently funded projects in Switzerland and the partner countries for long-lasting cooperation and to present bigger projects (e.g., to SNF, ERC).
Research Partnership Grants aim to mainly cover expenses related to fieldwork, exchange events, and research analysis.
The calls are open to all disciplines and fields for mono- or interdisciplinary research projects. This year’s call will be restricted to certain SDGs and two thematic areas (COVID-19 and digitalization).
Sustainable Development Goals
Good health and well-being: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Reduced inequalities: Reduce inequalities within and among countries
Sustainable cities and communities: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable
Climate action: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
COVID-19 pandemic: Coronavirus and its related consequences
Digitalisation: Technical, management, societal, and ethical aspects
Note: Project proposals should be connected to at least one of these four SDGs or two thematic areas and ensure a direct transfer to society, benefiting local communities and building capacity. Researchers also must present socially, culturally, or technically innovative projects fostering resilience
Grants between CHF 10,000 and CHF 25,000 will be awarded.
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As stated in the Application Form, each proposal must have one principal applicant based in Switzerland and one in Latin America.
The Swiss Principal Investigator must hold employment as a scientist in an eligible Swiss institution (Swiss federal institutes of technology, cantonal universities, federal and cantonal research institutes, universities of applied sciences) with several years of academic experience.
Research institutions in Switzerland must be accredited by Swiss universities.
The Principal Investigator in Latin America must be affiliated to an accredited university or a public research institute and hold a faculty or scientist position or a doctoral degree in addition to several years of academic experience.
Additional researchers based in Switzerland and Latin America can also participate. Proposals can include Master’s and PhD students.
The Swiss Principal Investigator bears the main responsibility for the project, including its technical and administrative coordination as well as timely delivery of scientific and financial reports.
Researchers can apply, even if they already received a grant (e.g., from the SNF or Leading House), but it cannot be with the same project. Additionally, the Leading House will need to see the final report of the previous project and how it has evolved. However, priority is given to researchers/projects that have not received previous funding.
The research project must be conducted within twelve months within a two-year time window (2022-2024).
For more information, visit https://cls.unisg.ch/de/forschung/leading-house/funding-instruments/2021-research-partnership-grants