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All Funding Instruments Leading House South Asia and Iran

Seed money grants

Seed money grants are a useful way to develop new partnerships, especially with institutions in countries where research partnerships are so far underexplored. As there is no notable research collaboration between the Swiss scientific community and its counterparts in the designated countries other than India, seed money grants will be utilised to stimulate partnerships in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Iran, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate that the project will be sustainable by gaining access to external funding when the grant period comes to an end.

Available for research collaboration with partners in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Iran, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.

Bridging grants

Bridging grants offer Swiss researchers who have already successfully completed a project with a partner in South Asia or Iran the possibility to continue joint research in order to prepare a grant application for a full joint research project (e.g. through the Swiss National Science Foundation, EU funding or a national or regional funding body). Bridging grants may also enable the intensification of joint teaching or curriculum development.

Available for research collaboration with partners in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.

Symposia & workshops

The Leading House will organise symposia in order to explain and, if required, refine the academic focus area of an upcoming call. Symposia will be closely coordinated between the Leading House and the foreign partner agencies. The Leading House will provide information about planned symposia as soon as this is available.

Workshops and conferences need to be initiated and organised by Swiss researchers in collaboration with partners in the South Asia and Iran region according to their mutual interests and needs.

Mobility grants

Mobility grants enable the young generation of scientists (i.e. those with a Master’s degree but no PhD yet and with not more than 6 years of professional research experience) to integrate in international collaboration. They help to build up new partnerships through personal contacts and thereby make such partnerships more sustainable.

Mobility grants are aimed at attracting young talent to Switzerland, and they encourage Swiss researchers to enhance their careers by spending time in an academic environment abroad.

Available for research collaboration with partners in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.

Academia-Industry Training

Academia-Industry Training allows young scientists to validate their innovative concepts in direct contact with business representatives in Switzerland and India. The objective is to enable researchers to gain a better understanding of the potential market viability of their research concept and thereby allow them to refine their concept accordingly.

In addition, it allows them to develop their own entrepreneurial skills, which can be an asset if they choose to start up their own business.

For detailed information and registration, please visit its webpage.

Available for research collaboration with partners in India.

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Registration Form Leading House South Asia and Iran