Research Partnership Grants

Research Closed Call 15 Jan 2023 Multiple Countries LH South Asia and Iran
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Closed Call
15 Jan 2023
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
LH South Asia and Iran

The ZHAW was commissioned in 2017 and confirmed for a 2nd mandate period in 2021 as Leading House by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) to foster bilateral research collaborations with partner institutions in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The Research Partnership Grant is one of the instruments implemented to serve this purpose.  

The Research Partnership Grant has three main purposes:

  • Foster new partnerships: Research Partnership Grants are useful at an early stage in developing new partnerships AND/OR
  • Allow existing partnerships to grow and develop: A Research Partnership Grant can offer Swiss researchers who have already successfully completed a project with a partner in South Asia or Iran the possibility of continuing joint research with the objective of preparing 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). These grants may also allow for joint teaching or curriculum development to be intensified, AND/OR
  • Support emerging research talent: Research Partnership Grants may also be used to support the next generation of scientists, i.e. those who have gained a Master’s degree but who have not yet completed their PhD and who have no more than six years of professional research experience, in becoming integrated with international collaborations.

The call is open for activities in all scientific disciplines and fields of research. Read more here.


Read more about the eligibility criteria here. 


The maximum grant amount per project is 35,000 Swiss francs. All details with regard to submitting your budget and funding request can be found on the budget table provided with this call document. The grant is not to be shared with the research partner abroad.

Application process:

Click here to apply.