SOR4D Programme – 2nd Call

Research Closed Call 13 Feb 2023 Multiple Countries SDC and SNSF
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Closed Call
13 Feb 2023
Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Bangladesh, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Lao PDR, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Micronesia, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Rwanda, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tokelau, Tunisia, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza Strip, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe 

The Solution-oriented Research for Development (SOR4D) programme is a joint funding instrument between the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) that builds on experiences and lessons learnt in previous joint programmes. The SOR4D programme is being implemented in the “Decade of Action” that is accelerating efforts towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda).

Transformations are urgent, new ways of thinking and innovative forms of social practice are necessary. While the rethinking of the role of science, finance and policy alike is fundamental to these efforts, the interaction between science and research, practice and policy are of particular importance.

The overarching goal of the SOR4D programme is to produce better knowledge, solutions and innovation through needs-driven, transdisciplinary research that opens up new ways for advancing sustainable development and reducing poverty in the least developed, low and lower-middle-income countries. It will contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda by fostering partnerships, and co-creation of knowledge and innovation.

The SOR4D programme has three objectives:

  • Researchers and development actors1 will jointly generate in their respective geographical contexts needs-based, solution-oriented knowledge that contributes to sustainable development and poverty reduction in the Global South and East. This includes validation in those contexts.
  • Project partnerships and networks will test and disseminate research results with potential for innovation (pilot testing, valorisation). This will include different forms of upscaling.
  • Researchers and development actors will enhance their competencies (skills and know-how) in conducting solution-oriented transdisciplinary research in partnership with addressing systemic and complex development challenges. This includes sharing their findings with other academics and practitioners.

Read more here.


Read more about the eligibility criteria here. 


The SOR4D programme has a duration of five years (2022-2026) and a total budget of 19.3 million Swiss Francs.

Selected research projects will be funded for a period of three years. Projects with high potential for scaling-up, application and transformation can be funded for additional 12 months with Transformation Accelerating Grants (TAG): in 2024 and in 2025 two TAG calls will be exclusively open for funded SOR4D projects.

Application process:

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