Ukrainian-Swiss Joint Research Programme

Research Closed Call 12 Dec 2023 Ukraine SNSF
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Closed Call
12 Dec 2023

The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and the National Research Foundation of Ukraine (NRFU) are launching a joint call for joint research projects to be implemented by Swiss and Ukrainian participants (hereinafter – Call). The purpose of the Call is to enable researchers in Ukraine to jointly undertake research activities with researchers in Switzerland in any scientific field. The Call focuses on researchers currently based in Ukraine, including young researchers.

Ukraine’s population including researchers and virtually all areas of life are negatively affected by the Russian invasion. Many researchers cannot continue their activities because research facilities are not accessible, damaged, or destroyed. In other cases, researchers joined the Armed Forces of Ukraine, care for their family members, or are engaged in voluntary work in order to help the country.

However, many institutions of higher education and research institutions are still functioning,  and researchers continue their work, especially in the centre and west of Ukraine. Other institutions/organisations have been relocated from the east and south to safer parts of the country. As the war is unpredictable, and to minimise risks, this Call will invest in people and research, not in large equipment. Issues arising during the project will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.


Each proposal for a JRP must have at least one main applicant based in Switzerland and one main applicant based in Ukraine; they are the lead scientists on the Swiss and Ukrainian sides, respectively. They bear the primary responsibility for the JRP, including its technical and administrative coordination and timely scientific and financial reports delivery. Further applicants and team members in Switzerland and/or Ukraine can also participate in the consortia. Each applicant can only submit one proposal.

The Call encourages the inclusion of young researchers into the JRP teams.

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The projects will run for a period of two to three years, with a maximum of 250,000 francs per project available for the Swiss part. The costs that are chargeable to the grant are similar to those currently covered in national SNSF projects.

Refer to the Call document for further details.