The bilateral Agreement on Scientific and Technological Cooperation signed between Switzerland and South Africa in 2007 formally established the Swiss-South Africa Joint Research Programme (SSAJRP). The first phase of the cooperation lasted from 2008 to 2011 with 2012 being a bridging year. A second phase of SSAJRP started in 2013 for another four years.
The priority research fields for the first phase were in the domains of:
- Public health and biomedicine
- Biotechnology and nanotechnology
- Humanities and social sciences
The domain of clean and green technology is included in the second phase.
SSAJRP operates through a structure of standing committees, composed of representatives from government, universities and the private sector. The SSAJRP is jointly funded by Switzerland and South Africa. In Switzerland for the period 2008-2011, a total of CHF 6.85 million was made available by the State Secretariat for Science, Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) with an according amount on the South African side by the Department of Science and Technology. Notable achievements of the SSAJRP Phase I with support of 16 joint projects had positive results which included 73 exchange visits; 71 journal articles, 1 book publication; 6 book chapters and 32 conference papers with human capital development output of 8 Postdocs; 31 PhDs and 6 MSc.
Please see the SSAJRP Booklet for further information on the joint research projects.