Research programmes of the SDC and its partners

Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (r4d Programme)

The r4d programme is the most important funding instrument in Switzerland when it comes to research on global issues focusing on poverty reduction in poor countries. It was launched in 2012 as a joint programme of the SDC and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). It is open for participation to all researchers working at a Swiss research institute as well as researchers from developing countries who work at a research institute in a developing country.

The r4d Programme supports research partnership projects that excel in scientific quality and development relevance.

Brochure r4d-Programm


Public calls for mandates

Overview of requirements as well as planned and approved FDFA mandates:

FDFA mandates

Further programmes for research and researchers

Through the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS), the Swiss government grants research scholarships to students attending a Swiss university, federal institute of technology or university of applied sciences to do research or follow a doctoral or post-doctoral study programme.

Swiss government grants for foreign researchers

International short visits are available to researchers in Switzerland who plan to spend a short time doing research abroad or foreign researchers who wish to collaborate with researchers in Switzerland. During their visit, they carry out a small joint research project. Short visits can last from one week to three months and are not restricted to specific topics or geographic regions. The grants are for fixed amounts to cover the costs of travel and accommodation.

International Short Visits

The SNIS supports interdisciplinary research on international issues. It focuses on themes such as the environment, sustainable development, health, human rights, education, civil wars, migration, globalisation, trade, financial markets and European policy.

Swiss Network for International Studies, SNIS 

Future Earth is a ten-year international research initiative to develop the knowledge needed for responding effectively to the risks and opportunities of global environmental change and for supporting transformation towards global sustainability in the coming decades. Future Earth will mobilise thousands of scientists while strengthening partnerships with policymakers and other stakeholders to provide sustainability options and solutions in the wake of Rio+20.

Future Earth initiative