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Applications Invited for Second call for the Solution-oriented Research for Development (SOR4D) programme.

Applications Invited for Second call for the Solution-oriented Research for Development (SOR4D) programme.

Organization: SNSF and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

Apply By: 13 Feb 2023

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About the Organization

The SDC is the agency for international cooperation of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). Switzerland's international cooperation strategy for the 2021–24 period has four strategic goals that address development challenges and build on Switzerland’s unique expertise: 1) creating decent local jobs; 2) addressing climate change; 3) reducing the causes of forced and irregular migration; and 4) promoting the rule of law. The funds that the SDC invests in scientific research count towards official development aid.

The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) is the leading Swiss institution for the promotion of scientific research with an annual budget of approximately 1 billion Swiss Francs. On behalf of the federal government, it promotes basic research in all scientific disciplines. Every year it supports around 3300 projects. It offers a range of research funding schemes and has policies in place to adhere to the basic principles and missions as stated in the Federal Act on the Promotion of Research and Innovation.16 Each funding scheme has its own budget. In so doing, the SNSF seeks to implement the principle of fair competition: applications must always be evaluated in a competitive procedure through comparisons with similar applications.

About the Program

The SNSF and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) launch their second call for proposals for the Solution-oriented Research for Development (SOR4D) programme.

The SOR4D programme invites researchers and development actors from policy and practice to collaborate in transnational and transdisciplinary consortia and provide new insights and innovative approaches to reduce poverty and to implement the 2030 Agenda in developing countries.

The SOR4D programme is open to all disciplines from the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, engineering, health and life sciences. Proposals must explicitly aim at systemic solutions that simultaneously address several of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda.

A total budget of CHF 19 million is available for the SOR4D programme. The research phase will last three years, followed by an additional year for pilot testing and scaling out of initiatives to accelerate transformation. Projects will be selected in a two-stage process.

How to Apply

Pre-proposals must be submitted by 13 February 2023, 17:00 (Swiss local time) via the mySNF platform.

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