Leading House for sub-Saharan Africa

The Swiss TPH, supported by the University of Basel, is the Leading House for bilateral research collaboration with partner institutions in the sub-Saharan African region. Mandated by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) in 2017, the Leading House Basel promotes and fosters scientific cooperation with key institutions in sub-Saharan Africa for the funding period 2017–2020. Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya and Uganda have been designated the key countries to strengthen cooperation during this phase, in addition to intensifying the ties with Côte d’Ivoire South Africa and Tanzania.

The funding instruments within the programme are open to researchers of all Swiss universities, universities of applied sciences and public research institutes.

Main Priorities

  • To improve mutual knowledge and make Switzerland better known as a prime location for education, research and innovation, by improving circulation of talents and direct cooperation between institutions.
  • To strengthen the collaboration between the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and similar partner agencies in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF). 
  • To increase collaboration in the field of innovation through new or existing instruments, as a way to foster entrepreneurship.

Instruments

  • Call for advanced PHD students and early postdoctoral researchers with matching funds and in-kind contributions coming directly from the partners (SARECO).
  • Swiss-African Business and Innovation Initiative (SABII) including academia–industry training camps, with strong institutional support from both academia and industry. 
  • Swiss-South Africa bilateral research chairs in the fields of (i) environmental and global health; and (ii) migration.
  • Seed funding or grant writing workshops for fellows offered according to emerging opportunities with matching funds and in-kind contributions coming directly from the partners.