Closed Calls

The South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) was established in 2006 by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and is implemented by the National Research Foundation (NRF). SARChI is a strategic intervention of the South African Government, designed to attract and retain excellence in research and innovation at South African universities, and is aimed at increasing scientific research capacity through the development of human capacity and stimulating the generation of new knowledge.

NRF has entered into an agreement with Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), delegated by Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), through its Leading House Africa activities, to establish a new Bilateral Research Chair in Blockchain Technology. As part of the agreement between NRF and Swiss TPH, a new Bilateral Research Chair position, held by both a South African and a Swiss counterpart, is available for applications in the following areas of Blockchain Technology

  • Financial sector – Moving towards digitalization
  • Health sector– A global move towards personalized health
  • Logistic sector – Facilitating export industry

This is a directed open call to all public universities and research institutions, councils from both South Africa and Switzerland. The Call for Blockchain Technology falls under the Bilateral Research Chairs cluster, where one Chair will be held in partnership with South Africa and Switzerland. In South Africa, the Chair is only tenable at Tier 1 and seeks to strengthen collaboration between the two countries by focusing on Blockchain Technology research. Swiss TPH will fund the professorship on its side by a single installment of CHF 600 000, to cover a maximum period of 5 years.

Joint applications should be submitted no later than 29 July 2022 on:

  1. the NRF Online Submission System by the Deputy Vice Chancellors responsible for Research and validated by the relevant Designated Authority (DA)

To apply, first create a profile on NRF connect via this link

Step by step guide on how to create a profile on NRF connect can be found here

For guidelines and detailed information on the call, please click here

 

The Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) has commissioned Swiss TPH with support from the University of Basel as the Leading House for its bilateral collaboration with partner institutions in Africa(1) for the funding period 2021–2024.

Leading House (LH) Africa, in conjunction with the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), are calling for applications for the PhD Graduate Programme from organizers of Seasonal Schools in Swiss Institutions of Higher Education. The goal of this instrument is to promote research cooperation between Swiss and African PhD students of Higher Education Institutions in Seasonal School.

Total Budget Available: CHF 100,000

Grant per Seasonal School: Maximum CHF 50,000

Duration of the Seasonal School: Minimum 1 week

Eligible Applicant: Organizers of Seasonal Schools (e.g. Summer Schools) in 2022/2023 with affiliation to a Swiss Institution of Higher Education

Target Participants of the Seasonal School to be Funded: Minimum 5, maximum 15 students enrolled in a PhD programme of an Institution of Higher Education in all African countries, except Maghreb region and Egypt

Additional Third-Party Funding: In-kind contribution by the Seasonal School is strongly encouraged

Submission Deadline: 15 June 2022

Review Process: 16 June to 28 June 2022

Decision: 1 July 2022

Earliest Project Start Date: 15 July 2022

(1) All African countries except the Maghreb region and Egypt

The Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) has commissioned Swiss TPH with support from the University of Basel as the Leading House for its bilateral collaboration with partner institutions in Africa[1] for the funding period 2021–2024.

Leading House Africa in collaboration with University of Bern’s Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) is calling for applications for Lectureships and Prolonged Research Stays at African Higher Education Institutions for Research Groups of Swiss Higher Education Institutions. The goal of this instrument is to promote research cooperation between Swiss and African Higher Education Institutions, geared towards the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the African Union’s Agenda 2063.

Total Budget Available: CHF 125,000

Grant per Project: Maximum CHF 50,000

Project Duration: Min 2 months to max 6 months

Eligible Applicant (Lead): Senior researcher of a Swiss Higher Education Institution leading the Swiss mobility group / team ideally consisting of one senior researcher, one postdoctoral fellow and one PhD student (other combinations are also possible)

Eligible Applicant in Partner Country (Co-Lead / Host): Researcher of an African Higher Education Institution from all African countries, except Maghreb region and Egypt

Additional Third-Party Funding: Strongly encouraged

Submission Deadline: 18 February 2022

Review Process: 21 February to 18 April 2022

Duration: 29 April 2022

Earliest Project Start Date: 1 June 2022

(1) All African countries except the Maghreb region and Egypt.

 

The Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) has commissioned Swiss TPH with support from the University of Basel as the Leading House for its bilateral collaboration with partner institutions in Africa1  for the funding period 2021–2024.

Leading House Africa is calling for applications from advanced PhD students and early postdoctoral researchers affiliated with a Swiss research institution for Research Partnership Grants I. The goal of this instrument is to further develop, consolidate and expand relations and foster new collaborations between Swiss researchers and partners in Africa.

Proposals are expected from the following two areas: i) Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, and ii) STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) including biological sciences and medicine. The call aims at awarding an equal balance of proposals from both areas.

Total Budget Available: CHF 250,000

Grant per Project: Maximum CHF 15,000

Project Duration: Minimum: 3 months; maximum: 10 months

Eligible Applicants (Lead): Advanced PhD students and early postdoctoral researchers affiliated with a Swiss research institution

Eligible Partner Countries: All African countries, except Maghreb region and Egypt

Additional Third-Party Funding: Strongly encouraged

Submission deadline: 15 September 2021

Review Process: 16 September - 29 October 2021

Decision: 30 October 2021

Earliest Project Start Date: 1 November 2021

1 All African countries except the Maghreb region and Egypt.

Deadline: 5 June 2020

Grant sum: maximum 25 kCHF per project

Third party funding: strongly encouraged

Project duration: 3 to 12 months

Eligibility and geographical area
Lead applicants must be senior researchers from Swiss academic institutions. The project lead applicant should involve at least one institutional partner from South Africa.

Research areas
Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially those pertaining to health (SDG 3), gender (SDG 5), WASH (SDG 6) and climate (SDG 13).

Timeline
Deadline for submission: 5 June 2020

Communication of funding decision: 30 June 2020

Earliest start of the project: 15 July 2020

Contact person for partners in South Africa

Glaudina Loots
Director Health Innovation
Department of Science and Innovation
Tel : +27 21 469 5020
Fax : +27 86 681 0052
Website: www.dst.gov.za
E-mail : Glaudina.Lootsdst.gov.za

Deadline: 10th June 2018

Grant sum: maximum 70 kCHF per project

Third party funding: strongly encouraged

Project duration: 3 to 15 months

Eligible countries
Switzerland and sub-Saharan Africa, with priority given to proposals from one of the designated key strategic countries (Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya and Uganda).

Research areas
Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), using methodologies developed within the domains of Climate Change, Global and Environmental Health, Migration, Nanosciences and the Social Sciences have been designated as main areas of joint research action. Multidisciplinary approaches are encouraged.

Eligibility
All scientists of Swiss universities, universities of applied sciences and public research institutions, are eligible to apply. Interested applicants are required to hold a PhD degree or to have submitted their doctoral thesis and to be employed by the home institution before, during and after their visit.

Timeline
Deadline for submission: 10th June 2018

Communication of funding decision: 10th August 2018

Earliest start of the project: 11th August 2018