About Us

 

Swiss and African researchers have been working together for a long time.

In 2007, the governments of South Africa and Switzerland signed an agreement for the implementation of joint research work. In 2012, the Swiss government decided to continue its work with South Africa and, in addition, to extend the cooperation network to further partner countries in Africa. Seed money grants were made available to kick-start research work.

The establishment of the SARECO database underpins this very idea of bringing early career scientists (PHDs and Postdoc researchers) together and to create a framework for exchange about funding instruments and project success stories, inviting peers to follow and by that to grow the Swiss – African research network.

The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (www.sbfi.admin.ch) stands at the origins of this program. It has mandated the University of Basel (www.unibas.ch/africa) together with the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (www.swisstph.ch), from the start, to implement and to further grow it.

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Important Links by our international partners

KFPE

KFPE is the information hub for «North-South» research in Switzerland, both for researchers and for the target audience of the research. It promotes efficient, effective and equitable research cooperation with developing and transition countries. By doing so, KFPE contributes to sustainable development and to solving global problems

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International Cooperation in the framework of EU/Horizon 2020

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Guidelines and further links on how to find project partnersLink

The list of the open calls that are flagged (marked) as particularly relevant for cooperation with third countries: Link

 

Roadmaps for EU/Africa projects and collaboration with the African Union

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Particularly useful is the roadmap towards a jointly funded EU-Africa Research & Innovation Partnership on Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture, but also information about the open calls of the Africa Union: African Union Research Grants II – Calls for proposals.

 

EUresearch

explains how Swiss institutions can participate in H2020 calls for proposals and how to involve third countries
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COST

The COST-Programme can also support researchers from third countries
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EUREKA

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South Africa has joined “Eurostars 2”.

 

EDCTP

European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership
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Funds for NGOs

Funds for NGOs is not a funding organization. They do not directly provide grants and they also do not fundraise or write proposals, but provide the resources NGOs need to learn how to provide these services themselves.  They use their website to spread knowledge from experienced fundraising experts to NGOs around the world and increase their capacity.
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The Swiss polar institute

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collaborates closely with South Africa

 

Swiss Embassy in South Africa

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The Desk for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) at the Swiss Embassy in Pretoria aims to strengthen scientific and technological cooperation between Switzerland and South Africa.