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 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



International Cooperation in the framework of EU/Horizon 2020


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

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.



is a global resource on African higher education. Established in 2003, the Network is intended for scholars, experts, practitioners, policy makers, funders, students, and others engaged in research and development focused on Africa. Their website encompasses a literature database, an institutional collection, editorials and news of the African higher education sector.



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



The COST-Programme can also support researchers from third countries



South Africa has joined “Eurostars 2”.



European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership


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.


The Swiss polar institute

collaborates closely with South Africa


Swiss Embassy in South Africa

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.