Swiss-South Africa Joint Research Programme SSAJRP


Research cooperation with South Africa

In the context of the Swiss-South African Joint Research Programme (SSAJRP), the SNSF is launching another call for joint research projects (JPRs) with its sister organisation in South Africa, the National Research Foundation (NRF). It is expected that twelve projects will be funded; the new maximum duration of projects is four years.

Thanks to JRPs, researchers in Switzerland can undertake joint projects with a partner in South Africa. Projects last four years and Switzerland contributes funding of up to CHF 350,000 per project. Grants cover similar costs as national SNSF projects (equipment, research funds, salaries).

Call 2016

The call concerns projects in the following area:

  • Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being: from new tools to systems understanding
  • Sustainability, focusing on the following fields: Environmental Sciences, Engineering and energy-related issues
  • Social sciences and humanities (including law) in the context of current and coming societal challenges
  • Methodologies and technologies for data intensive applications

The call for proposals is open from 1 March 2016 to 31 May 2016.

Applications must be submitted to the SNSF via the mySNF platform. For more detailed information, please refer to the call document.

Call 2013

The 65 submitted applications were jointly evaluated by the SNSF and South Africa’s NRF. All in all, 25 applications were approved; the projects to be funded are distributed as follows across the different topics of the call:

  • Public health and biomedicine: 10
  • Biotechnology and nanotechnology: 5
  • Environmental technology (greentech and cleantech): 6
  • Humanities and social sciences: 4

The SNSF will cover the costs of CHF 5.5 million for the Swiss part of the research and the NRF the costs incurred in South Africa.


Leading House: University of Basel

Admin: State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI)



Database Details

Current Research
South African Cropland Dust Emission Risks: Physical Thresholds, Environmental and Socio-Economic Patterns

Dust emission is a growing issue affecting soil mass losses, ecosystem services, public health, and climate change. Understanding dust emission dynamics originating from farming in drylands is crucial not only to prepare and respond to the aforemention …

Thematic Focus
Agriculture, Biodiversity and Sustainability, Digital Communication / ICTs, Governance and Accountability, Knowledge Production and Transfer, Life Sciences and Health, Mobility and Migration, Open Topic, Peace and Security, Poverty Reduction

Applicant’s Country
Switzerland, EU, South Africa

Allowed Usage
Research, Mobility

Applicant’s Position
PhD Candidate, PostDoc, Researcher, Consortium

Cycle Type
Repeated irregularly

Partner Required

31. May 2016
Last Modification
15. April 2020