Transformation Accelerating Grants (TAGs)


The r4d programme launches the Call for “Transformation accelerating grants (TAGs)” that allow teams of r4d (find R4D on SARECO) researchers and non-academic stakeholders (e.g. policy makers, the private sector, development practitioners) to make use of the knowledge, tools and technologies developed within r4d projects through translation and implementation initiatives.

Transformation accelerating grants (TAGs) focus on co-creation, social learning, technology transfer and transformative actions with the ultimate aim to accelerate transformation towards sustainable development and reduce poverty in countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America.

TAGs shall test, validate, accelerate or facilitate the uptake and utilisation of research findings from an r4d project on a local or national scale in r4d partner countries or on an international scale. A TAG budget can be up to CHF 100’000 to be used over a period of maximal 12 months.

Only teams composed of one main applicant and at least one project partner are eligible to apply for a Transformation accelerating grant (TAG).

  • The main applicant is a researcher based at a Swiss research institution who is/was involved in the respective r4d project as PI or Co-PI.
  • At least one project partner is a non-academic person (i.e. working at a government agency, a NGO, a think tank, or in the private sector) and provides substantial conceptual as well as practical input for the implementation of the project in the respective country.
  • In principle, at least one project partner must be based at an institution in the global South (i.e. in a partner country of the r4d programme). Exceptions are possible and have to be justified.
  • Further non-academic and academic project partners from any r4d partner country (including Switzerland) can be part of the applying team.

A total budget of CHF 1.4 million is available for TAGs. The first call for TAGs is published on 12 July 2019. One more call will be launched in 2020. For each call approximately CHF 700’000 are foreseen.



Database Details

Current Research
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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, other, Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Djibouti, DR Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunesia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Allowed Usage
Research, Mobility, Events, Publication

Applicant’s Position
PhD Candidate, PostDoc, Researcher

Cycle Type
Repeated annually

Partner Required

31. May 2020
Last Modification
15. April 2020