SNSF - First Lead Angency with non-European country

Research and Transfer Service

The SNSF has signed a Lead Agency agreement with the National Research Foundation in South Africa. As of 2021, researchers will be able to submit joint projects to one of the two organisations.

The SNSF and the South African National Research Foundation (NRF) have already launched joint calls and funded 37 projects under a bilateral programme of the Swiss government. They are now expanding their collaboration with a Lead Agency agreement. Based on this agreement, researchers in Switzerland and South Africa can submit joint funding applications. This simplifies the application process considerably. The two funders will take turns during a two-year pilot phase: the SNSF will evaluate all submissions in 2021, the NRF in 2022. The first submission deadline is 1 April 2021. Researchers are free to choose their own research topic.


For further information, Please contact Ms. Dafne Pedrazzoli.