CLOC DEAR MENA - Digital Education And Research for MENA

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Submission deadline: 15 Settembre 2021

Submission deadline: 15 September, 2021

The CLOC DEAR MENA aims at contributing to a research and education network between Institutions of Higher Education in Switzerland and the MENA region. 

To achieve the second phase of the CLOC objectives with the aim of encouraging the collaboration between Swiss and MENA partners and for extending the partnership to other Swiss and MENA institutions, a Grant program is proposed for the program 2021-2024

The Grant program supports the promotion of SDGs in MENA region in the fields of “Digital Education and Research” in one of the following forms:

A) An activity involving interdisciplinary engagement to promote SDGs in the MENA region, in the form of a:

  • Interdisciplinary programs and studies
  • Feasibility studies
  • Explorative and scoping studies
  • Meta-analysis

B) An activity on available research results and based on the conversion of academic research outputs into tools and strategies that supports digital education and research in the thematic focuses of engineering, peacebuilding, gender & diversity and public governance:

  • Teaching materials and online resources
  • Web-based collaborative infrastructures and tools for education and research purposes
  • Proof of concept or prototype feasibility studies
  • Skills building Workshops or blended research in a CLOC MENA thematic focus areas


The team members can be professors, Master students, Young PhDs and Post-Docs, Research teams, NGOs or Communities of practice. Relevant experience will be evaluated to award the grant.

2 requirements for the team composition:

  • At least, one of the partners must be one of our Swiss partners
  • At least, one of the partners must be from MENA region

Funding and duration

The maximum amount that may be requested is CHF 80’000 per project. (60% is allocated to the Swiss institutions and 40% is allocated to MENA institutions).

The grants are awarded for a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 3 years.


For further information please contact Prof. Jean-Patrick Villeneuve.