For the period 2013-2016, the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) mandated the SNSF to implement one of the funding schemes available within these programmes - the Joint Research Projects (JRPs) - for seven of the priority countries - Brazil, China, India, Japan, Russia, South Africa and South Korea.
JRPs allow researchers from Switzerland and researchers from the given priority country to jointly investigate a specific question. These projects typically last three years and the corresponding grants cover, in Switzerland, similar costs as SNSF national projects (equipment, research funds, and salaries). The SNSF organises the calls with one or two counterparts in the concerned country. For the successful projects, each country funds its own researchers. Most of the calls are thematically restricted to research fields of importance to both countries involved.
All the other funding schemes are still co-managed by two Swiss universities - one Leading House (LH) and one Associated Leading House (ALH).