Swiss-Croatian Research Programme

Promoting Swiss-Croatian research initiatives

​Switzerland is contributing to the EU enlargement by supporting efforts to reduce economic and social disparities. The supported countries include Croatia, one of the most recent EU members. One area of cooperation is scientific research: the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and its Croatian counterpart are launching the Croatian-Swiss Research Programme (CSRP).

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) has mandated the SNSF and its Croatian counterpart, the Croatian Science Foundation (CSF), to issue a call for Joint Research Projects (JRPs), conducted within the Croatian-Swiss Research Programme 2017 – 2023 (CSRP). The purpose of the thematically open call is to finance ten to twelve projects, provided that sufficient high-quality proposals are submitted.

Joint research initiatives

The CSRP responds to the Croatian scientific community’s demand for better international integration and cooperation with colleagues from Western Europe in particular. It does so by mobilising research capacities in Switzerland and Croatia. In addition, the programme supports scientific cooperation by funding JRPs between Switzerland and Croatia. JRPs enable scientists from Croatia to form consortia with scientists from Switzerland and to explore shared research questions in all scientific disciplines. Research is to be carried out at the research facilities involved; reciprocal visits and short stays of several weeks are envisaged within the context of a JRP.

The joint research initiatives pursue the following aims:

  • to further the integration of Croatian researchers within international networks;
  • to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and know-how among researchers.
  • to develop specific expertise at the CSF by running an exchange programme with the SNSF.

Building on past experience

The JRPs generally last up to three years. An extension of up to six months is possible if no additional funds are required. The overall budget of all JRPs is CHF 4 million and is funded jointly by Switzerland and Croatia. The maximum budget of individual JRPs is CHF 400,000. For each project, a maximum of 50% of the grant may go to the Swiss partner.

The cooperation in the field of scientific research between Switzerland and Croatia builds on previous experience gathered in two similar programmes with Bul-garia and Romania. Between 2012 and 2016, the Swiss-Bulgarian Cooperation Programme and the Romanian-Swiss Research Programme successfully funded a total of 39 JRPs.

Applicants can submit their proposals on the submission platform mySNF between 9 October 2017 and 19 January 2018.

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